Thursday, February 28, 2008

“It’s only for a season.”

This is what Chris and I keep repeating to each other, and it applies to so many different areas of our lives. Here’s just a few:

(1) His traveling: He won’t always have to be away from home so much. There will come a time when he travels less or not at all. I won’t always have so much of the household and child rearing responsibilities because a time will come when he will be home more.

(2) My job: I will be changing positions at work next year. I will not be teaching! I know that to some this is or has been shocking, but it is where God is leading me for the “such a time as this.” I will be an administrative assistant. Already, I have seen God working through me in reaching out to others in this situation, and I won’t even start that job until this summer!

(3) Our housing: We’re not really sure what’s going to happen here. As I stated in my last post, our lease is up in April, and our landlord is trying to sell our place. So, in all likelihood, we’re going to have to move very soon. The problem is that we aren’t in a place where we can buy a home. There are also other complications. Right now, the best option seems to be moving in with my parents. In that case, we’ll be moving in a few weeks. We’re praying for God’s guidance in where to go – to my parents’ or to another place that He provides.

I will not become anxious about these situations. I will not dwell on the “what ifs.” I will be PATIENT and REST and TRUST GOD and PRAY. This is the only satisfactory way of dealing with the path that God is leading me down. I am excited to see what He is going to do in our lives. Stay tuned!

Sunday, February 17, 2008

Patience = Rest

On Sunday, a week ago, we skipped church and took Chris to the doctor. He’d been sick for over a week, and it was time to get it taken care of. He came out with a diagnosis of bronchitis. I knew they were wrong. I had told him to ask them to check for walking pneumonia. Well, either he didn’t ask, or they didn’t listen. He’s still been sick all week and had to return to the doc on Friday, and his second visit has determined, just as I suspected, that he has walking pneumonia. Really, I don't want it to sound like I'm just reveling in the fact that I was right; I just want my husband to be well. He is home so infrequently, and it would be nice if he felt good when he's home. Oh, well. At least now, after his two shots and two new prescriptions, we're on the road to recovery. He just needs a lot of rest.

And so do I, but for some different reasons....

For some time now we've felt that there were some major changes coming up in our lives. It won't be much longer before we have to find a new place to live. Our lease is up in April, and our landlord is trying to sell our place. But there are some other things that are happening which I am not at this time able to discuss. What I will say is that I would appreciate your prayers. There are some decisions to make, and we just want to make sure that we are following God's will for us. Interestingly enough, I am not feeling anxious about these things. I've been praying quite a bit and focusing on Philippians 4: 4-19, particularly verses 4-7.

4 Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice!
5 Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near.
6 Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.
7 And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

I have an open Bible on my desk at work sitting on a holder and open to the scripture above. Next to the scripture I have a sticky with "Patience = Rest" written on it.This is what I'm trying to practice right now.

I don't know what God has in store for us, but I trust Him. Now, I'm just waiting for Him to illuminate a little more of my path.

Saturday, February 09, 2008

Reed Look-alike Meter

I snagged this from a friend's blog. I thought it was pretty cool, but I'm going to try some other pictures and see how it comes out each time.

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Just Poppin' In

Life as of late has been crazy. Even now, as I try to type, I have a rather active little 6 month old trying to "help" me by grabbing my hands or pressing a few of the keys. You have no idea how many little corrections I've had to make so far! Or maybe some of you do. Chris has been out of town for much of the last six weeks. Sure he comes in between his trips , but it's really just long enough for us to go grocery shopping, attend church, and get him ready for his next trip. I am definitely craving some quality (and quantity) time with my husband. I've been working full time and then being mommy full time. Very little sleep. Extrememly tired.

But I wanted to just pop in a give an update and share a few pics from Willow Grace's 6 month photo session.

Nothing cuter than a baby in the buff!

I saved the really cute one of her on the tiny bench for our Valentine cards. However, I love the way she looks like she's listening for directions.

Such a happy baby. She smiles like this all the time.

She just started sitting on her own! We're so proud of her!

This is one of those little model poses. She loves the camera.

This is the dress we had her dedicated in. I hope that you can make out the lovely little cross she's wearing.

And finally, I just think she looks crazy happy here, and I can't look at it without laughing out loud!