Tuesday, June 16, 2009

We have only done our duty (it sounds like a joke but it's not)

In my weak and human moments I sometimes complain. (Yes, I really do). One wonders how anyone could possibly ask you to do one more thing, yet God just taught me something about self sacrifice.
I know that one shouldn't just randomly open one's Bible and expect to land on exactly the right teaching for the moment (usually if I try this I land on a genealogy). However yesterday this is what I read:
Luke 17:7-10 (New International Version)
7"Suppose one of you had a servant plowing or looking after the sheep. Would he say to the servant when he comes in from the field, 'Come along now and sit down to eat'? 8Would he not rather say, 'Prepare my supper, get yourself ready and wait on me while I eat and drink; after that you may eat and drink'? 9Would he thank the servant because he did what he was told to do? 10So you also, when you have done everything you were told to do, should say, 'We are unworthy servants; we have only done our duty.'"
I totally get this, since our time on this earth is temporary, everything we do should be focused on eternity, and our duty here on earth is to sacrifice our time in order to serve our Lord.

So... Alan and I are in a time of transition. Our role in church is increasing, we will be more involved in training and mentoring leaders. We don't know what the future holds but yesterday we took a step of faith and signed a contract with a business broker to start the proceedings to sell the business. Admittedly, in light of the economy, this doesn't seem like the appropriate time, but we trust that God will show us the way.
There are so many uncertainties. We will still need income, Nic will need a career (currently he works for us, but he knows it would be difficult to work for someone else), also, we support several different ministries and don't want to cut those in any way.

(This is private news by the way, I feel that it's OK to write it here because only family reads my blog)
On to lighter news, the bathroom is almost finished and I love our walk in shower.
This picture is of the sink area. On Saturday, Alan showed the bathroom to his Mom. On Sunday she called an offered me a mirror. Evidently she thought that what is hanging on the wall behind the sink is a picture.

I bought this mirror at Pier1 with my free AC Delco money. Every time we sell an AC Delco part a percentage goes on a credit card which can only be spent in certain locations. Pier1 and Bath and Body works are two of my favorite places to spend free money. There are some perks that will certainly be missed if the business sells.

The cat... (Aka, Sweet Pea -because I found her in my garden, or Queen Latiffa -because she's big, black and beautiful, or Inspector Clouseau -Alan's name for her since she inspects everything)...enjoys the bathroom as well.


Kim said...

Tina said your bath is to-die-for wonderful :-) Or something like that. I'm so happy you have a place you can kind of, sort of, on occasion retreat to when life overwhelms. Quite honestly, I'd probably never come out of it! LOL I'm sure you don't get to spend as much time in there as you'd like.

I like your "picture" :-)

We'll keep praying you sell the business AND MOVE HERE! :-)

I'm really hungry and smelling the meat loaf and oven fries is killing me. Ivan went with Tito to speak to a night school administrator about having a program in the school next month. A group from Word of Life is coming and the day school director has already given permission to do two programs during the day. This public school apparently has the policy that they'll let ANYONE come in and do a program. The director's attitude is "It takes a village." LOL

Anyway, I'll keep jotting down ideas for our B&B :-)

rita said...

Thanks for sharing!
If God is leading, He will not fail you. I'll be teaching SS next Sunday. The theme is God always keeps His promises, and the Bible story of Abraham. Wow!

I'd love to see your bathroom. I love your decorating style.

Elizabeth said...

I will praying!

BTW - I love your mirror!

Kim said...

Wow! Love the new look. You have seriously ninja design skills :-)