Today was a beautiful day. I love going in to get my son when he wakes up lately. His face lights up when I walk in to the room and he says "Mom, you're back". It's ok to laugh. I do every time he says it. I don't know if he dreams that I left or if he just learned to say something new and he says it. I promise that for 99.5% of this kids life I have been by his side. I love that he is excited to see me in the mornings. I enjoy kicking off the day with someone who is happy to be enjoying life.
We went for a quick visit today to my hometown. I delivered some product to a friend/customer and then we went to grab some lunch with my mom and step dad. It was a sweet visit. My son was in an amazing mood and he ate really well.
Also, I may have said the following to my husband today. "A mouse ran across the driveway when I was getting Joe in to the car. He was kind of cute. He had super big eyes. Now that I think about it though, maybe he had glaucoma". Both my husband and I laughed. He was a cute mouse though. Even his ears were a little over sized. I'm not usually a big fan, but he was cute. He just better keep his distance from my house. We have traps and I'm not afraid to use them.
Action #1 - Be Thankful
I always feel like these questions are trick questions. I love books, so picking out just one to be thankful for is a little difficult. Of course, there is the Bible. I do not discount that, but for the sake of this question let's talk about books that are not the Bible. Like I said, I struggle to limit it to just one so I'm going to list the books that I have read within the last year that have been impactful to me.
1. Present Over Perfect
2. 100 Days To Brave
3. Grace Not Perfection
6. Girl Be Brave
7. Girl Wash Your Face
8. Girl Stop Apologizing
All of these books are amazing reads and all of them have their own merit and messages, but all of them tell you to believe in who God made you to be.
Action #2 - Devotions, Journaling & Prayer
Today in Embraced, Lysa talks about being overlooked. She talks about how David was so overlooked that when Samuel told Jesse to line up his sons so he could anoint one of them as king, he didn't even call David in from the fields to stand in line.
It isn't easy when you are overlooked. I know. I feel I can be overlooked on a regular basis. I oftentimes compare myself to the proverbial wallflower at the school dance or the kid that is jumping up and down in gym class hoping that they are not the last person to be "picked" for a team. You know. The leftovers. The ones that no one wants.
I don't know why I see myself as this, but here I am. Up until just a few months ago I woke up daily with the assumption that I did not matter. There has been a shift however, that started in July. (I'll talk more about that in December)
Ultimately, the message is, that David was overlooked by man, but he was handpicked by God. That is the message that Lysa is delivering in today's devotional. Maybe you are overlooked. Maybe others don't see the value in you and what you can bring to the table, but God does. He has a plan for you. He sees your value. He's prepping you for something bigger.
Girl Be Brave was all about being resilient today. Standing back up when you get knocked down. Here are a couple of my favorite quotes for today.
Action #3 - Exercise
Ha! I did it. I had a full day of traveling and still came home, waited for my son to go to bed and then did a workout. High five it out people. I am nine days in. I may just make a habit of being thankful, exercising and blogging!
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