I decided to hurry up and slow down. Quick before it’s too late. Is that oxymoronic or what? I’ve missed some pretty important things — birthdays, thank you notes, bills, nah, just kidding about the bills, but I’m scared to death of that one. So I set up some of my payments on-line. But I forgot. Then the bill came and I paid it. No sooner was it in the mail than it posted on-line, and bing, it was paid twice. It’s okay, they credit you the next month around 😉
Last week I had my computer reformatted and spent a day reconfiguring, reloading, pulling my hair. The cyber gods were tormenting me. But it pretty much all worked out…I think…I hope.
Here’s a recap of our Thanksgiving week. Tom and I enjoyed turkey dinner with our friend, Aunt Ronnie, at her house.
It was a pleasant day, with a lovely lady. On Saturday 1/2 of our children arrived and we did Thanksgiving again. I call them the “A” kids: Adam & Alicia, Aaron & Amy (and of course, the little guy too who doesn’t have an “A” name.)
The kids all got Christmas trees to take home. We put up the outside tree on the porch on Saturday, got lights on it the next Saturday. I had help on Friday to put some decorations around the house. And my little helper decorated herself while she was at it.
We’ve been selling trees like crazy. I’ve been trying to keep up with work at the church and my writing job. Decorating, baking, shopping, doing holiday things…yeah, right, I’m not getting very far. But you know, it always gets done. We had an interesting Sunday School class today on living in and appreciating the moments. That theme was sort of continued in a wonderful message during church from Romans 8. The lead up to that well known and oft quoted verse Rom. 8:28 “All things work together for good to those who love God…” But don’t miss the context. “Yet what we suffer now…” Yes, we do suffer. And the pastor assured us that we will suffer in the new year. It’s part of life, part of the groaning of creation. It groans and we groan as we wait for His glory to be revealed, when all of God’s children will be free from sin, death, and decay. As we wait patiently (or not) we have the Holy Spirit to help us. Meanwhile, trials produce steadfastness and maturity. And God’s grace is sufficient. “For God knew his people in advance, and he chose them to become like his Son, so that his Son would be the firstborn among many brothers and sisters. And having chosen them, he called them to come to him. And having called them, he gave them right standing with himself. And having given them right standing, he gave them his glory.”
How awesome is that? So if you’re going to hurry up and do anything…hurry up and get hold of that right standing with God. He’s giving it away. Go get it. It’s truly awesome.