Changing Times

This has been a crazy month with so many things happening. First, my brother nearly died and I was busy taking care of him. On the up side he is better, so we are relieved. Next, we went on our vacation to the gulf, which was much needed on my part. Lastly, a cousin on my dad’s side of my family died and we have been grieving with the family for the last 1 1/2 weeks. Crazy times!

There have been many things happen in that amount of time. My daughter has started to pull up and will be walking any day now! I thought my life had changed when she was born but it is nothing like how it will change when she starts to walk! My husband has finished college till the fall so he is working some odd jobs for the summer till classes resumes in the fall. He is doing wonderful in college and only has one year left till he gets his degree.

Our garden is growing by leaps and bounds! I am so excited to watch it grow and know that it will provide for our family! I am already gearing up for canning this fall and I can’t wait till the veggies start to fill my table! My chickens are huge now and hopefully in the next month or so we will have plenty of eggs. I will be posting pictures of both the garden and the chickens soon!

My family is gearing up for 2 summer traditions that hold a special place in our hearts. The first to come is the towns homecoming. This will be my daughters first year to attend and my dad is crazy excited. There will be people from all over in attendance and we look forward to the games, food, and fellowship that this weekend offers. The next tradition is our annual camp trip to the creek. My mom’s side of the family has been camping like this for the last 85 years on the same weekend. The last few years has been low in attendance but this year promises to be one of the best because of the boost in the people that are planning to camp. We actually have to take everything that we need and there will be no cell service for the whole trip. We sleep on the gravel bar and eat s’mores till we are sick. My husband thinks this is the best tradition and he looks forward to it every year. He is even in charge of making sure we have our “beacon of light”, which is actually just a tiki torch! There will be many stories to tell when we return, so keep a watch out.

I have started to feel like I am not happy with where I am and all the things that I have been doing for the Lord. I have always known that there was a calling on my life to be in the youth ministry and for many years I served somewhat in our church doing that very thing. Then I fell away from the Lord for a time and ran from the calling that he has on my life. Since the birth of my daughter, I have worked very hard to bring my life totally back to the Lord. Things have been changing and I have started to mend some fences and to heal some broken relationships. This past Sunday I have even made sure to be a part of our churches “Bible School”. I am so thankful that the Lord has forgiven and restored me to him. I miss ministry and I know that he is working that out in his time for me to be a part of his work again.

I will leave you with this verse to think on.

Romans 8:28New King James Version (NKJV)

28 And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose.

“Father, I thank you for your love. I thank you for making all things good, even when we mess up and have to be pulled out of our mess. You don’t take everything away and leave us with no hurts but you promise us that we will see good in our struggles. I have my beautiful daughter because of the choices that I made and I wouldn’t trade her for anything. I am ready for the new season that you are bringing in my life and I pray that I have the strength to hold on for the answers to my deepest prayers. I love you, Lord of my life! May those that read this see your heart in my words and may they be brought closer to you. In your most precious name, sweet Jesus. Amen”