It is 1 am here and I can’t sleep! I decided to reward myself after studying tonight by decorating my house with fall goodness (pictures to come) and by drinking Chai tea (one of my favorite fall/winter drinks), however, I tried a new kind tonight and I think it had caffeine in it! oops… so instead of sleeping, you all get to hear from me 🙂 Be prepared for rambling…
For some reason, probably because I am selfish & in need of someone greater than myself, this afternoon I was in a rotten mood. I was stressed about all the things on my “to do” list, about my dirty, unorganized house, I was exhausted from 5 hours of Arabic & staying up late the night before, I was short with Chase…. basically I was no fun to be around. I am a person who like order, cleanliness & a place to call home when these things aren’t possible I have a hard time resting or getting things I need to get done, done. So I decided to lay down for a little bit & hope to wake up on the right side of the bed… Praise be to JC because it worked. I woke up feeling better, feeling like I had a fresh start, that the old had gone and the new had come, I was reminded that His mercies are new each morning or afternoon. After I woke up I decided to start dinner, study (which I desperately needed to do— because of the above reasons I have not been able to get in a steady study routine yet), once I finished studying, cooking dinner & eating I got to decorate… one of my favorite things. I am thankful that I was able to bring a little bit of “fall” with me to the desert. This “fall” includes leaves, acorns, candles & gorgeous colors of fall! Even though the weather is hott still & there is zero sign of fall around here, I can come home and be reminded of God’s provision & blessings- which to me right now is a clean house, lovely fall decor, a wonderful husband, family & friends & a content heart. Something I learned from tonight is that even though a clean house, fall decor, and order is nice- it is not where I find my hope- my hope is in JC. He alone can satisfy, He alone can provide the things that make my heart smile, He alone is the who I need to find my “home” in. I am thankful that I was able to see this tonight… that He blessed me with a freshly painted clean house (pics to come), fall in the desert, and things checked off on my “to do” list.
*I will probably need to reread this tomorrow & the next… everyday…to be reminded. I hope that my fall leaves will remind me of what I have learned tonight.
“Oh Lord, Oh Lord! How majestic is your name in all the earth!” Ps 8:1
“Be joyful always, pray continually, give THANKS in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you in JC” 1 Thes. 5:15-18
What are you all thankful for? I hope to meditate on this fall as Thanksgiving draws near. I hope you will too!
“When I look at your heavens, the work of your fingers, the moon and the starts, which you have set in place…. Oh Lord, our Lord, how majestic is your name in all the earth!” Ps. 8: 3…9