Snow Play Pics + A Little Motivation
Welcome back, folks!
We had a glorious first snow last week and I've been dying to share a few of the pics from that day! I realize winter is a tough time and that snow can be a real pain, but having recently moved to Denver, our family is still in that nauseating, annoying stage when we simply adore it! Seeing everything coated in white was one of the things we dreamily talked about as we were preparing to move from Phoenix. Now that we're here, it's hard to believe we get to call Denver home. It is, quite literally, a dream come true.
And yet, there is still so much in store for us.
I was reminded of this point last night. While the progress my husband and I have made over the course of this past year has been quite immense (and I'm so damn proud of us!), there is still a lot more to be done. Now is not the time to fall back into the habit of complacency, simply because we've made significant strides in the right direction; on the contrary, it should move us forward toward the complete fulfillment of our goals. I am certain God has created the most glorious future for us—He has already brought so many promises to fruition!—but I also know there will be much required of us, and I do not want to fall short, not now, not when we've come so far!
The old us would've quit by now, thinking we'd done all the work necessary to craft the life of our dreams, that God would take care of the rest while we skated by on past efforts. These days, we know that's not how it works. While He provides interludes of rest and rejuvenation (these photos are evidence of that!), that is not where we are to remain. There is always, always more growth, more wisdom, more joy, more love ahead.
As someone who battles anxiety and worry, I am learning to guard myself against the pull of routine, toward what is a little too safe and comfortable; otherwise, I'm liable to become stagnant and stuck. Instead, I must embrace the arduous task of pushing myself toward mental and spiritual maturation in order to experience true prosperity: a life free of guilt, shame, and regret.
I felt compelled to write this post because I wanted to encourage anyone and everyone who has been struggling, feeling as though it might be easier to give up than to continue on the journey before them. I'm here to tell you I understand and I want you to keep going, for you. You, Dear One, are capable of infinitely more than you ever thought possible. The only catch is that it feels completely uncomfortable and will challenge you in indescribable ways. I can't promise it will be easy, but I know beyond a shadow of a doubt that it will be worth it. From one human in the trenches to another, may I congratulate you on being awesome, but also encourage you to keep going?
If no one else says it, allow me to be the first to tell you that you matter and I believe in your limitless potential.