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Thursday, May 16, 2013

I am back in Germany - but only for a few days. I need to go back next week and do the final clear-out of my parents' condo where I've been living the past 6 months. The brief return to Germany has to do with securing my visa and also with frequent flier miles :)

But it also gives me a chance to get a mental distance from the unfinished business in the States. I was having a hard time getting focused. I already notice that NOT being in the house is making it easier to plan. My dcousin (whom I call "my sister from another mother" because she has been such a rock over the past few years) will be coming to help with the last bit of packing and cleaning. It will get done!

I apologize for being out of touch here on Spark. I haven't been very consistent about keeping in touch with anyone except occasional posts on Facebook. On the other hand, I have maintained the FB page for my father's business. A good deal of my time and energy over the past months has been invested in keeping that going for the winter season and closing it down at the end of April. Being the manager of a small art gallery was certainly not part of my plan. It seems to be part of a commitment to "honor my father." I've come to understand that this commandment doesn't expire when someone dies.

It will soon be time to get on with my life here in Germany, which is also in flux. I completed my second master's last summer. The plan for the fall was to reenter local church ministry (I had given up most of my responsibilities in order to finish my studies), to start doing some overseas teaching (Albania) and begin to work part-time in the regional missions office. I would have picked up my English teaching job again as well. Now, I'm seeking the Lord for how he wants me to proceed.

Will continue this post tomorrow...don't want to write a book today!
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    Wishing you peace and blessings as you consider your "next steps".....
    1737 days ago
    I'm glad to hear what is up with you.
    I loved hearing that statement, " I've come to understand that this commandment doesn't expire when someone dies." That was somehow profound to me - never saw that before, but so true.
    I'll be praying for your flight and the decisions that still need to be made. The Lord will lead. emoticon

    1740 days ago
    good to hear from you. I can understand what you are going through. It takes time for all these details and arrangements. I still have a room full of mom's things to sort out.
    1741 days ago
    Let life unfold!
    Yes, some distance does help.
    1742 days ago
    So great to hear from you! The good Lord will lead you to where he wants you to be. I hope things go smoothly for you and settle down soon. Take care of yourself!
    1742 days ago
    Trusting God's direction is the right thing for sure. He will not fail you. Just keep the Spark... in other words keep the faith in His plan and keep yourself in God's love. (there is the real SPARK) Great blog!! Thanks for sharing with us her on Spark. emoticon
    1742 days ago

    Comment edited on: 5/16/2013 11:22:17 AM
  • CAROLYN0107
    It sounds like you've been busy. Transition is always difficult and time consuming. I have 19 months before I leave Africa for good so I'm trying to start early to get rid of everything but a few suitcases of things I'll take with me.

    1742 days ago
    So nice to read your blogs again....::I always loved your blogs - you are so creative!
    What a beautiful testimony of seeking God for direction....::::He has a Plan for you, for sure. Looking forward to seeing it develop. God bless you and give you discernment and wisdom.

    love, Laura
    1742 days ago
    It is good to hear from you, when your life is disrupted it is difficult to maintain old routines. Too many changes to digest and too much turmoil to deal with. We miss you and will be here when you are ready.
    1742 days ago
    Glad to hear from you - I am sure your father is watching and saying 'well done and thank you'.
    1742 days ago
    I am really glad to hear from you. I stopped blogging regularly here after my father died too. I know and understand how it is.

    Your life is in great flux these days. I'll be thinking of you.

    1743 days ago
    Good to hear from you! It's always interesting being in the Lord's hands and seeing what's next . . .
    1743 days ago
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