Do you ever take a moment and pause what you’re doing, look around, and thank your Father for the day? So many times I find myself living with my head down, busy with making a meal or looking for a child. Of course, I’m always asking, “Has anyone seen Bauer? Where is the dog?” – snort.
I can be so engrossed in the minutia of the day that I don’t slow down to notice the beautiful colors surrounding me.
But, we are in living color.
And really, I don’t think I’m alone in this thinking. I think many women can relate to me. When I pause and look around, I find myself enjoying the busyness of womanhood and motherhood in a totally new way.
There is a lot of color that surrounds us each day. Have you noticed color in the household chores and the meals prepped/served? How about the color in your decor and the shades of color of the flowers outside? I like to notice the variegated colors of the leaves, the crayon marks that accent my wall (cringe), and the small rock pile that’s been at my front door for seven weeks now.
We are in living color.
I began this blog post when we still lived near Detroit, and if you happened to see my last post (or, if you happen to follow me on Instagram), then you saw we moved north a few hours. Our new home is in Petoskey, tucked between Traverse City, Charlevoix, and Harbor Springs, just 40 minutes south of the Mackinac Bridge. Our home life in Petoskey is quite different from our home life near Detroit, there is still so much beautiful color to notice and rejoice over.
If I keep my eyes open, nothing is bland about this life. Would you agree with me about your life?
Over the last 14 years of marriage, which includes eight moves to eight different homes (comprised of three states and seven cities), I’ve learned that there is always something beautiful to see and take notice of.
We are in living color.
When I pause to notice this, I feel grounded in the moment and more present with those around me. I want to think about the colors around me right now because they are tiny previews of what’s to come when seated with Christ in the heavenly realms.
I pray you are mindfully present today, taking note of the colors surrounding you.
I love this! I’ve been working hard to notice the SOUNDS of domesticity lately. The sound of turning the tap on at the sink; the gentle thud of placing a lid on the pot; the shuffling of my slippers as I clean the floors; the quiet slicing of vegetables and the knock of the knife hitting the cutting board. Focusing on our senses is a wonderful way to ground us as we navigate our day-to-day lives and has been helping me a lot.
Ohhh, those are some wonderfully detailed examples! You gave me a few sounds I didn’t expect to read about but certainly loved that you included them. xx
I wrote a blog post about it a few weeks ago so those examples have still been on my mind :)
What beautiful reminders! Thank you!
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