I woke up this morning in central Texas to 32 degrees! (I totally DO get excited about cool temps living in a primarily warm state.) Then I looked over at one of my small garden beds, and I noticed my sweetheart rose bush was still blooming....such lovely blooms...so fragrant still! I plucked one to show my children at the breakfast table, and God spoke to my heart in that moment to "bloom where I am planted" in life - whether there's sunny weather or frosty weather - simply bloom. I am getting ready for a BIG week of "endings" and I hope they all end happily. This rose analogy stayed with me all day long - let me share it with you.
If I may share with you a peek into my life's window ...
I have a full plate coming up this next week - long distance wise - my father is scheduled for hip surgery in 10 days, and I wish I could be with him, but he lives far away in NJ. My heart is with him though, and we have a vibrant loving relationship. Also after several unhappy relationships throughout his life, he will be getting married (Monday) to his best friend, a dear sweet lady who loves him so very much....makes my heart thankful for a chance for a 2nd happiness! My children & I purchased special cards for them....snail mail is so much fun to receive.
Locally, my schedule consists of cello students performing in a solo recital next Sunday, and I am excited and as nervous as they are! LOL! ....((be still my nerves...))
This entire week coming up is FULL of final rehearsals with our piano accompanist. My prayer is that my students are well prepared in every way. There's more too - my trio string ensemble will be performing for the first time on stage and my cello choir is performing as well. I have those rehearsals scheduled as well. Last week's rehearsal was a bomb as my accompanist brought a toddler with her unexpectedly, and it disrupted the entire rehearsal time....just one of those things...I suppose, but not fair to my students.
I told her if she ever needed to bring the toddler to let me know ahead of time so that I could prepare a room with toys and other distractions.....fingers crossed that she complies in the future.
The other concerns are simply the usual daily circumstantial things....but I would so appreciate your prayers and thoughts during this next week that no matter who or what I find myself dealing with - I BLOOM where I am planted.
Here's to a healthy hopeful perspective, to looking for the good in others, and finding it. Here's to unexpected joy and increased happiness. Finally, here's to trusting God's heart in and through it all.
Thank you for taking the time to read...