Wednesday, April 22, 2009

God is Good

A little trip to the post office this afternoon was all it took to remind that indeed our God is good - so good, so caring, so attentive to the details in our lives that it knocks me off my feet!

So, let me back up a little bit. First of all, I have been largely absent from the bloggy world over the past....eight months or so? It's sort of a blur to me, because that's how life has been. I've been on the computer so much with my online teaching job that I just haven't had the inspiration, time or desire to sit down and write. But, there's something about writing that calms me and focuses me on what's really important.

What's really important is not the daily ups and downs of life, although God holds our hands through these roller coaster moments. What keeps me grounded is knowing that in the midst of paying bills, doing dishes, teaching, working, ministering...God is IN me. God is WITH me.

I definitely needed a little bit of reminding about that this week. When someone I respect described me in bland and unappreciative terms, I wondered where I had gone wrong. It wasn't so much that I believed these things about myself, but I questioned how this person could know me and yet not really know me at all.

I brought all these discouraging thoughts to the Lord and told Him I was ready to follow HIS lead if only He would make that clear. I'm not sure why, but I had only a tiny sliver of faith that God might actually give me clear guidance.

Then, I went to the post office and received a note that reminded me that God always has a plan and this time He gave me a little glimpse into His plan so that I wouldn't lose hope.

I'm sure this all sounds a bit vague right now, but for me it was a huge moment. God cared enough about my little problem to let me see that He's working on it too. I still don't know the answer exactly (although I have an idea!), but I have renewed faith and clear direction on what to do next.

So, this week I'm thankful for:
  • God's Direction
  • A newly decorated basement (so cozy!)
  • 2 days until the retreat (counting them down...I can't wait)
  • A birthday girl who makes me smile (SOOO glad she's in my life)
  • The addition of a cabin to our family
  • My super supportive and wise husband whose words of encouragement helped me through this week.
Visit Laurie to hear more thanksgiving today!


Melanie said...

So great to hear from you, Heather! YOu have been missed!

Happy THankful Thursday!

Lynn said...

Oh Heather... Girl.. I have really missed you. You are awesome in my book and you can alway count on me to hug you... So here is a BIG hug. Hope you have more time to write. I love reading your blog. Happy TT.

Denise said...

You have been missed sweeetie.

Grammy said...

You have to learn from each experience and not take it personal. They may be in pain and just lashing out in a wrong way. It is hard to have negative words thrown our way. Big hug. Hope things work out.

Pia said...

while i was reading your post, i was also praying the things you mentioned for myself. thank you for sharing you list of thankfuls. God bless you, heather.

hip chick said...

What a beautiful post this morning. I really needed the reminder that God cares about all of our problems and that if we take it to Him, He will take care of us.

Ms. Theophilus said...

I'm so glad God has encouraged you!

Kathy S. said...

Okay, you have me real curious now...what did you find @ the post office? An offer for a book contract? AND I cannot imagine you being described as bland...I think that person is sleepy or something.

Are you speaking @ the retreat this weekend or retreating?
Good to hear from you again Heather!

Christy said...

Been there recently too and I am so glad that you have a supportive husband and friends that helped you through it. Have fun at the retreat!

Anonymous said...

How insightful this post was for us to read and I am sure that some of your sentiments here are shared with the rest of us... Hugs to you and what a great list of thankfullness you got here.

Laurie Ann said...

How great is our God? And welcome back! I've missed your posts. Happy Thankful Thursday!

Bonnie said...

Isn't it such strengthening reassurance to know God cares so much about where we are that He doesn't want to leave us there? He always reminds us He is constantly working in us to bring us to where He wants us to be. What a great post and I am thanking God, too, that He revealed Himself to you as He did. Blessings!