Saturday, August 20, 2005

Happily Single

Written Friday, August 19, 2005
Sent Saturday, August 20, 2005
Today has been a good day, not how I had planned it, but good none the less. Today is Admission’s day in Hawaii. We are the only state (to the best of my knowledge) that gets a day off for becoming a state- hence Admissions Day. Anyway, my plans for today were to take the 5:30am boat over to Maui, spend the day relaxing, and come back on the 6:00pm boat.

Things around here have been a bit crazy with keeping the Manley’s five children for the 10 days Randy and Louise were gone and teaching preschool from 7 to 4 everyday. I definitely give credit to all moms (and dads) especially those that work all day and have a family to care for. Back to my plans for the day- because of my tiredness, I didn’t listen to my 4:30 wake up alarm so consequently I didn’t make the 5:30 boat and ended up sleeping till 8 am. (And it felt wonderful to sleep in!!!) So the plans I had did not take place but the Lord had other plans. I enjoyed a relaxing morning at home- balanced my checkbook, started a load of laundry, cleaned out my refrigerator, unpacked from being up at the Manley’s, got dressed to go to town, had breakfast, mailed a couple of packages, went to the hardware store, went grocery shopping, came home, put together four casseroles for the next couple of weeks for dinners, hung up laundry and started another load, mounted several pictures on the walls of my house, watered my yard, reseeded my yard, fertilized my yard, came in, cleaned up, and worked on my scrapbook until now.
As I was getting ready for bed, the Lord laid on my heart the questions, “Are you satisfied being single?”. With all the books out there on this topic, I know it is on a lot of minds. After looking back on my day and even the past few weeks, I have to say, “Yes, Lord, I am satisfied being single.” The only reason I bring this up is because that is not always my answer. Most days my answer would be, “No, I am not satisfied being single, I desire to be married.” The Lord used the events of the day to show me the joys of being single- I can get up late if I want. I am more flexible if plans change. I can spend endless hours doing things I enjoy like spending time with God, cooking, or scrapbooking. Now please don’t get me wrong, I still desire to one day get married and have a family of my own but the Lord showed me today that I need to enjoy every day he has me single. So yes, until the Lord’s appointed time for me to get married, I am happily single and satisfied with what the Lord is doing in my life. Are you happily satisfied with where the Lord has you for right now? Or are you complaining because things aren’t going the way you want them to? Rejoice is the Lord always, and again I say rejoice!!! Choose joy!!! Ask the Lord to give you His joy in each situation you face. If you need prayer, call me or email me.
And for those of you that have heard from two little birdie friends of mine traveling around the U.S. that I am getting married, I will let you know when I find out!! Thanks Candace and Julie for keeping us all laughing!!
Have a great weekend!!!
Much love and God’s Blessings,
Angela Calhoun

Sunday, August 7, 2005

A Great Weekend

What a blessed day and weekend I have had!!! I flew into Oahu Friday afternoon and was picked up by Sarah Jordan and Adele Lieb (Sarah’s mom). We went to a women’s dinner at Waimea Bay called Sunset at the bay. Had a lovely time of fellowship and worship!!! Saw some old friends and made some new friends. At the end of the evening, we all picked a Bible verse out of a basket. My verse was Psalm 145:15-16- “The eyes of all look expectantly to You and You give them their food in due season. You open Your hand and satisfy the desire of every living thing.” At the time I read it, I didn’t see how it applied to my life.
Saturday morning as I was doing my devotions, I read all of Psalm 145. The Lord really opened my eyes and my heart to what He was saying in these verses. There have been several things in my life that I have been faithfully seeking the Lord on. The recurring answer I keep getting from God is “Trust me. I have everything worked out according to My plan.” After meditating on these verses and asking the Lord to show me the relevance it has in my life, I feel an overwhelming peace that these situations in my life will be worked out in due season and I need to keep looking expectantly at the Lord to satisfy the desires of my heart.
Later on Saturday, I was sitting on the beach across from Sarah’s house on North Shore, Oahu and I was reading the book “Captivating” by John and Staci Eldridge. As I was sitting there in the warm sun with the cool breeze rustling the palm trees behind me the Lord was using the gently crashing waves to calm me and tell me how much He loved me. He created the warm sun, the cool breeze, and the crashing waves to bring us pleasure. They are love notes from God. “I have loved you with an ever-lasting love”- God (Jeremiah 31:3). I just sat there and basked in His radiance. God is so awesome!!!
The reason I went to Oahu was to help celebrate the upcoming birth of Jim and Sarah’s baby. (Sarah was a roommate of mine for two years on Molokai.) Sarah’s baby shower was themed ‘a small kid kine party’. We celebrated with hot dogs, mac and cheese, jello, m&m’s, kool-aid, rice krispie treats, and tons of fun games- hop scotch, jump rope, water balloon toss, fingerpainting, play dough, sidewalk chalk, and a piƱata. It was so much fun and Sarah got some super cute baby gifts. This was a bitter sweet time- while I enjoyed spending the weekend with Sarah, this will be the last time I see her for a while as she and Jim are moving to Minnesota as of September 1st.
Today, we went to North Shore Christian Fellowship where Pastor Mike gave an awesome message out of the book of Revelation on how we have misplaced our first love which is Jesus Christ and the salvation that only He brings. If you have never found the redeeming love of Jesus Christ and want to know what this salvation from sin is all about, please email me or call me (808-553-8124) and I will be more that happy to talk with you and pray for you.
I am now back on Molokai feeling refreshed and renewed!! I am ready to head back into the classroom in the morning. Hope each of you have a great week!!! You are in my thoughts and prayer!
Much love and God’s blessings,