Friday, March 8, 2013

Day 16 {31 Days of Grace} : On Slowing and Retreating

Y'all? I got so excited this morning when I realized I am almost at my 100th post!
I can't believe it took me this long, but still, it's a milestone!

I'm writing early today because this afternoon I leave for a choir retreat with my church choir.  We aren't going far and it's only an overnight stay, but it promises to be jam packed with God and worship. (I've been warned about lack of sleep- yikes!)

I'm a little apprehensive - I'd be lying if I said otherwise.  My choir director is a very Godly woman, quite possibly the most Godly woman I have ever known.
And while that inspires me, it's hard not to be intimidated.

This weekend is also forcing me out of my comfort zone.  We've been attending this church for about a year now and I've been part of the choir for at least half that time.  I still feel like I don't know many people, though.

And knowing others, or getting to know others, means opening up yourself and letting them know you.  That scares me more than a little!

I've spent all of my life caring way too much what others think of me and basing my self-worth largely on that.  I want to be truthful and open, but my mouth sometimes spews forth words before my brain has processed them.  I know from experience, that can be dangerous (and detrimental to friendships).

My prayer is that God will give me peace about making new friends and guide my words and thoughts this weekend.

As much as I want to get back to my story about me and E, I think I have to deviate today.  My heart just needed some serious QUIET time this morning, so here's what I worked on instead...

My friend, Lori posted a link earlier this week to this printable Lent Calendar.  Mine isn't nearly as cute and pretty as hers is, but I must confess since I was already half-way through Lent when I decided to use this, I had to hurry!
I'm excited about hanging these verses and inspirations everyday and I purposely set my design up that I could finish with days 40 and 41 ("Death where is your sting...") in the middle.

It didn't work out exactly as I had planned, but I like it just the same.
Here is the link if you want to order some cards and print the small version for yourself like I did:

Simple Starts...

Left side...Days 1 through 13

Right side...with my upcoming days hanging and waiting to be added to the garland.

I know we all have busy weekends; my prayer for you (and for me) is that we are able to slow down and enjoy it all.  See God in our children's faces...hear God in the melody we sing...feel His spirit as we worship with other believers or even as we simply marvel at His creation.

Wherever you go, and whatever you do, know this...


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