Sunday, September 5, 2010

Where you go I will follow…

There once was a family Hacienda in the heart of Old Towne, that became a hotel, then a cannery, and back to a hotel. Then sometime later it was abandoned. The old Hacienda under went many changes in its life time, until it was transformed into the most delectable restaurant known as Casa de Bandini.
There once was a girl who loved to munch on fresh chips and salsa, in the courtyard of this restaurant, while listening to the gentle rhythm of the fountain and happy sounds of the strolling mariachi band. And on special occasions she would treat herself to one ice cold margarita…only one mind you.
  It was at this very restaurant where the girl, and the boy she married, had their first meal as man and wife.
As the years rolled by the restaurant moved back in time only to become a grand hotel again. A grand hotel where the girl and boy decided to stay for their 16th anniversary.

cosmo3 scones
They woke from their dreamy slumber in the comfort of the old antique bed.
The smell of hot coffee and sugar coated scones were waiting outside their door. 
They wandered the streets and explored the back alleyways, to see what they could find.
They visited the old synagogue where they said “I Will”
It seemed like only yesterday, when they exchanged their vows, and yet many years had passed. Much remained the same and yet much had changed.
bushy-head-manor The old Victorian, where they spent their honeymoon, had been shut down and purchased by a huge corporation. A corporation that cared not for its history or the beautiful old furnishings that adorned the rooms.
They contemplated the years of their life together… things they had done…things yet to do.
They sat and listened to the thundering of the roaring sea…
and as the sun cast its golden beams across the water, she was reminded that there is much to be thankful for in this life.

Thursday, September 2, 2010

I have always said…

but the bigger question begs to be answered, “how do you know when it’s the Lord speaking to you or your own little voices in your head. I'm not talking about being crazy here, but Do You KNOW?

I like to play "connect the dots" spiritually. You may be wondering, "what does that mean?" Well, I'll tell you. When I'm struggling with something that I've been praying about I like to look around me to see if the Lord is speaking through the every day activities of my life. It may be a particular scripture, a message I hear on the radio, a song playing in my car, or something I experience in nature. God performs the extraordinary through the ordinary and I think that due to the busyness of our lives we often miss the miracles or just pass them off as coincidence. You are probably wondering where I'm going with all this nonsensical chatter, right? Right! So I'll just get to my a round about way.

Many of you know that I have a love/hate relationship with my job, which by the way, I'm sure many of you do too. But, I have always said that if my hubby was ever called back to Boeing I would quit work that very same day. Some time in June I was on my way home from work, tears streaming down my face, and asking the Lord, "How long, Lord? How long do I have to carry this cross?" And as I pulled into the gas station I got a call from hubby. "Guess what?" says he. "I don't know", says I. "I just came home and found a letter in the mail and I've been recalled, I start in July." I felt a flood of relief wash over me and felt that my prayer had been answered.
We had just finished reading the account of David & Goliath and there were two points that stood out.
1. Saul, the king of Israel, sent a boy out to do a mans job and 2. David didn't have his eyes on the circumstances before him, he had his eyes on his LORD. The LORD of Hosts...the God of Israel. He knew that this giant was an enemy of God and God was going to use a young boy to destroy His enemy.

So hubby and I sat down and weighed the pros and cons and upon further investigation we found out that the deal wasn't as rosy as we had originally thought. But we decided to take a leap of faith over the edge of reason and jumped...head first. Two months into his job the rumors start to fly that there's going to be a lay-off mid September...HELLO!!!! We just got back here!!! So we shall see what the next few months bring, but whatever happens to be around the corner, I know that the Lord will be there too.

Oh, and by the way, I'm still at my job.

Therefore humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God, that He may exalt you in due time, casting all your care upon Him, for He cares for you.

1 Peter 5:6 & 7