This past week was TOUGH. I’d put it on the top 3 scariest mommy moments for me. For any of you who don’t know, we experienced a major (at one point announced the largest in US history) hurricane [IRMA]. No amount of preparation appeared to be helping. Resources were scarce and people were beginning to crack at the fear and pressure of the unknown. I struggled with finding patience at the stores…frantically searching for bottled water and formula for Callie. Deciding where to take shelter was frustrating too: did we stay in our wood-frame home (NO WAY)?, stay at my parents’ store (wouldn’t have to worry about the wind but definitely the surge)?, or stay at my in-laws concrete block home?
As I began taking precious belongings off the wall, I found myself praying Callie’s nursery would be left untouched. As materialistic as it sounds…I just wasn’t ready to let this precious space go. I remember sitting down in the rocking chair in her room and saying a quick prayer. My heart was learning (as it does in every trying situation I’m faced with) to |let go & let God|.
This wasn’t the first time I’ve found myself praying for my sweet girl. I actually have a precious prayer box that was gifted to me for such occasions. I keep it in the drawer next to the chair and have pulled it out a few times to make mental note of the challenges faced [and overcome].
I sat down today to reminisce. This box is filled with prayers to overcome her shots, prayers to overcome her reflux, prayers to overcome the storm, and now a prayer added: ‘to continue to let her teach me and remind me about the important things in life’.
Sometimes I need to take a few moments to pray. I tend to wait until the last minute/when I need something…which I’m trying to get better about that. I need the time to myself and I need the time with God. Life is so fast-paced these days that a little slow-down feels right.
I hope today finds you well. If you were negatively impacted by Irma [or Harvey], I pray for you. If you are seeking a moment to slow-down, try praying. Reflecting on all that is good in your life and letting go of the things you can’t control will help your peace-of-mind. I promise you this.
This adorable shirt was sent to me from Saved By Grace Co.. It is such an adorable small shop and the owner, Whitney, is the absolute sweetest. Please go check out her work. I’d describe it as ‘Christian Fixer Upper’ style (lol). *Also: my poor hubby, whom is honestly the epitome of what this shirt stands for, needed me to explain what the shirt meant to him! I die!!
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