Be Still ~ God Provides Spiritual Rest

Occasionally we lose electricity for no apparent reason. I’m sure there is one, we just never find out what it is. That happened one day this past May.

Power Outage

It was a beautiful Spring afternoon and the electricity suddenly went out. These occasions are a stark reminder of how dependent I’ve become on electricity. The only thing I could think of to do housework-wise was sweep, so I did that, but just about everything else was dependent on electricity. We have a well, so without electricity we have no water, either. So no laundry, no vacuuming, no cleaning. Okay, well now I’m thinking I could have dusted, but that day I decided not to overheat my brain trying to think of housework I could do and to instead take the opportunity to enjoy the beautiful afternoon. I made a cold drink, grabbed some gardening magazines, and went to sit at a table in my front yard in the shade of a huge oak tree.

Be Still Garden Seat
Invitation to Just Be Still
A Taste of Heaven

The soft breeze made the flowers nod and surround me with their sweet scents. Sitting beside the hummingbird feeder, I got to enjoy the whirring of hummingbird wings as they flitted around, visiting the feeder, nearby flowers, and defended their territory. Other birds sang from surrounding trees. To say it was delightful would be an understatement.

Be Still by Mid-Life Blogger
Queen Anne’s Lace

I spend as much time as I can in my front yard garden, planting and tending flowering plants, but I hardly let myself enjoy it. Oh, I try. I sit on my front porch fully intending to relax and take it all in, but it doesn’t take long before my eyes see faded flowers that need to be deadheaded or weeds that need to be pulled, so I either have to get to work or go back in the house. This particular afternoon was like a gift, like God was telling me to just “be still” and know that He is God.

He says, “Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth.”  Psalm 46:10 NIV

God Provides

I can’t be outside in this beautiful country and not be aware of how God provides for me, both for practical needs such as food and shelter, but also spiritual needs such as peace and relaxation. Sometimes I wonder what heaven is like. Scripture speaks of pearly gates and golden streets, but I hope He also has beautiful trees, gardens, and birds. Gardens were His idea, afterall.

Country life is simpler, and being further from city services we sometimes go without power, water, or travel for longer periods than city folk. It can be an inconvenience, but it can also be an opportunity to just Be Still.

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Seek and Ye Shall Find

Seek and Ye Shall Find ~ How God Provided

One of the ladies at the rehab facility where I volunteer was distraught because her chronological Bible was lost when she was transferred there. I made a mental note, planning to go to the thrift store to check for one when our Bible study was over.

Expectations

I went, fully expecting to find that exact Bible. I felt sure that God would want her to have it. I started by looking on the “Bible” shelves. When I didn’t see one there I started looking in the more general “Religious Books” section, thinking that possibly someone had misplaced it. I was so sure, that I spent 15-20 minutes searching, and searching again. I even asked a volunteer to check in the back. At last, I had to admit that it wasn’t there.

Long Shot

There was another thrift store in town that I considered. They didn’t usually have much in the way of books, especially Bibles, but it wasn’t too far so I decided to run by and look anyway. Once there I went straight to the bookshelves and they were just as I had remembered. The book section was small and there didn’t appear to be any Bibles. Regardless, I slowed my eyes down and started to look more carefully. Suddenly, they caught exactly what I was seeking. There was the exact chronological Bible that I had in mind. It was brand new, still wrapped in plastic with the original store’s price sticker of $21.99. However, there wasn’t a price for the thrift store. Suppressing my excitement, I took it to the front counter and asked how much it was.

“One dollar,” the sales lady replied.

I keep wanting to write that I couldn’t believe it, but I could.

I couldn’t wait to take the Bible to its intended recipient and tell her how God had provided it especially for her. I was hoping that she would see how much she was loved and that it would help strengthen her faith. It did mine.

“Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives; the one who seeks finds; and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened.” Matthew 7:7-8

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A Gentle Breeze

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Comfort Zones

I could have named my blog something about leaving my comfort zone. In The Birth of Curren Christian Academy, I shared how we began homeschooling. That was a big leap out of my comfort zone. My biggest fear in homeschooling was that I wouldn’t do a good enough job and that my kids’ futures would be compromised as a result. But I kept my eyes on God and prayed without ceasing for His guidance every step of the way. In fact, our school motto was Phillipians 4:13. “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.” Now with our homeschooling completed, I can look back and see His hand in our lives and that He was faithful to work through me.

What Does the Future Hold?

Recently, I asked God what was next. While homeschooling my kids, my entire world seemingly revolved around them. If I wasn’t teaching them, I was reading about homeschooling, comparing curriculum, planning field trips, or running my taxi service. But now my future looked like a blank canvas. In some ways it was exciting as I thought about spending more time with my husband and pursuing my own interests, but in other ways I worried about feeling empty. It didn’t take long for God to point me in a new direction which, again, is taking me out of my comfort zone. I’m meeting people that are at rock bottom and have problems I haven’t had any prior experience with. God was faithful in homeschooling, so this time it’s a little easier to step out in faith and find out what He thinks I have to offer.

Titus 2

In my younger years, when anticipating this time of life, I hoped that I might follow the teaching in Titus 2:3-5:

Likewise, teach the older women to be reverent in the way they live, not to be slanderers or addicted to much wine, but to teach what is good.  Then they can train the younger women to love their husbands and children, to be self-controlled and pure, to be busy at home, to be kind, and to be subject to their husbands, so that no one will malign the word of God.”

Last year my church started a new women’s ministry based on that passage with just the right timing for me to start transitioning into that role, and it, too, takes me out of my comfort zone because as an introvert I’m pushing myself to do things I’m not comfortable with, such as meet new people, teach, and lead others in prayer.

Blogging

And yet another leap was my decision to start blogging, to put myself “out there” and share some of my experiences. I’m hoping that there might be some who would enjoy reading about them, and maybe to encourage homeschooling mothers just beginning their journey. For me, forcing myself out of my comfort zone means learning new things and trusting God.

If God is calling you out of your comfort zone, whether to homeschool your children, or some other ministry, then step out in faith. It won’t be easy, but it doesn’t all rest on you. Just allow Him to work through you. Matthew 11:29-30 “Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.”  God is faithful, and you will reap blessings beyond measure.

Has God asked you to do something out of your comfort zone? Tell me about it in the comments.

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Welcome to My World ~ Transitions

Michelle Curren ~ Mid-Life Blogger
Michelle ~ Mid-Life Blogger

Hi, I’m Michelle. I just celebrated my 53rd birthday and I’m transitioning into the Empty Nest phase. After spending fourteen years homeschooling my two children, I feel both excited and uneasy about what the future holds. I enjoy writing and I think I lead a fairly unique life, so I thought I’d try sharing some of it. Thus, the name, The Mid-Life Blogger. I don’t have any experience with blogging and I’m trying to figure it out, so bear with me, but I thought I’d just jump in and learn as I go. I do better that way.

Stitch Fix

What has been on my mind today is Stitch Fix. Again, looking into my future, I’m feeling the need to adjust my wardrobe. I found out about Stitch Fix through my sister while we were together at Christmas. I complemented her on a top she was wearing, and she said, “Thanks! I got it from Stitch Fix!” “Stitch Fix? What’s that?” I asked (of course!). So then she gave me a quick description of their service, that for a $20 styling fee they send you a box with five items. You try them all on, keep what you want and send the rest back. If you keep at least one, the styling fee is applied to your order. If you buy all five you get a 25% discount.

Right then and there I pulled up their website to learn more about it. It didn’t seem to be too much of a gamble, so I started filling out my personal profile. It asks you all sorts of questions about your sizing, preferences, budget, etc, and from that information the stylist chooses items especially for you. You can even alert your stylist to special events coming up that you need something for. Over time, from the feedback you give them from each Fix, the stylist is able to hone in on your style. I’m not sure what life holds for me next, but I’m hoping to have more date nights with my husband, and do a little more traveling and spending time with friends. I love clothes, but I’m not exactly a fashionista, and I often lack confidence, so having a stylist to clue me in is just what I need.

Why Mid-Life Blogger?

Today while I was reading Stitch Fix blogs I didn’t find a single one from someone my age, so that got me to thinking about doing one myself. But now I’ve decided to broaden my blog into more of a lifestyle one, incorporating my many interests. I’m camera shy so that’s the funny part. Stitch Fix offers a referral credit of $25 when you refer someone, so if I’ve piqued your interest and you decide to try it, then of course I would appreciate you using my affiliate link by clicking on the Stitch Fix banner.

Regarding homeschooling, after fourteen years you might imagine that I have plenty to say about it, but it’s overwhelming, so I’ll pepper it in as I have things I want to share.

I’m going to get my daughter to help me get a profile picture, but that may be quite an undertaking. Like I said, I’m camera shy.