When horrible things happen, this question always arises in my mind – should we stop everything we are doing and focus completely on the tragedy, or should we continue on in our daily lives? I think the answer involves a little of both with more of the latter.
It bothers me when I see people scolding others for posting anything unrelated to the tragedy or news of the day. For example, many people acted horrified to see Instagram posts of anything other than the Eiffel Tower and the #prayforparis hashtag on Friday night. We live in a scary and unpredictable world. Horrible things happen all the time. I don’t look forward to the day when horrible things happen in my home town, although I know it could happen. I am deeply saddened for people – especially innocent victims in the free world – who suffer at the hands of evildoers. My attitude toward those events is anything but flippant: my husband and I pray for comfort for the victims, justice for the perpetrators, and wisdom for our nation’s leaders.
Terrorists want to disrupt our every day lives. They certainly accomplished that task for hundreds of families in Paris last weekend. My heart breaks for those families who have lost a loved one and cannot carry on their daily lives as they normally would. They can’t – but I can. I can still work hard to create a place of comfort in my home. If your children saw any of the news coverage from the weekend, I imagine they need a bit of comfort and reassurance.
I can still look for joy in the small things of life. I can still Instagram pictures of my morning coffee, of my loved ones or of the glorious fall colors that adorn America the Beautiful…all while thanking God for the ability to enjoy those things and praying for those who currently cannot.
Life is uncertain. God is faithful. Life is scary. God is in control. I don’t have to fear tomorrow, because I know the One who is already there! If you don’t have a personal relationship with God, here’s a simple explanation of Who God is and how you can have a relationship with Him.
Enjoying the simple things in life, for me, involves grocery shopping and making meals for my family! Click here to watch my weekly grocery haul. This week’s menu is below!
On The Menu
- Cheese Grits
- Eggs & Bacon
- Pumpkin Coffee Cake (I make this every fall…it’s so good!)
- Chicken Sausage
- White Chicken Chili (recipe from Come Home to Supper)
- Toasted Ravioli/Garlic Green Beans/Toasted French Bread
- Soft Tacos/Mexican Rice/Corn
- Chicken Alfredo/Peas
- Toasted Sandwiches/Oven Fries/Apple Slices