Photos from a trip to Old Town Flower Gardens. Hope they make you happy too.
A new week and the month of May. All good things, hello hello.
As of late, I often have on my mind what to write about next. As much as I love fashion and food and home decor and all that, I also love writing to share my heart, and want to make sure Avenue Midwest is a destination of substance and not just cute off the shoulder tops or recipes for work week lunches.
I’ll often ask Andrew what I should blog about in a semi-jokingly matter and approximately 100% of the time, he says “your awesome husband.”
Haha. The thing is, I probably should plan out my posts better and I’m sure one day I will, but as is, I like writing on the fly. I’m a pretty fast writer and I like expressing thoughts as they come to me on a day-to-day basis in real time. (Still getting over the idea that who am I to write something others would care about? But that’s another story.)
So on Sunday, Andrew asked me what I was going to write about next and I told him I really didn’t know. I do have a good high protein peanut butter dip recipe comign atcha this week and some other ideas jotted down in my phone, but there was nothing ‘of substance’ I could recall that I had on the docket.
And there goes God, always planting a seed of thought in my mind right when I need Him to. He did just that while I was at church. (well played, God…plainly reminding me that I should not miss church.)
So it was nearing the end of the service after we’d gotten communion and in those silent moments of prayer that I was thinking of the blessings afforded to us in this life and just having one of those moments, you know? The song Behold the Lamb by Martin Willett came on and I love that song. I was feeling grateful for a loving family and the reality that there are multiple places in the world that I call home. And I felt grateful for the intangible things in life.
And I had this fleeting thought: if I could wish certain things on all others in the world, what would I choose?
Of course, faith, hope and love were top of mind.
And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the great of these is love.
There’s a reason this 1 Corinthians 13:13 verse is read at just about every wedding and included in everything from sorority rituals (my own…Theta represent) to bumper stickers. Faith, hope and love are all virtues I hold dear to my heart and would wish upon everyone.
Coupled with two more, I thought about how these 5 virtues (or whatever you want to call them) are ones that should make us step back a minute today and find a moment to feel truly grateful. Because wherever we are in our lives and whoever you are reading this, I would venture to be sure that these 5 things are abundant in your life.
You may have faith in the people you love. What a blessing that is. I have faith in my family and in Andrew, and in many of my friends. I have faith that they’ll stay true to me and that they value who I am; I have faith that they care about me and will invest in our relationship. I’m so grateful for this faith I have in them.
The greatest faith I have, though, is of course in God. It’s the only faith I have and know, without a shadow of a doubt, will never fail me. It’s not prone to human error or mistake. Matthew 17:20 tells us, “if you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move. Nothing will be impossible for you.”
I’d wish upon everyone that kind of deeply humbling faith.
Hope gives us wings. It’s what encourages us that a better future is always ahead, no matter where we may be in our lives in this moment.
Much in this life is comforting, but hope is our supreme comfort, even as it relates to matters as serious as death. There is always hope, so I’d wish upon everyone that divine understanding. Hope is what allows us to hear phrases like the best is yet to come and believe in their reality.
No matter who you are, I am sure that you have plenty of people who love you and who you love back. So far you have faith, hope and love. Love truly is the greatest of the three.
Beyond the first three, I decided I’d wish purpose upon all people. Purpose is a little harder to come by as it seems like finding our purpose is a constant journey.
It seems to me, though, that a lack of purpose is what leads so many people to destitution, and what keeps so many in a season of depression.
I think we can also find purpose in the little things, though, and not think of purpose as the top title we’re meant to take in this lifetime (for example, she found her purpose being a stay-at-home mom or a history professor or a CEO).
Our purpose in any given moment is to be the best we can be in that role. So, for example, I find purpose in my mornings by waking up, having a productive hour or two, leaving for work and beginning my day with a grateful heart and motivated mind.
I might find my purpose is different at different points in my day, and at different points in my life.
Purpose brings us from one thing to the next and leaves with us a feeling of fulfillment. So I’d wish upon everyone a conviction of their purpose.
And Finally, Peace
Peace. I spend so much time getting caught up in things or worrying. In reality, this isn’t making anything better and is only fruitlessly expending energy and unsettling my soul.
God said, “I am leaving you with a gift—peace of mind and heart. And the peace I give is a gift the world cannot give. So do not be be troubled or afraid.” John 14:27
I’d wish everyone this kind of peace. The kind of peace the world cannot give us; the kind we can find in God alone. A peace that assures us in every situation, no matter how dire, all will be ok.
I hope wherever you’re sitting as you move on to do whatever it is you’re doing next, that you hold those 5 values close -faith, hope, love, purpose and peace – knowing they abound in your life if you seek them out.
Have a good one!
Other posts on faith can be found in the Faith subcategory under Life.