I had a wee day off today – a complete 8am-4pm day to myself. After the crazy couple of weeks I’ve had (maybe crazy is the new norm?!) it was very much needed.
I attended a business breakfast this morning, met up with two Claire’s for two different “coffee” dates (I have about 6 Claire/Clare’s in my life and hubby always gets very confused which one I’m talking about) then I dandered through the shops in Belfast city centre picking up some Christmas gifts and treats before bringing my little window of freedom to a close by dropping in to our first choice nursery school open day. Normally when I head into Belfast I’m rushing or too conscious of ensuring the girls are close by and I don’t get the chance to really soak up the atmosphere and appreciate our city.
Maybe it’s because the focus of this morning’s business breakfast was the regeneration of Belfast, maybe it’s because our wee city is fighting back after the devastation of the fire at Bank Buildings in August and making a lot of effort to attract visitors or maybe God was trying to tell me something today….
You’re the God of this city
You’re the king of these people
You’re the lord of this nation
Just like our wee city is facing turmoil, uncertainty and a battle to be everything to everyone, so am I. When I started this blog, I promised to share the rough and the smooth, warts and all. The last few weeks have been tough… I’ve been working long hours to try and keep up with the workload in our office with an added stress of yet more job cuts looming over us. It feels like I’m constantly adding more plates into the spinning/juggling act but there are so many that I love to spin that I’m doing my best to prioritise while trying to continue with the enjoyable aspects of life; if I didn’t I’d go mad! I’ve missed bedtimes with the girls and some nights I can barely string two sentences together by the time I sit down on the sofa with hubby. But God has a plan. Just as I listened to the panel talk this morning about the plan to develop Belfast, I need to focus on the future strategy and be confident that God has a plan to develop me. He can take the derelict land, the forgotten quarters and the disconnected areas and bring light, hope and peace…
You’re the light in this darkness
You’re the hope to the hopeless
You’re the peace to the restless
I know, just as the song says, greater things have yet to come – and with the help of my family, friends and God I can get through this difficult season knowing there are better times ahead…
“I know the plans that I have for you, declares the LORD. They are plans for peace and not disaster, plans to give you a future filled with hope.”
Jeremiah 29:11 GW