The Silver Lining Post
I feel like a swimming pool in the winter: drained. Lately, many questions have been floating around in my head, but few answers…so very few. Stress has been building up like my daughter builds up her Lego’s: tall and ready to fall over in an instant. And yet, there’s good in my life…so much good. Every cloud has a silver lining, and every issue in my life right now has a positive side.
The Cloud: Homeschooling – as you know, my wife and I have been contemplating homeschooling our children. There’s so much research to do and still tons of worry associated with which method we will choose.
The Silver Lining: we live in a country where the compulsory education system is good and citizens are afforded various degrees of freedom on choosing how and where they want their children to be educated.
The Cloud: Church move – Our church is moving from the location we’ve been in for nearly 15 years and moving to a temporary location at a local elementary school. As a deacon and leader of the praise team, there’s been a lot on mind to ensure the transition is smooth.
The Silver Lining: We’ve got a new place to worship. Although we’ve been an independent congregation for nearly 3 years, we’re finally moving out on our own and it’s exciting to think about how God will lead us.
The Cloud: Selling our home – There are numerous foreclosures and short sales in our neighborhood, so we’ll either have to take a hit on our home price or wait it out and hope a buyer is out there who doesn’t want to deal with distressed properties.
The Silver Lining: We absolutely love our current home. In the midst of searching for a new house, I was reminded of how we fell in love with our current home and how excited I was that morning in December of 2005, when my real estate agent called me and informed me that the seller accepted our proposal. It was a gift then; it’s a gift now. Though we’ll need more space (we’re planning on having 4 kids still), until our home sells at the price we’d like it to, we’ll enjoy the gift.
The Cloud: Getting fat – Here’s the vicious cycle I’ve been caught in as of late. When I’m stressed, I eat a lot. When I eat a lot, I get fat. When I’m fat, I get tired. When I’m tired, I get stressed. I haven’t been to the gym since October and it shows.
The Silver Lining: I’m now ready for hibernation and all this extra fat will serve as insulation for the winter.
The Cloud: D2 is teething – Fact: D2 goes through more bibs in a day than she does diapers. Her teething has thrown off her sleep schedule and she’s pretty cranky.
The Silver Lining: That little chomper, that’s now peeking out of her gums, is awfully cute.
The Cloud: Life – It’s no secret that life can be tough.
The Silver Lining: But I’ve got family and friends that
put up with me love me. Clouds come and go but the love of people in my life shines like the mid-day sun.
What about you? How’s life been? What helps you see the silver lining in a situation?