Since the big game happened last night, I thought it was time for me to jump back in the game and begin to write. I had every intention and was so excited to have a blank space to type out words of encouragement and truth. Stories to have the reader saying they could relate or just have a good laugh. Maybe feel like you were sitting at our table, sandwiched in between kids.

In fact, I wanted to tell you that we actually outgrew our kitchen table. My husband decided it couldn’t be that hard to build a farm table, looked up plans online, bought the materials and enlisted the help of our 13 year old son. A few days later, we had a table!! We distressed it, cut crosses into the wood, painted the legs, stained the top and did our handprints underneath. It is ours. We even have room for more! The table is solid, well made and seems to be a picture of what we hold important and a bit of who we are. As for me,  I am well distressed from living in this sinful world for over 40 years. I’ve been scarred or cut by others and caused plenty myself. I was stained in my sin, but Jesus’ death on the cross covers all my sin. I know because of this great sacrifice, my life has a solid security now and forever. Anyone can and if you want to know more let me know.

However, that does not mean that hard, unexpected or devastating things don’t happen. They do and they will – Christ follower or not. The difference is that when you know Jesus you know that your joy will return. You are confident that even this will be worked to His good and it’s not my job to understand right now. This happened recently and sidelined me until now. Maybe I’ll tell you about it sometime, but for now just know that my joy has returned and I have unwavering hope!