The Fabric of My Life

At first glance today was another day like so many of mine before—write till my brains flatlines, work on paperwork, return emails, water flowers. Maybe you had a similar day—doing what needs to be done but nothing really picture worthy.

As I thought through the day, I realized so many life-giving moments in my day.

Writing—Yeah, writing is hard and it sucks out every drop of brain energy I have by 1:00pm. But I love it. I love when a flow of words come through my fingers. I love when I come up with a clever phrase (even if I’m the only one who thinks so). I love saying what I’m thinking in hopes it will resonate with even one woman.

Tomatoes—Gene brought home tomatoes from a friend at work. I love homegrown tomatoes. You have seen my garden. You understand how excited I am that someone shares what they grow with someone who can’t grow. Plus it’s super sweet when people share from their gardens and kinda nostalgic too.

Working outside—I never seem to have enough energy to water the flowers during the week but today I had the time and energy. It was a beautiful in central Illinois—absolutely perfect. I loved being outside and keeping my flowers hanging on until the next rain.

A quick phone call from a friend—A dear friend took a couple of minutes from her lunch break to call and see how I am doing. How sweet—right?! I made it an event by quickly sitting on my porch swing to enjoy our conversation. If you ever want to bless someone, a less-than-five-minute phone call will do the trick. Talking to my friend really boosted my day.

Coffee break with Gene on the deck—Gene got home early enough for coffee on the deck. I can’t explain what happens, but taking time with coffee to talk to Gene while I rock on the porch swing puts me in my happy place.

Days like today are as much a part of my story as the exciting ones, even more so because they happen more often. They determine the fabric of my life.

That was my day. I hope as you look back over your day you find a few life-giving moments.


Brenda Garrison is an author and speaker who empowers women with the confidence to live their calling. Brenda is currently pursuing a Bachelor of Science Degree in Ministry Leadership with a Concentration in Women’s Ministry at Moody Bible Institute. She and her husband, Gene, are the parents of three young adult daughters and live near Metamora, IL.

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