Our family has had an eventful journey, or at least it's felt that way to us. Some seasons have been comfortable and some strenuous, but as I look back it's always those seemingly uncertain steps of faith that fostered the deepest joy.
Let me tell you a few things I’m really delighted by in life:
-Marrying my high school sweetheart. I truly enjoy him.
-Four children who call me Mom. Some birthed by me. Some not.
-Coffee. Bible. Silence. 5:30am.
-Adventures, near and far.
-Painting. Writing. Creating.
Of course, as you well know, not all of life is delightful.
We have lows.
We feel the weight of the world around us, even within our home.
I have had to make a very real practice of daily handing over my burdens to the Lord.
I have felt utter dependence on Him. I’ve come to understand more fully the image of the Vine and the Branches.
I have learned this is a good place to be.
It’s good to be a branch, resting in His love.
In the past I worked primarily in domestic violence prevention in NYC. Now I'm so incredibly grateful to spend my days raising little ones and all that entails. Though I've never been stretched and challenged as much, I wouldn't trade these days for anything.
I am an artist and sell my work here in the Shop. It's my great joy to join with art purchasers in supporting life-saving causes worldwide. (Read more about the important causes supported with 50% of profits in the descriptions of each painting.)
Blogging has been a hobby for about thirteen years, but Goodwill Living is my new online home to share as I continue to learn that a life poured out is a life filled up.
Thanks so much for stopping by.
What is Goodwill Living?
It's about breaking through the walls of our comfort zones and running free.
It's about standing on the firm reality that endless acquiring and amassing does not result in peace, but a life poured out in Jesus' name does.
It's about embracing our families as immeasurable gifts, worthy of our best. And seeing our homes as central hubs for ministry, whether it's meeting the needs of our families or strangers.
Not as a rule, but as a reward.
What is the promised outcome from a life marked by generous love? The privilege of grasping that which is truly life.