gifts on a tuesday

4379516004_87ec27acdcTo receive this day as it is and not as I wish it was seems like an impossible task sometimes, especially as I stand at the grocery store exit with a cart full only to realize it is pouring. down. the rain. Or when I have big plans for a productive day, but the littlest one is running a fever. Or when they come home from school only to fight until bedtime.

I wish for tomorrow a lot. I rarely consider the fact that tomorrow doesn’t really even exist.

Every week in this place, we purpose to receive this day as the only one we’ve got. Some Tuesdays, I am overflowing with gratitude for the beauty and the peace. I pick out gifts and blessings like two blooms in a whole field full of poppies. There is more than enough to go around.

But there are other days when I trip over too much stuff and too little time. I’m clumsy and worried and fragile. And I desperately need a nap. I am slowly learning what it means to embrace those days, too. Because those are the days when I discover my need for relationship, for encouragement, for community and solitude and forgiveness.

So whether you are in the midst of the mess, surrounded by the lovely or interrupted by things unexpected, I encourage you to pause and consider the gift, whatever it might be. Then, if time allows, share it with us.

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    • says

      Same here, I tend to get so consumed by goals, goals, goals, and looking to fulfill myself when I accomplish them, that I end up losing track and not valuing the present moment.

  1. says

    “I trip over too much stuff and too little time.”
    Sigh. I’ve got bruises to prove these days seem to pop up more often than they should. That’s a big reason why I like Tuesday (or Monday night as it has come to be for me!). Because it makes me step more carefully over the stuff, and instead of tripping over it, I might even bend down to discover treasure.
    So thank you, thank you, Emily. Even though it must get a bit tiring to host every week, know that this bloggy encouragement actually makes a real difference, in real life for many of us.

  2. says

    I’m so glad you do this! I find more and more that I so easily overlook the little things that can ease me through the day and instead focus on the negatives that surround me. How easy it is to notice the rain and not the fact that we are lucky enough to have a full cart of groceries. This weekly reminder is so good for me and I enjoy reading about the things other people are intentionally choosing to focus on as well. Thanks for forcing us to accentuate the positive, Emily!

  3. says

    Oh, Emily. Thank you for reminding us not to wish away today.

    Today is a special anniversary at our house. It was good for me to unpack what it means, to thresh it out within my mind in the process of writing about it. Thank you for giving us this forum to share thoughts. I fear that, without the call to share, sometimes I wouldn’t even bother to think them.

    Much love to you.

  4. says

    I’m learning too! What a beautiful thought to start the day! May God meet you in the midst of the beauty and the clumsy!

    Looking forward,

  5. says

    I look so forward to Tuesday mornings and your posts. You often remind me of things that I really need to here. I feel like I am in the midst of a mess, but I am trying to find joy in it.

  6. says

    I agree with Richella’s comment–Emily, thanks so much for encouraging me to articulate the day I’m embracing and what is in it each week…or I might not think the thoughts. :0)

    “So whether you are in the midst of the mess, surrounded by the lovely or interrupted by things unexpected, I encourage you to pause and consider the gift, whatever it might be.”

    I’ve done this today…thanks to you. Hope the day you embrace today is a blessed one.

  7. says

    “I wish for tomorrow a lot. I rarely consider the fact that tomorrow doesn’t really even exist.” Yep. Me too. Thank you for reminding me that what I have right now is a gift. No matter what shape it takes. Always intentioned by always faithful God. And thank you for encouraging me to see it as such.

  8. says

    I can honestly say that I typed out my post for this link-up, I thought to myself, “You are talking too much”…but I pushed on anyway, driven. When I read it back now…hours later, I could only smile at the gift He gave me.
    Thanks for this…I needed it today.

  9. says

    i am so guilty of wishing for tomorrow all too often rather than enjoying the moment. even during the quiet moments i find myself wishing it would last longer rather than actually just enjoying it. thanks for the reminder.

  10. says

    You’re so right my friend…today is all we’ve got. I had big plans for a productive afternoon until Cupcake decided to fill his britches during nap-time and forgo his sleep. Oh how inconsequential that is in the scheme of life. But still, I was undone and unable to see all the blessings that surround. Thank goodness for Tuesdays.

    And by the way, I quoted you in my last post. I hope that’s okay. I’m just trying to getting you warmed up. Once that book comes out, you’ll be the oft-quoted Emily for sure. : )

  11. says

    thank you… for the encouragement. in the midst of my mess i am seeking the little things. and am hoping that your gifts, too, are showing their faces…

  12. says

    of course- beautiful… I’m not going to post about it because these days I am a weepy, stressed out bit of a mess… I stop and think “no, not today… maybe next week.”
    apparently i need to relearn about tomorrow.

  13. says

    It’s something that I need to constantly remind myself, especially yesterday. Especially TODAY when I spend 2 hours trying to figure out how to work an avocado green sewing maching from the 60’s to no avail. Grrr. Wait! I mean, “yay today!”

  14. says

    “So whether you are in the midst of the mess, surrounded by the lovely or interrupted by things unexpected, I encourage you to pause and consider the gift, whatever it might be.”

    I feel like you’re talking straight to me every week. I think we all feel that way. I want to echo what Jo said above – I am sure this gets tiring for you. Please know how appreciated you are, Emily. I always love to read your perspectives on life and motherhood.

    So I’m a little late to the party, and I was a little nervous to hit publish, but I did it. I may alienate some of my regular readers, but I think it was time to broach the topic. Thanks for the inspiration and encouragement.

    xo elizabeth

  15. says

    This is my first time to your site and I am in love!!! Your attitude about life is fantastic and a good reminder to stop and enjoy to good things all around us. I needed this today- thank you so much!!!

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