January 27, 2011

Passing Time & Changes on the Road

I can't believe how fast the month of January has gone.  It seems we've done not much but school, housework and shovel snow.  OK... so the kids and Steve have shoveled snow and I've kept the canister filled with hot cocoa mix and mopped up snow puddles.  We all have our talents.

God is changing things in our lives, slowly, but He is absolutely moving us along on the journey.  We strive to follow the path He marks for us and it is not always an easy road to travel.  For me especially!
I don't "do" change well.  I like things to be predictable and comfortable.  There is a running joke about liking it here under my rock.  Change is hard and can be messy and uncomfortable.  God is stretching me out of my box and out from under my rock, but surprisingly it seems to be all okay.
Or maybe I'm the only one who is surprised.
Pastor has announced and been preaching on our church theme for this year and it's about Sharing the Love that Unites Us.  Last year was Honoring One Another, Serving the Lord.  There is obviously a trend. :-)  True Christianity is an 'outward' focused life.  It's not a selfish thing.  Living as part of the body of Christ requires us to look away from ourselves and give/serve/love/etc. as the opportunities are presented.  And God provides LOTS of opportunities when you are paying attention to notice them.
I will admit to really not being very good in this area generally.  Not that I am not willing to help people, but I am not always observant.  I tend to be wrapped up in my own little world of taking care of things at home and with my immediate family.  This in itself is not bad, my family comes first and I make no apologies for that at all!  But I do realize that I have the capacity to do MORE than just that at times.  My children are getting older - and far more capable than I am often ready to make use of - and we are discovering ways we can be used together to meet needs outside of our home.  God is showing us some opportunities... and giving us (ME) the grace, strength and courage to step out and attempt some new things.
I have several more posts relating to all this swirling around in my head.  Writing sometimes helps me to sort out ideas and make concrete the emotions and theories - which allows for easier action... or at least some clarity at times.  You are most welcome to follow along the journey and see what God can do with the few loaves I bring to Him for His use.  (Matthew 16:9-10) Bread baking is a thing I can offer. :-)
Blessings on the journey~

*Note: that is not one of my bread pictures - I thought it was a good one though