Well there’s yet another new series on the blog but I think that’s a GREAT thing! It takes the other categories that I kind of throw everything into (hello, the Personal category has so much piled into it! very general!) and gives them a better defined home. I think that makes it a little easier to search and to decide how to navigate on the blog, too!
Saltwater and Grace … two beautiful and cleansing things. I love bringing elements of living on the coast and right by the sand and sea to tie into other life aspects and this was naturally the most fitting thing I could think of and I just love it!
And this series…I definitely wanted to have it’s own home. See…if I were an outsider reader to this blog post this time last year, I would have avoided this series. Wouldn’t have judged the person writing it one bit, but wouldn’t have felt any connection to it. I really felt a lot of spirituality in many ways, especially connected to being a mother but I wasn’t religious at all to say the least. I spent so much time fighting it. About three weeks ago– I blogged a BIG one about the return to Reuniting with God. It was big, brave, scary and victorious all in the same..but it was everything I needed to start the journey “home”.
Starting..starting. Oh starting the journey is super overwhelming but in this like really really good way! (In this post previously I mentioned a book really helping me that I LOVE reading, Start Here!) I spend my spare moments between emails, work, babies and husband to read a devotional or two. Reading interpretations and “studying” … and I just love journaling about this!! I started a journal last December and it helped me REALLY focus on what I want to feel because it takes time to write it out and that makes you evaluate how you want to distribute your energy..and I like doing the same with journaling about God and the Bible!
One devotional in particular I have really enjoyed and the timing is perfect considering I had a tidal wave of crappy things happen to me within the course of just weeks! It says : What, then, shall we say in response to this? If God is for us, who can be against us?” (Romans 8:31) The interpretation says I am with you and for you, You face nothing alone! Oh do I neeeeed to know that right now! I need to know He is with me while I am going through losing my brother and so many other things. When people treat me terribly, I need to remember I am not alone in this. When to do lists pile and the babies are having clingy and off weeks, I need to remember this. In ALL aspects of life, I need to remember this! And I will! Thank you Katelyn James for my Jesus Calling book by Sarah Young, I love that it breaks down a little per day. VERY helpful for “beginners”!
We also have been to a church here in the Outer Banks twice and we LOVE it. We are so excited to keep going and joining officially soon! They have been beautifully welcoming!! 🙂
So– we’re starting small but our main focus is learning. Studying. Seeking answers and understanding. It’s a beautiful thing that it’s very much on your own terms and up to your own interpretation, but I think paying attention to it daily to some degree is key!