Real Life Mama: Bri

Hello beautiful mamas!

I'm Bri. I'm a wife, mother, and creative soul.  I blog over at Woven where I like to share colorful photos and heartfelt words on faith and motherhood.

Have you ever struggled with the tension between adoring your job as Mom but feeling equally as exhausted from life's plain, common work?  I know I have.  I'm a bit of a dreamer and a person who often thrives on looking forward to the next big thing.  I tend to hurry along the in-between mundane days until I reach something really "special" like a big family vacation, or the completion of a big creative endeavor, or a weekend away with some girlfriends.  A change of scenery and schedule does wonders for my spirit.

But this past year, God has been showing me the gift that exists in the everyday.  The common stuff. The beauty of serving my family in the smallest of ways amidst the most ordinary of days.  I've heard Him whisper, "Slow down, I've given you this day.  This is my daily bread."  Even the pile of laundry, even when I feel like all I do is feed my children all day, even when the only thing on the calendar is a disheveled walk through the neighborhood. 

It's more about my decision to abide and find joy in the humdrum.  Because it's always there if I look with divine expectation.  And how could I complain about the bread he has for me today, the day that will sustain me until tomorrow?  I long to quit rushing through what he wants to show me in this present moment.

I wanted to share with you one of my favorite quotes.  It has been a bit of a life line for me on the tough days.

The best things in life are nearest: 
Breath in your nostrils, 
light in your eyes, 
 flowers at your feet, 
duties at your hand, 
the path of right just before you. 

Then do not grasp at the stars, 
but do life's plain, 
common work as it comes, 
certain that daily duties and daily bread 
are the sweetest things in life. 

 ~Robert Louis Stevenson

It's so true isn't it?  Often times, those big amazing vacations I so desperately wait for end up not meeting my grand expectations anyway.  And at the end of every trip, back home is where I always want to be.

Remember that your acts of service and surrender, no matter how big or small, are not going unnoticed in the heavens.  Have you thanked God for the gift of life's plain common work today?  Sometimes it's those simple "duties at my hand" that I complain about, but are really just the act of being Jesus to my family.  Isn't that what motherhood is truly about anyway?

I would love to connect with you!  Find me at my Blog, Twitter, Instagram and Facebook!

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