My Dear Reader Friends,
I am humble enough to know that no one other than myself realizes that I haven’t posted anything the entire month of April, however, please accept my apologies for the apparent slacking off on my part. I am beyond excited to share with you some exciting things that have been going on in our lives that have been preventing me from spending time writing blog posts. 🙂
With the changing seasons, I find new and unexpected changes are springing forth for my little family. We are in the negotiation process with lawyer and bank to finally purchase a home of our very own. Hallelujah! Good is God and he has showered us with many things to be thankful for already, but we can definitely feel his hand at work in all of this.
Another big announcement is that I recently discovered that there is an office for the C.S. Lewis Institute located nearby. They offer a Fellows program that is one year-long commitment and focuses on apologetics and discipleship. I have been busy applying to be part of this. Any prayers would be appreciated as I await the decision of whether they will accept me into the program or not.
Fear not, dear readers! I have not disappeared or fallen off the face of the earth. Nor have I become discouraged and given up the idea of writing. As the awesome plans above come together things will begin to be posted on a more regular basis.
Some ideas I have been working on for upcoming posts include:
- my calling and how the C.S. Lewis Institute may be an answer to prayers
- being an only child in a blended family with siblings
- the heavenly unfolding of how we found a house
- a piece on worship inspired by the hymn Gather Us In
- a piece with the working title of “Couseling Sessions” – it hasn’t quite decided how it wants to come together yet, but includes some thoughts on the book of Job, as well as thoughts on not suffering in silence, especially when the storms of life are raging
Only time will tell how all of these events will play out, but I have no doubt at all that God is taking me and my family exactly where he wants us to be. We are listening to his call and ready to go at his command.
Blessings and Shalom!
The Midway Menno Pixie
Blessed are those who trust in the Lord, whose trust is in the Lord. They shall be like a tree planted by the water, sending out its roots by the stream. It shall not fear when heat comes, and its leaves shall stay green; in the year of drought it is not anxious, and it does not cease to bear fruit. (Jeremiah 17: 7-9, NRSV)
You may recall that in my last post, Finding The Gate, I told you about a beyond fantastic and spirit filled message given by Jessica Schrock Ringenberg. Imagine my delight today when I ran across a link that went to her blog on The Mennonite’s webpage and it had a copy of the actual sermon itself!!
And then the despair as I read through it to experience it again, and realized that my paraphrasing of the sermon didn’t do justice to how incredibly thought-provoking Jessica’s words were.
LGBTQ: The middle’s turn to speak – Jessica Schrock Ringenberg
Above is the link to Jessica’s post. Take the time today to visit her blog and read her wonderful words. I pray that you find them as stirring and inspiring as I did.
We have all heard the expressions that say things like “Time flies when you’re having fun!”, and “Don’t blink, it all goes by so fast!”. In my younger, more carefree days (i can pretend those days existed, right?) I would kind of scoff when people said those things to me. I just knew that they were crazy! How can time suddenly start moving faster? The earth continues to turn at the same rate of speed each year as it travels around the sun, right? I am willing to admit that I now owe all of these folks an apology! Sorry I ever doubted you because you are correct and this past year went by incredibly fast!
As I think back over this past year I am greeted with some good memories and fun times as well as some periods of confusion and feeling overwhelmed. All in all, it wasn’t a bad year in my life and God has showered me and my family with abundant blessings. Here are some of the highlights:
- Took Max on the trip of his dreams in November when we went to Walt Disney World
- Started a blog and published 22 posts
- Learned that I am a people pleaser, which is part of what allows me to make commitments that leave me overwhelmed and have begun to work on not doing more than I can handle and to say “No” every now and again
- Max started Middle School
- Husband, an avid deer hunter, bagged three deer and filled the freezer
- Lost 20 pounds
Looking forward to the new year, i feel obligated to create a rather large and ambitious list of resolutions that sound incredibly awesome! Whether or not my resolve will last past this weekend I don’t know, but with God all things are possible. So here they are in all of their over achieving splendour:
- Eat supper at the table at least 5 nights out of 7
- Exercise at least 5 days out of 7
- Submit one article per month for publication in a magazine
- Write and publish at least one blog post each week
- Establish a new family budget and actually stick to it
- Begin following the “SOAK” method of Bible Study, and also begin Bible coloring using the GMG Coloring chart found here: GMG – Studying the Bible Using the SOAK Method, Coloring Chart and Meditation
- Focus on writing by committing time each Saturday to sit down and complete Compel training offered through Proverbs 31 Ministries found here: Probverbs 31 Ministries’ Compel – Words That Move People
- Continue to learn through extensive reading
Whether I achieve these goals in 2015 or not, I know that I am a loved child of God and perfect in his sight exactly as I am right here and now. Here’s to hoping that next year’s family picture has me looking a little less like Pooh Bear and a little more like Tigger, stripes and all!
Wishing you many blessings and great things in 2015!
The Lord bless and keep you; the Lord make his face shine upon you, and be gracious to you; the Lord lift up his countenance upon you, and give you peace. (Numbers 6:24-26, NRSV)
Prone to wander, Lord, I feel it, prone to leave the God I love, so the lyrics go in the old hymn Come Thou Font of Every Blessing. And boy do I understand! How often have I had to steer myself back to the path God has laid out for me? I am discovering that to follow Jesus, choose joy, press on the upward way, however you like to put it, is something that I have to mentally choose to do each and every day. Then there is that nagging feeling that perhaps the path I am on is not the path intended for me after all, so where is my path? How do I find it? When do I get there? Did I miss it altogether? Didn’t I get a map?
Recent events have led to the discovery that I have a problem. I can’t say NO! I am so eager to serve that I will agree to pretty much any opportunity or request that comes my way. Why, you ask? Because I am a people pleaser who wants to show love and doesn’t want to let anyone down. The results? A stressed out pixie who has no time for her family or herself. Another side effect of this problem is all the noise generated by my busy schedule tends to drown out the silences where little whispers of guidance are spoken to me.
So, where does this leave me? It leaves me on a path of self discovery. God has an incredible journey still in store for me if I will take the time to listen. One of my greatest gifts is curiosity. I love to read! Whether it is studying the women of the Bible because I want to see how God has used women to do his kingdom work, or taking a look at the rise and fall of the kingdoms of Israel and Judah, I can’t get enough! I am fascinated by the Old Testament, and perhaps would someday like to take theology classes. In the present, I intend to continue to read, and then write about the new ideas turning about in my mind. While I am not a scholar, there is no shortage of ideas and opinions floating around in my head. The time has come to release those to gain some new perspectives.
Do not despise these small beginnings, for the Lord rejoices to see the work begin – Zechariah 4:10 (NLT)