School, overall, is going well for the children. The middlers (Nevin and Evangeline) are hitting a few bumps as they adjust to their new school, but I believe they are not insurmountable. Charis and second grade get along well. Yes. I said, “well,” not “good.” (That’s a topic for another post.) Calvin is still happy with homeschooling, and it is working out for us, too. So no complaints on the school front! Phew!
Our church lost an important part of the congregation last week when one of our members was killed in a house fire. It was a shock to our system, and we will miss all this talented man added to our worship through his music and all he offered in terms of service as a deacon and beyond. This came only a month or so after we lost one of our elderly members to cancer–another man who had served Christ and His church faithfully for 80+ years.
Also, Mark’s grandfather passed away in July, and several folks at the church where I work have been seriously ill, and some have passed away in the last couple months. I am feeling a bit weighed down by all the sorrow around me–even when I am not one who is/was particularly close to those who have died or are sick. I am praying for the families touched by these sorrows, and I know God is changing me through that. One thing I am learning is to be more purposeful in what I do and to be thankful for each day as a gift from God.
We had a great visit with Mark’s parents in the first half of August. It was wonderful to have 2 weeks with them being a part of our routine–however mundane that may be.
I have lamented not being able to get away to see my mom and brother since last July when my sister Katherine passed away. The new job, kids’ schedules, Mark’s work schedule, finances–none of it seemed to work together to make a trip possible. So, we are planning to have Mom and Dave out to visit at the end of October. Mom had eye surgery this past Monday, and she needs to wait a month before making the trip. I am looking forward to seeing them!
So time marches on in my life . . . nothing big to share. God continues to give me and our family gifts of grace and mercy. I pray that I will not squander them, and I pray for forgiveness for the times that I have and will inevitably do it.
1 Thessalonians 4:9 -12 (esv)
Now concerning brotherly love you have no need for anyone to write to you, for you yourselves have been taught by God to love one another, for that indeed is what you are doing to all the brothers throughout Macedonia. But we urge you, brothers, to do this more and more, and to aspire to live quietly, and to mind your own affairs, and to work with your hands, as we instructed you, so that you may walk properly before outsiders and be dependent on no one.
Psalm 16:5-11 (esv)
The LORD is my chosen portion and my cup;
you hold my lot.
The lines have fallen for me in pleasant places;
indeed, I have a beautiful inheritance.
I bless the LORD who gives me counsel;
in the night also my heart instructs me.
I have(N) set the LORD always before me;
because he is at my right hand, I shall not be shaken.
Therefore my heart is glad, and my whole being rejoices;
my flesh also dwells secure.
For you will not abandon my soul to Sheol,
or let your holy one see corruption.
You make known to me the path of life;
in your presence there is fullness of joy;
at your right hand are pleasures forevermore.