new year. new beginnings.

A couple of days ago, a friend of mine posted a quote on some avenue of social media which completely stopped me in my tracks and made me think.  Today, I went back to find it, but can’t find it anywhere.  So I’ll just give the gist of what it said.  Essentially, it said a writer must not wait for the words to come, but simply sit down and begin writing, and the words will come.

And I realized how much I have missed this little piece of my world – writing.

And I’ve missed all of you!  The fellowship of Christian women in the online community is simply refreshing and encouraging.

I know.  Why the absence when I have missed it so?

Truthfully, I began to believe the little lies whispered by the enemy.  That my blog wasn’t making a difference.  That no one read it.  And it was a waste of time to continue.

Time passed, and people that I didn’t even know read my blog asked me what had become of it… that they enjoyed reading it and really missed it.

But I wanted to take my time coming back.  Life got incredibly crazy over the course of the past several months.  I needed to find my balance before I could incorporate this piece again.  And I needed to set some more reasonable goals for myself with the blog.

All that being said, it is oh-so-good to be back!!

Let me catch you up with what’s been going on in the absence.

Mike accepted the position as the associate pastor of a nearby church.  We also became the teachers of a college and career class.  We are both choir members.  We’ve been helping out with the youth and are also busy in ladies and men’s ministry.  I play the piano for about half of the services and will be helping with the teaching of our ladies Bible study.   Mike preaches at least once a quarter.  We are still able to participate in our ministry at the rescue mission.  We are super blessed to learn from a very wise, loving, and godly pastor and his wife who have been in ministry for years.  They are an excellent example to us, and we can’t even begin to express how grateful we are for their mentoring.

I took a position as a nanny for a little girl back in the fall, have been teaching piano lessons, and will also be adding secretarial work to the mix here in the near future.

We’ve also been gearing up for some big changes in this new year.

The most exciting change of all is that God has blessed us with a little one on the way.  We are beyond excited and thankful to begin this journey in spite of all the sickness I’ve been experiencing because of it.

We have also put our house on the market so that we can make the move to be closer to church.  With all the meetings that happen throughout the week and the desire to have our home open to people of the church, it will be much better to be closer to the church.  We are praying that it will sell quickly so that we can find a place to move into before the baby is born.

Life is crazy.

But never before have I experienced so much peace and joy.

Don’t get me wrong. Life is tough!! It feels like we are in a battle. Every. Single. Day.  But that’s because we are.  But God is greater than all!!

Just yesterday, I lay in bed unable to be at church to encourage others or experience the fellowship we all so desperately need.  I was discouraged.  I felt defeated.  Sickness had me there yet again, and worries began swirling in my mind.  But the Word of God quickly came to me.

“When my heart is overwhelmed, lead me to the rock that is higher than I.”

“God is my refuge and my strength.”

“I will lift up mine eyes to the hills from whence cometh my help.  My help cometh from the Lord.”

Songs began to fill my heart and I lifted my hands in worship to the God of this universe as tears poured down my face.  I CAN trust Him no matter what!  He loves me.  No matter what the circumstances of this life throw at me, he loves me!  Praise Him!  What sweet moments with Jesus… and what a blessing that we can experience the sweet Holy Spirit when we need Him most!

I’m back friends.  And I’m so, so happy to be here again.  I won’t promise a perfectly scheduled blog and posts, but I’ll be here as much as I can.  And I look forward to sharing in all that God will do in and through us this coming year!

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4 thoughts on “new year. new beginnings.

  1. I am so happy for you! Lizzie told me your news at dr. Dickerson’s funeral. And I have missed hearing you here, and thought of you often. Love you twin!

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