Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Listen to the mustn'ts

Listen to the mustn'ts, child,
Listen to the don'ts
Listen to the shouldn'ts,
The impossibles, the wont's
Listen to the never haves,
Then listen close to me --
Anything can happen child,
Anything can be.

--Shel Silverstein

I love Shel Silverstein.  I know it's kids' poetry, but its some of my favorite stuff.  It's so simple and yet so true.  Anything can happen!  Anything can be.  It's good to remember that.

Life for me has consisted of keeping busy by applying for jobs and spending time with new and old friends.  This summer has been a bit slow for me, and I'm not gonna lie -- a bit of a struggle.  Being unemployed is not easy.  Applying for jobs is not fun.  But I'm hanging onto the hope of God that he has good plans for me and that all things work for the good of those who love him.

A fun thing this summer is that it has been full of weddings.  I went to FIVE weddings this summer.  Can you believe it?!  They were all weddings of girls from my hometown.  So I've spent a lot of time with my girlfriends from high school -- which has been fun.

High school girlfriends at Kristen & Stu's wedding.


My college girlfriends and I went camping at Pictured Rocks for a long weekend in July and had ourselves a grand adventure just relaxing and spending time together.  It was a blast.
College girlfriends hiking at Pictured Rocks.
It's been a good and challenging summer.  I've learned a lot about my faith and about my God.  I feel that God has been teaching me to trust him through and through, especially because finances have been a challenge for me.  Being without a job and still having bills to pay is not easy.  I have been so blessed by my church, Ada Bible Church, who have helped me throughout this whole season of my life.  I don't know where I'd be without them.  They have definitely been an extension of God's grace here on earth.

I still am learning this whole "adult thing."  I still feel like a little kid sometimes trying to figure out the adult world.  And some bills confuse me.  The various student loan paperwork befuddles me.  Also I get lonely living on my own at times.  But, I know I'm gonna make it through.  Like I said earlier, God works for the good of those who love him.  I have the hope and faith in God that I will make it through this season; I will find employment and learn the ways of adulthood.

And I will never stop enjoying the simple pleasures of children's poetry.