Good Sunday to you. Welcome to what is suppose to be at least a partially rainy day here in Northeast Ohio. We’ve already had 4 or 5 rainy, gloomy days in a row. I’m not complaining too much as at least it is not 4 or 5 days of snow.
This Week’s Verse
Whoever gives heed to instruction prospers,
and blessed is the one who trusts in the Lord.
You can’t have one without the other in this week’s verse. Obedience to God’s word equals trusting Him and trusting Him equals obedience to His word. The two parts go hand in hand. Is it tough to trust and obey? Heck yes!
But there is no other way, even while trying to rebuild my career into one that pays the bills.
Announcement regarding my career is coming next weekend.
In All Circumstances
So whatever you are going through, remember to trust and obey God and all will work out for good in His time (that’s tough to accept as well).
Trust and Obey Hymn
Call me old fashioned but there is nothing like a hymn sung by a church choir accompanied by an organ and piano. (Sorry Pastor Dan) 😀
A few weeks ago I read an article, I think from WordPress, about summarizing 2014 in a few words. I had already thought about the words that best describe this year.
After much reflection 2014 for me is best described as the year of being blessed and alone.
Some of my blessings in 2014 were:
- good health
- a wedding
- two babies (not mine)
- blog growth
- a roof over my head
- good health for family
- seasonal call center job
- Rommie being in good health
- Faithful Finish Lines Challenge
- good health for my 10 yr old car
- the women of Faithful Finish Lines
- freelance work for a marketing company
- the women of 31 Days of 5 Minute Freewrites
- the friends who helped with my job search
- the trainers and co-workers at my seasonal job who were always available to answer questions
These are a few of the blessings God bestowed upon me this year.
The sense of aloneness I experienced this year was worse than any year since Joe moved to heaven. It is hard to describe this aloneness that has taken over every nook and cranny of my body and soul.
I understand God is with me and together we can do anything but it does not feel like He is with me.
Hope For 2015
There is hope for next year – there is always hope.
It is hope that I cling too because:
“Hope is an expectant desire; a confidence in a future event; a ground for trust and confidence; to think; to look forward to with trust and expectant desire.”
A hope that God eliminates this aloneness.
A hope that He blesses me in multiple ways.
My thoughts are stampeding through my mind due to excitement caused by converting this site to .com from wordpress.com. (Obviously, life’s little things excite and bring me joy.)
My dream was to start a joyful looking blog where telling my adventures would help widows find encouragement and those not grieving would learn about grief. The stories would not just be positive and uplifting but would include the bad times as well.
The blog’s message would be –
Even though I went through good, bad, and ugly adventures, my joy did return.
My goal was blog for a year, then review stats and comments and decide whether or not to continue blogging.
Well this site has been more successful than imagined, so I upgraded it yesterday.
While I try to get my thoughts under control, I leave you ponder the following quote:
“The stars exist that we might know how high our dreams can soar.”
(From a journal entitled “Dreams” by Ellie Claire, gift and paper expression)
God blessed me with a dream and helped me make it a reality. Thank you God.
So how high are your dreams soaring and what will you do this week to bring them one step closer to reality?