Hello Sweet Cheer: That Summer Slump + A Bucket List Update


That Summer Slump + A Bucket List Update

Happppy Tuesday, friends!

     Today I have two things on my mind. I'll start with the fun part! I can officially cross one more item off my bucket list. My sweet sister, Callie, is pregnant with my first NEPHEW! I am elated and have been working on baby shower ideas for months now! I can't wait to meet this Little Man and be the coolest Auntie Mere he ever did know ;) He will arrive in early December...Christmas will have a whole new element in our family this year!

Here are some things I'm thinking about getting for Baby Payne!


My sister will probably hate this onesie and think it's so lame but I'll make it anyway because it's funny and cute!

These outfits are from Target (!!!) and who isn't obsessed, am I right?!

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I cannot wait to meet the little guy and hold him in my arms! I already love him so much.

Onto the next topic...

     Today (and just lately) I've been feeling like I'm in a summer slump. My body doesn't feel awesome because it's hot outside. I'm trying really hard to drink more water but my soul just loves coke way too much! Finances are always a headache. And my heart feels...low. I don't know exactly how to describe it but I just feel weak and limp at times. The summer brings hustle and bustle in our culture...and a lot of times it brings "taking a break" from more than just school and normal work schedules. For me sometimes it means I take a break from fervent pursuit of Jesus. It means I take a break from fighting sin actively. It means I take a break from investing in others and pointing them to the Gospel. It means I take a break from daily and constantly preaching the Gospel to myself. "Taking a break" is not cool in any of those areas! 

     And when a break is taken in those areas....and you have another human to answer to about it (spoiler alert: in my case that other human is my husband) things don't go well. For others it might be answering to your accountability group, sometimes called fights clubs or LTGs. Now don't get me wrong, whether I have anyone to answer to or not, the reality is that I'm talking about eternal things here. I'm talking about my relationship with Jesus which must be nourished and pursued no matter where I'm at in my life. For me specifically, being married changes the game a bit. Now I'm responsible to keep my husband informed about my heart and where it's at. And when it's low, things can be really hard. Thankfully I am married to a man who is patient with me, who isn't afraid to point out my flaws and point me back to the cross!

     The conclusion that I really want to make here is that while I might be taking a break, my Savior never will! He has wooed me into his loving grace and redemption. And that is something that won't change. The Lord is constantly drawing me back to himself and for that I am so thankful. He paid the price so that I might be in communion with him and He would get the glory! 

     So today I'm just sort of venting. I'm praying that Jesus would renew in me a hunger and thirst for Him and for scripture. I'm praying for others as well, who may be feeling the same way this summer. Praying that the Lord would reignite a passion in their hearts to know Jesus and make Him known!

xoxo | meredith holguin

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