Here’s a collection of posts from others to end this lovely month. I always read so much worth sharing it’s hard to narrow it down sometimes.
My friend Hannah reminds us of the hope in the season:
Gray days don’t stick around forever. Spring will come again. These buds, the first sign of spring, are my life lifter right now. My visualization of God’s promise. How I know He cares.
Ellen at Sweetwater writes about being caught between places in life:
Instead of scrambling ahead and trying to pull accomplishment and worth and an answer toward myself, I am learning heart-deep how to wait on Christ, the ONLY hope of my righteousness. I cannot pull righteousness or right living or inspired living to myself. Only Christ can work this in me. He rescued me in His timing. He will return in His timing. He does His good work in me in His timing. So, I wait for my only hope of righteousness to draw lines around any next thing for my life.
Adam S. McHugh shares an insightful way of understanding kindness. Just wow:
There is a steep price, and the reason why the world sometimes seems starving for kindness and gentleness is because many people are not willing to pay the price. Kindness requires us to absorb pain. The famine of kindness does not owe to lack of exhortation; it owes to our unwillingness to absorb pain. In order to be the kind of people we wish to be, we must absorb the pain of others and we must absorb our own pain and hurt.
The Price of Kindness
April Fiet talks about politics, laws, and the reality of God’s amazing love:
But, just as it was in the days of the disciples and the Pharisees, so it is now: God’s love is far bigger, far more unruly, far more offensive than we could ever imagine.
The Umbrella of God’s Love
Laura at Daily Improvisations gives an excellent rundown of all the reasons Why Being a Mother is Not the Most Important Job in the World:
I don’t need to feel that I am more important in order to feel I am of value. I can appreciate the colorful tapestry of society, knowing it is something I have a unique part in, but strangely equally unique to other people’s parts. No one can be me, but neither can I fulfill someone else’s place.
Read it here!
Jen at This Runner’s Trials on why we don’t care how fast you run:
But here’s the thing, speed is relative. Just because someone else’s “great” workout is way faster than yours, it doesn’t diminish your accomplishment – you should be proud of yourself regardless of how much faster someone else can run.
A Matter Speed
And Jen Hatmaker tells us why we should really really stop comparing, in her signature hilarious style:
Maybe your best thing won’t draw a paycheck, but it is still where you shine and glow and come to life and bless the world. May I legitimize your gifts please? Just because you don’t get a paystub doesn’t mean you should shrink back or play small or give it all up. Do your thing. Play your note. We are all watching, learning, moved. You are making the world kinder, more beautiful, wiser, funnier, richer, better. Give your gifts the same attention and space and devotion like you would if it paid.
Run Your Race.
And something just plain smart to make your life easier from The Nester:
When I dread something that needs to be done daily, it’s a red flag. It’s an opportunity to evaluate if I’m helping or hurting the situation just by something simple that I can change.
– The One Kitchen Tweak that Changed My Attitude