We start a new bible study today. I am so grateful to God for our bible study...in the past 3 years, we have been able to study about David, and 2 Timothy and the Essentials of Christianity, and James and about his Beloved Disciple and Revelations and Esther and the list goes on and on. I love these ladies I get to study with and I love how God is bringing us close through life's experiences. Within our study, we have gone through engagements, weddings, break ups, babies, miscarriages, death and now cancer and how God "gives and takes away". Please take a moment and lift my dear sister in Christ Melissa up in prayer. She is still really sick with pnemonia and has her second chemo treatment on Friday.
Our new study is a Priscilla Shirer study on Jonah. I just read the title and was compelled to read the intro, because "Navigating a Life Interrupted" could be the theme of not only my life right now, but many of the girls in our study. In the intro, Priscilla says "Interruptions. They come in all shapes and sizes. All colors and shades. Good and bad. Though we wish to avoid them, every season of life seems to include a few-sometimes on eitehr end of the same day. As wer're coming up for air from teh devastation of one, a fresh and exciting interruption takes our breath awaym challenging us with new responsibilities, leaving us feeling inadequate and outmatched. They shock us; they shake usl they compel us to change. Sometimes they make us wonder if God even cares."
I can relate with many of those emotions right now. Work is VERY chaotic, which makes me feel like the someone watching Cirque de Soleil. There are so many things going on, that you are not sure what to focus on and before you know it you have zoned out from being so overwhelmed. That is how work is for me right now -- this week is allowing some catch up time, but I still have a long way to go. On top of that, all the house stuff is very time-consuming. On top of that, dealing emotionally with Melissa's cancer. Life is just very much all over the place, which leaves me at the end of most days, exhausted and drained. Why is it that when life gets crazy like this, rather than clinging to God for stability, we just run around like a chicken with our heads cut off? (at least that is the way I tend to be)
Needless to say, I am looking forward to learning through the study of Jonah about obedience and learning to submit to God in times of chaos.
The house progress is coming along great...this week they are wrapping up most of the interior work, including last minute punch list items, connecting the appliances, and carpet. We also should be getting our new front door soon and then the next couple weeks will be spent finishing the exterior work. We re-poured the driveway, front walk and back patio last week, and the combination of that and the fresh coat of paint on the exterior completely changes the appearance of this house. I can not WAIT to make a book of before and afters.
We move next week and i can not wait. We have the uhaul scheduled to move everything from the condo, as well as the ADT man, bug man, delivery of the couple of new things we purchased, delivery of our stuff in storage, internet and cable man etc. All in 5 days. :)
Thanks for keeping up with our renovation process on the blog. It has been a really smooth process, but I am SO glad we are coming to a close on this chapter. I am ready to not have our stuff scattered all over and to NOT have to make a house decision every day.
Have a blessed Tuesday!