Celebrations and Changes

Celebration: On Sunday we celebrated David's 27th birthday! We had steak, corn on the cob, watermelon, summer cucumber salad, muffins, and cake. The last time we were at the Lego Store in King of Prussia, I happened upon Lego cake molds. While I've never really liked the idea of silicon molds, I thought I'd give this a whirl. So we had twelve Lego cakes! They turned out okay, but some of the little knobby bits on top didn't come out well. Still we had a blast!

Happy Birthday to you!

Playing Babylon with Gram

Look at me! I just put together this Lego mini-fig and accessories without opening the bag!

Change: I turned in my resignation yesterday. I am no longer a children's librarian. It's an odd feeling and my self identity is going through shock. It's reminiscent of when I got married. I felt like I was losing a part of me by gaining a new last name. This time, I feel like my sense of purpose has yet to be revealed. We've been struggling with whether I should return or not for quite some time. During last school year, I felt the Lord directing that I was to move on to make space for someone else. As though my leaving, wasn't for me but for the one to follow. David and I started talking about things as work was quite stressful and health wise we weren't sure how it was entirely effecting me. Still we weren't sure that financially we could live off of his salary alone. Summer came and we kept talking and praying, but never very sure what exactly He wanted us to do. Then this week was decision time. After crunching and re-crunching numbers, praying and asking for more clarification, David felt that now was the time. Sometimes it is hard to have the courage to move on when the next step isn't evident. I certainly felt like the Lion in Wizard of Oz yesterday! We're taking a leap of faith.

Today I was reading various passages of God's faithfulness (because I needed to be reminded/reassured) and He lead me to the following:

Psalm 138

1 I will praise you, O LORD, with all my heart;
before the "gods" I will sing your praise.
2 I will bow down toward your holy temple
and will praise your name for your love and your faithfulness,
for you have exalted above all things
your name and your word.
3 When I called, you answered me; you made me bold and stouthearted.
4 May all the kings of the earth praise you, O LORD,
when they hear the words of your mouth.
5 May they sing of the ways of the LORD,
for the glory of the LORD is great.
6 Though the LORD is on high, he looks upon the lowly,
but the proud he knows from afar.
7 Though I walk in the midst of trouble,
you preserve my life;
you stretch out your hand against the anger of my foes,
with your right hand you save me.
8 The LORD will fulfill his purpose for me; your love, O LORD, endures forever— do not abandon the works of your hands.
There is something so reassuring that even David, who knew how to praise God like none other, ends this Psalm in petition. My heart echos it. Please God, I know you've created me and will fulfill your purpose, do not abandon the work of your hands.

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