turning a corner

Tomorrow I’m giving my first presentation on my book, Everyday Sacrament.

We’ll be talking about spirituality of parenting and simple practices to connect with God in the chaos of life with children. The sacrament of parenting.

This morning I’m brimming with energy: a little nervous and a lot excited. Tomorrow will be a whole new way of sharing my book with the world, all these hopes and ideas and dreams I’ve pondered in the late-night hours while nursing babies and washing dishes and folding laundry.

Pouring time and energy into writing about everyday parenting as a spiritual practice is a solitary way to spend one’s days.

Lots of stolen moments holed up in my office. Lots of late nights curled around a cup of tea. Lots of wondering – amidst the wildness of chasing three little boys – how God speaks to us in ordinary moments.

It’s not the slickest subject for a blog, not the sexiest subject for a book. But this work resonates so deeply with who I am and what I believe that I know it is a worthy way to spend my time. I know it is a calling.

So I’m eager to make this move now, to shift for a season from writing to speaking. Hoping to invite more people into conversations about the deeper meaning of our vocation as parents.

I’m ready to turn this corner.

. . .

I was so relieved to turn the calendar page to January this year.

2015 feels like fresh air. Deep cleansing breaths. Every slow and simple metaphor that reminds me to pause and take stock of where we have been and where we are going.

The end of 2014 was frantic and frenzied. No child care, lots of work, husband abroad, everyone sick, holiday rush. We lived at an unsustainable pace, and our minds and bodies paid the price. We limped into New Year’s knowing that we needed January 1st.

Maybe more than ever.

Ever since we hung fresh calendars on the kitchen wall, I have felt the turning. We rounded a welcome corner, and we are all better for a new start. The kids are calmer after the holiday sugar-fest has ceased and the presents are put away. The house is settling into sparser, simpler space as we take down decorations.

And I’m relearning the power of inversion. Starting with the important, not the urgent. Catching myself before I slip into old, agitated ways. Watching with wonder as life falls into place more peacefully than when I wrestle with anxious desire to control.

I’m turning habits inside out. Putting people ahead of tasks. Trusting that God will provide the time and space for good to happen.

And it feels so right. Like the awakening inhale of cold morning air that clears the head and opens the eyes.

. . .

We all need to turn corners.

This is why resolutions resonate with us, year after year, isn’t it? Our shared dream of carving out more space to become the person we hope to become.

Sabbath offers us a weekly turning, too. A reminder that we are made for rest, not rush. A call back to God’s ways, not our ways.

I hope you are finding spaciousness in your new year. I hope you are settling into January’s clear horizons with hope.

I hope you are turning corners, too.

The new year always brings us what we want
Simply by bringing us along – to see
A calendar with every day uncrossed,
A field of snow without a single footprint.

– from “New Year’s” by Dana Goia 

P.S. I’ve also freshened up the blog’s look for the new year! For all you lovely email subscribers, I hope you’ll click over and tell me what you think…And if you haven’t yet subscribed to Mothering Spirit, sign up to receive new posts right in your inbox!

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  1. Faith Yassick on 18 January 2015 at 9:10 pm

    Laura: So inspired by your book. I received it for Christmas. It is a must read for all new mothers! Congratulations

    • Laura on 20 January 2015 at 12:34 pm

      Thank you so much, Faith! I am so touched by your words!

  2. Laurel Muff on 17 January 2015 at 7:04 pm

    I LOVE THE UPDATE!!! So beautiful! Are you coming to California to speak?? My mothers’ group is going to be reading your book for our get togethers this year. Can’t wait to dive into it! 🙂

    • Laura on 20 January 2015 at 12:36 pm

      Laurel, you are awesome! 🙂 Thank you for your encouragement & support. I would love to come to CA (and not just b/c it’s winter in Minnesota). I’ll keep you posted! Can’t wait to hear how your mothers’ group finds the book, too!

  3. Abbey @ Surviving Our Blessings on 17 January 2015 at 6:39 pm

    Prayers and warm thoughts for you as you turn your corner and start your speaking career. 🙂 I really like the new look here, but I miss seeing your smiling face at the top!

    • Laura on 20 January 2015 at 12:36 pm

      🙂 Thanks, Abbey! Actually I miss the photo of the boys more…still have to find a new home for those cuties.

  4. K. Woll on 17 January 2015 at 12:11 pm

    Congrats to Laura, and good luck! So impressed by what you have created and continue to create …

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