*A change, will do you good*

The evening rain trickles softly outside my bedroom window. The 10pm train has passed and all that is left is a damp stillness and the cool of a summer eve. Randomly a truck engine will roar or a neighbor off in the distance shouts out. But overall, this community is quiet and I love it. The past few months my blog has obviously been quiet – as my world has taken on a new form and a lot of change.

In the past two months my younger brother married the love of his life – and we love her! I couldn’t be happier that he found such love and they have a beautiful home together just an hour away.

My Grandma had her 85th birthday and I was able to enjoy some good family time celebrating!

I moved back into a townhouse I bought in 2007 and have been starting on reno’s with painting, lighting, and flooring and the bathroom yet to come. I am a certified nester to the core. I can’t count the number of Homesense trips I’ve had in the past two months!

Also….I got a puppy and perhaps she has brought the most change to my daily life. Her name is Pippa. We almost ended today as being the first day in six weeks where I didn’t have to clean up poop inside the house – but she fixed that by nightfall. Sigh, there’s always tomorrow 😉 She has been so good for me and I love her to bits. She makes me have someone else to care for other than myself (so good for anyone living on their own!)

It does mean that my normal quiet easing-into-the-day has been interrupted with potty breaks and watching whether she is squatting or circling. It’s just a different season of life that requires a time of adapting!

The other day I was listening to a podcast at work and Priscilla Shirer said how as a mom, the first few moments before her feet hit the ground are sacred. She surrenders to Jesus right there because she knows her day is full of demands as soon as she moves. She said there were seasons of life where her “quiet time with the Lord” was meditating on ONE scripture for a week that she posted on her mirror or fridge. For me, it was timely as I adjust to new schedule with a dog and settling in my home and renovating.

My verse this week is about faith and diligence. It’s Hebrews 11:6 and I chose the Amplified to write on my notecard:

“But without faith it is impossible to please and be satisfactory to Him. For whoever would come near to God must believe that God exists and that He is a rewarder of those who earnestly and diligently seek Him.”

As I have mulled that one over the past 36 hours, it made me realize that faith isn’t enough to just believe in God Himself, I must also believe in His character. Who He is. I must believe that He is good, wants relationship with me in every season of life more than I can imagine, that He loves me, and, just like I reward my dog when she does something right as I train her… God, in His way, rewards our diligent faith. When we don’t give up. What that looks like, I will leave up to Him.

All it’s made me think about is how in times of transition and adjustment, God never changes. He is still there wanting me. And my relationship with Him will change and grow right along with it all. Here’s to change in life and embracing every minute of it all …!