What Makes This Great

I’ve been on hiatus from Soul Strings for a little over a week, soaking in the mountain air in Tennessee alongside my family.

It was sweet, refreshing, and filled to the brim with rest. I didn’t think about our business, this blog, or much of anything other than when we were going to go swimming & what we were going to eat. Taking a break from reality is so good. Seriously, consider it highly recommended.

Today, my mind is set on dwelling, abiding, resting & reconnecting. It’s what I’ve been doing for the past week:  drenching myself in disconnection from the demands of our life and dwelling in the satisfaction that it can wait. I left for vacation weighted by the worries of being a small business owner as well as a family of four. It can wait is just a crazy, foreign thing to me.

Dwelling. Abiding. Resting. Reconnecting.

When I began to go through my to-do list today and thinking about things that I had pushed far from my mind a week ago, I was reminded fully of how great this is. Only months ago, we were comfortable living our life the way we were, not worried much about anything, and not too concerned about doing Kingdom work. As far as furthering the Kingdom, we didn’t know where to start. We didn’t have much motivation to live out the Gospel as it has been presented to us. Evan had a simple job, we lived a simple life, and we loved God. But all of this, starting a business because of Jesus in us, is so drenched with the joy of God.

We are in the middle of the most beautiful, intricate plan of a Creator. It is freeing to think that we get the opportunity to do what we love in the service of Christ. And it seems crazy! A small business with a little bit of money and two kids to care for..yes, crazy indeed. But I am dwelling, abiding, resting, and reconnecting knowing that I am not the carrier of my burdens, and I am not the creator of miracles. We return to our routine basking in the glory that we are called, lifted, and equipped.

And although I may find myself sneaking glances at other small business owners & their successes, I am trying to rest, reconnect & abide in the truth that we’ve already won. We have the greatest prize that can be had. It may seem that my husband is just a graphic designer and I am just a stay-at-home mom, and where’s the ministry/Kingdom work in there? It’s everywhere. We do our work, no matter its content, to the glory of God. No matter the money in our pocket. No matter what it may look like through Instagram pictures. No matter what. That is what makes this great.

Published by Janelle Delagrange

Wife to a graphic designer, mom to three young boys, and writer of the soul.

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