I wanted to title this post 31 Days of Unexpected Joy:
“The End!” or
“Sayonara, sucka!” or
“I did it!” or (my personal favorite)
“Insert Hallelujah Chorus Here!”
But instead, I chose “Beginnings,” because, well, I feel like I’ve (re)learned a lot during this crazy 31-day writing process, but it’s not over and done with – not by a long shot. I feel like, in many ways, I’m just beginning. And beginnings feel fresh, new, and promising, which is good, especially since I feel a bit tired, weary, and worn.
On Monday morning, CatholicMom.com is scheduled to publish an article recounting some of the spiritual lessons learned during this challenge. Read it here! Meanwhile, here are some of the nuggets I picked up (or recalled) along the way, in no particular order:
I am really stubborn. Or crazy. Or both. (Is this really a surprise, people?)
I can write about myriad topics even if I am not “feeling” it.
I can try new things, and I am up for big challenges – still.
I can follow through until the end just for the sake of saying I’ve finished.
I can be consistent. But I can also bob and weave a bit as necessitated by the needs of my family (see photo-heavy posts, shorter entries, late posts, etc.).
There’s nothing wrong with a little order, a little chaos, and a little help from friends to bring you through to completion. Thank you, Bobbi, Rez, Mary, Abbey, Julie, Sterling, Cristina, Laura, Jenny, and others for the companionship and solidarity, and extra special thanks to guest-bloggers Laurel and Melissa who encouraged and inspired me along the way.
Joy is not a feeling. It does not change because of my circumstances or feelings, rather:
Joy is a reality. I only need to choose to enter into that reality with the help of Jesus my Lord.
I am weak, but He is strong.
Through Him, I can do hard things. I am a conqueror.
And, yes – admittedly – I am a very tired conqueror.
Thank you so much, dear reader, for sticking it out with me. I hope you have learned something – anything – from following along this past month. I can’t promise that I will post anything tomorrow – it is the Lord’s Day, after all – let’s just let Him have it. But until next time, I pray for wonderful beginnings for you and those you love. God bless y’all.