I wear bedroom slippers now, soft and gray, the kind you slip into and make the scruffy sound across the fluff of rug or hardwood.
I grab the white robe, lightly patterned waffle texture and it’s mine morning and night. “Are you cold?” he asks.
“No.” I answer and don’t attempt to explain that it doesn’t matter anymore how frumpy I may be. I love my robe, it’s one of my things, sensory pleasing, comfortable against my skin, all wrapped up and at peace.
My aunt used to wear her makeup to bed, fixed her hair before gardening, now my uncle sweetly fusses for her to shower when she’s been sewing all day and it’s about time for supper.
She sews on and on, her fabrics feeling the touch of her aging hand.
I love that woman, love that lostness in the thing she’s making, doing, it’s a not so fierce,
More a pleasing independence, who she is.
I love that woman.
I have a cousin, the same, fiercely honest and a master at getting lost in all things digging and planting.
She is she, profoundly she.
She prays for me, I pray for her.
A friend told my daughter last week, “Oh, your mama is stepping out, I wouldn’t be surprised what she might do.”
We all smiled.
Today, the little girl who hid behind her grandma from the moodiness of boisterous grandpa and life will get to do something.
Today, I tell myself just now, I will smile, unconcerned over the memory of a broken tooth that went unfixed because of time and money and life.
Today, I will pray before filming a segment on a show hosted by a gracious and easy listening woman.
I will follow God’s lead in my replies, because I will have prayed that God have his way with us both.
Today, I’ll not worry about the appearance of knees, round and pale, showing for the world to see, because I love the dress, it’s me.
I’ll stay where I’ve found is best and true, acknowledging God in these opportunities, the things I call treasures he has given me, a chapter in a book.
The chance to talk about Him. How he undeniably is all amongst this thing!
My chapter called, “Leaving Loved” submitted at the suggestion of someone I met while writing a story about her, then selected and I’m asked if I know of a non-profit that serves women and children.
“Yes, I do, I work for one, it’s called Nurture Home.” Nurture Home
And then, it’s selected. This is why I believe in taking steps towards possible opportunities.
So, today I sit with coffee and a copy of “I Heart Mom” and I’ve prayed already and will be praying again.
Thank you, Lord that I get to do this today and for whatever “this’s” come from here, from you, through you,
for me now.
The me I’m becoming, through you.
“For I know the plans I have for you,” says the Lord.
“They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope.”
Jeremiah 29:11 NLT
This book, and these publishers, all a part of God’s plans for me, has stories of struggling, gracious and brave moms.
There are stories of single parenting, of the loss of a child, of in vitro blessings and newborn blessings.
The stories are authentic and are “every mama” stories. I encourage to consider purchasing one on Amazon for yourself, a mom or a friend.
A portion of the proceeds will be divided between Nurture Home and another non-profit that works to keep young people safe.
Thank you, Jesus for your grace towards me thus far. What a love, what a grace.
Learn more here about how God brought me to this place of now:
I’m linking up with Jennifer Dukes Lee. Her story, also on Fox News website had me anticipating the answer and when I found the answer to “loving others”, the only comment that made sense was “awesome”.