I have this thing for words.
Often I'm too quick to speak them & I repeatedly misuse them. I cheapen them with excess and anger and spill the phrase, "I love you" far too regularly.
There are times though, when a word or a phrase that I didn't expect to hear catches me so off guard I find myself thinking about it, meditating on it without ceasing. Often times they are everyday words, words used in grocery stores when speaking of broccoli or chips. While other words are weighted with such significance that they are worthy of being stitched together with photography or a story for our children.
So in the midst of our evening of gift giving, meal consuming, child caring, photo taking, conversation making I heard such a word is a miracle. Yet, there they were, two young moms, speaking truth to one another, "Girl, you are enough."
And girl, you are.
You are enough for people to honor and observe.
You are enough, just as you are, to be celebrated through a soul nourishing meal.
You are enough to be photographed, acknowledged, given significance through the lens that captures you just as you are, with all your beauty and scars.
You are enough for your tinies, those little ones that call you mom, who exhaust your mind but cultivate the depths of your heart.
You are enough and yes, this evening is all for you. You are worthy of celebration.
You are enough, you are adequately prepared for your life, you are sufficient for the purpose of mothering and growing and being loved.
In less than 30 days, we will be gathering together to celebrate Christmas 2016 and reflect on a year of journeying life together. Some of the journey has been celebrated on the mountain tops, some in the struggle of the everyday, and some has been wept over in the depths of the valley.
One thing remains true...