The Link UP; ^ The Social Scene and online relationships can make us feel like everyone else has it all together. We’re edited, proof-read, Pinterest-perfect versions of ourselves (or so some might think!) when – in reality? There is an unfinished pile of laundry around the corner. That cute toddler smiling for the camera just had a massive meltdown seconds ago. That yummy breakfast-for-dinner you just showed us on Instagram? It’s because the cat licked the chicken that was supposed to be for dinner.
“Behind the Scenes” is a fun link up where we show those photos – but tell the real story behind them. The sneak peek behind the scenes, a look past the edges of the photo to the real life behind it.
This selfie photo, taken a couple of weeks back. Shortly after signing a 9 month lease. On an apartment. For two. Well, sorta for 2 since second will be heading off to start his own New Beginnings in just days. Very apropos that it ‘just happens” to be Apt 2?
A milestone. A time of joyous Celebration truly.
A whirl wind of activity with no time to think.
Home was listed for sale and within hours 2 serious offers.
Another offer and more showings. Not a short sale, a full asking price (actually more) sale but a quick move.
Where? Every place of interest in town had a waiting list. Then. Holy Spirit whispered , “Turn here”. A sign . FOR RENT.
Calling the management company – another waiting list. With the number of people ahead of me “impossible”. 10 hours later, standing in the Town House living room facing the remote gas fire-place I had prayed for.
“I’ll take it.”
One week later (3 days before closing) packing boxes and clothes form paths through the rooms. (Small, few rooms). We found the coffee beans/grinder, and Espresso Maker. Found the laundry hamper today. You know, the important stuff.
We love it.
New adventures and new learning (such as : I’ve spent the greater part of my adult life declining living arrangements with gas appliances. True. If it had an open flame I refused to buy or rent it. (Not a fear. Just why tempt hazard with two small children, all their friends, various fur laden pets with Open Flames for cooking?) Guess what I know have?
Yep. No time to think.
This picture of 2 sums up what I thought would be a New Beginning. No. KNEW would be a “New Beginning”.
KNOW will be.
You see I’ve prayed the past 2 days for guidance on some invitations. They seem like a Divine Magnetic Appointment (as Renee Swope writes about in her book A Confident Heart ) BUT. But can I do them? Can I do them WELL? Can I balance everything AND step into New Enlarged Territory.?
Usually when writing, the title come first for me then the rest of the story. This time reverse. Father God, in His Wisdom reviewed the steps , the Calling, the Hopes and Dreams, and Timing. You see I can do NONE of it. I’m just 1 little woman with a set time on this earth. Why have you asked me?
My small 1 lashed firmly to HIS VERY BIG One .
That’s when He reminds me , with God , with Him, HE is THE Majority.
“Judges 6:14- The Lord turned to him and said, “Go in the strength you have and save… Am I not sending you?”
Until next time, Pray for Guidance for One Woman,