Usually I participate in Sandra’s Happy Homemaker Monday, but she has been busy settling in her new home of Idaho after her hubby retired from the Air Force recently. So, reminded by Melanie about The Simple Woman’s DayBook, I thought I’d record my thoughts that way today.
FOR TODAY (or rather TONIGHT?! It is afterall 11:20 p.m. – coffee at 3:30 p.m. to keep me awake while driving from Missouri to Arkansas is now caught up to me – feeling tired but not sleepy)
Outside my window… cool darkness – earlier this evening we were at the park, watching lightning bugs (or do you call them fireflies?) as the temperature came down slowly from its 92 degree peak.
I am thinking… about the next 2 days – lots to do: we have a potential rental property to look at here in NW Arkansas; I need to check in with my kids’ new school (yes, we decided to send them back – they liked home-school ok but are just used to the Christian school environment and miss teachers and students to interact with … HOW did I, the ultimate introvert, end up with such social kids?!); and I need to stop by the apartment office to finalize some things about our move-out date.
I am thankful…for God’s unexpected blessings and the little things.
In the kitchen…well, my kitchen is 225 miles away – but it IS spotless as I am hoping my real estate agent comes through and shows my house on Tuesday while I am away. As for cooking, well, there isn’t much on the menu this week as I am in Arkansas until Wednesday, and my big kids are at church camp (again) in Missouri this time.
I am wearing…comfy clothes
I am creating…a blog entry and that’s about it.
I am going…to sleep soon. I hope!
I am wondering…where we will end up living, if our house will sell sooner rather than later or vice verse, how my big kids are doing on their first night at camp (a camp they have gone to for years and years)
I am reading…some mindless fiction – currently a suspense novel by Lisa Jackson.
I am hoping…my husband’s job interview goes well on Wednesday. That is our unexpected blessing! Yes, he has a fairly new job (thank you, Lord), but he applied – on a whim – for another position at the next grade level within the same organization … thinking he really didn’t have a chance at it yet, considering he has only been employed there for 6 months. Today, the head nurse looked him up at his section and requested an interview with him on Wednesday. While it is still a long shot, we are just thankful for the opportunity!
I am looking forward to…my family being together again permanently SOON!
I am learning… to continually trust the Lord and cut off my negative and worrisome rabbit trails that form in my brain all too often as we face a few uncertainties yet in our near future. And to remember to pray instead of worrying and wondering.
Around the house…it is CLEAN right now!! Ready to show!! I need to start packing FOR REAL because we might be moving in about 3 weeks!!! I am at my husband’s apartment right now, so there isn’t much to do except relax right now (awww, shucks!). 😉
I am pondering…life. No, seriously, I am. I was just thinking about how prosperous Americans (as a whole) are, and how valued success and comfort is. While I too like being comfortable, why do I feel like often God demands I give up my comfort? Is this my own false guilt and assumptions, my feelings of unworthiness, or is it just that God knows which buttons to push with me – and in my case, He convicts me when I wish for more than I need?! The last 2 years have been very uncomfortable for me – not just financially but also just feeling misunderstood by some people and wondering if we are doing the right and biblical things for our family. I fully trust my husband in this, thankfully – especially in the choices we have made to move and change course in his job.
All the while, I wonder how to balance financial security and our provision for our future, the efforts we want to make to get out of debt and plan ahead with the full reliance on God to provide our needs – not necessarily our wants. I realize He doesn’t just rain down money from the skies (pity, isn’t it?!) so man must have a career goals, and as good stewards, we need to take care of our families – but to what extent. Where does comfort end and indulgence begin?! Is wishing for – and working towards – a more comfortable vehicle wrong when our old, reliable, cramped vehicle is adequate?! And in searching for a house to live in, what do we really NEED. I think that is why we need to rent for a year or two before we buy a house again. Just to evaluate our own means and God’s will for our family. I realize I’ll never have a mansion (nor do I want one!!) … but as an American, I am so tempted by the comforts and conveniences that are offered to us.
These are far too deep and personal thoughts for such a late, caffeine-induced insomniac night … but I have thought long and hard today (and often) if Christians are really supposed to strive to “get ahead” just like everyone in the secular world does? I guess my conclusion is somewhat that excess is wrong, but through all the creature comforts and conveniences and fulfillment of debt-free living and providing for our family, we can enjoy as part of God’s blessings on us. As long as we are not driven by covetousness or gain money at the expense of another, it must be ok to want a stable, comfortable life style for one’s family as long as every action is prayed about, and material things are seen as what they are: not of much eternal value.
A favorite quote for today…
Whence comes this idea that if what we are doing is fun, it can’t be God’s will? The God who made giraffes, a baby’s fingernails, a puppy’s tail, a crooknecked squash, the bobwhite’s call, and a young girl’s giggle, has a sense of humor. Make no mistake about that. –Catherine Marshall
One of my favorite things…being with my husband.
A few plans for the rest of the week: see above (house hunting, errand running, and packing)