Welcome to Lamb Cottage. It's a real place, and this is where I live with my dear husband. We even have lambs. This is a personal blog, especially concerning life as an American expat in Scotland, life as an over-50, life with lambs, and life as an Orthodox Christian. You're most welcome to come and visit awhile. I hope we can be friends!

Friday, June 3, 2016

Redeeming the Time

Not very well. I struggle with this, and have good intentions, and then allow all kinds of daily, earthly things get in my way.

Since I last wrote...well, it's been a bit of an "up and down" kind of experience in our home. Lent was a real challenge and trial and we struggled mightily and mostly didn't do well. And learned how MUCH we need our Lord! 

In April, we had family visiting from America. It was good, but exhausting!

In May, we had a wee vacation of our own, and drove all around Scotland, staying on the Isle of Mull, meeting up with dear friends from America - on Iona, of all places! 

In the midst of all this, my Dear Husband has been working insanely long hours at work. I have taken on the Organist job for the local Church of Scotland, which comprises four churches linked in one charge. Dear Husband and I have felt overwhelmed and fatigued a lot of the time.

Redeeming the time? Not very well. This is a focus for the summer - to try to regain some equilibrium in our home life and live a more ordered day-to-day life. I am not good at functioning in the fast-paced environment that most of the Western world has become. We live in a fairly remote area, and I still find myself feeling crowded and worried! Both of us would live on an island if we could!

Redeeming the time. What will that look like for us? Well, we hope it will mean being more fully immersed in prayer, Scripture, Liturgy, the rhythms of God's natural world, the little but important aspects of a Christian home, art, music, creativity, writing, blogging, and living a constant prayer of thanksgiving.

Redeeming the time: not wasting time, not complaining, not worrying, not fretting.

Redeeming the time: giving EVERY aspect of our life to God.

Here's to a lovely, faith-filled, joyful, peaceful summer!

***Photo was taken in Ardnamurchan, on our way to Mull.
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