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Thursday, July 24, 2008

We are still alive and doing great :). Isn't this a nice opener after almost seven weeks without a post...? I can hardly believe I haven't posted once since June 1st. Even though so much has happened during the last weeks. First I alsways thought I'll keep it for after the church wedding - and now we've been married before God for more than a month already!

I will truly post wedding pictures soon. Right now suffice to say that we had a wonderful wedding which we pray really glorified the Lord. More details for another post...

What else happened around here? For a week two amazing friends visited us all the way from the US. Seven years ago at the first wedding of one of us we promised to all attend each others weddings - and we did it! Appleton, WI in 2001 - St. Cloud, Minnesota in 2004 - Bonn, Germany in 2008! It was so special having both of them here for our church wedding, helping with last minute preparations (lots of crafting :)), them meeting my DH finally, good food, fun times, some sight seeing on the side, making sushi, having multi-lingual dinners, sharing memories and just being together! I am so thankful for their love and friendship.

I had to go back to work four days after the wedding and work keeps me really busy. Personally I feel called by God to be a home-maker and a SAHM (at last for a long time before going back to work) and I am so looking forward to it. But right now God allowed for me to be in a different place with a very different occupation. I know that His plan is good and beneficial for me and I believe that there is a reason for why I am working right now. But I do long for being home ... Howver, I realized that this longing tends to lead to dissatisfaction with where I am and a lack of motivation for what I do that I have to battle all day. Because I also desire to work as unto the Lord in everything I do - be it at home, in the workplace or wherever He places me.
Right now I am reading "The rare jewel of Christan contentment" written in the 17th century. Yesterday while reading about the mystery of contentment one statement really stood out to me:
"[...} I know nothing more effective for quieting a Christian soul and getting contentment than this, setting your heart to work in the duties of the immediate circumstances that you are now in, and taking heed of your thoughts about other conditions as a mere temptation." (Jeremiah Burroughs)

I believe my desire to be a homemaker and a SAHM to be a good desire in accordance with God's word. But it turns into a danger if it keeps me from doing God's will and giving my all for His glory where I am right now.