Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Get To vs. Get Through

The Kinders, NewSong's drummer, Johnny, My Parents and JD!
Well- it's all done.
I've officially graduated!

JD and I both graduated on the same day!
Over the past 9 months, I went to school full-time and worked full-time. I'm really not sure how my hair is still in my head or how my brain isn't falling out of my ears.
Actually, it may be falling out of my ears, but no one has said anything about it yet.

JD and I were very busy in the last weeks of school preparing for the big weekend where we would both graduate and celebrate Mother's Day. With house guests and finals on top of that, I eventually got overwhelmed and said, "JD. I just want to get through of all of this!"

Then it occurred to me. I didn't want to "get through". I wanted to "get to".
I wanted to enjoy all of the events and struggles set ahead of us. I didn't want to just ignore them and bear them until they were over.

This idea became our mantra and we reminded each other of it constantly through the last weeks. I think God reminds me of the same things. Instead of getting through difficult times, I get to wake up every morning, knowing that God is faithful and is blessing me in spite of difficulties or distractions.

So if you have some tough stuff coming up, try to remember that you get to.
You don't have to get through the baby stages. You get to see your child grow and learn each day.
You don't have to get through that difficult project at work. You get to use the skills and gifts God has given you to enrich others' lives.
You don't have to get through hard relationships. You get to experience God's grace and healing power between people who are committed to Him.

Here are the songs we've been singing over the past few weeks:
May 3rd, we sang:
"God is Able" by Hillsong
"It Is Well"
"He Paid it All" by Brandon Heath (side note: his album Blue Mountain is incredible)
"Jesus Paid it All" by UMobile Worship

May 10th, Mother's Day, we sang:
"Leaning on the Everlasting Arms" by Crowder
"My Anchor" by Christy Nockels
"This is My Father's World" by Gungor
"When My Heart is Torn Asunder" by Phil Wikcham

and last Sunday, May 17th, Adam led and we sang:
"Lord I Need You" by Chris Tomlin
"Here For You" by Chris Tomlin
"A Mighty Fortress" by Christy Nockels
"Brother" by Needtobreathe