Thursday, March 10, 2011

Resting Contentment

   Most evenings are very busy for Paul and myself. I try to plan to have 2 nights in the week where I am busy and he can be at home studying and writing papers, which is busy for him but in a different way. I try to pick one night a week to be at home and not do anything. I picked one a night a week to spend with my sister and on weekends we see people.

Mondays usually Jenna and I have bootcamp from 6 to 7 and I try to meet someone for coffee and a hang out at 8 (this way Paul can be at home doing homework, unbothered). Once a month P&I have a Deacon’s meeting on a Monday (this week we had VIP – a church wide meeting – and Deacons on a Monday!) and once a month Paul has a men’s leadership meeting thing.

Tuesdays we have lifegroup and discipleship group which means I feed (very happily, because boy do I love to feed people!) 4-6 women at discipleship group at 6, we meet and then we walk 3 doors up for Life group. Tuesdays are long days.

Wednesday I try to make my at home rest night, but this is often difficult as our weekends get full quickly and there are many people my heart wants to visit with.

Thursdays Jenna and I usually have bootcamp and then we hang out for the evening. Once a month our Mom joins us.

Fridays and Saturdays Paul and I either attend gatherings (games nights, parties, celebrations, etc) at people’s houses or host friends at our place. Alternatively we go out of town and visit people at their homes. 

Sundays we have church from 3:30 to 5 and afterwards we either have people over, have family dinner or go out to other people’s houses.

   We are busy. Our life is filled with friends, family and activities we love. We are doing the things that God has put on our heart. We love the Campus & Career aged people at our church. We love the families. I love to spend time with women of all ages and Paul loves to meet with men. We also, somehow, find time in our week just to be together. Other than occasional moments of tiredness (which, truth be told, would happen even if we weren’t so busy) we are so happy with where God has us at this moment. I get to look for a new job in the fall and am praying for miracles. Paul will be beginning to raise support to go in to full time Campus Ministry. We are moving forward not only in to the things God has for us, but also the desires he has put in our hearts. What joy!

   Last night was a Wednesday. Usually I spend a lot of Wednesday evening cleaning, tidying, cooking, etc. This isn’t very restful, which is unfortunate because Wednesdays are supposed to be a night for resting. This week Discipleship Group and Life Group were cancelled so Tuesday became “doing-stuff-around-the-house” night and Wednesday became a REAL rest night. I only had 2 rules for Wednesday night this week. I could do no more than 2 house/cooking related tasks and MUST be in bed, ready for sleep by 10:30.

   My commute home is usually a rush to get the bus to the Canada Line, a rush to get past the masses on to the train, and a rush to walk home to get out of the rain and finally get home. Last night I realized I had no reason to rush! It was a warm-ish, pleasant night out. I took the bus to the Canada Line and remembered there was a Tim Hortons right there. I had a free drink ticket from “rolling up the rim” this past weekend and decided to treat myself. I sat outside of Tim Hortons, enjoying the beautiful clean night air and a delicious cup of steeped tea. I felt so free and happy. I listened to worship music and prayed. There was so much peace within my contentment. It was a wonderful way to “waste” half an hour. I took the long way to the Canada Line and window shopped without buying anything! By getting on at the next station I managed to get a seat and arrived home in good time to complete task 1 of the evening; making dinner. Candace was home so we cooked chicken taco’s together and I ate with her and her fiancé. Task 2 was making Peanut Butter Cups to bring to work today. Success! I even had time to have a glass of Sangria and watch Amazing Race and America’s Next Top Model. I was in bed talking with my wonderful husband by 10:15 and going to sleep by 10:30.

   I woke up today feeling rested (shocking!) and ready for the day. So far I have successfully made it to work on time, finished all my morning tasks, and organized my life. I am definitely looking forward to the rest of my week and weekend! Tonight, bootcamp and a hangout with Jenna, tomorrow dinner with our friends Jesse and Loreili Hutch and Saturday all day organizing my craft area with my dear friend Laura followed by dinner and games with Laura, her husband, and Paul. It’s all goooood.

   Life feels like it's in Sepia....not black and white...but totally covered in a nice, warm, sunny hue. You can tell I stopped at Tim Hortons this morning; steeped tea always makes me more lyrical.


LeAnna et David said...

You wrote: Other than occasional moments of tiredness (which, truth be told, would happen even if we weren’t so busy) we are so happy with where God has us at this moment.

This makes me so happy, both for myself because it reminds me that I'm just having a tired moment in a sea of great times, and more for you because I am so thankful to see you so happy. You just sparkle out of all the recent photos of you, just like the one on this post.

Tara said...

Yes, it's often good to be reminded that it is just a moment of tired in a sea of good things.

and thank you; I sure do feel pretty sparkly most of the time!


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