It’s a Friday night here in my little town, and I’m home alone. My kids are gone to their dad’s for the night. This is one of those times when it would be easy to let the feelings and emotions and missing him to get to me. Romans 8:28 tells us, “And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.” This broken heart is just another chance for God to show up and show off for us! While you’re waiting for God to show off, I invite you to find the joy. Life is beautiful even in the midst of pain. There are love notes from God sprinkled all throughout the days for each and every one of us. He is exactly what you need, exactly when you need it. Always. So look around and find those love notes left there just for you. Here are some of the ones I’ve found lately.
I went to my women’s Bible study on Wednesday night and one of my friends was sitting beside me. (Ok, this particular joy is telling of what a dork I can be!) As we are sitting there listening to our teacher I noticed the pen my friend was writing with. It was so cool! A fancy gel pen. I may have gone to Wal-Mart in search of these pens…. Since I was a little girl, fun pens and lip gloss/ chapstick have been one of the ways to my heart! I can remember as a child my grandma would take me school shopping and by shopping I mean for pens and makeup! I’m sure she bought the other stuff too, but the makeup and pens are what I remember! (Sadly I am out of my favorite chapsticks right now, the EOS spheres and Burt’s Bees honey chapstick.)
That same night my kids were in AWANAS. They don’t get to go to church very often because they spend most weekends with their father. So, I love that AWANAS is during the week. On the way home that night they were both so excited that they talked the entire 20 minutes home. When they weren’t telling me about it they were sitting in the back seat asking each other what verses they had read out loud! My oldest insisted on reading his verse to me when we got home! Nothing will give a momma’s heart more joy than her babies getting so excited about time spent at church!
30 second dance parties! Well, ours are a bit longer than that, but you get the jist. There is nothing funnier than getting my two babies up and dancing with me. Them dancing only came after I played the same song three times while trying to pull them to their feet while they looked at me like I am the single most embarrassing creature ever.
Then there are my furry babies. My cat and dog and I are stuck together like glue. Really, I should have named them Shadow 1 and Shadow 2 because they are my constant shadows when it’s just me and them up at night or in the house during the day. Honestly, I did not want animals, but I am so glad they are a part of our family. They are endlessly entertaining. My dog thinks the house is under attack when I vacuum and goes crazy. The cat races up and down the halls like a herd of elephants.
Imagine what a shame it would have been if I had been so caught up in how I was feeling and missed these beautiful moments. Life is too short to miss these things. Keep your eyes open and let me know what love notes God has left for you recently!
Only God can heal a broken heart, but there are things we can do to help foster self healing. This post is part of my series 31 Days of Self Healing. You can find the rest of the posts for this series here.