Colorado Spring Break + The Importance of Humble Beginnings.
I hope y'all had a blessed holiday weekend! For the first time in over a decade, ours was terrifically quiet and introspective, allowing us to meditate on the agony of Friday and Saturday, and celebrate the glorious triumph of Resurrection Sunday. It was a much-needed reminder that a tortuous end can pave the way for a jubilant beginning. If that isn't Good News, I don't know what is!
I watched Divergent awhile back and, having no real idea what it was about (I got sucked into The Hunger Games Trilogy, instead), found it to be surprisingly watchable! There was one scene in particular that truly stood out to me and I haven't been able to get it out of my mind: After Tris joins Dauntless, her first challenge (along with the rest of the new recruits) is to jump into a dark pit without knowing whether or not there will be something or someone there to catch her. I assumed it would be safe seeing as she is the lead character and all, but I still connected to that moment of standing on the edge, heavy with the knowledge that leaping is terrifying, but not going through with it is unbearable.
This is the kind of space we're in at the moment. My husband and I are completely changing our lives and starting over. We literally cannot go back to how things were just a few short months ago because we are simply not the same people. Everything about us is different, inside and out, top to bottom.
Our commitment to change is not without its difficulties, however. Uprooting our lives doesn't just effect us; we have three precious babies who are coming along for the ride. Blessedly, they're young enough to see this as an epic adventure rather than a traumatic upheaval (and we aim to keep it that way as long as possible, Lord-willing!).
A morning stroll in Longmont, CO
Despite the many challenges that have arrived—and will no doubt continue to—God keeps on showing up to carry us through, sometimes with concrete ways to navigate various pitfalls, and other times a tender spirit of calm in the midst of a crisis. We pause, we breathe, we pray, we thank Him for His unending grace, and we live to fight another day.
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As we were looking for places to live, we ran into a few snags, mainly financial. So many of the cities we adored seemed to be just out of reach. We were discouraged, but continued the search. Right as we were about to give, we stumbled onto a treasure trove of possibilities. The apartments were cozy (read: small) but were in a wonderfully walkable area surrounded by lush greenbelts, well-maintained parks, and plenty of local dining options. Bonus: many of the units come with a fireplace, a feature I've always wanted.
HAD to snap a pic in front of this killer mural in The Highlands!
Notice how someone's eyes are closed in Every. Single. Pic. What are the odds of that?!
As my husband and I discussed it later, going over some of the options, I realized the magnitude of what we'd seen. God was showing us that despite our humble circumstances, He was giving us the desires of our heart and reaffirming our plans. As long as we continue to seek Him and do His will, we are more than conquerors. If you're facing the agony of Good Friday or Holy Saturday, rest assured that your Resurrection Sunday is coming.
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Hot Fudge Sundae at Sweet Action Ice Cream
Do not despise these small beginnings, for the Lord rejoices to see the work begin...
Zechariah 4:10 (NLT)
Have a blessed week!