Living in Los Angeles hasn’t been the easiest thing I’ve ever done.
snort — But then again, since we got married, what really has been super easy?
We have often chosen the more difficult road, the bumpier road, the more adventurous road, the more “this is what God is telling us to do” road, and coincidentally, living in Los Angeles is one of those roads.
I feel so blessed to have had the experiences we have had, although I know many of you have had much more difficult of experiences. Our trip to Tanzania — the one that taught us so much about saying yes to God, the one that tested my faith in the most intense of way last fall, the one that confirmed my faith in the most beautiful of way (hello, little baby in my belly) — that trip is what pushed us over the edge and affirmed for us that yes, we need to move to Los Angeles.
Funny how the moments we hear God speaking to us the loudest are often the ones that are the most challenging.
At least, that’s been our experiences :)
We’ve been here in the big city for about 15 months, but it’s hard.
Daily I choose to make it our home. We don’t have a lot of “stuff”, and I’ve had to learn to be OK with that.
Daily I choose to encourage Zack and cheer him on with this career.
Daily I choose to not let the traffic eat away my patience; daily I choose to not let the homelessness within the city become something I get used to seeing.
Daily I choose to find a way — even if it’s different from what’s worked in the past — to be the best mama to Maxwell, a companion to Bauer, a meal cooker for our family, a friend developer, a handmade business owner and a daughter of Christ. Sometimes it feels overwhelming to be so many things, but when I focus on living life and being present in each moment, it doesn’t see that overwhelming :) In fact, in doing so I see an abundance of beauty.
In a city where it’s easy to feel lost & swallowed up, I remember this verse:
“I sought the LORD, and he answered me;
he delivered me from all my fears.
Those who look to him are radiant;
their faces are never covered with shame,” Psalm 34:4-5
I know without a skip in my breath that living here is what’s right for right now — there’s an abundance of beauty here.
I just have to be looking for it.
PS. How gorgeous is that photo of the red house with the red flowers (above)? I saw it while out on an afternoon walk. So so lovely.