What Celebration Is - Shauna Neiquist

Happy Monday!
Welcome to another week.
Another week of ups and downs.
Another week of opportunities to invest in the lives of your husband and kiddos.
Another week of meal prep and laundry and carpools.
Another week of mundane moments.
Another week of important moments.
Commit to making this week count.
Because it will never come again.

At one of my MOPS meetings last fall we watched a video by author and speaker Shauna Neiquist - she shared with us about celebrating the small moments, valuing our friendships, and being intentional about reaching out to those around us.

I was really impressed by her sweet and spunky style - and put her book Savor on my Christmas list.

It's a daily devotional with short stories/words of wisdom for each day. I'm only 11 days in, but so far, I highly recommend it. Plus it has delicious recipes sprinkled throughout, so that's always a plus in my book :)

I wanted to share one of the devotionals from a couple days ago as it has really stuck with me:

Blessings & Curses
"You intended to harm me, but God intended it for good." 
Genesis 50:20
When you realize that the story of your life could be told a thousand different ways, that you could tell it as a tragedy, but you choose to call it an epic, that's when you start to learn what celebration is. When what you see in front of you is so far outside of what you dreamed, but you have the belief, the boldness, the courage to call it beautiful instead of calling it wrong, that's celebration.

When you can invest yourself deeply and unremittingly in the life that surrounds you instead of declaring yourself out of the game, once and for all, because what's happened to you is too bad, too deep, too ugly for anyone to expect you to move on from, that's a good rich place. That's where the things that looked like curses start to stand up and shimmer and dance, and you realize that they may have been blessings all along. Or maybe not. Maybe they were curses, but the force of your belief and hope and desperate love for life has brought a blessing from the curse, like water from a store, like life from a tomb, like the life-giving story of God's grace over and over again.

You can check out Shauna's website here: Shauna Neiquist
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