I must confess, friends, I've been in a little bit of a blue funk lately. I think it's because I'm closing one chapter of my life and God is sending me flying into another. And change always brings its little anxieties. Add in some unexpected family illness and last minute changes of plans, and there you have it.
Still, God is so good to us and I've been spending a few days lately thinking and praying about where He is calling me in my home life. Several of my friends participate in The Simple Woman's Daybook, and I thought I'd join in this month because as I read the prompts, I could see the ministry of my home coming more into focus.
Outside my window... Raccoons are gathering on my deck as the often do in the evenings. I love looking at the cute little faces of the raccoon family that lives in my backyard!
I am thinking... of volunteering at a nursing home near my church. I've been holding off on volunteer work as I transition home because I didn't want to simply exchange one batch of overscheduled mess in my life for another. I want to be intentional about where I spend my time and seek God's leading in what to do with it.
I am thankful... for my supportive husband and for the abundance with which God has blessed us.
In the kitchen... I have ingredients out on the counter, and am debating whether to make cookies tonight or just rest.
I am wearing... A navy and cream striped sweater and a long denim skirt; no shoes :)
I am creating... stories in my mind. And I'm trying my hand at cross-stitch for the first time in many years.
I am going... to be home for a while. But my husband has a conference over in the Shenandoah Valley later this spring and I'm going to tag along and enjoy the beauty of my favorite part of Virginia!
I am wondering... what God intends for my writing and where He will take me with it. I read a blog piece today, where the author mentioned that quote from Chariots of Fire where Eric Luddell says, "God made me fast. And when I run, I feel His pleasure." And when I thought about it, I realized that when I park myself here at the computer and write, that's when I feel God's pleasure. I think this is part of what He intends me to do.
I am reading... a book of which I was initially skeptical, but I gave it a chance, and as I read, I'm seeing wisdom in the author's words. I'll review it next week, so you'll know what it is. :)
I am hoping... that I can show people something of God's love in how I live.
I am looking forward to... throwing an engagement party for a sweet friend of mine.
I am learning... to be more efficient and to be a better steward of my time.
Around the house...I see lots of little projects, but I find myself anticipating them in the morning rather than dreading them in the late evening as I sit in traffic on a commute home.
I am pondering... life and fighting that urge to disengage mentally from current events and politics because of the incredible ugliness pervading so much of it. It repels me, but I don't dare stop paying attention and praying because I feel like we are reaching a very critical point in history.
A favorite quote for today... "The fact that I am a woman does not make me a different kind of Christian, but the fact that I am a Christian does make me a different kind of woman." - Elisabeth Elliot
One of my favorite things... is to watch my cats sleeping. They're so cute!
A few plans for the rest of the week: clearing out the living room so that we can paint, running a few errands, and helping a family come up with a long-term placement/care plan for a relative.
A peek into my day...