Last week took a heavy toll on me. I had 4 12 hour days, 5 evenings at the church, and was dealing with some challenging pastoral care situations. Last night I slept 10 hours. It helped. This week I'm back to 3 evenings at the church. I'm also beginning the countdown. I have one more class to teach on lay pastoral care giving. I have 2 more sermons to preach. Then I have a week in Nashville for the Festival of Homiletics. I'm looking forward to that week away.
I love serving this congregation, and things are going very well here. I'm grateful that Daughter is now in a safe place. My life is much more flexible when I don't have to work my schedule around her schedule. It's also nice to have her closer, which makes it much easier to pick her up and drop her off.
I do recognize, though, that I need to pace myself, or I will burn out. For now, though, I'm grateful for 10 hours of sleep, a lighter week, and an upcoming break.