Monday, November 12, 2012

Love Lessons in New Circumstances

"Though I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, and have not charity, I am become as sounding brass, or a tinkling cymbal. And though I have the gift of prophecy, and understand all mysteries, and all knowledge; and though I have all faith, so that I could remove mountains, and have not charity, I am nothing." I Corinthians 13:1, 2

It has been so long since I've come to the blog-world! I'm hoping to catch up on some of my fellow blogger's posts this morning. Many things have happened since I last posted. It is amazing how one or two things that come into one's life can throw off the schedule.

My out-of-the-home job has shifted for a time (projected, a year and a half). One of my fellow-workers wanted to be free from the position that she's held for almost two years. She had been told that it would only be for "three months" when she took on that particular job. By my agreeing to a change, it allowed the superior over me to step to the position that this co-worker wanted "out" of. I am praising the Lord that this new work-schedule keeps me in the hometown at all times now. Between the 28 hours at this little office, plus the 10 hours at my bookkeeping job - they are just up the road from one another and less than two miles from my house in either direction!  It took much prayer, even though it seemed like a "no-brainer" to some people, to decide if this was a responsibility I should take on. The Lord has given peace about it and I am amazed that in the week that I've spent at it, there seems to be no 'overwhelming' or over-burdened feelings (which is what I experienced before, when I stepped into a similar, short-termed position).  I think that most of you "readers" know that I try not to speak about my job often. I would rather be at home any day of the week, but God has had other plans for me and thankfully He has given me jobs that are non-career,  yet help my husband pay the bills.

Most recently the job of juggling home and away-from-home-work has become so much simpler also. What a blessing that is! It used to be a constant fight and struggle between my time and emotions. There has been an inner shift and peace that only the Lord can give. Between giving it over to Him in my mind (first) then performing the tasks with my hands, it has become a peaceful experience. He is also reminding me not to 'sweat the small stuff' (totally my words, of course).

Having my husband at home more often is a total joy! I do pray that one of the applications and interviews does turn into a job soon, of course, for his sake, but I just love having him here. He has been able to get some of the unfinished jobs done that he's been wanting to and, as many of you know, is also a great cook! The smells that greet me at the door when returning from lunch are SOO good. Just to sit and sip hot soup in the middle of the day with the love of your life - well, that is a treat!

We've almost left another Autumn behind us. That is hard to believe. Last year I had so much time to spend with Mom; picking apples, making sauce, walks in the woods and swinging on the porch swing. This year we could literally count the apples on the trees. Circumstances come in the way of so many things, but when we belong to the Lord, He orders the things that come into our lives. I am thankful that Jesus died on the cross, shedding His blood for me, and because I trusted this as the only way of salvation, He now leads me along the path that He's chosen for me!

God is teaching me that how I react to "circumstances" can either make me soft and pliable or hard and bitter. He has been bringing me back to I Corinthians 13 often throughout these last several months. Without charity, love, all of life is fruitless. Dear Lord, teach me to separate my "common sense life" from my life which is to be totally immersed with love and with YOU. This is something that He has been impressing me with. Common sense is what I have, naturally. "Christ-sense" is what He is putting into me. Oh, may I learn the lessons!

I hope that you, my friends, have a really beautiful day today. Thank you so much for stopping by Darling Hill along your way!

Just a couple of pictures to make you smile:

We celebrated puppy birthdays (Nov 1st) along with our friend, Sarah's! They weren't totally impressed with the hats.

"Queen Elizabeth and the Duke" My dear aunt and uncle. They are so fun!