What Do You See Outside YOUR Open Window Today?

What Do You See Outside YOUR Open Window Today?
Remember: "When God closes a door, He always opens a window!" You never know what might be out there waiting for you!

Thursday, June 18, 2015

Quick Change Artist (Rerun)

(This is a "rerun", originally "aired" on 9/20/13, but nothing much has changed...I'm still that same "quick change artist"...and these thoughts are still right-on for me and my situation...and maybe yours as well! Read on...and if you didn't comment the last time, feel free to do so this time!)

Been kicking some thoughts around in my head this week, and never got around to putting them on paper, so now I will try to remember what they were.  Usually when I think I've got something really good to say, by the time I get around to saying it it no longer seems quite so special.  Perhaps things have happened to change my viewpoint, or to draw my attention to other topics even more significant. (In my mind, that is)

Earlier this week I was thinking about how I sometimes feel like the female version of Superman, not in the powerful superhero sense, but in the quick change of clothes in the phone booth from Clark Kent, Newspaper Reporter, to Superman.  But my quick change is just the opposite...like when I come home from my job as a church business administrator everyday, dressed semi-professionally, (dress pants, shoes, top/jacket depending on the season, etc.), the minute I walk in the door of my house at the end of the day, off come the shoes, the jewelry (why is it I feel naked when I go out the door if I don't have on my watch, rings, earrings, bracelet, necklace, but the minute I walk in the door of my house I suddenly feel like I am being strangled by too many "chains" around my body?)...and then I peel off my slacks, top, and grab the most comfy, loose fitting, somewhat stained and grungy t-shirt and capris, and slide my feet into the softest, lighter than air shoes (my new Skechers Go Walk shoes)
and then I breathe such a sigh of relief...I am home.
I am the real me again.  Not that I don't feel I am
the real me at my job, but that's the other me.  The
professional me who has to think, make decisions,
figure out problems, deal with weighty issues, sometimes financial, sometimes supervisory, sometimes unpleasant situations that fall on my shoulders because "that's your job".

Of course, I often have similar issues to deal with when I get home...make decisions, figure out problems, deal with weighty issues, OFTENTIMES financial, sometimes "supervisory"...and even deal with unpleasant situations because that's my job as a mother, wife, homemaker, cook, bill payer, etc....but when I'm home I'm on safe ground...I know I am beloved, treasured, and secure. I am not in danger of losing my position because I didn't handle something right, or forgot some very important deadline, or called in sick too often.  When I am home, I am free to be me. I can breathe...I can laugh, I can cry, I can get angry and be forgiven...I am loved unconditionally.

Now please don't get the wrong idea here, especially if you happen to know me at my place of employment and wonder if something has triggered all this...No, nothing has happened. I am just making general observations here...probably most people who are employed can relate to this no matter where they work.

I don't have any astounding revelations here or answers to these questions...just thinking out loud. One thing I do know for certain...even if I wasn't exactly beloved, treasured and secure in my home, I am beloved, treasured, and secure with my Lord.

"Behold what manner of love the Father has bestowed on us, that we should be called children of God!"       I John 3:1

"In this is love, not that we loved God, but that He loved us and sent His Son to be the propitiation for our sins."  I John 4:10

"But God demonstrates His love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, 
Christ died for us."
Romans 5:8

"For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life." John 3:16

"There is no fear in love; but perfect love casts out fear..." I John 4:18a


Therefore, I do not fear that I will not be loved or accepted by my Heavenly Father...He loved me before I was even born...I am highly treasured by God...no matter what position I am in, what clothes I wear, or what I do to try to make myself appear righteous and noble...He loves me...just the way I am. My righteousness is as filthy rags (Isaiah 64:6)...without God, I am nothing. But in Christ, I am precious in His sight.  And so are you, dear friend, if you belong to Jesus.  And if you are not certain about that...ask Him to show you how much He loves you. You may be surprised at what you will discover.
This is the real me, taking a walk in the woods and loving that feeling of freedom
from pressure and deadlines...
On the journey of life...precious and beloved...as are you, my friend.
UPDATED PICTURE 6/18/15...This is the real me today, except I still have on my jewelry...but I can't
wait to get home and sit in my rocker on my front porch and "RELAX", like it says in the sign above my head! 


12 comments:

  1. Oh, I feel the same way about jewelry! Love this little meandering post! Wait, what are you doing for work, these days? Why did I not know you "work"?

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    1. Ha ha ha....so funny that we read each other's life stories and sometimes overlook the obvious...but that's great...because I want to portray the "real me" here and on facebook...the deep (lol), serious (ha ha) writer wannabe who longs to have a constant retreat here for my friends and myself....but I have to pay the bills somehow. God blessed me with this job about 3 1/2 yrs. ago after a 9 month hiatus of unemployment. I started writing my blog about a month before I got the job and that was all the reason for the "Closed Doors, Open Windows" theme in the beginning. But I am glad to know that the job does not define who I am. It is a part of who I am, but not the most important part...just the part that enables me to keep eating and having a roof over my head! LOL And I am very thankful for that.

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  2. It is interesting how we can be two complete people all wrapped in one, isn't it, Pam? I enjoyed the thoughts you've shared here...especially being loved of the Father! That is one thing I so enjoy about your posts...so many times I find myself thinking about them several days later...He has used you to plant seeds. ;-) Thank you, my friend.

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    1. That makes my day! Thank you, Dianna, for your kind words. You truly are an encourager. So glad you came my way. Yes, we all share these thoughts with each other and it is the Holy Spirit moving in our midst, teaching us through each other even though we are far apart and may never see each other in person in this life...we are sisters in the Lord, and one day we may have a big reunion in heaven and have the opportunity to give each other hugs and words of thanks and love. What a day that will be!

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  3. I love this post and the beautiful way you are sending out another reminder of God's unconditional love for each of us. He loves your ultra chic business self and your slumpy comfy home self! Ha!

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    1. Thank you, Susie! I know God loves me either way, but I prefer the slumpy comfy me the best! Ha Ha!!

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  4. I know what you mean, Jesus is our safe place. He loves us as we are, thank goodness.

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    1. Yes! Thank Goodness indeed! He knows our every weakness, inside and out. And He still loves us. Amazing Grace!!! Amen!

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  5. Hi Pamela! Who wouldn't relate to your feelings here? Of course you want to kick back after work! No matter where we work, it is work.

    Our treasure is with him, no question. You will always have a home there, with complete love. Isn't it nice that he gives you that in your earthly home too?

    Nice to see you today!
    PS. I like sweats and comfy clothes too :)
    Ceil

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    1. Thank you for stopping by...in your sweats and comfy clothes? I am! Sunday afternoon...kicking back and relaxing on a kind of a rainy afternoon. So thankful for so many blessings today...too numerous to count. What a joy divine..."leaning on the everlasting arms". Amen!

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  6. Hi Pamela, just stopping by to say how delightful your blog is. Thanks so much for sharing. I have recently found your blog and am now following you, and will visit often. Please stop by my blog and perhaps you would like to follow me also. Have a wonderful day. Hugs, Chris
    http://chelencarter-retiredandlovingit.blogspot.ca/

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    1. Hello Chris...and welcome to my Open Window! I am delighted that you stopped by and hope to see you again soon. I will check out your blog as well. Have a blessed day!

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