I got up at 4am this morning to do my mission work, finishing some Quality Assurance cases for research missionaries and sorting through some incoming research case requests. I love this work because of the experiences with these precious spirits – the people researching their ancestors and the ancestors they find, as well as the incredible team of missionaries that I work with who teach me what diligence and sacrifice mean. My heart is full of love for them, and I am so grateful for what I have learned on this mission.
I was blessed for the sacrifice of sleep and time, in that when I had cancellations today I used that diligence-lesson to use my time wisely (even though I just wanted to talk with my friend about Nathan instead of being productive), and I finished three talks for upcoming conferences. This is a huge load off my shoulders, for the tweaking and editing that will come through prayer and study between now and then is an easy piece that is responsive in nature, different than the hard work of actually writing the talks. It means I am free to finish this week focused on the extra meetings I have for work, trying to get my patients rescheduled around the meetings and still get everything done and everyone seen.
It was a day of essays that means when Nathan comes (counting down the days now!), I will get to enjoy the time we have without neglecting my duty or being distracted by guilt or the burden of my assignments.
It also means I can focus on helping my mom with getting her storage unit finished, and enjoy the time with her and Jess without losing time trying to get these talks finished.
It’s a good and perfect balancing of all things being in Order, of being quickened – enabled and empowered to do what is asked, of Him providing the way to accomplish the task.
I can hear Jessica’s little voice singing:
I will go; I will do the thing the Lord commands.
I know the Lord provides a way; he wants me to obey.
It’s a funny and simple way to be blessed, but a tender mercy that has “Emily” all over it.
I am grateful, and it makes me happy.