Stress!! No, stress is NOT awesome. This has been an incredibly stressful 4 days. As you may have seen in my previous post, we had a wild fire burning very close to town. We’ve been watching all the updates and listening to the press conferences and things are looking better and better. This morning we were given an official 30% containment. Still under the pre-evacuation notice while the clean up and maintain the fire line on the north side of the fire but it’s been holding for 2+ days and they are confident the fire won’t progress past the line towards town. So I’ll just say, I’m sure we won’t be evacuated.
So…The things that are awesome…well 30% containment and good news regarding the fire.
People, men and women, who put their lives on the line to fight these fires for us.
Let’s face it….We’ve all been the new kid on the block. Whether it has been a new neighborhood, a new school, or even a new church bible study class. I’ve been there many times in my life. Recently, 2 years ago, I was the new kid, or adult kid, in a new church, in a new class. Now….I haven’t had much luck in churches, making friends and such. I am very shy and introverted. Any attention put on me is cause for panic. So I’ve had a rough time making friends and getting to know people (My whole life really). Thankfully for me this church makes it easy to make friends, which I have and I love them all to pieces.
Yesterday a new girl walked into our church. She wasn’t sure where to go or what class she should be in. Well that is really a personal choice, there are several awesome classes, the class I’m in is perfectly awesome. So I asked the confused girl if she needed help and she said she wasn’t sure where she was going. So I asked her age, close to mine, so I said “follow me” and brought her to my class and introduced her to my friends.
So many times I have needed that. Someone to step up and say “Hey you’re new come be my friend” So many times it hasn’t happened, to me or others like me. We get forgotten, we’re the nameless people in the room. (FYI, I don’t feel this way at my current church) so it really felt good to step out of my comfort zone and lend a hand 🙂
Did you think I was talking about a man? Ha! No, well kinda…2 years ago my family and I left the church we were attending. There was a political uprising and our Pastor was fired. Sadly the whole thing was a mess and there was another pastor waiting in the wings…not how it’s suppose to be done but that’s life. Our pastor went about things and eventually started his own church. Anyway, my family and I decided to look at other churches. Our first choice stuck. I’ve been going to church my whole life and never, since childhood, have I felt so at home in a church. The people are are amazing. Everyone is so friendly. They actually make you feel as if you are a family. We’ve been at this church for 2 years now and I can’t imagine ever going somewhere else. Yesterday, after 2 1/2 years we voted in our new pastor. The previous pastor left to start his own church, at least that is my understanding. Pastor Heath answered the view of call and came to preach. He was awesome. Kind of nervous, which is understandable, but his message was awesome. It was about unrealistic expectations, which I found to be very fitting. As you can imagine there are people out there who will expect the new pastor to be just like the previous pastor or the interim pastor we have had. I kind of feel like he was saying “I am me, I am not them and don’t expect me to be.” Anyhoo, after the service we had a luncheon and Pastor gave his testimony. After a Q&A session he and his family were taken upstairs and we cast our votes. It was a silent vote. We marked yes or no on a slip of paper we were given and they were counted. It was almost a unanimous vote yes.
We are all so excited to have Pastor Mike as our shepherd. His first official Sunday will be April 24th and sadly I will be out of town at a book festival.
We’ve all seen rainbows. We know the meaning of the rainbow, God’s promise to never destroy the earth again.
Yesterday parts of Arizona were under a tornado warning. Including the small mountain town I live in. I wasn’t really worried, though I probably should have been, We’ve been under tornadow warnings before. But something told me to find a more secure shelter. So, being that I work in a building made of rebar and cinder block, I went beck to my store to hang out. The warning expired with no incident, thank goodness, but what i found in the calm after the storm was something so majestic. I’d never seen a rainbow so beautiful.
This post has been a long time coming. A lot has changed in my life. Most of it for the good. A year ago this month I took a serious look at my life. My living situation sucked. My finances sucked. So I decided to make some changes. I traded in my way to expensive car for my cute little Nissan Versa. I absolutely love it and the payment, which is half the price of my other car.
I also decided that I need to do something about my living situation. My room mate had become impossible to live with. I was paying for most everything in the house. I was accused of not paying bills and hoarding money. And….I was told that I’m arrogant because I go to church, believe in the bible and Jesus Christ, cool huh. I couldn’t go anywhere without her tagging along and if I did she would have a fit. So after doing some looking around, prayer and help from my parents I decided to buy my first home. A cute little park model mobile home. I absolutely love it. For one thing it’s all mine. I can do what I want. When I want without the Spanish Inquisition. I signed the papers and got the keys on a Wednesday and started moving. Thanks to a lot of help from my mom I got moved in 2 and a half days. To say that I wanted out is an understatement. Mom and I have done some minor home improvement. I painted the kitchen and living room. Replaced the drapes and put up blinds in all the window. And recently I built a cute little flowerbed out front.
One of the best changes in my life is my church. Around this time last year we, my parents and I, left the church we had been attending, due to unfortunate circumstances. You know everything happens according to God’s plan and His will. So we tried another church, fell in love with it and haven’t left. After attending for a month or 2 we joined and became members. I am involved in an awesome, yet very…..loud, bible study group. We’re an awesome group of people. And possibly a little bitinsane. I’m just saying… 😀 So I have to say that, for the first time in my life, I am happy, content,and at peace.