Archive | November, 2014

honeymoon period

25 Nov

They say with transition to something new there can be a period of time where everything is hunky dory (that’s the weirdest saying) fantastic…the honeymoon period. Then as that transition wears off and the fun newness of your new situation can wear off and the not-so-fun newness of your new situation can hit you. I think I’m there.

I want to interject here and say…I love my new job. I love my new church. I’m loving my new city. I’m so thankful for all of it and don’t at all feel like I made a bad decision or regret moving.

It’s all still new. Just in the past week I’ve felt the weight of my newness. Stepping into a really established community can be hard. Trying to find where you fit is hard. Building new relationships is hard.  Learning a new job and new co-workers is hard.

I told someone not even 3 weeks ago that I was so thankful that I hadn’t really felt homesick or anything. I still don’t think I am feeling homesick…just newness-weary.

I think I want to just jump to the part of life where I feel settled and established. But I think if I did that I’d miss the point of this time. God is stretching me. Causing me to lean on Him for comfort, peace and strength.  I’m not good at that. I’m really good at wallowing in my sadness or newness-weariness. But I’m not good at giving that all to Him and sinking in to His arms for comfort.

Today, the staff at StoneBridge are starting a new tradition where every 4th Tuesday when we normally have staff meeting we are having Sacred Time instead. It’s a time for us to take a break from the work of Ministry to spend time by ourselves with the Lord. I have a feeling I’m going to really like this tradition. 😉 Today as I was sitting at my desk (it’s dreary out otherwise I would have been outside) I had my music on and a familiar song came on. And as He usually does…the Lord spoke His love to me through those words and brought them to light in a new way.

In the Hours

(click the title to listen)

1. In the hours of pain and sorrow, When the world brings no relief
When the eye is dim and heavy, And the heart oppressed with grief
While blessings flee, Savior Lord we trust in Thee!
While blessings flee, Savior Lord we trust in Thee!

2. When the snares of death surround us, Pride, ambition, love of ease
Mammon with her false allurements, Words that flatter, smiles that please
Then ere we yield, Savior Lord be Thou our shield
Then ere we yield, Savior Lord be Thou our shield

3. When forsaken in distress, Poor despised and tempest-tossed
With no anchor here to stay us, Drifting, sail and rudder lost
Then save us Thou, who trod this earth with weary brow
Then save us Thou, who trod this earth with weary brow

4. Thou the hated and forsaken, Thou the bearer of the cross
Crowned of thorns and mocked and smitten, Counting earthly gain but loss
When scorned are we, We joy to be the more like Thee
When scorned are we, We joy to be the more like Thee

5. Thou the Father’s best beloved, Thou the throned and sceptered King
Who but Thee should we adoring, All our prayers and praises bring?
So blessed are we, Savior Lord in loving Thee
So blessed are we, Savior Lord in loving Thee

We sang this song frequently at Village Church and it was/is one of my favorites. I’m praying that in the hours of whatever I may be feeling that I will trust in my Savior Lord. Thanking Him for His love and care for me and all he has blessed me with (cause it’s more than I ever deserve) and trusting He’s walking right along side me during whatever season I’m in.

So don’t worry…I’m doing good. (Mom…that’s for you)