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"tomorrow"land

Wednesday Micah took the day off work so we could have a special family day at Disneyland before our passes our blocked out for the summer.
The kids were up early and so we made it to the park shortly after it opened. We had very short wait on rides and were able to hit up all of Elsie's faves before we had to part ways.

Daddy was taking the babes back home for a family nap while I stayed behind and redeemed my gift card at the Disney California Adventure Day Spa that Micah had given me as my mother's day gift.

I literally had hours to kill there since they all went home and slept for a few hours. I got my facial and much needed massage on and it was wonderful.
While relaxing in the lounge area I was able to do my #shereadstruth devotion and it couldn't have been more fitting for that day and this season of my life.
It was on James 4:13-15 where we are instructed not to boast about tomorrow because we don't know what lies ahead. How are thoughts should be "if the Lord wills, we shall live and do this or that."

the devotional content really struck a cord when it said:
My encouragement to you is to make the most of everyday. Don’t allow the discouragement of regret to rob you of today’s joy. Press on and receive God’s grace over any regret you may have in your life. And live today as a new day.
There was a long period where I was struggling with regret on so much that I missed out on last year after Vernon was born. I was dealing with heavy stuff and was kind of under a fog, a dark heavy fog and when the new year started and we came up to his first birthday in February, I found myself weeping often. Feeling like I missed out.
I love my babies. So much it hurts. God has been so faithful in recapturing my heart and making His truths so real to me this past year that when I stumbled across this passage I was filled with instant joy and some what of relief.
I realized that I can't only move forward from the past and can except His mercies that are new each day.
But also, I have been feeling like I was in this waiting period trying to hurry life along so I could start dong what God called me to do, and though I have no idea what that is, I felt the tug and urgency to figure it out. The past few months I have been trying to figure out what how I will serve or what BIG things he will call me to do and instead of just being content with my ministry as mom and wife right now I have been seeking more.
This scripture gave me a new sense of peace as God has been revealing a new direction for my life and our life as a family. I have been able to be still and know that He is in control and this passage just reaffirmed that even more.
As I started gathering my things at the spa and reapplying my make-up, this giddy excitement took over and I was just filled with so much JOY! I couldn't wait for Micah and the babies to get there so we could ride more rides, watch the parade and just be. In the moment. Together.
It truly was a magical day and felt like the Lord really blessed it and knew it was exactly what I needed. I needed that quality time with my favorites but most importantly I needed that reminder that our life is a vapor that is here for a moment and then vanishes away.
So much wasted time of worry and regret. So much time trying to figure it all out on my own. I'm so happy to be freed of this and excited to take each day as it is. A gift. Because I have no idea what tomorrow will bring, if it even comes.
Happy Friday All! Hope you have a fab weekend and enjoy every moment of it!

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9 comments:

Whiskey Tango Foxtrot said...

You have such a beautiful family! Disney is the greatest place on earth and Im happy to hear you had an amazing day :)

Grace said...

I'm jealous of how empty the part looks!! The last time I went was during the week too but it was still pretty busy!

Ashley said...

That's so wonderful Natalie! I'm heading off for a week vacation with my sweet family of 7, and can't be any more excited about it! I'm going to remember what you've said here and try to enjoy every moment of it, even the cranky, the loud, and the way overly excited! :0)

P diggs said...

beautiful. just like you.

carina@a punk, a pumpkin and a peanut said...

hey girl! love this post SO much! i am a relatively new follower but i love your heart. i am so glad that God refreshed you and gave you that time with Him to be renewed for your family. time with Him is so important, and this was the perfect reminder. plus, bonus, it happened at DL, which is pretty special :)

Munchie's Mama said...

I seriously love you are your heart! I am so blessed to know you Natalie!

Brown Paper and Strings said...

Visiting for the first time. Really identify with what you were saying about feeling like you were in a waiting period for what God was going to do in your life, in regretting aspects where you weren't focused on the present, and in hopefully for the now, and God in it. Nice to have visited you today.

vintage grey said...

Looks like you had such a lovely day! Great family photos! So sweet! Wishing you a wonderful weekend!

Shannon said...

Looks like such a fun day out with your lovely family. I love Disneyland.

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