Spring in Our Home

ice cream-5Spring in our home.

The windows have been open for the last week non-stop (well, except last night when we thought the house was going to blow over because the wind was so crazy. ) The birds are singing, the sun stays out through dinner, and I’ve been making ice tea. We’ve been watching baseball, planning trips, and eating meals on the porch. I’ve been on a Keane, Snow Patrol, Coldplay, The Fray, Lifehouse, 3 Doors Down, Goo Goo Dolls, All American Rejects kick – so yes, all my favorite moody/love music from high school! And I hung up a spring wreath.

Each season is a little gift. I love living somewhere where we can experience each season. I love snow in the winter, flowers in the Spring, sun kissed skin in Summer, and golden leaves in Fall. Of all the seasons, Spring is the season I most rush through. Especially this year. I find myself rushing, stressing, moving, and looking forward to the next season. Life has been sweet these last days but also overwhelmingly busy. Like the kind of busy that makes you cry and wonder if you can get away with taking a nap under your desk at work. I’m learning to say no and learning to say no to the right things. It’s messy and I am not always great at it. But then there are moments when I’ve let myself sit on the porch in the sun with my eyes closed and “just be.” There are times I’ve grabbed a cup of tea over another cup of coffee and I’ve gone to bed early. But I’ve also stress eaten anything with sugar in my house and all the salt & vinegar chips #truestory

I’ve tried to make excuses for my busyness – a full time job! A blog! And, you know, all those other responsibilities! But what it really is a silent quest for perfection. I mean, that is why I am so stressed. There is no room on my to-do list to not get to things. If dinner isn’t made, I fail. If the laundry still sits folded in the basket, I fail. If the blog post doesn’t look like a magazine, I fail. My expectations set me up for failure. I want to do things well, intentionally, and with purpose. I don’t want to fail.

But then there is grace.

Which is a hard pill for me swallow. To know that my failures are in fact many & grace fills in all those cracks. I’m learning to live in that. In that dichotomy. One where my failures are not held against me and a life that is defined by grace. But also one that shows excellence in her work, loves those around her, and keeps her commitments. I’m handing over the tight grip I have on my to-do list in the morning and praying for direction for the day – to focus on the things that matter and strength to let the other things go. I’m trying to live in this season with open eyes and a heart ready to be molded. I’m confessing my sin for idolizing perfection. And letting the Lord meet my needs in new ways – not just physically, but emotionally & psychologically.

Spring in our home is not perfect. It is windows open, hugs & prayers whispered by my husband, eating out, eating in, watching Daredevil, working on this blog, tearful nights, loud bursts of laughter, and people. Maybe your season isn’t perfect either. And maybe that is okay – in fact, I really think it is okay.

But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me. That is why, for Christ’s sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong. – 2 Corinthians 12:9-10

 

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PS: If you love that wreath in that first picture you should check out Darling Creations right now & also head over to my Instagram for a little giveaway!! xoxo

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Author: Oak & Oats

  • Beth, we are the same person. These struggles are so near to my heart and something I keep coming to week after week, month after month. We can find assurance in the freedom of Jesus!

    • Oak & Oats

      Yes! Praise the Lord!

  • Isn’t it funny how upset we get when we fail to get everything done on our self-imposed to do list and deadlines? I feel like I’m always reminding myself that most of what I’m stressing are things that I’m in control of. Which means I can change the deadline if I want! But my tendency is to want to do everything right now and perfectly. Praise God for grace. 🙂

    • Oak & Oats

      So true! It is crazy. Thank goodness for grace. and daily reminders that we are not alone and can live in freedom!

  • “To know that my failures are in fact many & grace fills in all those cracks. I’m learning to live in that.” you said it! this world leaves us broken & cracked…but then God! He can fill in any crack 🙂

    • Oak & Oats

      Yes! Praise the Lord!

  • Such good words, Beth! I’m feeling the strain of busyness in this season too. I’m trying to find new ways to see God’s grace and new ways to connect with my husband — both things that keep me grounded in the difficult seasons. On another note, I just love that door wreath! 🙂

    • Oak & Oats

      Thanks so much Brit! And yes, new ways to see God’s grace!

  • Beautiful post! Thank you for sharing. I don’t know how you do the work and blog thing You are so on top of it! My blog really suffers when things at work are busy (So like the last 5 months) haha

    • Oak & Oats

      Thanks so much Jessica! It is a messy balance 😉 I honestly really enjoy spending free time & value this place so it helps me be motivated to keep it at the top of my list 🙂 Lot’s of other things suffer though! hahah.

  • Love, love, love this! I definitely need to practice having more grace with myself and others. Wonderfully said, Elizabeth! Have a lovely day!

    • Oak & Oats

      Thanks so much Fallon!!! You too friend! I am so encouraged by the responses on this post!

  • Love this so much! Such wonderful words of encouragement! My season is far from perfect too and I have plenty of tear filled nights, but with every tear, healing and growth comes. Love you Beth!

    • Oak & Oats

      mmm. so true. I love you too Sam! Thanks for being my friend!

  • I love this. It’s so easy to feel that we’ve failed in something.

    • Oak & Oats

      It is so true but we can’t live in that mindset – we miss out on all the good when we get trapped in that!

  • <3 This is a beautiful and timely reminder! Thank you so much! ALSO… How do you like Daredevil? Nate and I have started the series twice and both times just can't get into it. Does it get more interesting? We typically like the superhero type shows like this!

    • Oak & Oats

      YAY! I am glad you can be encouraged too!

      Honestly we LOVE Daredevil. Like so much. I love the characters and the drama and it all. BUT it may not be for everyone. It is one of our favorite Super Hero shows/ movies just because of the way it is done and it feels more real – like there really could be super heroes kinda of thing. We just finished the last episode of season two (that we waited a year for) and now are sad we have to wait another year! Anyways, I don’t think it took long for us to get hooked so if you are not feeling it, it may not be for you!

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    • Oak & Oats

      Ashli! This is so wonderful! I am glad you were encouraged! And thanks!!1

  • This just spoke to my heart SO MUCH! <3

    • Oak & Oats

      Tilley! I am so glad you were encouraged!

  • amy

    but there is grace…amen and amen sister.
    seriously – even in our business, in our struggle, in our overwhelming moments there is grace and, like you said, we should enjoy each season!

    • Oak & Oats

      Yes! Thanks Amy! So great to call you friend! I can’t wait to hug you!