Onward and Upward

Onward and Upward

I’ve been lying in my bed trying to sleep, but I can’t. I decided that instead of staying there, thinking about all the things that I have to wake up early to do, to just get up and get started. On the agenda is making soup and bread for a church potluck, folding some laundry, cleaning my kitchen and mudroom and a few other things.

In spite of the few things that I have left to do, I am amazed at what a good, productive and busy week it has been. It’s been a week full of people and building friendships. It’s been a week full of opportunity to serve. It’s been a week of clarification and deeper understanding. It’s been a week of encouragement. And, it’s been a week of much needed transition for our family. Good things are happening.

God is good all the time! It’s been a difficult year, but in the midst of it I have drawn closer to my Heavenly Father than ever before and I have learned to trust him more deeply. I have cried out to him for wisdom and for deeper understanding of how he calls his people to live. At this particular moment, I feel strong and ready for wherever life takes us next. If you have been reading this blog, you know that I have not felt strong this past year. I felt terrified of the unknown future. But suddenly, I am not afraid anymore. Somebody must be praying for me!

My friend Elizabeth sometimes signs her notes, “Onward and upward!” That’s how I feel about this coming year. I think it’s going to be a really great one. By great I don’t mean full of posh things that make life comfy. I mean it’s going to be a great year of loving my family, teaching and training my children, supporting my husband, being a good friend, serving our church, truly loving others and helping them to come into deeper relationship with The Lord. I am excited! That’s how I want to live.

And now that I got all of that out of my heart and onto paper, I think I’ll skip the late night soup making and try to get a couple of hours of sleep. Goodnigt!

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