Have you ever soared high on emotions while on a trip or conference only to come crashing down when you return to real life? That is how I landed after my trip to Austin last weekend. After enjoying the ultimate girls’ weekend, I came home to fever and sickness. Real life was a crash landing, all of the happy memories folding up like twisted metal upon impact.
In the middle of the coughing and crying, I knew this post waited to be written. Five smiles from a really hard week? How could I make that work? So, I started to look for my smiles in the knee-deep snot.
Last night was one of those “just get through it” parenting nights. My sweet toddler cried from the time I picked him up at school until well after I put him down for the night. Four hours of cooking, bathing, homework, and trying to have an adult conversation with the background noise of crying is brutal. My soul was tired. Then I read this to my girls at bedtime:
So God gives us moments of joy. The loving hug of a parent, the comfort of a true friend, the warm sunshine on our back. These are His gifts of hope to us–like tiny slivers of light breaking through the window of heaven. God gives us these glimpses of joy to give us hope and keep us going. He is saying to us, ‘If you think this is good, just wait and see what I have for you in heaven.’ (Max Lucado, Grace for the Moment: 365 Devotion for Kids)
For today’s #FridayFive, I bring you five glimpses of joy from a tough week. It is the silver lining to my stormy skies. I hope it encourages you to find your own glimpses of joy in the hard times.
Glimpses of Joy
My Big Family Renovation Binge
I woke with a fever Monday, as did all three of my children. We all felt tired and useless. The girls had a million questions about my weekend. I decided it was the perfect day to Binge on HGTV’s My Big Family Renovation. We watched the Hatmakers turn an aging farmhouse into a dream house for their family of 7. It was fun to relive the weekend with the girls through the magic of television (and Amazon Prime).
Holding My Baby
Barrett is almost 2. The days of snuggles and rocking are drawing to a close. I missed his squishy face while away so the extra cuddles were welcome. He needed extra loving this week as he recovered from an ear infection and virus. I didn’t get much done, but I did soak in the time we spent together just being mother and child.
After a year of petitioning her parents, Sarah Kate started gymnastics this month. She is on top of the world as she wobbles across the balance beam. It is an exercise in spinning plates to get her there each week, but I couldn’t help but smile at the way she kept turning back to make sure I saw her every move. While “misery love company” is a familiar line, I think “joy loves company” is just as true!
A Faithful Servant Finds Healing
A dear friend of ours lost his father this week. He spent the last 13 years immobilized by a spinal cord injury after a tragic accident while returning from a mission trip. Steve remained faithful to the message of the Gospel, even while confined to a wheelchair and, later, a bed. Saying goodbye is hard, but knowing that he now walks, completely healed, in the presence of Jesus brings some joy.
Remembering for My Daughter
I remember doing interviews with parents and grandparents for history classes. “Where were you when JFK was killed?” “Tell me about The Depression years.” The tables have finally turned. Claire interviewed me last night for her history class. “Where were you on 9/11?” It was a poignant moment, remembering my thoughts and emotions, passing down oral history from one generation to the next. While there was nothing good about that day, remembering the stories of hope and heroes can bring “tiny slivers of light” to this day of remembrance.
#FridayFive Link Up
Now it is your turn! Share your glimpses of joy in the comments. Or, better yet, link up your happy post below. Joy loves company, so join the fun!