I don't even know if I can put to words all the changes, growth, adjusting that has transpired in me...in my life...over the last few weeks. I touched on it here, speaking about God changing my heart towards my sin of idolatry and gluttony, plus throwing in the desire to pursue more exercise!
Let's just say, if you don't believe in miracles, we should talk!
In that post I also mentioned how I've been reviewing my heart, our life choices and overall, examination of my life and where it's at. A tad mid-life crisis sounding eh?! lol!!! But then...not so funny. Because I mean, what if? What IF this is my mid point? What if I only had another thirty some years before I stood before God and had to give an account? What if I only had three more decades, how would I fill my days, use my time, make an impact?! What would I do, where would I go, who would I meet, how would I make it all count?
So of course, hubby and I began dreaming, scheming almost, if you will, about what we could do, where we could go, how we should live. We spent much time in prayer and for the last while thought we might have an inkling of where the days ahead might lead. But God, His humour...His ways, always get me. So while my husband and I were pondering ideas of what may lay ahead, of the big things, the little things, the everyday things, God turns us around and drops, of all things, a job into my lap!
A job?? Really??
And in essence, it's not so much a job as a ministry opportunity....for pay...not a lot of pay but something, which is certainly helpful! lol!! And it's crazy, it's in these moments when your faith leaps forward because this ministry is exactly something that has been on my heart for a few years now! I am working with young pregnant and early parenting women, a demographic that has had my heart for some time but one that I never knew exactly how to help!
My aunt and cousin had come for their annual visit this summer and my aunt had talked about how there was going to be a maternity house opening in her area, a six hour drive from here. I thought it would be amazing to be apart of that but no way for it to happen. Then just two short weeks ago, through a local event, I learned of just that kind of home not 30 minutes from my door! So I met with the Executive Director and a week later began work!
The organization is Crowns of Life but I will be working specifically for their Susan Shirley Program. You can check out the Facebook page here or their website here.
.I'm working a bit more then part time, in the evenings, to try to balance it with our schedules, as hubby's work will probably slow down over the winter but right now, he's still pretty busy. I haven't worked outside the home in over eight years! (Other then the occasional photography shoot!) We will have a learning curve figuring out how to balance everything, and though I worry a bit, I'm also pretty calm as I know God has a plan and He will work it all out!
And it's just funny, funny how we had set our sights in one direction and never would have dreamt this in a million years but yet, this is what God has placed in our laps. It fell so fast, so perfectly and though I have my reserves about working outside the home again, I can't argue with the peace I have about it all! I have no idea how long this season will last and so we are taking it as it comes, one day at a time!
.My title for this post is a John Lennon quote, not that I'm a big Beatles fan but just something I found articulated my feelings well. That while we plan and ponder on the days ahead, life just keeps on keeping on. That we can dream and plan but yet not lose sight of the now, of the things God brings along and places in our path. I know we, (hubby and I) often struggle with just how much we are to do, how and when we are to be active participants in God's plans or when to just wait patiently. I wish I had answers to that, but I don't. What I do know is that when you wait on the Lord, regardless of your plans, He is faithful to answer.
And so, we will continue to pray about the days ahead. We make plans, ponder ideas, scheme dreams but in the mean time we live the life given. Working to not forget that life is all the moments, the big, the little, the mundane and the grand adventures!
Life is what happens while you're busy making other plans.