Monday, May 1, 2017

Confident Mondays

Life has a way of just taking off...
We get busy...
Time passes...
And some things get put on the back burner because they don't demand as much attention as the urgent.

I can hardly believe it is May already and Spring is in full bloom around here. Green is such a beautiful color. The creek is fluctuating between raging waters and a peaceful bubbling stream. Both an amazing demonstration of our awesome Creator.
I have been involved in many different activities which have kept me so occupied, I really haven't had time to write a Monday post. I started a new job back in January. Just a temporary position of cooking for a lady who was going through chemo, who thankfully is so much improved that she doesn't need me anymore. Once again... life brings change. But change can bring growth, new adventures, and a deeper faith in God.
So this month, I begin new adventures with my family as spring turns to summer, school lets out, and hopefully we are able to tackle some projects that have been on the back burner and need to be moved up for more immediate attention. I am excited about all the possibilities. 
SABBATH
One of my goals for this year, back in January that I talked about was taking the Sabbath more "seriously". Really trying to make it a day of rest, not doing my regular work on that day, and spending more time with family. I have to admit this has been a big challenge for me. In part, I have been doing this mostly in the afternoons after church. I have been attempting to prepare my meals ahead, so they are ready when we get home, and then using the afternoons for rest and relaxation, and family time. There are Sunday's though when life gets out of the routine and that doesn't work too well. So... For me this has been a work in progress, which I am not giving up on... but trying to learn how to handle it well, in little increments at time. I am always open for suggestions as to how this works for you. From January til now, I have been having to get up and cook a big breakfast, plus prepare lunch before church, which means we end up getting to church hurried, often tardy, and a bit unnerved. Not really in worship mode. But now that my cooking job has ended, I do hope to have things better prepared on Saturday evening and cook a big Saturday breakfast so not to have to do as much Sunday before church.  
I have also been working diligently on catching up with my blog books I had to read. The "eyes are bigger than my stomach" idiom kind of fits for how many books I had on my shelf to read and blog. Seriously!!! What was I thinking?? There is no way I am humanly capable of running my household, working my side job, and reading and reviewing all those books. Thankfully, I have narrowed it down dramatically. I am also being much more cautious about how many books I request to review and keeping a better log so that I can actually plan ahead and not overbook myself. That part is also a learning experience for me, as I am not the most organized person in the world.

All these things are helping me with my word for the year 
CONFIDENCE
Reminding my that my confidence is not in my ability to accomplish anything but instead in God's ability to accomplish things through me. 

For I am confident of this very thing, that He who began a good work in you will perfect it until the day of Christ Jesus.
Philippians 1:6

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