A Short Timeout

Spring is truly here! Our beautiful Redbud tree burst into bloom this week. What a glorious sight!

The weather was warm and sunny yesterday, so my husband spent most of the day planting vegetables in our garden while I weeded the flower beds — again. It was also time to put out our hummingbird feeder, since this is the beginning of the Ruby-Throated Hummingbird migration. (You can follow the hummingbird migration by clicking here.) I also scrubbed out and hung our thistle feeder. We spotted a few American Goldfinches around the neighborhood in recent days. There haven’t been many in our area for the past few years, so we are thrilled to see their return!

Holy Rest

As we enter Holy Week, I am going to take the next two Sundays off from writing to focus on my faith and my family. Life has become just a bit overwhelming at the moment.

 

But here’s the Good News . . .

There is so much hope during this season of Lent! Although I have entered an uncertain time of change and job-seeking, I am positive that God is leading the search. He guides each step and every turn in my path.

There is often a temptation to allow our present circumstances to take control of our daily lives. I find great comfort knowing that don’t have to figure this out on my own, because the Lord is in control. Amen?

Wishing you grace and peace this Easter.

Blessings,

Dawn 🙏🏼

A New Season

Not everything in life is as predictable as the seasons. Some mornings we wake up only to discover that everything has changed while we were sleeping.

I awoke last Wednesday morning to the realization that I may soon be back in the job market. Faced with an unexpected financial predicament (related to my current job) I am now making some difficult decisions. Sadly, this could mean leaving a career I love.

This sudden change of events has been quite daunting. Just when we were planning for our retirement, I now need to polish my résumé. And I haven’t had a job interview in eight years.

My head is swirling. Where do I begin?

Diversionary Tactics

Saturday morning my daughter and I went plant shopping for our front garden beds. In the afternoon I did some yard work. Then I took a nap. In the evening we had dinner with friends. Since my day was spent creating tactical diversions, I managed to avoid the inevitable job search.

I know I can do this. The problem is . . . I don’t want to.

This is not how spring was supposed to begin. Everything else is on schedule. Our peach tree is blossoming and the Redbuds are about to open. The Peonies have emerged and the Forsythia is blooming. There are weeds to pull and flowers to plant. The patio needs sealing and the grill needs cleaning. A job search was not part of the plan!

A Song in My Heart

Today our children’s choirs sang a song called God Is Here With Me by Christopher Hogan. One verse in particular struck a chord with me.

God is in my heart when I am sleeping,

God is in my heart, right here in my sleep.

God is here with me, Alleluia!

It reminded me of how many sleepless nights I have had lately. But as I tossed and turned, I kept hearing songs in my sleep. Each time I awoke, a song was playing in my mind. Every night was a different song, but always a hymn or anthem we were singing in choir. I am certain that the Lord placed these songs in my heart to comfort me.

I have no idea how my current situation is going to end. Right now I am staying focused on each new day and trying my best not to worry.

God is here with me, Alleluia!