It is true you know. Many hands make light work.

Yesterday I woke a little early and headed to my church to help set up for our annual Fall Festival. Jeremy and I haven’t been going to the church very long and I’m still getting to know everyone. My biggest obstacle is that I’m an introvert so I was a little nervous to do anything at church on my own. But, he had to work yesterday and they needed help so I figured why not? 

Back home I was a part of a church that we had a system when it came to work. Getting things set up and taken down was systematically done with efficiency. I moved away in 2008 so I haven’t seen or been a part of a network of helping hands in a long time. Then the Fall Festival happened.

I was in the office making signs when I looked up and saw all the activity outside. People were everywhere. Putting up tents. Putting up games. Setting up booths. Prepping the food. Then it hit me. I’ve been struggling to find just a sliver of silver lining lately. Work has been rough. My health has been teetering. But, suddenly as I watched everything happening outside I felt at home. Like I have found a place to belong. I may still be finding my footing and getting to know who and what I am but everything felt right. It feels good to be a part of something that feels right.

And that is what I want. This week my goal is to keep feeling that. Not necessarily putting myself out there in the church – although I do enjoy being a part of it. My goal is to just feel good, happy, enjoy the day that God has given me. To be able to feel right instead of tired and exhausted all of the time. To hold on to silver linings. To breathe. To be okay.

One of my favorite things to read every morning is from Daniell Koepke:

Breathe. It’s okay. You’re going to be okay. Just breathe. Breathe and remind yourself of all the times in the past you felt this scared. All of the times you felt this anxious and this overwhelmed. All of the times you felt this level of pain. And remind yourself how each time, you made it through. Life has thrown so much at you and despite how difficult things have been, you’ve survived. Breathe and trust that you can survive this too. 

There has been so many times that I was ready to give it all up. And you know what? I’m glad I didn’t because all of the broken in me I know God can restore. Yesterday afternoon was proof.

Here’s to restoration. xoxo