“I have come to give you everything in abundance…”
Marking an almost year anniversary of this pandemic, it feels lately that more is being asked of us. The constant stream of news and updates makes you wish you never had to hear of this again! I received a wedding invitation in the mail the other day, and I thought of years gone by that I’ve attended various gatherings. I asked myself if things will look different this June- needless to say my friend is hoping so! Some say our lives will never look the same again, but it’s hard to entertain that thought. Perseverance is what is being asked of us again, and planning for uncertainty is becoming extremely waning. Although, I hope our summer starts to look a bit more normal, in the times that we wait, perhaps we can ask ourselves different questions. Questions that are not centered on what we do, or what we may plan, but who we truly are. Who will we be once out of the pandemic? It is easy to fall into cynicism, and disbelief. I hope to rise above pettiness and believe that our perspective can win over any negativity. I hope you choose to focus not on the bitterness of politics, or contribute to the hamster wheel of defeat, yet rise to the abundance of what is already in front of you and within you. Because the physical isn’t all that we are.
“Abundance is what happens when you stop needing more and you wake up to the all that you are.”
–The Practice Co.
We have lost control in things that have created happiness in us this year, (time spent with others, significant gatherings, and extra-curricular activities), but we haven’t lost the control of our minds and emotions. Our power is found in gratitude and the foundation of who we are, and the knowledge of who God created us to be. Our abundance is found by living in the present, and feeling the emotions as they come.
We’re going to be busy again. We will have more time with our families, and friends. I simply would like to encourage you this week, that as difficult as some moments can be, we have made it this far, and although it feels at a loss, our power and courage is being stretched. We all feel as though we are living in survival mode, with the hoping that each week would bring something new. Our stretching is developing in us a deeper character and perseverance that we never thought we had to walk through. I’m praying that you’d hold onto hope, and focus on the good. As the pandemic heals, know that we’re all in this together.
“If you carry joy in your heart, you can heal any moment”
Neale Donald Walsch
“[God] lifted me out of the miry pit, the slimy clay, and set my feet on a rock, steadied my legs.”