Loving Life In The Rut

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This year has been good, but–and this is a big BUT–it’s also been incredibly difficult and unbelievably challenging. For much of this fall season, we’ve felt like we’re stuck in a rut.

Setbacks, financial struggles, and disappointment. These and more describe what the past few months have been like. In the turmoil, though, we’ve been reminded of something lately–the rut, as tough as it is at times, is life. And life is good. And we’re trying to love it.

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Settling Is Not Always Settling

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I’ve been thinking lately how life is fluid and change is often sudden. Isn’t it interesting how our plans can change in an instant? We’ve all been there, right?

One moment you’re working, dreaming, planning, and striving for something, and then in the blink of an eye, everything has changed. Perhaps you’ve had an experience like that before. I’m convinced that what happens next, after the change, matters. And it matters a lot.

Some may say when something doesn’t work out, we do the natural thing. We choose the next best option. Instead of getting what we wanted, we choose to settle. But I’m convinced that settling doesn’t always mean something negative. At times, settling is not always settling.

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Uncertainty Is Part Of The Game

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I don’t know about you, but I struggle a bit with decision making. Oftentimes, I search for affirmation and guidance whilst navigating the changing waters of life. And the bigger the decision, the more desperately I seek out help and support.

This has plagued me for most of my life and I find myself wondering if I’m truly making the right decision. Because, frankly, sometimes there are multiple right decisions. I’m learning that perhaps it’s not about making the “right” decision, but leaning into the one we feel led to. And sometimes that means embracing uncertainty.

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Seasons

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I listened to a podcast recently by Rob Bell. This is something I do frequently because I happen to think the RobCast is quite amazing. In this episode, Rob worked through the idea of seasons. His main point was that life has different seasons we experience, and it’s important to be aware of what season we are in.

This idea made a lot of sense to me. Seasons in life are vast and varied and everyone has them. It helped me think through the season I’m experiencing right now.

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