Saturday, November 17, 2012

Weeks Forty-Five and Forty-Six

I managed to not post a week in review last week.  Not sure what happened other than life. :-)  The last two weeks have been a bit crazy.  Between work and house stuff and packing, I've been up to my eyeballs in other stuff to do and the blog got the short end.  Since this coming week is Thanksgiving and next week is scheduled to be moving week, weekly blog posts may take a brief hiatus.  BUT, that means when I do come back, I'll have pictures of my new house to share.  Yippee!!!

In all the craziness, I'm still managing to enjoy my job - I'm working on several different projects so each day is different and there's always new stuff to learn.  I can really see that what we do matters to families in ATL and throughout Georgia.  I'm thankful God brought me to Children's.

Spiritually, I've moved through all four gospels and into Acts and Paul's letters.  What struck me so poignantly over the last few weeks is how God will accomplish His mission regardless of who tries to intervene and prevent His Word from spreading.  Acts is full of this theme.  Leaders were constantly trying to stop the spread of the gospel and the work of early Christians.  But, God moved pretty amazing ways - earthquakes, blindings, miraculous healing - you name it, God did it.  I think it's a great reminder for us in today's climate.  The post-election worry by Christians saddened me - if we know God is sovereign, we shouldn't be worrying.  Of course, we should be champions for biblical causes and fight against injustice but worry shouldn't move in.  Hopefully as time goes on, people will calm down and go back to focusing on what really matters - building relationships with people and sharing the gospel.

Okay, headed to the couch to chill for the rest of the evening.  I've been packing this afternoon so I'm ready to relax.  More next week (maybe)...

Saturday, November 3, 2012

Week Forty-Four in Review

This was a crazy week.  I think I made up for all my calm weeks with this one.  We had our annual training conference on Monday and Tuesday.  I wasn't in charge (one of my employees was) but as the boss, you still want everything to work smoothly.  Fortunately, I have a great team and they pulled off the conference wonderfully well.  I've heard nothing but compliments and that thrills my heart as a boss.  This is still a new role for me so figuring out when/how to help and when to step back is tougher than it looks.  Another reason I'm thankful for CHOA and their investment in managers.  I can learn from others how to best manage in these situations.

I've begun the packing process - started with the easy stuff like CD's and DVD's and will move on to the more complicated/heavy stuff next.  Mom nicely volunteered to help me a little tomorrow while she's in ATL for a conference on Monday.  I'm trying to parcel it out a little at a time to avoid getting too overwhelmed or frustrated.  But, moving day will be here before I know it so I've got to keep plugging along.  Speaking of moving, I still have no more details about closing dates.  Hopefully now that we're inside 30 days, I'll hear something soon.  If I haven't heard anything by next Friday, I'm calling to inquire.  I am a planner and need to make plans - especially for movers, days off, etc.

Spiritually I've been in the gospels all week and focusing on the later portion of Jesus' ministry.  Most of the week was reading parables and it made me think about how Jesus communicated with His disciples and how they had to learn directly from Him since the parables often needed further explanation.  It reminded me how important it is for me to spend time in Scripture - learning from the source instead of depending on a book, pastor, or some other source.  I love how God's Word continues to come alive!

So this week will be election week.  I am so looking forward to the campaign being OVER!  I am so tired of the rhetoric, lies, and wasted money.  I am hopeful the voters of this country are smart enough to make a change but I'm not counting on it.  Regardless, I know God is sovereign over the situation no matter who wins.

I think that's all for this week.  I'm off to continue the relaxation this Saturday has blessed me with.  More next week...