Sunday, July 28, 2013

Sneak Peek Sunday

Sneak Peak Sunday is a little series I'm starting where I let you into the real deal, what life is actually like right in this moment. In my home, in my heart, in my neighborhood, in this city, wherever I am at, whatever I am thinking...this is what it is. Yikes!
Or not so yikes because if you read this little blog, you know the real deal me and you already have not just a sneak peek, but a huge glimpse into my heart. 

Nonetheless, Sneak Peek Sunday is another way I let my guard down, no walls up, and let you into our little world here in Chicago. My prayer is that you enjoy it, laugh a lot, and are reminded that it's okay to be human and not have it all together sometimes. 


Today was one of those days where sleep felt so good, so we woke up kind of late and did just what was necessary to get to church somewhat on time. 

- Quick showers {which we call taking a birdbath}
- Minimal makeup
- Pop the wrinkly jeans {that have been sitting in a pile in our room for days} in the dryer for 10 minutes while we put on a pot of coffee.
- PK warmed up left over pancakes that we ate on the way
- I put lipstick on in hopes that people notice that before they noticed my non-shaved armpits if I accidentally lifted up my arms.
...And so the story goes. 
We made it to church in enough time, but you know when the Konickis are sitting in the balcony that we were a liiiitle later than usual. 

I promised myself that right after church I would go home and clean our house because it is a disaster. I took pictures because some of our dear friends have said they've never seen our place messy. Which is funny to me because they are our people and we're to that level where I know they love us even in our mess. {Literally and figuratively} And I know our place has been a sty when they've come over before. All this to say, here it is. The literal mess, as we've left it for the past three days. May these pictures be ones that make you feel normal. Or maybe they'll make you feel better about yourself. In all of this I gotta remember one thing:
A wise man once said, "only God can judge me." {Thank you Tupac}

{close up with drawers open and all}

Let me rewind for a second to the last song we sang in church. It really struck a chord in my heart this morning. It was one of those older songs that was hip back in college but you haven't heard for like three years, then all of a sudden you sing it and hear the words in a different season of life, with a different shaped mind and heart and it's like the song is new again. 
I left church knowing that I had to write about it. 
I had to leave the mess for a little while longer and reflect on how and why this song made my heart skip a beat. 

The song is called "All Because of Jesus" and the chorus goes like this: 

It's all because of Jesus I'm alive
It's all because the blood of Jesus Christ
That covered me and raised this dead man's life
It's all because of Jesus I'm alive

I thought to myself, yes this is it. My soul is set free, my life is new, my sin is something I don't have to feel guilt over anymore, because of Jesus. Because He died for me. For you. My soul is alive like never before ever since I placed my faith in God when I was 15 and today was a reminder of that. A sweet reminder that God loves me and there is so much for my heart to sing about, to rejoice over, to praise Him for. Yes, this life here on earth is not promised to be one of ease and free of pain, but my friends, God offers a hope that no one or anything else can offer. He offers a relationship with Him, hope in Him and what He has planned for my life. For your life. My weary soul can rest in the promise that He has my heart in His hands and walks with me every single step of the way. 

My soul was revived today. 
My heart didn't need to clean the second I got home, what my heart needed was Jesus.
I was reminded that the everyday tasks will always be there, but there is something so sweet about taking time out to be with God. To think about Him. To be reminded of His goodness. Perhaps that's my challenge to you today. Grab a cup of coffee and take a walk. Put down the dirty dishes and snuggle up on the couch. Let go for a second, breathe, and just be. Be with God. Let your soul be filled with thoughts of Him and His goodness today. 

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