The past few days have been a whirlwind! This past weekend, Kevin and I were at our church enjoying the youth retreat with some awesome students! The retreat was supposed to be in North Carolina, but the location was changed due to the snowy forecast. Nothing was going to stop us from enjoying some awesome fellowship and hearing some awesome things from the Lord. Despite my lack of decent sleep, the weekend was wonderful. The Lord really showed up and blessed the weekend, and reminded us all of some wonderful truths from his word. We had a lot of fun too! Saturday night was 80’s night, so many of us got all decked out in our leggings, leg warmers, and over sized sweatshirts (Kevin was a party pooper and didn’t dress up). Some awesome ladies also managed to do a little routine to Cyndi Lauper’s “Girls Just Wanna Have Fun.” It was a hoot! There may even be pictures of us……I mean them…..out on Facebook. 🙂
It was really good for me to just let loose and have a great time this weekend! With all the sadness I’ve been feeling over not having Andrew with us, it was nice to just have fun! Don’t get me wrong, I thought about him a ton – about what he’d be doing and how I would manage having him there with us. I would have loved him being a part of our ministry to the students. It makes me sad that those students won’t get to know him on this side of heaven. But, I also couldn’t help but think of him while we were worshipping. He gets to worship God face to face! How cool is that??!! The awesome worship time we had this weekend can’t even compare to what he’s experiencing, and that makes me so happy for him!
After a busy weekend, I started my job yesterday! It’s only the second day, but it’s going well so far. Kevin has had off this entire week, so it’s been extra hard to get up and get going in the morning. I’ve been exhausted at night when I get home, but I’m hoping that will get better once I’m more used to my new schedule. It’s already been harder to make myself go to the gym to train for the 10k, but I’m determined to continue! I actually ran 3 whole miles last night! I had to skip my run on Saturday because of the crazy amounts of snow, so I was pleasantly surprised at how well I did last night!
Although this position is inventory related, the company is completely different. The Richmond plant makes RV air conditioners, so right behind a few doors is the production line. I have my own set of goggles to wear anytime I need to walk through. It’ll be interesting to learn more about the production side of things. I have a lot to learn about RV air conditioner parts, that’s for sure!
Thanks to those of you who prayed for our weekend with the youth and for my first day at my new job. I know that this is part of moving forward, but it’s still difficult dealing with missing Andrew so much and also trying to conceive again. My heart wants to be a stay-at-home mom raising Andrew, but that’s obviously not where the Lord has me right now, so I’m trying to embrace that and keep on trusting Him one day at a time. Here’s a really cool excerpt that I read recently on the internet regarding this.
When God began to rain down the manna from heaven, he instructed the people, through Moses, to gather only as much of the manna as they needed for that day. If they gathered more, so that they would have enough for tomorrow, the excess would spoil and be unfit to eat. God provided the people exactly what that needed for that day. God faithfully provided the people with manna, one day at a time, for forty years so that they could learn a lesson that is essential to the journey of spirituality: that God is a faithful, dependable Provider who can be trusted.
The miracle of the manna is absolutely relevant to those of us today who have embarked on the journey of spirituality through the wilderness of change and growth. The same loving God, who watched over and provided for the Israelites of old, watches over our spiritual journeys as well! As he did in ancient days, God continues to provide and care for those who journey by faith.
The miracle of the manna from heaven dramatically portrays essential aspects of the journey of spirituality. The story of the manna teaches us that we must live one day at a time in complete trust and dependence on God. Also, the story teaches us that we must live by faith, not by sight.”