In this journey of life, I’m reminded how vital it is to get up and press on when the weight of the world seems as if it is going to crush me. Although it is far more convenient and easy to just accept circumstances as truth, I know deep within me the real truth within me (which guides me daily) will not allow me to succumb to circumstances which are only temporary.
For months I’ve been struggling with several issues with have left me cynical, exhausted, and have robbed me of much joy. And this is the sad part, when joy leaves you; it takes her companions with her too. Crushing and cruel, simultaneously.
But my hope never diminished because my hope has never been in people or things. Instead, my hope has always been in God. And He alone propels me to get up and press on and finish the race before me.
God is good, even when life is hard. His grace is not only sufficient, it is more than enough to sustain me having to deal with difficult people, hard circumstances, and illuminates the darkness with a sweet presence which can never be taken from me.
I know for many people Lent is a season for giving up things that perhaps hinder their walk with God. Although I did not give up anything for Lent this year, I decided today I want to actively work on addressing the issue of unforgiveness so I can be set free from this festering blanket of anger and resentment I have found myself wrapped in lately. Confessing this publicly feels good.
Unrelated to everything I just wrote, I also wanted to direct you to this wonderful Irish Soda Bread I made today. With just a touch of sweetness, this bread can be summed up as comfort-food therapy. Nothing beats the first couple bites into a slice of warm sweet bread straight out of the oven. Even when people disappoint me, it is good to know I can always bake and impart a little bit of joy right back into my soul.
- all-purpose flour
- whole-wheat flour
- brown sugar
- baking powder
- baking soda
- kosher salt
- For the complete recipe and instructions, you can find the recipe on my PBS Parents column here-Irish Soda Bread Recipe.