Thursday, August 30, 2012

Little Blessings

I love when the Lord overwhelms me with the little things that are really big things when they occur. 

After my post yesterday, I got a message from a fellow thirty-one consultant going through some hard things, and I think I've found a wonderful new friend.

Our ancient wall air conditioner broke today.  The maintenance guys came within 20 minutes of my call and gave us a brand new air conditioner.  They also replaced our broken garbage disposal.

I am so thankful that the Lord doesn't just care about the big things but loves to delight us by showing His hand in the wonderful little things.

What little things have brought you joy lately?

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Choosing to Trust

The theme of my life this past year has definitely been learning to and choosing to trust in the Lord.  I may not have it all figured out, but none of our life circumstances ever take Him by surprise.  He continues to use whatever comes to mold and shape us to be more like Him.  If it were my choice, I would be holding my one month old baby right now, embarking on the journey of motherhood, but that was not God's will for me.  That doesn't mean He has left me stranded or forgotten about me.  I am learning to embrace the season God has me in and trust Him for what is to come.

I have recently begun a new journey as a stay at home wife with a part-time income from my thirty-one business, which I love.  I never really thought about being a stay at home wife until recently, when my heart yearned to be home.  I can't really explain how it happened other than I thought it was going to be to take care of our children.  That will hopefully come in time, but right now, I am called to take care of my husband and our home.  A lot of people don't seem to understand this, but as Aaron told me last night, it doesn't matter what other people think.  I know that in my head, but in my heart, I want people to affirm my decisions.  I know... it should be enough that I know it's the right decision, but I'm human ;)  Now, don't go commenting that you affirm my decision - I'm just sharing a recent struggle of mine.  The hardest part about all of it is that to most of these people, it would be fine if I were staying home to take care of children.  That's being a stay at home mom, so it's okay.  I have been reminded so often in the past few months that until fairly recently, hardly any women actually worked outside the home, and no, they did not all have babies at home.  I love education, I love that I have a degree, and I love teaching, but that is not what defines me.  I am a child of God who is called to first be the wife God has called and created me to be.  If it were God's will for me to be teaching right now, I would be, but I am grateful for this place He has led me to for this season of life.  I am grateful to have the time to love and respect my husband in ways I didn't have time to do before.  I am loving this season of learning new things, crafting, scrapbooking, and using my creative talents that before were only used in my classroom. 

All this to say, you may not understand where God has led you, or those around you may question you or your decisions.  God never called us to understand or worry about other people's opinions.  He called us to obey and seek His will for that specific season and day, not worrying about what tomorrow will bring.  Will you choose to trust, along with me, that you are exactly where God has placed you in the season of life you are in?  You may not understand all of the why's or how's, but God has a plan.  Hold on a little longer.  He knows.  He sees.  He will act in His perfect timing.

p.s.  I am planning to blog regularly and would love to get to know you.  Please let me know if there is anything I can pray for you about.  If you have been encouraged, please encourage someone else. :)