Day 59: Freedom

Happy Sunday and Day 59 of Another 100 Days of Hannah, y’all!

First things first: guys, today was gorgeous.
For the first time since… November? Maybe late October, the thermometer broke 60 today, and even though it was windy, partly cloudy, and super muddy (thanks to the 12 inches of snow from last week that are still trying to melt), it was beautiful.

And, in true Midwesterner fashion, I took advantage of this warm day – complete with playing with some of my favorite little people after church, washing my car, going for a run, opening up the house, and even drying (or attempting to) my clothes on the line.
 

(Woah. You’d think after living in the south for a couple of years that I wouldn’t consider 60 warm… oh well!)
 
Which… is probably why it’s after 8p and I’m just now getting around to blogging.

In any case…

This weekend, it particularly struck me how much I really do love weekends.
Not because they’re necessarily super relaxing, but more because they finally give me a time to catch up.

I have time to cook and clean.
I have time to work on little projects around the house.

I have time to catch up with friends, and hang out with family and other loved ones.
I have time to spend working on hobbies.
I have time to just… enjoy life!

Thinking about this reminds me of a question posed by my counselor last week:

 
What would a non-stressful life look like?
 
Great question.
It might be easy to say – well, of course, a non-stressful life would be one where I don’t have to do anything.  One where I can just lie in bed all day and not have a care in the world
But, at least for me, this isn’t the picture of a non-stressful life at all.
 
A non-stressful (or less stressful) life isn’t one where everything’s perfect, or one without deadlines or a schedule, or one in which nothing unexpected ever happens, or one where I sit around all day and do nothing.
 
Rather, it’s when I cast my cares on the Savior.
It’s when I find joy in the moment – regardless of what that moment holds.
It’s when I stop running from all that I have been, what I feel like I must be, what I’m afraid I’m not, and simply… am.
 
This idea reminds me of the scripture in 2 Corinthians 3:
Now, the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom.

Freedom.
 
Yes – this is the picture of a non-stressful life.
One in which I am freed from the spinning of my mind as it rushes through this life, freed to rest in the strong arms of a careful Father.

‘Til tomorrow,

Hannah

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