My journal and this blog often feel monopolized by struggle. My writing has always been this way. I am an excellent journal writer when life is boring, when I'm disappointed, when I feel lonely or forgotten. For me, writing is therapy, not record keeping. I'm quick to abandon recording the history of my life when times are good. I would rather be living my life, laughing with friends, and seeing the world, than writing it all down. But this tendency leaves my written life in a lurch, lacking the balance of joy that accompanies the life I live each day. There is joy...I promise.
About a year ago I was struggling to find purpose in my days. I had nothing but free time. Time to think, and sleep, and garden, and write. I had more free time than any modern person has the right to claim and it was hard for me. I felt like I was going through some sort of motherhood withdrawal. The regression from full-time mom to self-centered 30-something was dramatic and surprisingly difficult. I spent many nights praying that God would help me find some purpose.
It has taken time - time I'm sure I needed - but purpose has come in the most amazing ways.
After months of applying for jobs, having great interviews, and being rejected...I stopped looking. Then one day the perfect job flashed across my Facebook news feed. I applied, and they hired me. My job combines my love of art, education, and museums. It is about 7 minutes from my home, and allows me the flexibility to travel with Jordan when he goes to work. The best part: I love the people I work with. They are kind, and thoughtful, and amazing.
Not romantic love... I mean the selfless kind of love you give to your child. In the months that followed Jonah's death I really missed feeling that kind of love. Its the kind of love that needs to be given. The kind of love that grows through time and energy spent, and sacrifice. I needed an outlet for the stockpile of love I had for Jonah. I needed to give it to someone else.
In September, my inspired neighbor asked me if I would consider serving on a development board for Primary Children's Medical Center. I was nervous at first, but said "yes" and have been healed and strengthened by the experience. I get to work and serve with 30 incredible women who care deeply about children. Each time I visit the hospital I interact with families who are struggling and worried, and I get to help ease some of their burden. I meet ordinary people - waitresses, cashiers, and store managers - who tell me they are donating their tips, their time, and sometimes their paychecks to help families in need. It is humbling and healing.
Life is good. There is pain, but there is also joy. I have been hurt, but I have also been blessed. I know that God loves me because he has opened doors for me that seemed locked, maybe even dead-bolted. My problems and worries are still present, but they are beautifully balanced by a renewed feeling of purpose.
Wednesday, March 27 is Cookies for Kids day at all Utah Chick-fil-A stores.
When you buy a cookie 100% of your purchase goes directly to charity care for sick children at Primary Children's Medical Center.
So tomorrow treat yourself for a good cause!