The Laundry …Tackling Tough Transitions.

Folding teeny tiny t-shirts filled my heart to the brim with joy for many years. I never would have dreamed of sharing laundry duty, or even calling it a duty to begin with. Silently changing padding through the house to switch loads while first daughter napped felt like heaven on earth. 

Time is tricky. 

Somehow, over the years, laundry became a burden. You guys …laundry DOES NOT fill my heart to the brim with joy now! It’s fills my laundry room to capacity and completely overwhelms me. The sheer amount of the whole family’s laundry causes me to DREAD IT all the way to Target to buy more underwear instead of separating ALL OF THE LOADS. I’d love to tell you that was the first time I’ve done that …but it absolutely wasn’t.

Time tends to turn the gift of socks laying on the floor into annoyances that set us fuming. What was once a joyful reminder of people filling my life and my home is now one more thing I can’t figure out how to squeeze into a limited amount of time. The older my kids get, the faster time slips by. I can’t stop it, and I can’t seem to figure out how to train my people to pick there socks up off the floor so that I can re-allocate the 3.5 seconds it takes me to pick them up and walk them to the laundry room. 

As I prayed and prepared to start “book-fasting” to ready my life and soul for book baby #2, I knew something had to be done about the overwhelming amount of laundry I caught myself dragging down stairs and dumping. It was time to turn it over. When what once brought us joy begins to wear on us, it may be time to turn it over. I was delaying the complete laundry turnover, partly because I didn’t trust them to do it right, and partly because I think deep down this momma was dealing with …change. 

Transitions are tough. All change requires adjustment. I prefer proven processes. Turning over requires letting go. Every time my children are able to accomplish something without me, I’m reminded they aren’t mine to hold onto. They are God’s, and I have to let go, piece by piece, and let them flourish and learn and create their own processes, trusting good seeds have been planted and firm roots are being watered. 

It was hard to let go of the laundry. 

The left the piles accumulate and it took days fold and put it all away. The wet loads left in the washer had to be re-washed. I let them do it. I let all of the lessons be learned. The empty space I feel when I finish my laundry and no one else’s is a catch 22. 

My kids don’t need me to do laundry their anymore. I thought I needed to reallocate my time to push a book baby out. God was making room for new conversations my daughters need me to be fully present in.

He goes before us so efficiently, asking us to set things down so we are able to pick up new things. Raising kids produces a lot of laundry. It has to be washed, but it’s not the most important thing. Let it pile up while He clears room for important conversations. Let them do it, and feel the full weight of their laundry. All of the clean stuff they shove into those hampers …let them carry it all down and wash it, and fold it and put it away again. Maybe they’ll start wearing some of that stuff more than once. Maybe they’ll learn some new things. 

Everyday older we get the closer we are to the next transition. Let’s not fear it, but embrace them all, knowing God will faithfully keep us busy with new things …new changes …new conversations. 

Happy Transitioning,

Megs



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The Good-bye Day (#jammed daily devo, day 94)

April #jammed: Grace Studies.

Day 94: Never really good-bye.

 So we do not set our sights on the things we can see with our eyes. All of that is fleeting; it will eventually fade away. Instead, we focus on the things we cannot see, which live on and on.” 2 Corinthians 4:18

She could barely walk to the car fast enough. As her steps got closer to the car door, her image-94trembling mouth and watery eyes confirmed what her hurried gait had already given away. The day we had anticipated for weeks had finally come, and the final good-bye had become a reality. It’s never easy to say, but life demands it from us. The best way to part is in positivity, knowing that we met on purpose, became close by blessing, and will forever remain connected by memory.

I’m always careful to let my girls feel their feelings, and express their emotions. Only after they have, can peace be restored. They miss their friends. It’s not the same without them, and change is never easy. But change is humanity.

Today’s verse reminds us why change is not only good, but healthy for the soul. Whether we like to admit it or not, we all innately crave a little change. In the season, in location, in company, in food cravings, in exercise, hobbies …we are constantly evolving, as we were made to be! When Jesus is in control of our journey, we can expect change. We will change until the day we hug Him in heaven.

Friends mark our lives whether they are present for its entirety or just a few heartbeats. Today’s verse reminds us to take solace in the partings of this life, and embrace the next big adventure …or the next new friend.

Let’s be encouraged and reminded by today’s verse, that what we see with our eyes is only the tip of the iceberg. “All is fleeting.” All. Everyone. Everything. The day we say good-bye to this world is the day we set our feet home, in heaven.

So, how do we focus on what we cannot see, like today’s verse beckons us? We grab the hand of Jesus, and let Him lead …trusting His good plan for our precious lives. Created in His Father’s image, He longs to be with us where He is. (John 17: 24) Let go of control, and  embrace His change. Begin to live.

jammed-click-to-tweetFather, Praise You for Jesus, and the hope He brings through the changes in our lives. Some are fun changes, exciting changes …and others are hard, confusing, and sad. But thank You for being the good God that You are, looking out for us in ways that are far beyond our sight and understanding. We confess the times in life that we do not embrace change, and ask that You bless our hearts to seek the life-changing love of Jesus every day of our lives. In His Name, Amen.

 Get the conversation started by commenting below, and let’s encourage one another as we face life in 2017 armed with grace! 

#greatgrace17

Happy Changing,

Megs

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The Change List (#jammed daily devo day 20)

January #jammed : Grace in Life’s Face

Day 20: Growth is Good. 

“Fashion a lamp stand out of pure, hammered gold. Make it and all it’s parts- it’s base, trunk, branches, decorative buds and blossoms, and lamp cups- out of one solid piece.” Exodus 25:31jammed-20

God’s people had to obey a multitude of rules, guidelines, instructions, and procedures.
What may seem nonsensical and unnecessary to us had deep meaning to God, and His people. Not privy to the death of Christ on the cross, their presence with the Father depended upon their obedience.

“…all these elements remind God’s people of His loving grace.” Exodus 15:1 commentary (VOICE)

Effective resolve to change reflects an obedient heart.

I was surprised that my daughter had not only noticed, but remembered what I’d resolved to change over the last few years: I gave up diet-pop one year; stopped watching reality tv another; trained for a marathon the next…

My mimi-me shuffled up to my desk with a blank piece of paper, and came up with her own resolutions.

  1. Releve every day. (ballerina dreams…)
  2. Finish the Harry Potter Book Series.
  3. Play my uke chords without looking.
  4. Keep trying different foods.
  5. Know what time it is.

Pray, God, on the last one. Though big changes and giant dreams fuel life accomplishments, small growth prepares us for a grand life.

Today’s verse talks about a lamp stand decorated with buds and blossoms. They were patterned after the almond tree, the tree that bloomed first and lived the longest. (Dictionary of Bible Themes/NIV Notes)

jammed-tweet-blueChrist’s sacrifice on the cross allows God’s grace to trace every change we make and growth we endure.  Embrace the slow growth of long-winded dreams.

Father, Praise Your power to wield meaning in the mundane. Your creation is intricate and Your patience to assure our appreciation of it all is unfathomable. Thank you for teaching us in perfect time. We confess our impatience to get to our dreams, and pray for Your Spirit to calm and guide our souls. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

Share a simple resolution for 2017.  Get the conversation started by commenting below, and let’s encourage one another as we face life in 2017 armed with grace! 

#greatgrace17

Happy Small-changing,

Megs

Get the #jammed Daily Devo sent straight to your inbox each morning, by subscribing to Sunny&80. 

The Good-bye Day (#jammed daily devo, day 94)

April #jammed: Grace Studies.

Day 94: Never really good-bye.

 So we do not set our sights on the things we can see with our eyes. All of that is fleeting; it will eventually fade away. Instead, we focus on the things we cannot see, which live on and on.” 2 Corinthians 4:18

She could barely walk to the car fast enough. As her steps got closer to the car door, her image-94trembling mouth and watery eyes confirmed what her hurried gait had already given away. The day we had anticipated for weeks had finally come, and the final good-bye had become a reality. It’s never easy to say, but life demands it from us. The best way to part is in positivity, knowing that we met on purpose, became close by blessing, and will forever remain connected by memory.

I’m always careful to let my girls feel their feelings, and express their emotions. Only after they have, can peace be restored. They miss their friends. It’s not the same without them, and change is never easy. But change is humanity.

Today’s verse reminds us why change is not only good, but healthy for the soul. Whether we like to admit it or not, we all innately crave a little change. In the season, in location, in company, in food cravings, in exercise, hobbies …we are constantly evolving, as we were made to be! When Jesus is in control of our journey, we can expect change. We will change until the day we hug Him in heaven.

Friends mark our lives whether they are present for its entirety or just a few heartbeats. Today’s verse reminds us to take solace in the partings of this life, and embrace the next big adventure …or the next new friend.

Let’s be encouraged and reminded by today’s verse, that what we see with our eyes is only the tip of the iceberg. “All is fleeting.” All. Everyone. Everything. The day we say good-bye to this world is the day we set our feet home, in heaven.

So, how do we focus on what we cannot see, like today’s verse beckons us? We grab the hand of Jesus, and let Him lead …trusting His good plan for our precious lives. Created in His Father’s image, He longs to be with us where He is. (John 17: 24) Let go of control, and  embrace His change. Begin to live.

jammed-click-to-tweetFather, Praise You for Jesus, and the hope He brings through the changes in our lives. Some are fun changes, exciting changes …and others are hard, confusing, and sad. But thank You for being the good God that You are, looking out for us in ways that are far beyond our sight and understanding. We confess the times in life that we do not embrace change, and ask that You bless our hearts to seek the life-changing love of Jesus every day of our lives. In His Name, Amen.

 Get the conversation started by commenting below, and let’s encourage one another as we face life in 2017 armed with grace! 

#greatgrace17

Happy Changing,

Megs

Get the #jammed Daily Devo sent straight to your inbox each morning, by subscribing to Sunny&80. 

 

The Change List (#jammed daily devo day 20)

January #jammed : Grace in Life’s Face

Day 20: Growth is Good. 

“Fashion a lamp stand out of pure, hammered gold. Make it and all it’s parts- it’s base, trunk, branches, decorative buds and blossoms, and lamp cups- out of one solid piece.” Exodus 25:31jammed-20

God’s people had to obey a multitude of rules, guidelines, instructions, and procedures.
What may seem nonsensical and unnecessary to us had deep meaning to God, and His people. Not privy to the death of Christ on the cross, their presence with the Father depended upon their obedience.

“…all these elements remind God’s people of His loving grace.” Exodus 15:1 commentary (VOICE)

Effective resolve to change reflects an obedient heart.

I was surprised that my daughter had not only noticed, but remembered what I’d resolved to change over the last few years: I gave up diet-pop one year; stopped watching reality tv another; trained for a marathon the next…

My mimi-me shuffled up to my desk with a blank piece of paper, and came up with her own resolutions.

  1. Releve every day. (ballerina dreams…)
  2. Finish the Harry Potter Book Series.
  3. Play my uke chords without looking.
  4. Keep trying different foods.
  5. Know what time it is.

Pray, God, on the last one. Though big changes and giant dreams fuel life accomplishments, small growth prepares us for a grand life.

Today’s verse talks about a lamp stand decorated with buds and blossoms. They were patterned after the almond tree, the tree that bloomed first and lived the longest. (Dictionary of Bible Themes/NIV Notes)

jammed-tweet-blueChrist’s sacrifice on the cross allows God’s grace to trace every change we make and growth we endure.  Embrace the slow growth of long-winded dreams.

Father, Praise Your power to wield meaning in the mundane. Your creation is intricate and Your patience to assure our appreciation of it all is unfathomable. Thank you for teaching us in perfect time. We confess our impatience to get to our dreams, and pray for Your Spirit to calm and guide our souls. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

Share a simple resolution for 2017.  Get the conversation started by commenting below, and let’s encourage one another as we face life in 2017 armed with grace! 

#greatgrace17

Happy Small-changing,

Megs

Get the #jammed Daily Devo sent straight to your inbox each morning, by subscribing to Sunny&80.