Two things leapt out at me from the service: joyful sacrifice and defining moments. Everything that is happening now in my life is the result of defining decisions of the past years, beginning way back when I decided to become baptized and then to marry Chris. I decided to marry the man and whatever life brought his way; I decided that whatever God wanted from me, I would do. I am twice over, in a sense, not my own. Difficult things in life do not always mean that one has made the wrong choice; they may simply show that some things are difficult, no matter what.
And I needed the reminder: joyful offering, sacrifice without regret. When I told God that I would go where He sent me, I did mean it. I have to remember that it was to be expected that He would then send me places. If places where I stopped were enjoyable, they were not, evidently, the end point. He calls me to move on. If He sent me pleasant boundaries here, I can trust that I will not be disappointed with whatever He has in store.