Autumn Grace

Finding Your Sweet Spot

I’m in a sweet spot. I’ve arrived at that season of parenting where my children can get ready to leave for our weekly home school co-op, piano lessons, or a road trip, independently.  They can wake up to their own alarms and fix their own breakfasts. Getting loaded into the SUV doesn’t require bulky car seats and strong biceps. No more diaper bags or coolers of bottled formula on our road trips. It’s a much less complicated business traveling with kids who aren’t ages 8, 4, 3 and newborn. I’m yawning just typing that- four kids aged 8 and under.

Though travel now is less complicated, life is still complex. It’s just complicated in other areas. Now it’s college tuition, driver’s licenses, sibling spats with hormones in play, broken hearts, and serious big life questions. But it’s still sweet.

Sweet that the Man-Cub, 20 next month, calls to ask advice about class registration, or how to mail a letter. Major Mom fail that he didn’t know if he definitely needed a stamp to mail a letter. True story. Sweet that the 6 foot, 16 year old smiles his crooked smile at me while one upping me with his wit or brain power. All of my kids are definitely going to be smarter than me. Please don’t tell them because sometimes they think they already know everything. Sweet that the 14 year old says I’m her best friend. I hang on to that the days her eye rolls outnumber her smiles. Sweet that the 11 year old hugs me a dozen times a day. I mean literally a dozen times.  So I often need to remind myself that this won’t last forever, and I need to cherish all 12 times.

In days gone by, despite my sleep deprived state of functioning, there were lots of sweet spots. Sweet that I could rock 8 pounds of perfection to sleep. Sweet that my clothes were covered in sticky peanut butter and jelly fingerprints, after snuggling with a toddler while watching Elmo for the 800th time. Sweet to be woken up by bright green eyes and a head full of ringlets demanding breakfast at 6AM. Sweet in the sacred moment when all four were finally tucked in and my head was blissfully hitting the pillow.

In our everyday, right now, I believe we can find our sweet spot. Hopefully a lot of them. It often means asking God for His bigger picture perspective. Or taking a step back, laying aside some emotions and taking a long term view of our right now circumstances. It might take seeking the wise counsel of a trusted friend who can point out the truths we need to hear. Often an objective viewpoint from a counselor or pastor is what it takes to help us see past the deep fog of grief and blur of tears when we’re in a suffering kind of place. Because even when we’re in those hard places He’s there. Jesus is present. Always.

It’s Jesus present, that causes my dear friend, knee deep in the chaotic trenches of raising six children to find a beautiful melody in the midst of it all. It’s Jesus that helps my favorite pastor, serve hundreds of seniors in his community while living with congestive heart failure. It’s Jesus that enabled me to find a sweet spot of midnight Oreos and talks with my 13 year old son, when I was a single mom. It’s Jesus that shows me the sweet spots in the mundane Monday that’s filled with mounds of laundry, sixth grade math corrections, and making dinner- again!

So, what’s the sweet spot in your life today? Maybe you can’t see it. Maybe you’ve forgotten that Jesus is in this with you. Maybe you need to ask Him for a different viewpoint? A bigger picture? What if you considered your right now circumstances in light of eternity? Maybe you need to pick up the phone and set up a lunch date with that wise friend. Maybe you need to read the promises He gave us in His Word. It’s so easy to forget. Maybe you just need to make some time for your soul to rest.  Take a slow, scenic drive or even better, a nap! Maybe you need to reach out to a counselor or pastor for some help to see where the sweet spots are in the midst of your difficult right now.

My prayer for you, and for me, is that we will walk and talk with Jesus daily.  Because journeying with Him in our everyday, is the secret to finding our sweet spot.  ~Cory-Lynn

Psalm 34:18 (NIV) The Lord is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit.

2 Corinthians 1:3-5 (NIV) Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves receive from God. For just as we share abundantly in the sufferings of Christ, so also our comfort abounds through Christ.

Philippians 4:6-7 (NIV) Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

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