Why so Quiet …Shhhhhh, is anybody here? Peeking around the corners hoping someone will noise the silence. It’s been very, very quiet around here lately. Not much blogging going on. This is definitely not due to the lack of thoughts floating around in my head wanting to be put on paper. But, rather because having the time to write has been a bit patchy, to say the least. This irregularity is primarily due to a life change – or better categorized, a season change. As many of you know, I began a much needed sabbatical a few months back. Sabbatical – a period of time, when ministry leaders set aside normal responsibilities for the purpose of rest and renewal. An all-inclusive release from the routine the ministry requires: physical, emotional, spiritual, and intellectual.
While on sabbatical (my own personal “TimeOut”) I had every intent to write more. I was looking forward to all the things we were going to talk about. I pulled out my scratch pad and was excited as I skimmed through the “TO” discussion list. Picking and choosing topics the ladies had mentioned in earlier gatherings; they felt needed to be addressed….I was stoked. Clearly, things did not work out the way I planned. Yet, time away gave me the chance to shift through my life list of things that are good, verses things that are best.
Taking a“TO” was my chance to think about how I was doing life and if there were any parts of it that needed a little tweaking.
I found there was much tweaking that needed to be done.
In 2009 my dad was diagnosed with dementia. Although there had been signs of cognitive change, it was not until 2010, I – was given the gift – of being my dad’s primary care giver. The idea of being a care giver sounded a little modestly doting at first thought. After all, my younger years were spent adoring my dad and believing I was his favorite girl. Today, dad and I spend the majority of our time in conditional care (all of dad’s care is in response to a condition), and we are currently transitioning into a phase I am yet able to label. Now I know, that being a caregiver is more gallantly heroic than I could have ever expected. (care giving perspective-tweaked)
With the most recent life changes in a clearer focus, taking a time out with “TimeOut” in 2017 will also look a little different than it had in the past.
Going forward, the “TO” wives only gatherings will focus on a marriage study, lesson, book, audio or video message. The lesson source will be sent in advance, and the gathering will only be held at the conclusion of and in response to a particular lesson topic. (“TO”-tweaked)
Also, “TO” hope to incorporate one evening that will include the husband of every woman who attends the wives only gatherings; understanding that no one can do married alone.
Thought to Ponder
Take a time out and read Ephesians 5:22-33. Then tell me, is there any tweaking that needs to be done in your marriage? in your life? in your perspective?