There is something beautiful about slowing down and reflecting on what I learned this past month. My natural inclination is to press forward without taking a breath. However, I want to learn to take rest. I want to learn to reflect on the good and the hard.
One way to do this is to sum it all up in one post at the end of the month. So here we go:
What I learned in May
God’s plan is a beautiful plan.
We started the month off with attending the South Carolina Teacher of the Year Gala. It was a beautiful event celebrating all of the teachers. There was also so much anticipation as my husband was in the top 5 and we knew he could be chosen as the Teacher of the Year. My emotions were mixed on the whole thing. When they did not announce his name, there were even more emotions. Disappointment for him because I know he is competitive and then relief flooded in because I knew we would not have to deal with him traveling. As we talked about the event in the days following, I was just overwhelmed with seeing how beautiful God’s plan is.
You can decorate on a budget.
I have been on a mission to create a sense of peacefulness in our home. Well, as much peace as there can be with three little kids. Over the past couple months, I have slowly been painting some of our furniture. All I can say is that chalk paint is amazing. Yes, I want to find a good piece to go under our TV, but in the meantime, I can paint the one I have and it works!
Motherhood is sanctifying.
The other day we were dealing with one of our kids and his behavior. It was exhausting. I felt so overwhelmed and inadequate. Later my husband said, “Sometimes I feel like I am failing as a parent.” In response I said, “Me too.” We then went on to talk about parenting and how God uses it and marriage to sanctify us. Friends, I fail on a daily basis as a mom. Yes, I talk about thriving, but in the thriving, there are moments of complete chaos and failure because we are all human. I am in a process of learning, growing, and being sanctified. It is hard and yet it so good.
I can choose to dwell on things or speak truth to myself.
When I am tired or frustrated, I can be my own worst enemy. The lies start to flood in and I become consumed with feeling like a failure. One thing I learned in May and continue to learn is that I have a choice in what I tell myself. My goal is to choose to speak truth. One way to do this is to fill my mind with truth and another way is to have others around me who remind me of the truth.
A Few Products from May
Just for fun, I wanted to share some products I have been introduced to this past month. Some of these may contain affiliate links. Read more policy here for more information.
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Our Storybook– Horacio Printing recently released this product to help save marriages. Our Storybook was created for couples, to help them remember why they fell in love, celebrate, their love today and dream for the future. It’s all about taking time to speak life into each other, cultivate gratitude, and recommit. Also, with every purchase, they donate 10% to fight human trafficking through their support of A21. Use code BLOOM to get 10% off. Order your copy here.
Image Source: Horacio Printing
I Can Only Imagine- This picture book is inspired by the song by Mercy Me. It is absolutely beautiful and will spur your child’s imagination and creativity on. I am so excited to partner with Tommy Nelson in giving away a copy of this book! Head over to Instagram to enter!
What about you? What lessons have you learned this past month? What are some current favorites?