Whoosh!

That is the sound time makes as it flies by.

Trust me.

So, I’m sitting at the table eating rice cakes for breakfast.  Is that bad?  I’m getting my whole grains.  🙂  I just do not have the energy to actually fix something for breakfast.  I woke up starting to feel a bit overwhelmed.  I feel like I have about five people all picking and prodding me, trying to get me to do things and use me.  Of course, all I can see is all of the work I have to complete over the next two weeks while I’m bombarded with four graduate-level online classes instead of my “normal” two.

So I sit here with my rice cakes, checking email really quick, taking a moment to write here about my building frustration.  I ask that you will please pray for me.  Because I know that in and of myself I cannot get everything done (and done well) over the next two weeks.  It is just too much.  I wouldn’t dare bore you by typing out every little thing I need to complete.

THIS I KNOW…

I serve a big God Who loves me on the most personal, intimate level.  I know that I can do ALL THINGS through Him because HE is my source of strength.

I’m off to spend some one-on-one time with Him now.

When I Need to Go Away

I cannot tell you how many times this itty bitty blog has popped into my mind over the past two weeks.  I have wanted to sit here and write to you.  I have wanted to share cool stuff with you.  I could go on and on and on.

But have stuff going on up to my earlobes.

Mmmkay?

One thing I made a specific decision to do was to be a part of Vacation Bible School with my congregation. I knew the week planned for VBS would be busy for me even if you removed VBS from the picture of my life.  But I felt called by God to serve and I am really looking forward to next week!  {Please PRAY for me, all teachers, all workers, the children, everything!}

The other side of that coin is grad school.  Oh, grad school.  I know that God called me to this, so I know that He is able to see me through this work and I believe He will be faithful to do so.

But let me tell you….

I will be finished with this degree in mid-August.  Liberty divides their online courses into 8-week sessions.  8 WEEKS.  That’s a whole semester squeezed into 8…little…weeks.  Mercy. And because of the way the weeks lay for the summer, I will have FOUR courses going on at the same time next week and the week after.  I will be finishing up the last two weeks of my current courses (Contemporary Evangelism and Church History II) and beginning the first two weeks of my final two courses (The Life of the Leader and the History of Worship).  It is all GOOD STUFF!  But it is a lot of hard work.  In fact, I just bum-rushed through my discussion boards for this week so I can spend the rest of this week reading an entire book for a book critique that is due this Sunday night AND make sure I’m all ready for VBS next week.

So that’s why I haven’t been here.  I haven’t been much on twitter or facebook.  I pop onto the computer for a bit and then I’m gone.  I feel a bit isolated, but I know these next few weeks will zoom by, that God will provide everything I need, and that I will be back here in full force very soon.

Be looking for me this Friday as I will definitely try to post a five-minute Friday post.

Favorite Thing Friday will be postponed until I finish up these first two courses over the next two weeks.  But when I am back in two and half weeks I have some cute, fun favorite things to share with you.  Excited about that!

In the meantime, please pray for me.  I would be curled up in a ball crying way before now if not for the grace of God and the love and support of my family in Jesus.  You mean so much to me.

Blog atcha’ soon!

Bad Blogger

I have not been a consistent blogger lately.

In my defense, I’m finishing up my masters degree.  I’m sure you can imagine how busy that leaves me.

I’m also trying to prep for VBS in just over a week…spend time with family…and every now and then get a breath in.

I’ll be back for Favorite Thing Friday…with TWO items that are my new faves. 🙂

~ Becky

Five Minute Friday: Backwards

Moving back and forth and back again.

Sometimes I wonder if I’m just living my life backwards.

I had a plan and a heart for life moving forward.  Living forward meant the life I had though I would have.  Now I sit in the midst of a big Plan B, wondering what You are up to.

Because to my human mind this seems backwards.  Shouldn’t I have done some of things when I was younger.  Isn’t now supposed to be “too late”?

But You put beauty in the backwards.

What I perceive as backwards, You illumine as the plan You have had for me.  A plan that You have never abandoned, although I have many, many times.

So that’s why it feels backwards!

Because I walked away from what you had for me some many times.  But now I have the grace-filled opportunity for You to still use me.

I am humbled and in awe at how You do for me.

And when my finite mind and other people look at my life and all we think is “backwards” ~ You will be there to remind me that I am actually moving forward in Your will…Your way.

I cannot comprehend because Your thoughts are higher than mine.  So you use the “backwards” to remind me of this ~ that You are in control and that You still have a plan.  What seems to be Plan B to me is really the ultimate plan You have always had in mind.

Even if I feel like I’m moving backwards.

Meditation: June 5, 2011

(words by Fanny J. Crosby)

To God Be the Glory

To God be the glory, great things He hath done;

So loved He the world that He gave us his Son,

Who yielded His life an atonement for sin, And opened the lifegate that all may go in.

O perfect redemption, the purchase of blood,

To ev’ry believer the promise of God;

The vilest offender who truly believes, That moment from Jesus a pardon receives.

Great things He hath taught us, great things He hath done,

And great our rejoicing thro’ Jesus the Son;

But purer, and higher, and greater will be our wonder, our vict’ry, when Jesus we see.

Praise the Lord, praise the Lord, Let the earth hear his voice!

Praise the Lord, praise the Lord, let the people rejoice!

O come to the Father, thro’ Jesus the Son,

And give Him the glory, great things He hath done.

 

June Photo Fun: Day Five ~ Today’s Breakfast

I heart quiche.

I prefer homemade quiche. It’s quick, simple, and oh-so-yumtastic!

But some mornings I just want a bit of quiche REALLY quick. So I pop a Nancy’s quiche lorraine into the microwave and enjoy. That was today’s breakfast.

Yumtastic! 🙂

Saturday Night Thoughts

June Photo Fun: Hands & Clouds

I’m combining the photo fun for June 3rd and 4th together into one post…because I’m a day behind and must catch up.  It is in my nature to do so.

HANDS

I chose the hands of my two favorite people: my mother and father.

These are the hands that have held me, cared for me, worked hard, loved even harder.  The appearance of these hands do not remark on the age of my parents, but rather on the use God has gotten out of them.

 

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CLOUDS

It’s a beautiful day in the neighborhood!

Alas, no big puffy clouds to photograph.  But the beauty of God’s creation stuns me nonetheless.

 

Five Minute Friday: Every Day…

Every day…

Seems like the same.

Day in.  Day out.

Routine.

A schedule of things to accomplish so that I stay on some sort of track and feel that I’m really doing something with this life that You have given me.

But then I remember that You are in my every day.

Every day is a gift from You.  You never leave me alone.  You are always with me…

In the every day.

You shake up my routine by putting someone in need in my path and I get to see You in a whole new way.

You remind me that I don’t have to try to be something I’m not to impress You.

You give me the strength to do what needs to be done.

You put a smile on my face when I least expect it.

Every day.

Go on over to thegypsymama.com and share your five minutes.

Favorite Things Friday & June Photo Fun: My Favorite Shoes

June Photo Fun for June 2nd was supposed to be pics of my favorite shoes, so I’ve saved that for today and will double up June 3 and 4 tomorrow (probably). 🙂

I have spied several pairs of shoes that I would really like to have that would easily become my favorite shoes, but I have pics of my favorite shoes that I actually own right now.

I just think they’re adorbs!  See….

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I was on a mad dash to find white shoes for Easter Sunday and I found these at Peebles.  Sling-backs usually don’t work well with my thin heels, but these don’t slip or fall off.  Because of multiple ankle sprains (and the fact that I could stand to lose a bunch of weight) I have trouble walking in high heels, but wedges are actually quite comfy to walk in.  AND it’s a plus that it’s eyelet.  I LOVE eyelet.  🙂

It’s also my special privilege to announce the winner of the DaySpring coupon giveaway!  Yea!

Just so you know, I use a website-based randomizer where I enter the names and it gives me a random pick ~ so that’s how I came up with a winner.

And the winner is…..

ROBIN!

Yea you!

Robin, I will send you the coupon code to your facebook inbox.  Enjoy! And come and let us know what you got! 🙂

Happy Weekending!

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