Hearing other people’s stories is a great way to see things from a different perspective and perhaps find something new to apply to our own lives.
Following on Monday's book review and giveaway post for Mended: Thoughts on Life, Love, and Leaps of Faith, today our wonderstruck guest is author Anna White.
Remember, we have a giveaway going on this week for a copy of Mended. To enter, leave a comment on Monday's post: Mended Book Review and Giveaway. But be sure to leave a comment here, too, to welcome Anna.
What have you been wonderstruck by recently?
I drive my husband to work every morning and I am often wonderstruck by the rays of filtered morning sun shining through the dusky clouds and the dark little birds that are still clustered on the wires trying to sleep. This is a small thing, but it makes me smile every time!
What part of your day are you grateful for?
At the risk of sounding like bad-mommy, I am grateful when my kids finally go to bed. That means that I get to spend a little time by myself and with my husband and a bath or a book or a cup of tea or painting. Actually there a lots of things I'd like to do in this time-so many that I usually get overwhelmed and just go to sleep.
What part of your day is tough? How do you move through it?
Mealtimes are tough for me. It's the whole planning, preparing, trying to serve something vaguely healthy, and then having the kids refuse to eat it. Or if they love it they channel cookie monster with a plate of cookies and it's crumbs flung over the entire floor. 3 times a day. Every day. I don't know how I move through it honestly. We've all survived mealtimes so far by the grace of God.
What do you wish your were more conscious of?
I wish I were more conscious of the presence of God in our everyday lives. I write in Mended about thin places where God hovers near, but I know when I'm taking the time to focus on God and his calling for me I feel completely raw and thin all the time. It's hard to maintain that, but I know that is the realness behind it all.
How do you stay focused on what is truly important to you?
I took a leave from my full-time job this year to stay home with my two preschoolers. I wanted to take time to focus on them and spend time with them without being exhausted. But now that I'm home, ironically, I'm still working, just on different projects and at different times. This has really shown me that I can't ever blame a particular job or circumstance for my lack of attention to what I say is important. I try to block out certain hours and times where I will be focused on them and on my husband. It is so easy to work, because I can control that. There's always a clear goal and an end and something to show for my time. Family, not so much. I have to remind myself to get a little uncomfortable and out of control with them.
About Anna White:
Anna is a recovering perfectionist that writes stuff, paints stuff, and spends way too much time on Twitter. Her passion is helping women embrace their imperfections and find meaning through creativity. She’s emotionally attached to her art supplies and loves making old things new.
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