Admittedly, most people don't think of Monday as the end of the week. But when you're unemployed like me, why not? On Monday each week I reflect the recent blessings sent my way, so that's good.
It's been a crazy week, but to be honest, I'm looking back and realizing that since it has been crazy, I've not been able to get online very often. Because of that, I've pretty much only had time to do my Psalm of the day thing. So I've not really updated you guys very much one what's been going on my life. So this post is going to be about my life, and the numerous blessings God's given me, since October first.
I started out that morning meeting up with people God's put in my life for such a time as this... God's been making so much come together, like pieces on a puzzle!
Then my mother, sister, and I all went to the International Festival in Spartanburg. It was great fun. I had Tanzanian food! Unfortunately, India didn't have a booth, but it was still great fun!
|brochure from International Festival... wish I had cool pictures to share, but alas, I was camera-less.|
On the third, I got to meet up with my best friend Tabitha. We spent the day in Greenville with her delightful baby Jordan. We got to catch up and bond, shop at a very strange store, and ate macaroni cheese pizza. She got me a new sweater! Time with Tabby is always a blessing.
|A necklace I made at the jewelry making party, against the new sweater Tabby got me!|
October 4th was my parent's 31st anniversary! But you heard about that on the post Happy Anniversary! I am so blessed and grateful for their loving example. It is nothing to take lightly in this day and age.
That day, I also met with people from church about plans God is forming in me for the future. God, thank you, thank you, for such a blessing!
Wednesday, the fifth, was the first day I had nothing scheduled. I spent it mainly with my nose in a book. Honestly, I've been doing that a lot. Besides the books I review for this blog, I've also been reading two or three other books a week. There's an intensity to my study lately. I thank God for the opportunity!
Thursday was the first day of a new women's Bible Study I'm attending. And this one has five days of homework a week! Between that and the Psalms, I'm guaranteed to get a lot of Bible in, an absolute blessing, and God's also been making me hunger for more. It's a genuine hunger of the spirit, like I feel empty and irritable without it, just like when I'm hungry for food!
On Friday I got the first book from the new blogging for books program I joined! I've been reading the booksneeze books so quickly I decided I can handle (and will thoroughly enjoy) doing two.
I also got to go to my darling Bible Study for the first time in three weeks. I was blessed to be able to bring a watermelon to share right from our own garden! I had news to share with them, and as we dove into Job, I found it connecting with some other things I've been studying lately...
You know, I've been marveling about how much things have been connecting... but I wonder if the connections aren't the blessing, but the eyes that can see it? I wonder if as we draw closer to God, we don't see more and more how intricate and interconnected all of creation is, how everything proclaims His glory? And then, when we've left the flesh behind, we see not in the blurry way we see now, but clearly... and that's why you see nothing but praising being done by the saints in Revelation? They see the glory of God every single place they look, and our spirits can do nothing but respond in adoration and joy!
After Bible Study, I didn't go home... I grabbed my suitcase and went to my friend Katie's house! I was definitely blessed by her kind hospitality. And that her cute dog Bandit likes me now! He's shy and it takes him a while to warm up to strangers.
I had trouble sleeping Saturday night (I always do in strange places) but I finished the whole book I just got! I'll be writing the review as soon as I get the chance.
On Saturday, I woke up feeling ill... but soon after, I was blessed by feeling just fine! I praise God for that healing, and that my weekend wasn't really affected. Indeed, Katie (who is a student) did her homework, and I talked to my dear sweet Ryan. Who is always a blessing.
Later in the day, my other best friend Lydia came and the three of us went out for frozen yogurt at Twisty's. It was my first time there, and I really enjoyed it. Then we went grocery shopping, and we got frozen chicken patties and tater tots.
I have a very sophisticated palate.
Honestly, I adore processed chicken. I know that's weird, but I just love it. So I was very blessed by that. I was also blessed by Katie's willingness to borrow ketchup from the neighbors when we got back to her apartment and realized hers was no good. That was very sweet of her, for anyone who knows me knows I love ketchup.
After a simple night of friendship and laughter, I was blessed by being able to sleep rather well. Then we carpooled with Steph, Jeff, and their baby Luke to church.
I was very blessed by that whole experience. Indeed, at least two answers to prayer were met. I cried during worship (I think Katie noticed, but she was polite enough to ignore it) and was able to sing as loud as I could, because I just couldn't praise God enough. Honestly, He is SO amazing. And faithful! And kind. And powerful. And patient. And full of grace! And magnificent! And beautiful!
After church, Katie and I went over to her parents house, where I ate candy, met some sweet dogs, and talked to Ryan on webcam before my sister showed up and we went home.
Waiting for me at home was gifts from the church. And they are amazing! And again, the awesome connectiveness.
Then last night, I was blessed by getting to talk to Ryan for a nice, long time. And for him laughing at my attempts at Hindi pronunciation. No, I don't know Hindi... but I will! I'm learning!
And that brings us to today. I was blessed to sleep well and fully. (I slept well at Katie's Saturday night, but had to get up more early than I was used to! So it was good to make that up.) To help me wake up, I usually turn on the radio... and what came on again connected with things I've been reading lately. It's amazing when God shows you His heart this way. I listened and reflected.
Other than that and a little reading, I've not done much today. But that in itself is a blessing. Between the major events listing has been a lot of serious study, research, and pursuit of the purpose God's putting before me. God is shaping me more for discipline. I am so very, very, very, very blessed for this! I'm also not used to it. With the long, long unemployment streak, I'm used to very not-busy days. So being able to say, "You're tired, Pam. Just rest today. Don't worry about doing anything" was good. There were a few things I was going to do today, and didn't, but it's not the end of the world.
Overall, I've been immensely blessed with the people, resources and ideas God's been sending my way. God, you are my only hope, and I praise you for being you!
I'm linking up with Gretchen today.