12.26.2011

It's Got To Be The Monday After...


It's got to be the morning after...see my pasty, white complexion,
beady eyes and dazed expression?
Well, if it isn't the morning after Christmas day and of course, this is my favorite day to blog and link up with Carissa at Lowercase Letters! So, hoping you all had a wonderful weekend, grab a cup of Joe and join in my Monday morning madness, will you? We're off!

"Re-calclating" direction...
So last Monday, late afternoon, I got "The Phone Call". Oh, I am so relieved, even though disappointed. I did not get that coveted position and it was confirmed through the lovely voice on my voice mail. They even had an offer ready, but due to a technicality... OK, in reality 6 years experience working with a specific group of people required which I don't have AND a tiny grant stipulation (not so tiny, really) it seems that the light went from green, to yellow to red and that is the end of that. For now. Swallowing hard and trusting Him who knows best. Here is an excerpt form my personal journal (Brave, aren't I?) : So, Lord. Being honest here. It's disappointing. Not so much because they did not "pick me" but because I thought I heard you. . . again. Because I saw possibility and opportunity and because I wonder if I will ever know when you are directing my path.  I want to honor you. I don't understand the things you choose for me. Or withhold from me. - 12/19/2011



A week is not complete without coffee with a friend so I had a lovely coffee chat with a sweet sister at one of my fave places for such ~ Cool Beans Cafe on Wednesday!



Library find of the week:  

I really enjoyed reading this fictional account by Lois Untermeyer  about the holy family
one year later living as refugees in a foreign land with a tiny babe. 

New England Christmastide
Every year I get one  new Christmas CD and this year was a beautiful  instrumental
which both my daughter and I adored! Hub prefers more contemporary stuff!



Christmas Eve service was beautiful and the reading of Isaiah 53 brought me to tears- as it always does. Our  patient Pastor competed with a bleating lamb but she was silent at just the right time! The children loved it very well, and I consider myself as one! When that little lamb was placed before us, it stirred within my heart such deep grief, pain and joy. All of the prophecy came alive within me. It is beyond words to describe. 

The reading of Isaiah over a bleating sheep stirred the heart.

"Flower" safe in the arms of her very own good shepherd!
She is just 10 days old and has made her acting debut to
 glorify the Lord!


A morning visit to a certain special Grandparent brought forth a new family member 
to my future Fashion Designer (?) daughter and much fun ensued. 
Introducing Mary Kate - Barbara!


But more importantly the most precious of all coveted gifts ...
The packaging!



After Christmas Eve service, we had a quiet night together
 which included laughter, and Charades. 
Miraculously, sweet daughter was happy to open one gift 
and we all hunkered down before midnight
for good night's rest. 






Christmas Day we visited family and I had an epiphany which
 I will share in a post later this week.
Did anyone read Daily Bread's perfect portion that day? I really liked that share!
  Now IS the time to worship! Yes! 

Don't forget, there is time to enter for a chance
(Winner  to be drawn New Years Eve!)



Goodbye 2011, Hello 2012!

Now, we prepare for the new year and say goodbye to the old.
What are your hopes and dreams for the New Year, friends? 

               Have a great last week of 2011! 


Miscellany Monday @
lowercase letters

3 comments:

  1. thanks for linking up! i'm so sorry you didn't get the offer you were hoping for. it just means there's something better for you out there. God has you covered! hold tight! : ) blessings to you.

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  2. I agree - I am sorry you did not get the position - but there is something better out there for you.

    sandie

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  3. The feelings you are experiencing right now (rejection in the job market...disappointment...wondering what God's plan REALLY is) are exactly the feelings that prompted me to begin writing my blog, "Closed Doors, Open Windows" http://pamelasopenwindow.blogspot.com about 2 years ago. Not long after I started the blog, God provided a job...but I kept writing anyway! God has something wonderful in store for you...most likely right around the corner, so hold on tight and get ready for the "ride". God bless you and keep you and give you peace. Amen. (And Happy New Year) I also liked your thoughts about shredding the bad memories of 2011. Great idea for all of us! Thanks for sharing!

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