Monday, April 20, 2009

"Workin' nine to five"....well, not yet

I have been applying for jobs for a few months. It has been an interesting experience. I have always had a job when I needed a job. I go back to many months ago when I was praying for God to make me available to what he wanted me to do for him. Sort of like asking for the gift of patience, you can only know you have it when you are given the opportunity to practice it!  

I have been delighted by the gift of availability and the sweet time that I have been able to have with the Lord. God has blessed our lives with providing for us in such unexpected ways. 

So why do I keep applying?? Well, I want to see what God has for me. I think that I need to put myself out there to see if there is a place that God has called me to work. I will continue to trust him for our finances and we will joyfully serve where he has us now.

Sunday, April 19, 2009


When I moved to Florida I decided that the reason why people retire there is because there are no seasons to mark the passing of time, it is like finding the fountain of youth...forever spring.  
Well, I missed winter for those eight years. It was nice to enjoy the pretty pieces of winter. Don't get me wrong, I loved the "wintertime" in Florida but there is just something about the glittery quietness that spring breaks through to bring forth a season of growth.

So, here is winter in Ohio.....

Friday, April 17, 2009

hey, dad.

I have been working through the One Year Bible again but this year I decided to use The Message. I know that some people take issue with it but I have enjoyed it. Anyway, today I have been meditating on Psalm 86.
It would seem that David keeps asking God to listen to him. That makes me giggle a little. I know that there are times in my life when I feel like my prayers don't get past the ceiling but this psalm has a different feel to me. Kind of like that kid who says....'hey, dad. hey, dad. hey, dad. look at this. hey, dad. hey, dad. look. look. hey dad.' So David, here, is listing all the reasons God is able to act upon his request. Sounds like a teenager trying to get to do something.  I love how the Bible is so relevant even though it was written so long ago....but that is another story for another day.
The verse that really jumped out at me was:
11-17 Train me, God, to walk straight; 
      then I'll follow your true path.
   Put me together, one heart and mind;
      then, undivided, I'll worship in joyful fear.
   From the bottom of my heart I thank you, dear Lord;
      I've never kept secret what you're up to.
   You've always been great toward me—what love! 

This is my prayer, I do want to be undivided. I invite this process but I have a feeling that this training isn't going to be all sunshine and gumdrops. Will you join me? What do you think? What is undivided mean to you? 
     I also, want to make known what God has done for me. I never want to keep secret what God has done.

Wednesday, April 8, 2009

Another day another dollar....

     So, as most of you who have read my story to this point may know, I don't have a job right now. This has been an interesting journey. I am, without a doubt, confident that God has provided every thing and every moment of my life. I have had a string of joys and struggles over this last year that have worked up to this point in my life.
     The joys....they seem countless but I do see that it is important to articulate them. God deserves my thanks and others can be blessed and encouraged by my story. I have been inspired, if you will, by a college classmate of mine who is much more faithful about blogging than I have been (check out her great work: ....anywho, her entry for this week included a thankfulness feast! I have determined that I want to serve up my own helping of thankfulness. Thank you God...
Thank you  for only you can do all that has been done for us!
Thank you  for speaking into the lives of our friends and families so that they could speak truth to us. 
Thank you for orchestrating the selling and buying of our shelter...and dwelling within them to make them a home. You could have taken us through the difficult path that so many of our friends have had to sell their homes and we pray that we would have been faithful even in that test.  I pray right now for those who are walking through the hard part of real estate today. Give them peace that passes all understanding. Be present with them that they will be drawn to you and be comforted. 
Thank you for your faithfulness to me. I prayed to be available and now, I am. Teach me to use this gift to the fullest. I seek to be faithful. Make my mind clear to know what opportunities are the ones I need to embrace and those that are not meant for me.
Thank you for making my husband exactly the way that he is. 
Thank you for the time and togetherness that we have renewed by being in this new place in life.
Thank you for being enough. You have given us exactly what we need. Enough. Yet, your enough-ness is immeasurably more than I can hope or imagine. 
Thank you for all the people you have brought into my life. 
Thank you for real friends who want to be more like you and want me to be the best me that you've created. 

Monday, April 6, 2009

Pitifully Neglected....

This poor blog has been sadly abandoned. I dare say that this blog has fallen to the bottom of my to do list.  I have been writing a lot though, just in other now I'm back and I have a renewed interest in this corner of the universe.  So, I shall start over. Can you feel the leaf turning over??