Friday, February 22, 2013

A Time for All Seasons...

Dear Readers,

Many of you know I am a caregiver for my hubby. He was always a robust, strong man who loved the outdoors, caring for flower gardens, building things with his hands... He loves people. Loves to talk. Never meets a stranger. He is my forever love. So caring for him is not a chore, but a blessing.

One of our dear neighbors several years ago wanted a bookshelf for her daughter in the shape of a house. She had priced them and they were out of her range. So my hubby got busy and built this for her.

This next picture was taken at our church in the prayer garden. He built this wishing well as a memorial to a beloved friend who died unexpectedly. When our prayer group decided to do something to honor this man, my husband spoke up and volunteered to do this. This was the last thing he built before he became too ill to follow his passion any longer.

There are days when I am torn about my writing and whether I should continue pressing forward with it. My passion has become taking care of my beloved husband, so my writing passion has moved further down the chain. But writing is still a passion, for whatever meager talent I have has been God-given.

God makes changes in our lives. We may not always understand them, but we have faith to sustain us. The faith that He has a plan for us, and that plan is not to harm us. Proverbs 16:3 is what keeps me strong in doing the work the Lord hands me. "Commit to the Lord whatever you do, and your plans will succeed."

I still write when the "season" is right, and that is directed by God. I read and take comfort from these scriptures:

Ecclesiastes 3:1-8
"To everything there is a season. A time for every purpose under heaven:
A time to be born,
And a time to die;
A time to plant,
And a time to pluck what is planted;
A time to kill,
And a time to heal;
A time to break down,
And a time to build up;
A time to weep,
And a time to laugh;
A time to mourn,
And a time to dance;
A time to cast away stones,
And a time to gather stones;
A time to embrace,
And a time to refrain from embracing;
A time to gain,
And a time to lose;
A time to tear,
And a time to sew;
A time to keep silence,
And a time to speak;
A time to love,
And a time to hate;
A time of war,
And a time of peace." (NKJV)

May your paths be made clear and may you commit all to the Lord and be blessed.


Dora Hiers said...

May God pour down his blessings on you and your hubby, Carol Ann. Praying for your continued strength and endurance as you care for your beloved. Love and hugs, my friend.

Unknown said...

Thinking of you Carol Ann and thankful for each day you have to share with your dear man.

Carol Ann said...

Thank you Dora and Sharon. Each day is a blessing.

Caroline said...

Carol Ann, you are an inspiration to me. I love your devotions. They speak to my heart and encourage me to be a better person. Thanks for sharing memories and events from your heart to ours.

Carol Ann said...

How sweet of you to say, Caroline.