Friday, August 23, 2013

In the Shadow of His Hand He Hath Hid Me

  My poor Bud got "the job" done today. And the poor pup is sore. I hope that he heals quickly. And hopefully the new toy I got him will cheer him up within the next few days--he's going to have to be gentle and quiet on himself for awhile. I would really appreciate it if you guys would pray for him! I just want to cuddle my pup, but I know that he just needs to lie still and rest.

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Younger picture of him--one of my favorites. Just made me realize how much he's changed...has a lot more white on his face. And to think--he's "middle-aged" now! My pup!

  This was also my last day of work. Said goodbye to the kiddos, gave them a lovely card, gave them hugs. It was nice to know that we'll miss each other. Now I'm waiting to see if I'll get that job at the bookstore.

  Speaking of things changing, and looking to what the days will bring, I came across something very comforting the other day. I was doing bible study with family, and as you guys know, I've been talking about struggling with feeling "stuck". My friend Becky put it a very good way--"stuck in a sort of limbo land", with things not really changing. But reading my chapter, Isiah 49, I found a portion that felt like God was trying to send me some comfort.

  "Listen, O isles, unto me; and hearken, ye people, from far; The Lord hath called me from the womb; from the bowels of my mother hath he made mention of my name. And he hath made my mouth like a sharp sword; in the shadow of his hand hath he hid me, and made me a polished shaft; in his quiver hath he hid me; And said unto me, Thou art my servant, O Israel, in whom I will be glorified. Then I said, I have laboured in vain, I have spent my strength for nought, and in vain: yet surely my judgement is with the Lord, and my work with my God. And now, saith the Lord that formed me from the womb to be his servant, to bring Jacob again to him, though Israel be not gathered, yet shall I be glorious in the eyes of the Lord, and my God shall be my strength. And he said, it is a light thing that thou shouldest be my servant to raise up the tribes of Jacob, and to restore the preserved of Israel: I will also give thee for a light to the Gentiles, that thou mayest be my salvation unto the end of the earth. Thus saith the Lord, the Redeemer of Israel, and his Holy One, to him whom man despiseth, to him whom the nation abhorreth, to a servant of rulers, Kings shall see and arise, princes also shall worship, because of the Lord that is faithful, and the Holy One of Israel, and he shall choose thee." 
       ~Isiah 49:1-7

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  Now, I'm not saying that I'm pompous and thinking that I will rise like a glorious star and will be world famous, etc. I just included those full verses because they just spoke of God's faithfulness--He prepares, and sends out his people at the time appointed. Perhaps these past few years, which have felt so tangibly fast and slow in a very weird way, is my time of sharpening. I've wondered that before, simply because I have learned and developed so much; but of course that doesn't automatically do away with the feeling of not really being put out there. I still long for independence, to have full responsibility of myself/life as an adult. It was comforting, in that it felt like God was just telling me that he's sharpening me right now, preparing the time. I just need to be ready, and he knows when that will be. I do feel that it's almost just around the corner though--I just have a tendency to chomp impatiently at the bit. I'm ready to burst through the doors and race onto the track. And I do love running....

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  I just wanted to share that with you. Thought that just maybe, some of you guys might need the comfort too.

  My plans for now: keep to my budget, and forge ahead in my writing and blogging goals. If things go well, I'll be putting together several events. So here's to hope and work!

  Always have the guts to keep your chin up, and stride on!

taking risks life quotes

  Hope is something we make, and hold on to. Don't just expect it to come to you.

  ~Miss Cocoa Latte

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