Wednesday, February 25, 2009

A time of rest

I had a sweet week-end.  One that started on Thur after a field trip.  It had been a fun morning with my children and our Five in a Row group - a trip to the fire station and then a picnic and playing in the park. 

When we got home, I finished packing and headed off to a yearly "retreat".  Once a year, meeting up with friends from the FIAR website staff. 

Some of these friends I've known for over 10 years - when our oldest children were just starting on the homeschooling journey.  Some of these friends are newer friends with whom God has knitted our hearts.  I'm thankful to be part of a sweet group of gals (and one great guy!). 

The week-end was a time of laughter and tears, sharing and learning, praying and challenging - and fun.  Rest was maybe not the right word as there was not much sleep going on.  But, it was refreshing and encouraging.  I'm thankful that my sweet husband sees the value in this for me.

Here's a photo of our group.


Thank you all for a great week-end!  In the midst of the travel and business, I heard some sweet (albeit brief) words from God.  My heart has been torn and grieved at much of what I've heard and read lately.  I feel the need to *DO* something.  I'm praying, but it just doesn't seem like enough at times.  Does this make sense?  While talking with God, He reminded me of this truth.

Yet those who wait for the LORD Will gain new strength; They will mount up with wings like eagles, They will run and not get tired, They will walk and not become weary.  Isaiah 40:31

So, in the midst of my worry, God is telling me to wait on Him.  He will give me strength to carry out His plans when I wait on His perfect timing.  Isn't that an amazing truth?!

Why do I doubt?  God is in the details - even the small ones.  On my flight out, I sat beside an interesting man that had recently become a beekeeper.  We talked about what he did and the benefits of keeping bees.  (He even encouraged me to do this.)  What was the God moment in this?  We have been studying bees this week in school.  I was able to ask him a question that one of the children asked me (and I couldn't answer).  It was an interesting, enjoyable and helpful conversation.  God is sweet like that?

I have more to share,- but need to get some sleep.  More tomorrow, I hope.