I have missed journaling and would like to be more disciplined, but the rhythm of my house is much different now. I use to spend a lot of time on this couch as Pat sat in his chair, and I don't do much sitting now. As I sit now, Garrett is watching Alaska State Trooper while chasing Hank around and Cash is trying to get right in the middle of it all.
My sweet little birdy, Elizabeth, flew the nest this weekend and I am excited for her. After she graduated from college in August of 2010, she was only going to make a short stop at home and then begin her new life, but there was another plan. She put her dreams on hold to take care of her family. Here is a picture of moving day!
This was quite the site as we packed up and then delivered her goods to downtown Dallas! I don't think Mr. G is working very hard!
Still more change. I will be leaving my job at First Baptist as I resigned Thursday afternoon in order to run the window business full time. This possibility was lurking, but God showed me clearly on Thursday that it was time. I have been reading Priscilla Shirer's new book, Resolution. She was talking about timing and referring to Haggai, Chapter 1. "Now was the season to focus on the house of God, to pare down their list and concentrate primarily on what God was telling them to do today. So, yes, it meant that something which brought them pleasure would need to be put on the shelf for now, but certainly not forever. They were to focus on today's task, pushing others to the side temporarily, while being assured that the time would come for them to prioritize another thing later on. Sometimes this realization can be a hard one. As you're able to determine what your current priorities should be, and as you're obedient in setting other things aside for the time being, don't fret that you'll never again have the opportunity to spend time pursuing them. The next years, perhaps even the next few months, will bring with them a recalibration of what's most pressing and important. Then some of these activities that you're needed to shutter for a time may be ready again to emerge into active duty."
She was referencing all of the above to the book of Haggai, chapters 1 & 2. So, I thought I would turn to these chapters. I read these chapters on December 20th. Chapter 2, verse 4, "Be strong all you people still left in the land. And now get to work, for I am with you says the Lord of Heaven's Armies. My Spirit remains strong among you, just as I promised when you came out of Egypt. So do not be afraid." vs. 19: "I am giving you a promise now while the seed is still in the barn. You have not yet harvested your grain, and your grapevines, fig trees, pomegranates, and olive trees have not yet produced their crops. But from this day onward I will bless you."
I immediately knew. The focus now is on our window business, but my pleasure has been working at FBC. A place that has carried me and a place that I can now heal. I wasn't ready to make any kind of decision about leaving, but God showed me very clearly to make this pressing and important decision. So, I am now trusting God to go before me.
Sure missing my Pat...