Now, obviously these Bibles are written for those still in elementary, but the extra content in them is so good that it speaks to a 20-something. All I can say is how amazing that there are such incredible resources available to help children (and adults) grow in their walk with God.
Just a little shout out to Christian publishers AND Christian bookstores. Thank you, thank you, thank you!
This week I've got some decisions to make. Some of them are pretty small in the grand scheme of things like: what paint colours will I choose for our house, what kind of flooring will I got with, what will I get my father-in-law for his birthday (ps:I welcome suggestions ;) ). Other decisions are slightly more important like: what things will I dedicate my time to this fall, what things will I dedicate my time to this fall, what things will I dedicate my time to this fall (can you tell I have too many things on my plate and not enough time?).
Through all this decision making though I believe that God has a lesson for me (I'm expecting a lesson this time...there always seems to be one in there somewhere, this way I won't be completely surprised).
I remember waiting for my college application to go through a few years back and thinking to myself one morning about how anxious the whole situation was making me. Being the crazy children's ministry fanatic that I am, naturally a children's song came to mind. I have these great CD's that are Bible verses put to songs for kids. The song 'Philippians 4:6' came to mind (Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.)
I'm finding myself in that anxious state again. I realize that unfortunately I only have 24 hours in my day, which means I need to prioritize and stop sweating the small stuff. As well, prayer is key, a little (or not so little) detail I far too often overlook.
And so on this Tuesday, I'm making the decision to stop worrying about all the decisions I have to make, and rather 'present my requests to God,' knowing that there is no reason to 'be anxious about anything.'
I find it interesting how I often find myself in this place of expectation. My life has become anything but boring... from hearing outrageous stories of fraud, to unexpected mysterious deaths, to building a house, to taking on more responsibilities...
I'm learning that life is full of a bunch of seasons. Although the seasons we find in the yearly calendar have a specific beginning and end, I don't necessarily see that in the seasons I face in my life. At the moment there seems to be no rhyme or reason to anything that's happening.
I find that the challenge is not so much the seasons I face, rather how I choose to handle myself in these seasons. Unfortunately the person I'd like to pride myself on being isn't always the one who seems to appear when different & difficult situations arise.
Therefore I would like to state once again: I'm a work in progress, your patience is appreciated.
My husband and I are currently living with my parents while our new house is finished being built. Everything I own apart from my clothing is packed in boxes in a storage unit. Daily we go out to our house and the anticipation grows for the day when I will call that place home.
Things at work are revving up for the new school year and I have a bazillion ideas in my head. I'm learning that unfortunately there aren't nearly enough hours in my days to make everything happen...and some dreams take time to develop...and likely won't begin to happen for a few months, potentially even years.
I feel like I'm on a constant journey to discovering a life of patience. It's said that patience is a virtue, although I'm quite confident that it's a fruit of the Spirit (Galatians 5:22). We all know that you can tell a tree by its fruit. If an apple tree were to grow oranges it really wouldn't be an apple tree.
And so I am learning patience so that my fruit matches up with the tree that I claim to be.