It’s with trepidation I acknowledge that my anticipated writing topics for the center around a theme which can be summarized by a road sign, especially this road sign. •
I’m all about the scenery. I’m just not fond of delays. I don’t want to wait. For anything.
That the roads we wander will need repair is a given. That there will be delays, an inconvenient fact. That they will occur at the nearly the worst possible time seems to follow some universal law. To plant an expectation of great scenery takes a leap of greater optimism.
Expectations almost always disappoint.
Except that we tend to find what we look for. Whether we gaze out the window for the view or at the clock to measure wasted time, that’s what we’ll see.
Read more about the effects of delays on our hurried heart on the blog. Link in profile.
Field Note #2: Looking back is often the best way forward. *
One practice that helps me move from one year into the next with gratitude is to look back over my calendar—not to see how busy I was or for what I accomplished, but for patterns. Looking at where the time went and what fruit (or lack thereof) came of it consistently changes my perspective. It helps me understand what to let go of and why, what to hold onto and why, as I move into the new year.
Actual, everyday life. MN version:
1. Fish. Lots of them. Caught by people other than me.
2. Walking and talking with the people who matter most.
3. Minimally controlled chaos: 12 family members, 1 cabin.
4. Lots of plan B due to cold, wind, and rain.
5. Lots of love. Even when we step on each other's toes in the controlled chaos and undesirable weather.
Finding a bridge in the woods is one of my favorite things. It’s unexpected. A gift. After walking and walking and walking on dirt, suddenly there’s something different, something meant to make the way easier or maybe even possible, depending on the nature of the impasse.
They mirror the figurative bridges I find along life's road. They’re as unexpected as the ones in the woods, and possibly a greater gift.
I found one out in the woods recently, one which required me to step down into it and climb up before I could leave. It reflected, I realized, as I leaned over the railing and inspected the cleft in the earth below, one I’d been walking for a while.
No. That’s the bridge. And it’s taking me to yes . . .
Read more at natalieogbourne.com. Link in profile.
Another amazing Friday Field Notes with Ryan Michler of the Order of Man Podcast. As a husband and a father, this has been my focus for the last two years. It's not easy but everyday is full of love and laughs and I am driven to be the best version of myself everyday because of my wife and kid. #OrderofMan#fridayfieldnotes
Releasing next week (and available for preorder now): A Family Shaped by Grace written by Gary Morland. It's filled with encouragement to be the loving, grace-filled catalyst for change in your family relationships. I've marked quite a stack of pages to revisit after I reach the final pages. #afamilyshapedbygrace
Sometimes the act of rest does not equal coming away rested. Sometimes it's the mind and the soul which need to slow down for the body. We spent last weekend hiking around in what looked to be the best parts of Middle Earth and returned home with tired bodies and restored spirits.
Gary Smalley, founder of the Smalley Relationship Center, says the secret to a “close-knit relationship is shared experiences that turn into shared trials.” He mentions camping as one source for shared trials and a potential relationship-building fodder. Makes sense. Camping is fraught with potential for trial. *****************************************After a long season of too much, too much, too much, our family is in need of rest and reconnection. We reserved some time on the calendar (the only way these things happen), a spot in a campground. We're not heading far away, just into the woods away from the lure of computers, work, and the pseudo-rest of Amazon Prime. For more on the trials and joys of camping, check the temporary link in bio. Happy weekend, friends. May you find opportunities for rest and reconnection.
Real, everyday life list: (On the road version)
1. Tournament. FTC Robotics variety.
2. Winning robotics matches and losing some too.
3. Too little sleep. Too much sugar.
4. Late night fellowship over good food.
5. Disagreement with daughter. Apologies and restoration.
Anticipation grows good feelings for what we're walking toward.
This Weekend's Anticipation List:
Work: Whittling down the to-do list
Welcome: The boy's coming home!
What's on your list this weekend? #weekendlist
Weekend anticipation list: Shopping with my littlest girl. Cheering for my big girl's team. Celebrating my man's birthday. Seeing our boy. Shivering and sweltering at a water park. Good stuff. What's coming your way?
Fire burns, but it produces good fruit: And not only this, but we also exult in our tribulations, knowing that tribulation brings about perseverance; and perseverance, proven character, and hope. (Romans 5:3-5)