Effortlessly Being (31 Days #2)


Day two and already I’m asking myself, so how’s this being thing working out for ya?

Because when you challenge yourself to simply BE, All Of The Things start to churn and rumble and threaten to knock you off your cozy chair of stillness.

The email shows up and says exactly what you could have never conceived it would possibly say. And the words you read in black and white rise up in dark blue and steal your still and hide your light and you want to sink into the disappointment, you know? Sink into disappointment like a cozy blanket and a bowl of ice cream and a marathon of bad TV you just know will make it all better.

And then you remember this thing you’re doing — this challenge of focusing on being. And so instead of sinking into the blanket and burying your face into the ice cream and hiding behind the TV, you choose to face being.

So I choose to be still.

And in the still, I know He is God.

And I also know I’m so very disappointed but the tears don’t come yet.

I pull the car into the driveway and right there — right in front of me — is a hawk. And it’s just flying slow and steady, and as soon as it lands on a tree in my yard and perches itself in its branches, I cry.

I don’t know what it is about the hawk that finally unleashes the tears. Maybe it was actually arriving to the safety of home. Maybe it was seeing something beautiful so closely. Maybe it was watching it soar so effortlessly, gliding along on the current — just being what it was.

Just effortlessly being what it was.

Maybe the tears came because I was reminded that the hawk doesn’t cease being a hawk just because the path it wanted to fly changed. At the core, it’s still what it is. A flying, soaring, gliding creature.

And instead of stopping flying altogether, it simply chooses a new current and glides and soars along.

Just effortlessly being what it is.

BEING (31 Days Challenge)


Day 1 – Scroll to read
Day 2 – Effortlessly Being
Day 3 – Still Being
Day 4 – Being Guided
Day 5 – Be Still Be Free
Day 6 – Being Fearless
Day 7 – Being Obedient
Day 8 – Being Committed
Day 9 – Teaching Being
Day 10 – Being Married
Day 11 – Being a Child
Day 12 – Being Family
Day 13 – Being Patient
Day 14 – Be Still
Day 15 – Being Her
Day 16 – Being Tired
Day 17 – Being Lazy
Day 18 – Being Girls
Day 19 – Being Watchful
Day 20 – Being in Communion
Day 21 – Being Free
Day 22 – Being Thankful
Day 23 – Being Quiet
Day 24 – Being Realistic
Days 25-27 – I threw grace like confetti and was being at Allume.
Day 28 – Being Honest
Day 29 – Being Still-er
Day 30 – Being You
Day 31 – Being Naked

I’ve never done The Nester’s 31 day challenge before.

I’ve read and heard of those dedicated, amazing people who have ponied up and actually written and posted for 31 days in a row, and have been both in awe and skeptical of them.

How do these crazies do it? I wondered naively.

October is a huge month for me this year. I’m launching a brand-new THING (I can’t wait to tell you all about it, but you’ll have to wait until October 7). I’m still writing my book. I’ve got two trips planned — one to see my brother who I haven’t hugged in way too long, and another to Allume to see friends I haven’t met in person yet. I’ve also got a couple huge work projects to complete, not to mention normal stuff like mommying and wifeing watching reality tv (don’t judge me!) and attempting to clean and cook.

Too busy, I thought when this 31 days challenge came up again.

But there was this thing — this magnetic pull toward actually participating that I just couldn’t ignore. And the more I convinced myself it was too much to take on right now, the more I felt I couldn’t not do it.

And so I’m doing it.

My topic is Being. 31 days of being. Yes, it’s a broad topic, but it’s the perfect bow to wrap up All Of The Things that I’m already doing and the only sane anchor for me to grab onto as everything happens simultaneously. Because to do All Of The Things requires being; giving myself permission to be, to focus on today and not get anxious about tomorrow and let God guide what I’m doing at this moment.

It requires a whole lotta being in order to walk that out. And to walk it out effectively requires a whole lotta remembering to be.

And so this is my remembering. 31 days of being. And this is day one.

I hope you’ll come back and check in periodically, for a reflection to start your day or for a thought to ponder. You can bookmark this page, as I’ll have each day’s post linked here, or just search the “31 Days” category in the sidebar to the right. (But do come back. I need you to hold me accountable, checking in to see how this being thing is working out for me.) (Grin.)

Intrigued by this whole challenge? Go check out all the amazing writers to be encouraged by their dedication.

Here’s to a month of being, my friends.

These Moments

When my kids make my heart leap and their laughter fills my soul and I suddenly realize I am so incredibly blessed.


When my husband has a hard day and God gives me peace and shows me how to pray.


When I look in the mirror and am satisfied with who I see, instead of wishing she were something or someone else.


When a relationship starts taking a turn for the better.


When I wake up feeling rested instead of tireder than when I went to bed.


When the house is tidy, but not perfect.


When I let go of the pressure to do, and just allow myself to be.


These are the moments I choose remember…

…when my kids are bickering and arguing.

…when the urge to defend my husband rises.

…when the mirror tells me I’m not enough or I’m too much.

…when a relationship takes two steps backwards.

…when I sleep poorly and am irritable all day long.

…when the house is perpetually a mess and no one is picking up after themselves.

…when all I do is do, and it never feels like enough.

These moments are what I cling to when life shows up and tries to persuade me otherwise.

These moments are the ones that define, shape, mold and transform.

These moments — these God-breathed, peace-giving moments — remind me of Who has everything in the palm of His hand.

“Just as the mountains around Jerusalem embrace her, the Eternal, too, wraps around those who belong to Him— for this moment and for every moment to come.” (Psalm 125:2, The Voice)