After Lord Lucha had his second year interview he explained to me that the pastor interviewing him suggested to think of five things to focus on over the summer. I took the suggestion to heart and came up with some things I wanted to focus on. These things included deepening intimacy with God, learning how to love my husband even more, sowing into my family and covenant relationships, improving on my cooking skills, and getting into better physical shape. I feel like even if in a minor way I have at least turned in the right direction on each of these points. I hope to expound on each of these in following blogs.
The past couple of weeks have been amazing and challenging. Lord Lucha’s mum, step dad, and brother came for a week’s visit and then went for a drive along the west coast. The Harper’s went on a family vacation and we were left in charge of running the house. Lord Lucha and I also celebrated our second year Wedding Anniversary!
My new job has been amazing. I work for the most anointed woman of God. (For the purpose of this blog I will refer to her as Miss Martha.) When I met her for the first time I experienced an unexplainable joy and the presence of God was, and still is, so tangible in her home. Miss Martha has taught me so much in the short amount of time that I have worked with her. She has taught me how to improve some of my skills in the kitchen (one of my previously stated focuses for the summer), how to choose some good produce, how to value even more of God’s creation, and how to include God in every moment and decision. I started my first day of work a bit stressed about performing well and left comfortable in my own skin and resting assured in God’s hand on everything I do in and out her home. She has truly provided a nest for me to work in and I am so thankful to be working with her in this season.
Tuesday was a day of celebration for Lord Lucha and I as it was our Wedding Anniversary. On that same day at work Miss Martha shared with me that her cat, Tasha, was not improving in health and the reality that she might have to be put to sleep was discussed. I experienced the truths found in the book of Romans 12:15 in a whole new way. I was celebrating one minute and crying the next. (Tasha, was beautifully put to sleep on Friday June 28, 2013.)
Whatever season you are in pay attention to the person right in front of you. Sometimes your seasons will be the same and sometimes they will be different, but there is still an opportunity to love. As it was stated in the book of Ecclesiastes 3:4, “There is…a time to weep, and a time to laugh; a time to mourn, and a time to dance,” and sometimes the ability to weep with one will come thirty minutes before you are dancing and celebrating with another.
The title of this blog is two fold. Firstly it is in honor of Tasha who lived a long, feisty and loving life. The second part is as a challenge to us all. We do not have to wait until we die to truly rest in peace. As it is written in the book of Isaiah 26:3, “You keep him in perfect peace whose mind is stayed on you, because he trusts in you.”
Rest in peace and love well.