An abundance of beauty.

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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 theĀ  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 theĀ  red house with the red flowers (above)? I saw it while out on an afternoon walk. So so lovely.

Comments

  1. 1

    says

    Sayin’ Hi to you this morning. Thanks for sharing. Waiting on the Lord is quite the experience :) Sometimes (just sometimes) I wish I could peer into the future to see where we will be, where our kids will be, etc. Especially now as we are waiting on God to lead us to a new house (still in our same area just with the needs of 4 growing kids). This life is quite a journey!

  2. 4

    says

    Every day, it is a choice! You’re so right. Thank you for the reminder that every day is a new opportunity to choose what is best! You’re living out Jeremiah 29:7! Woohoo!

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    Amanda M. says

    Beautiful. And that’s my favorite verse to rely on for strength. I love what you said about not getting used to seeing homelessness.<3

  4. 6

    says

    I have been feeling a bit overwhelmed by all the “hats” I wear every day (wife, mother, cook, “maid,” chauffeur, blogger, friend, etc). It is definitely a daily decision to keep doing all the things that I do. Although exhausting, I know that I’m making the right choices. Thanks for posting. It’s nice to know I’m not alone!

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    says

    I literally just posted on my FB page about how it’s all in your perspective, how you choose to see things and have the attitude you have. This morning I turned off my alarm and fell back asleep, waking up at the latest time I ever sleep in to when I have to go to work. Instead of saying “Whew! Luckily I woke up on time,” I chose to acknowledge God’s presence in my life and said “Thank You for getting me up on time.” It’s all about our daily choices and perspective!

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    says

    Our marriage of 15 years is one that amazes me. It too has not always been the smoothest road but when I look back I can’t help but rejoice that we saw God thru it all! As we get ready to move far to another state, relocate four kids and start all again I love to see posts (like this one) that remind us our heavenly father still wants us to dream, to hope, to trust!

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    says

    Hi Maggie,
    I came to your blog today knowing I would feel inspired and motivated. I’ve been struggling with a few things, making my apartment that feels so temporary, to feel more cozy and more of a home. I see how simply you guys live yet how rich your lives are and how you guys just make things work. My husband and I are possibly going to start trying for a baby, and I have always had these visions of no debt, owning a home, having a baby room set up for a baby, having everything perfectly in line before bringing another life into this world. But that isn’t reality for many people I am realizing. I love your truthfulness and willing to share your life, struggles, and happy times, you have no idea how much it helps to hear all aspects of others lives to kind of validate being in the same boat as being OK. We are in our early thirties, and have taken a longer, bumpier road with life as well, but really feel it is time to have a baby, mentally we feel ready, plus we aren’t getting any younger ;) Seeing that you guys too live in an apartment with a baby, with careers, busy city, etc makes me feel like anything is possible, and you just make it work. Thank you for your whole-hearted honesty and for continuously sharing your thoughts!

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    Lyssa says

    Thank you for sharing, it is inspiring and fantastic to hear. My husband and I are moving to LA this summer. Do you have any advice for neighborhoods you’ve loved or avoided? Again, thank you for writing. It is such an encouragement for many.

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