Peace through Peach Jam

Lately I have been struggling with my story, my past and all the grisly details of suicide and funerals.

Some days, as you all well know, the devil gets the best of my inner monologue and I feel “less-than” and as my friends Hannah & Heather put it, “like a total hack.”

Today I can’t get through life without this antidepressant.
Today I am not a published author, I hardly made progress.
This morning I wept publicly at the coffee shop trying to write about my Mother’s death.
Over breakfast the kids screamed and I wondered if there would ever come a season of greater peace and less chaos.

It’s noon on an unexpectedly hard day and I’m going to focus on what is and all that I can do. I can’t publish today, I can’t get my daughter to pee in the potty or teach my son to wait for food without screaming and pulling my pants down with his impatient tugs.

but.

I can go let out my friends dog while they finish adoption paperwork in the city
I can make a bath of freezer jam and zucchini bread from beautiful local produce.
I can tell my husband that his support is everything
I can confess to God that I’m a mess and I need his grace
I can stop caring what the people in the coffee shop right now think as I cry over my laptop
I can read my daughter “Count on Donald” again, even though I hate it
I will leave 10 encouraging notes to friends, both online and local
I will write that friggin trash check so the truck continues to haul away our nasty diapers and coffee grounds.

I will see all of this as something real, though it is small, it is beautiful.  I can’t conquer mountains today, but I can take these little, life giving steps.

I refuse to be defined by what today is not, I will feel peace and purpose on all the beauty that today holds.

Peach Jam and children’s books are enough for me today, and this is a priceless thing.

Want to partner with me in sharing all that is and forgetting all that isn’t?

Slice off a piece of zucchini bread and smear it with peach jam as we believe that we can and tell the voices of “can’t” and “aren’t” to go to Hell where they belong.

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linking up with Joy in this Journey

  • http://joycannis.wordpress.com Joy

    LOVE, LOVE, LOVE!!! Wow, girl, I love your heart in this message!
    Seriously, I wish we could sit down and have coffee.
    I’m with you.
    I’m for you.
    I believe in you.
    You make me a better person, writer, mom and wife.
    Truly, because of you, I am blessed.

    • http://leannepenny.wordpress.com leannepenny

      Likewise, it’s like having a cheerleader sister a few states away. I bet we meet someday, we have a lot of living and writing yet to do. Who knows?

      • http://gravatar.com/crosscribe MichelleW

        Little steps will help keep us moving through life’s valleys (which have many pockets of beauty). Thanks for this post.

      • http://joycannis.wordpress.com Joy

        We must meet someday.
        Think of the conversations we can have :)

    • http://sheddfullofthoughts.wordpress.com Matt Shedd

      Thank you for faithfully doing the small things! Most of the time, God is more concerned with that anyway.

      • http://leannepenny.wordpress.com leannepenny

        Thank God that he is THAT gracious, eh?

  • http://simplyhisblog.com Katie @ simply[his]

    Focusing on what we CAN do is life-giving! Celebrate the little moments and you’ll see the faithfulness of God in everything. :) Glad I stopped by.