I am now officially on vacation. Yesterday I caught up on all the laundry and went shopping. I also had more blood work done in preparation for my appointment Thursday. I should come out of that appointment with a referral to a rheumatologist. I bought some fruit bushes for the backyard, but haven't done anything with them yet. It is very hot here, just like it is in much of the country this week. I got very good prices on them, buying this late in the season. I also had to go to 3 different stores to find what I was looking for.
Perhaps my biggest goal for this week is to do some reflecting and set some priorities for my work going forward. I need to work more efficiently so that I'm working fewer hours and getting more done. I don't want to give up chat time with people who stop by the church. From some conversations I had last week, I know that the congregation loves being able to stop in and chat. They could do that with the founding pastor, but not with those who followed him.
As I've pondered my health issues, I've decided that they are a clear message that I need to take better care of myself. I have found comfort in the thought that God called me to this place and will help me fulfill that calling. The health issues are a reminder that I need to be a good steward of my body. Sometimes I'm a slow learner.