Hello friends. I hope y’all have had a lovely week. Whew what a whirlwind of a few months it’s been. I don’t know about the rest of you but I’m exhausted. Mentally, physically and emotionally exhausted. Sometimes we get that way and that’s okay. As I write this blog I’m listening to music by Lauren Daigle. I just love her voice and I feel like I get a better message listening to her lyrics than I do a church service sometimes. Do you ever feel that way? I sure do. If you like contemporary Christian music and have never listened to her words go listen. Your won’t regret it. Today all i can hear are her words to the song “Salt & Light”. It just lets me know that it’s perfectly fine for me to lean on my God. Its okay to call upon him to help me through times of trials, fear, and exhaustion. It’s okay for you to do the same. Lean on your God. Lean on the person that cares for you most. Lean on your significant other. It’s okay to just “take a breath”.
Y’all know by now that I live in the beautiful area of East Tennessee. It’s becoming my favorite time of the year and the trees are just about to embark on an unbelievable change in color. A canvas of beauty will drape our area in just a few weeks. I get giddy just thinking about it. Usually I already have my fall decor out and my house has been turned in to a pumpkin spice/apple smelling tribute fall. Well, this year I’m a little late on everything. A little late on decorating and the excitement. Right now in our area we are completely consumed with Covid. I mean our area hospitals are almost full. There are so many people sick and I have a lot of friends whom are suffering. It’s such a frustrating worrisome time here in my wonderful home town. I look at it and I want to just scream and know why can’t we get back to normal? Our kids are masked up, there’s fear to go to large gatherings, you’re afraid to love on people, and our nurses and doctors are completely exhausted. I hate it so much that it makes me want to just cry. But……I step back and tell myself “take a breath”.
I know most people feel the way I do right now. I know you expected to read a wonderfully positive blog from me and guess what? Here it is. Yes, we’re in another spike of what seems to be like this never ending pandemic but, do you know what Covid hasn’t talked from us? Our ability to adapt and love how we can. This week I had my dental check up with my sweet hygienist and we had a great talk. Yes, we talked with her hands in my mouth. I learned to do that very well as I worked as a dental assistant for 23 years lol. Anyway, her sweet daddy is a pastor and has been for 65 years. She told me that she had been so worried about making his sick so, each time she had an exposure she would stay away from him. Until one day (read this part twice) he told her “look I’m old and if it’s my time to go I will go. What I won’t do is not be around my family because of this virus.” Hmmmmm. Think about it. For me, this time period has made me so much closer to my family. I’ve been around my elderly momma every few days and I’ve talked to my siblings almost every day. I cherish the time with my son and I’ve fallen even more in love with my husband. Maybe that’s the reason for all of this. Maybe it’s a wake up call to be a better person and to love people even harder because we aren’t guaranteed tomorrow. Maybe it’s to show us how quickly someone can be taken away from us. Maybe it’s showing us that we need to “take a breath”.
That sweet little preacher man stands in his pulpit on Sunday and loves his congregation. He doesn’t fear because he ultimately realizes how precious life is. I realize I should mirror that. I just want you to know it’s okay to feel exhausted right now. For whatever reason it’s okay. This pandemic didn’t take away our heart. It just made us use it a little more. Today, when you feel anxious and frustrated, walk outside. Look up at the beautiful sky. Feel this beautiful life and take a breath. Have a wonderful Friday. ❤️Always