For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the Lord, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end.
God thinks about us – how humbling is that? The God of the universe cares enough to want us to have a peaceful life. He doesn’t promise there won’t be storms, but He promises peace IN them. Many times I write about the tough stuff and how God sees you through; it’s nice to have a verse that is telling us ‘good’ times are also part of our lives.
This weekend has been one of those good times, indeed. I have just reached a milestone – one entire decade teaching at the Hutterite colony. I’ve never been in any one place that long; even as a child, nine years was the longest I lived somewhere.
Four friends agreed to help me celebrate; I rented a cottage right on the edge of Lake Winnipeg (looks like one of the Great Lakes – waves like an ocean) with a hot tub. We are in the midst of our four days here. The weather has been perfect, the food fantastic, and the fellowship relaxed and inspiring. Memory making times is a gift God loves to bestow on us. Christianity isn’t all solemn and serious. As one song writer put it – “Oh there’s joy in the journey…” From my milestone to birthdays, to just smelling the roses along the way - God gives us many blessings.
What moments of joy have you experienced recently?
February 26, 2021
What a week! As a teacher on a Hutterite colony for grade 5-12, life is non-stop from 9:00-3:30. This coming Friday is the end of quarter, so report cards will be due. So that always makes one extra busy.
But I had 2 highlights in this week.
The first: I came home and stumbled over something on my step. When I picked it up and entered, I found out I was holding MY copy of my book! I felt like a mother receiving her first child. The awe and wonder of holding something I'd created and labored over for - yes, about nine months- well, that is quite the feeling.
The second: Last night the doorbell rang. I answered and a man stood there with a floral arrangement. I was sure he'd come to the wrong house, but he had the right name. Imagine my amazement when I saw that friends from the States had arranged these lovely roses to be delivered to celebrate this milestone in my life. In today's Covid restrictions, such a thoughtful, kind gesture means SO much! I never get flowers, so I'm still just smiling over it.