Friday, April 01, 2011
I do love changes -----I have moved a number of times. In Medford, as a single parent and while my children were growing up, we moved often. My Dad always teased me, "Oh, that place is dirty now so time to move on". And, as a child we moved fairly often - between Oklahoma and Southern California. Then when I was 7, we moved to Medford where I grew up. Now, I have been here in Pendleton and this apartment for almost 5 years. I am getting "ansy" again. But, will probably not be moving this time. I do love my apartment - just the right size, close to downtown, and a beautiful view of the river.
The change I am having a hard time with right now is the loss of our Youth Pastor at church. He was here for almost 10 years and so loved by the youth. I am so sure that where ever he goes, he will do well. I miss his "Good Mornings" over the intercom and just his presence in the building. I will certainly miss watching his son, Liam, grow up.
Change in our lives is inevitable but how we handle it is our choice. So, I am going to pray the very best for Pastor Joseph, Candace and Liam and know that God is in control. When a new Youth Pastor occupies the office downstairs, I know that I will grow to love him too.
There is a change in the air too this morning. Instead of the cloudy sky outside my window, the sun is shining so bright!! There are a few dark clouds overhead and there may be some rain, but I know the sun is still shining and Spring will soon be here. (I have some geraniums ordered from a friend at church)
"There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under Heaven:
a time to be born and a time to die,
a time to plant and a time to uproot,....
a time to weep and a time to laugh.......
He has set eternity in the hearts of men; yet they cannot fathom what God ha done from beginning to end."
Ecclesiastes 3:1-4, 11
What a good reminder for me that I have a choice in how I see my life and what I do with the time God has given me. A choice to stay overweight and feel sorry for myself because I am so "unloved"--------or know that God created me and loves me just as I am. And, with that I can go out and "conquer" my little world. I can make the changes I need to make to lose weight, eat more healthy, exercise daily, and smile at the world.
So now to my "7 for 2011" . I need to post them on my home page and get out my index card daily as a reminder!! I have been sorta working on them. Have definitely restored a relationship with my oldest son. But, I have a daughter in Salem that I have not communicated with for a few years. That one will take some thought as to how to proceed.