Wednesday, November 9, 2011

stuff and nonsense

I really haven't a foggy idea of what to write about, but I feel like I ought to anyway.  Write, that is.  The day just feels perfect for it.  It's been a knockout of a fall day... cold (for us), gorgeous, and windy. And sunny too.  There are two varieties of lovely fall days: the sunny blue sky sort, and the gray cloudy blustery sort.  Today was the former, but I'll take either and be just as delighted.  After tying up some business loose ends, Mom and I had a very nice jaunt into Small Town for a few errands.  I found little Christmas gifts for my Chinese girls and a new Christmas tree for my room (every since Lea and I stopped sharing a room, there has been a custody battle going on over our little shared tree.  Today, I found a BIGGER and BETTER one... bwahahaha. She can have the wee one footer... I found a FOUR FOOTER for an extremely reasonable price. ha.).  Fitting it in my room could prove to be interesting though.

My life these days is a series of twists and turns and everything up in the air.   Well, not everything everything, but too many for comfort.  But since when has God been concerned the most about my comfort?  He likes to make me uncomfortable, and I appreciate that.  Because the uncomfortableness is always prodding me on to new territory, more battles won, and a greater empathy for others. 

I'm learning to trust God with the unknowns, which is a lifelong lesson, I think.  At least in my life to date.  Not just the big unknowns (those can be easy sometimes), but the small ones... like if I put my name out there for as a piano teacher, will I actually get takers and will I be a good teacher?  And if I do, how will the schedule work out, and should I put my name out in three separate towns, and if I do what day should I do which and will it all work out?  It is confusing.  It is a practice in trusting God.  So that makes it good.

Other than that, the continual stretching of the soul and friendly sisterly battles over Christmas trees, not too terribly much has been going on.  Nothing truly interesting to report. 

I have rambled enough now and should go inside and make pumpkin bread to bring to a couple of neighbors.  Sounds like a pleasant and wise use of time, yes?  Soon all the family will be coming home and together for a warm and cozy dinner and then we'll watch the Republican presidential nominee debate.  We love watching those things so much, we clear the whole night's agenda for riveted debate watching.  Whatever needs to be done is always done either before or after the debate; never during. Only listening or the occasional talking-to-the-tv is allowed.  We're a family of political junkies.  Okay, I really am going to go make the pumpkin bread now.


Beloved's Bride said...

Marianna, I am sure you would get many takers on piano lessons. Our homeschool yahoo group is always getting the question on who gives lessons. We can't seem to find a sweet cheerful lady to teach around our area. You won't believe this but they are all men in their 60s that teach out in the outskirts of Music City. ( so it seems anyway)

I would love to find a sweet lady who would be willing to work around our travel schedule too! Sigh.

Pumpkin bread sounds really good. You are so sweet and kind to think of them.

Lt. Mark Stearns said...

More often than not, when things are uncomfortable, we are going through times of growth. God is preparing us for something different, but we need to go through a season of discomfort in order to be fully prepared for the ministry that is ahead. Just looking at the two years in Training College is enough to show me that I was in a time of preparation. Yes, I was living in one of the most beautiful settings God had created, but the times of learning were difficult as He was chipping away at the old me and making me what He needed me to be. Embrace the times of growth, as they are evidence that God is preparing you for something wonderful!