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This is truly my favorite photo from a recent family trip - way beyond the staged family pic on the top of the glorious mountain (that I posted on my social media a few days ago💁🏼♀️🙆🏼♀️🤷🏼♀️).
When I came slowly gliding around the corner of the run and saw this, I was so encouraged. I actually laughed and didn’t feel so bad about my own wobbly legs and aching back. I wasn’t the only one who was tired, and my people were waiting on me. My husband was standing in the gap cheering us all on to keep going. I wasn’t going to have to figure out my way down alone. This picture here is what the trip and life is really made of.
We so often just want to show the beautiful mountaintop poses and hide the struggle, the exhaustion, and the gut-check time-outs of life, but these are the moments that make us relatable and real to others. Lying in the snow while you try to catch your breath before the next run is exactly when you are most ready to hear the Father’s voice of truth and love in order to go on. And it’s exactly when people so often find themselves too ashamed to ask for help.
This one pic represents so much of why we need each other and need to be real. We are called to be the ones who slide up beside each other and ask “are you okay?” rather than the ones who spray snow on exhausted, resting souls as we fly around curves. “I fell right there too last time, but it gets better! I’ll go with you.” The celebratory pics at the top are fun, but it’s what happens on the slippery slopes that matters.
I’ve joined in with my church on a one month study of Proverbs. One chapter a day. It’s like a map of wisdom for life’s slopes, so that we don’t slip off onto that black diamond accidentally and have to be carried down! So, if you’re looking for a fresh and real way to begin the new decade, I would encourage you to join me in one chapter of Proverbs a day this month. There’s no better way to face the steep ways of life than wrapped in the warm truth, hope, and confidence that only our Father gives.
Trust in the Lord with all your heart and do not rely on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge Him and He will make your paths straight. Proverbs 3:5-6