Just Between the Next Thing….

June 3, 2014 | Posted in: Faith, Family, Mary & Martha, the next thing, Trusting God

The past 5 years have brought so much change into my life … sweet blessings such as my 3 daughters getting married which added 3 fine son-in-laws in our family of girls, and the addition of 2 wondrously, sweet grandchildren (with the hope of more coming),  and the assurance of being known among a community of friends.  Of course, there have been numerous struggles of adjusting to my daughters’ families living away, leaving a ministry that was my passion for  10 years, caring for my parents as they aged and then the profound loss of both of my parents within 14 months.  For many years, everything stayed the same with our family; everyone would be here often and for each holiday and now we all work hard at finding times when we can all clear our calendars for time together.  And how do I even begin to explain the loss of my parents – the ones who knew me from the beginning and who I loved immensely… there are no adequate words to express the loss I feel.   So many life changes….

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Then Blessings Unlimited became Mary & Martha and in this relational business many people have come in and out of my life, and my husband and I spent  a year at a church plant and I have had lots of travel to familiar and unknown places.  Continued changes….

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Through each season and event, I would tell myself to just do the next thing – it might be planning a wedding, spending time treasuring a new grandbaby and helping their mama, caring for my Mother in her battle with cancer, packing up my parents’ home full of memories, enjoying quiet evenings with my husband or the thrill of a house full of the people I love.  Doing the next thing in my business required meeting and connecting with new people,  phone calls to make, training new consultants, or a customer’s needs to meet.  And over and over again, day after day, I  just kept doing the next thing God called me to do…

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Now, the next thing is to start sharing via my blog  again —  I am excited and yet cautious – do I have anything of value to share? I am no longer in the season of being a MOP’s Mentor, or mothering children in my home so I wonder if anyone will read my blog again?  Yet, does that really matter if I am doing the next thing God calls me to do?  If it is the next thing then I want to be faithful to do it.

Several years ago, I sat chatting with several friends at a Mary & Martha conference and was asked what I was going to to do and my answer was “the next thing.”  At a recent Mary & Martha Leadership Conference, I shared this poem titled Do the Next Thing  that ministered to many of us, especially me and a new blog concept was birthed – encouraging women to just do the next thing….

Do The Next Thing

From an old English parsonage,
Down by the sea,
There came in the twilight,
A message to me;
Its quaint Saxon legend,
Deeply engraven,
Hath, as it seems to me,
Teaching from Heaven.
And on through the hours
The quiet words ring
Like a low inspiration-
DO THE NEXT THING

Many a questioning, many a fear,
Many a doubt, hath its quieting here.
Moment by moment,
Let down from Heaven,
Time, opportunity,
Guidance, are given.
Fear not tomorrows,
Child of the King,
Trust them with Jesus,
DO THE NEXT THING

Do it immediately;
Do it with prayer;
Do it reliantly, casting all care;
Do it with reverence,
Tracing His Hand,
Who placed it before thee with
Earnest command.
Stayed on Omnipotence,
Safe ‘neath His wing,
Leave all resultings,
DO THE NEXT THING

Looking to Jesus, ever serener,
(Working or suffering)
Be thy demeanor,
In His dear presence,
The rest of His calm,
The light of His countenance
Be thy psalm,
Strong in His faithfulness,
Praise and sing,
Then, as He beckons thee,
DO THE NEXT THING

-Author unknown

I am excited to share with you the joy of  trusting God in the next thing and until the next time you will find me doing the next thing….

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Serving the King,

Sandy

“Living in the &”. It’s loving God & loving others. It’s being Mary & being Martha. It’s both your business & your ministry. It’s the balance of your life.

I am a humble receiver of the saving grace that Christ provided to me through his death and resurrection. My calling is as a wife to Bill, my husband of 34 years, a mother to 3 gifted daughters & 3 fine son-in-laws, and Grammie to my very sweet grandchildren. I love living in our community, spending time with people from all walks of life (I honestly can talk to anyone about anything) , studying and discussing God’s Word and always being with my family. Life and relationships are a gift that I treasure everyday.

8 Comments

  1. Tawny dawson
    June 3, 2014

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    Thanks Sandy! You are so much more then a MOPS mentor, you have great things to offer because you are a woman of God. I love your thoughts and can’t wait to read about your next thing. Praying whatever it is you are blessed by it.

  2. Candy Stark
    June 3, 2014

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    Very encouraging and inspirational. I’ll be looking forward to future blogs!

  3. Stephanie Kaufman
    June 3, 2014

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    Of course we will be reading!!!! Love it! Thanks for sharing…and doing the next thing. 🙂

  4. Leslie Brooks
    June 3, 2014

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    I always love to hear your thoughts!!! You are my encouragement for the week and so I will look forward to these also! Love you and proud to have you as my mentor!

  5. Tamara Carroll
    June 3, 2014

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    Very nice Sandy. Praying for you as you do the next thing in your newest season of your life. Blessings!

  6. Jessica McGill
    June 4, 2014

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    Beautiful-immensely enjoyed this perspective.

  7. Ann South
    June 4, 2014

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    So glad you are blogging again! See you Friday!!

  8. Anita Seese
    June 5, 2014

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    Encouraging words from a woman who always has an encouraging word. Looking forward to reading a Sandy blog again 🙂

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