We have now officially lived in Norman for a year. As I (Brooke) reflect on all that has gone on, my heart is filled with so much gratitude. The first year here was filled with slow, challenging, and also really great days of being a stay at home mom. I had laundry days and grocery shopping days. I knew exactly when I changed the toilet paper last. I cooked 3 meals a week with leftovers on the other days. I got up at 6am to meet my running club a few days a week. I looked forward to playdates and book club and the few sweet hours on Fridays when Jay took over while I could escape for a bit. Eden came and I got to enjoy 5 months of not having to leave her. Being a stay at home mom was a challenge for me but also a blessing.
Still, my heart struggled to be content. This past month I went back to work full time at a local hospital and I am hardly keeping up with life. I am so grateful for the opportunity to serve sick people, but I am also just tired. I now have no idea if we even have toilet paper. Jay has gone to the store for me lately and who knows what is for dinner? Not me! Please pray for me as I am learning to juggle everything and also that I will be able to change to a part time position soon. Previously, there weren't any PT positions available but we are hopeful that there might be an opportunity for that at the end of this year. Jay has been super-dad, taking care of the kids all while continuing to work on our house, and everything going on at Providence Road.
This is an exciting week for us, as we launch our Missional Community (MC) at our house with another couple from our previous MC. Hospitality is one of my favorite words because of all that it means. Inviting people into our lives can be messy and chaotic but also beautiful. I am reminded of past community groups we have been a part of in Kentucky and still feel a special connection to so many of those people that became like family. There is something special about meeting in a home. As I was praying and trying to get my heart and mind in the right place for launching our MC I read this in a devotional by She Reads Truth:
"Hospitality, I am learning, is often untidy and almost always inconvenient. But making room is not about my own comfort. It's about taking something I presume is mine, and offering it to someone else. Jesus made room for everyone, for all types of people--neighbors, the poor, His betrayers, strangers, children, and so many more. It was a mark of his ministry: giving Himself and offering Himself to others and the Father. Jesus made room because His is a gospel for all people. The Apostle Paul writes 'For as many of you have been baptized into Christ have put on Christ like a garment. There is no Jew or Greek, slave or free, male or female; for you are all one in Christ Jesus' (Galatians 3:27-28). In the Gospel, there is no 'other'--there is only us."
Pray for us as we make room for new community in our home and also in our lives and that Jay and I may offer ourselves to all types of people, like Jesus.