Hi everyone! Just checking in!
I realize that summer passed me by without celebrating some of my usual traditions. There was no pool time. A trip to see the Cincinnati Reds, cookouts, or a vacation made the list but I didn’t get to check them off. I managed to enjoy the annual descent of fireflies at dusk, walking at my favorite parks and some full moon action, but overall this summer looked and felt very different.The lazy, hazy, crazy days of summer became hectic, chaotic and overwhelming most days.
Moving has a way of disrupting your normal and it shifts certainty to uncertainty causing you to hold on tight to the last bits of familiar. I saw pieces of my life time after time as I packed boxes and bins full of memories. Time tried to stand still as I recalled the smiles and stories held in photo albums and yearbooks, but deadlines brought the whimsical memories to a halt.
I met my deadlines and moved. I saw my life pulling away in a moving truck and tried to create a mental image of my next stop. The landscape looked fuzzy but promising. You can now find me with a good friend who willingly opened up her house for me to live in. Don’t worry – I have a new place to go to but it is not ready yet.
I spent too much time fighting the fact that my new place would not be ready on time. My days started and ended with worry and I even tried bargaining with God to change the date my new house would be finished. It’s funny how God always wins but that is because He knows best. God continues to teach me how incredible it is to enjoy this forced time of rest. My days don’t contain agendas, boxes to pack or unpack but instead God gave me a gift I didn’t know I needed.
God continues to impress these words on my heart:
He says, “Be still, and know that I am God;
I will be exalted among the nations,
I will be exalted in the earth.” Psalm 46:10
My biggest takeaway from this summer is the importance of allowing God to do what He does best. Simply trusting Him would have saved me some sleepless nights. Knowing He is good and faithful all the time would still lead me to this time of rest, but the path getting here would have been so much easier.
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Take time! Believe God is in control. Give thanks for all He is doing and will continue to do in your life.
Enjoy these snapshots of my summer. I pray you take some time to enjoy the remnants of summer as we transition into Fall. Today’s post is me checking in to let you know I miss all of you and pray for you often. Let me know how you are doing!
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