To emphasize these thoughts in my life recently, the Lord has highlighted those things in my mind as I've read It's a Wonderful Life by Terrie Chappell. This is what I read this afternoon:
We must understand that His ministry is "people work," and people take time and energy. The ministry is more than a job; it's a passion for people. This means that ministry is as unpredictable as the needs, crises, and circumstances of the people that we serve. If you are going to stay in balance in ministry, you need to have a high degree of flexibility. You cannot control every moment of every day -- that's God's job.
Those words really opened my eyes. I've been trying to have a set routine to my days, when what I really needed was flexibility and a willingness to simply be a help meet (suitable) for my husband in his job as pastor.
Today was dental appointment day for the kids. We have put off their dental care for the past 2 years because of the expense involved. It's still expensive, but praise the Lord, God has provided a way to get the necessary work done! Andrew and Beth each need some fillings, but Samuel's teeth are fine. The two younger ones have appointments again tomorrow, which means another morning out and about. Another schedule "disruption." But I did get to talk to the dentist's receptionist today about homeschooling and the state of education in our society, and I handed her a church tract on the way out. When God interrupts our days, He has a reason, and it seems to usually be . . . people.
I'm still in absolute amazement over our weather! Vancouver is known as a rainy city, beginning in the fall and lasting till summer, but this fall has been spectacular! We have had a little rain, a day at a time, then the sun comes back with crisp blue skies and very comfortable temperatures, around 20 Celsius, which is about 68-70 degrees. The nights are brisk, nice and cool. The leaves are changing and falling, and the dark green of the evergreens on the mountains against the sharp blue sky is almost breathtaking. I just love autumn! And I'm thankful for such a pretty, pleasant one this year.
Well, not so much going on. Just reflections today, I suppose. Thanks for reading my ramblings!