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Life's Sandy Anthills

Life's Sandy Anthills

Ever see ants trying to dig out of the sand? They dig and dig and dig and dig- they never seem to stop digging.
Yep- that's me.

Just when I think my anthill is safe and secure, someone comes along to dump sand to block my front door. This past year has been one of struggles, and the sand just keeps piling on.


But I'm not going to stop digging.


First it was money. so I got a job. Then I got six of them. Financially, life was starting to even out.


The second was time. I had none left for fun and family, not to mention the housewifey stuff. I also had no time to exercise, so I gained all of the weight back that I lost, and then some. Ugh.


The third was energy. By the time I was done work, had some family time and maybe had time to cook or clean (never, ever both), I was ready to collapse into bed. Sometimes I'd collapse before bed, unintentionally falling asleep on the couch during family time. Oops.


God got me through the rough stuff. I'm still not through all of the rough stuff-it keeps fluctuating between the three- but it feels like there's hope. God never does anything without reason, and so far I've learned a lot about myself, my family, and a ton more about God. And things, as crazy as they were, were still working out.


Then there was Four. 


I won't even mention what Four is (at least not yet in this blog), but it hit me like a sledgehammer. The funny thing is I was half-expecting this fourth pile of sand- just not when I was still digging out of the other three piles. This ant is getting really, really tired of sand.


But there is good news. God is there helping me dig out. 


I should be going nuts right now. Stark, raving, climb-a-stucco-wall-to-the-rooftop-barehanded-and-scream-like-a-banshee crazy. But I'm not. I'm calm. Nothappy, mind you, but calm.


It's the weirdest feeling I've ever known. 


The feeling is familiar though, because God has done this before to me. It was weird then too. It's also awesome. No one wants to deal with a bat-crazy banshee!


I don't know what's going to happen in the near future, but God will handle it. He'll have to- I'm too focused on the sand to take much notice of anything else. But everything- everything- works out for His good. It always has.


So I'll keep on digging.


I'm just glad God's shovel is bigger than mine!
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  • We are now accepting submissions for the AUGUST 2016 issue of the Ruby for Women magazine! Please visit the Ruby for Women blog, submissions page, for all the details: http://rubyforwomen.com/submissions/
  • Just uploaded the July issue of the Ruby for Women Magazine! Check out all the new articles, recipes, etc!
  • Summer is a busy time (but then, when aren't we busy????) and we've been running here and there with our girls the past couple of weeks . . . . and now we are looking forward to celebrating our nation's birthday next week. Even though we are all busy, I hope you will take a minute to connect with some of the other members here in the Ruby for Women community, visit some of the groups, and join us for our weekly chat time. Hope to see you there! Nina
  • Lesson 3 of the Bible study of the Book of Esther is now available! It's not too late to get started. Please join us here: =" http://rubyforwomen.ning.com/groups/bible-study
  • Thanks Beth for sharing your blog post with us today!
  • Good Morning!
    The Bible study on the Book of Esther is now available here at the Ruby for Women Community Page!

    To get started, CLICK HERE:

    http://rubyforwomen.ning.com/blog/bible-study-book-of-esther
  • Good morning Susan and all - if you click on the title of each blog post, it will take you to that post. Also, you can click on the Bible study title and it should take you to the Bible study page . . . . I will be uploading the first Bible study lesson later today. Be sure to let us know if that doesn't work for you or if you have any other questions. Thanks for your patience! Nina
  • How do I go about reading the blogs and Bible studies?
  • Today's words of wisdom on the Ruby for Women blog: "Giving our Time to God" by Erin Stephens
    http://rubyforwomen.com/2016/04/giving-our-time-to-god-by-erin-step...
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