This has been a rough past week or so. Honestly, I think a lot of it is due to the weather. It is cold and dreary, and I am ready for spring. But spring will not come for a while here. We have at least a month left of cold weather til it starts warming up!
The winter is very depressing. And (no offense to any Vermonters reading this!) Vermont can be a really depressing state, especially spiritually. I feel like I am constantly on my guard, constantly being attacked for my beliefs. And that can be very wearying!
Bech and I also struggle so much with feeling like we have little spiritual fellowship. We absolutely love our friends here, but church here has been hard. We have spent the past year and a half visiting a church here. There are some sweet, sweet people at the church, but we have some major theological differences with the church as a whole (which have resulted in us not being more involved). We love our PCA church plant and the people involved, but it is so young and thus not meeting yet on Sunday mornings.
Plus, this past week or two, I have felt attacked/looked down on/judged for my political and religious views. It is tough being up here!
But in the midst of a down time, I have been encouraged in other ways. I have a job interview for next year coming up...I am so excited about this potential job! We had some friends over for dinner last night and enjoyed their company. Bech and I have made some yummy meals lately and have gotten some fun quality time. And my sweet Jack has been a joy as always.
I read these two verses today and was greatly encouraged:
The LORD your God is with you, He is mighty to save. He will take great delight in you, He will quiet you with his love, he will rejoice over you with singing.
"Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect, keeping a clear conscience, so that those who speak maliciously against your good behavior in Christ may be ashamed of their slander."
1 Peter 3:15-16