Saturday, August 23, 2008

New adventures

We have arrived at seminary and have moved into our quaint, little apartment that is on campus. I love it! We all love it. It's simple. I love simple.

We live in a small 500 and some odd square foot apartment that has character! The toilet talks back at ya when you flush it. Personally I think it's just letting you know you have done a good job flushing. I love this place. We have this common area that is like a wonderful backyard with this huge tree that expands across our bedroom and living room windows. I feel like we live in a tree house, it's great.

There are so many wonderful things about this place, I just love! What I love most about it is the community. We have become friends with the lady across the hall from us. Her and her daughter are here most every night for dinner and her daughter has become best friends with our oldest. We are constantly borrowing and swapping things, picking things up for each other and just taking care of each other. I like that. To me, this is how it should be.

It's not just the lady across the hall either, the same community attitude is with most everyone we have met here within the last 3 weeks. I imagine it will only get better and I will not want to leave in a few years. We have community potluck dinners once a month and I have come to realize I love to cook again (more than ever). I love to have the neighbors over and the neighborhood kids over for dinner. Some nights there will be 8-9 of us sharing a meal together. Yup, I like that.

The girls are adjusting very well to everything. I was very concerned with how they were going to be with the downsizing of all their stuff, but they have done great with it. All the kids around here will start school on Monday and we will resume homeschooling with them. This is also a new experience for me. I did a little with them at the tail end of the school year last year, but it is all still very new to me.

Michelle is also starting Monday and has a crazy schedule! I know she is looking forward to it and I'm just so excited for her that all of this is happening. Her passion, her desire and her call, it's all coming together.

As for me, I am still getting use to being a stay at home mom, which I love. Staying at home is giving me a lot more time to look deeper into my faith, the word and some of the things I have been taught. I've been exploring and learning so much. I look forward to more.

Tomorrow (Sunday), for the first time we will be going to the church that Michelle has been assigned to for at least the next 2 years while she is in seminary. They aren't classified as open and affirming, which is what we have been use to in the past year.

It will be interesting and I look forward to all of it.

New adventures. They are great.

Friday, August 22, 2008

Time for a change

Although this isn't the greatest background, I just couldn't take the pink any longer.

Random thoughts

Someone asked me this question today.......

"When are going to write something new on your site?"

Well, that's a very good question. There seems to be so much going on in my life, my head, my heart right now that I'm just not certain what to write about......yet. I have so very little to say, yet I feel like have a lot to say. Pondering and muling over so many things.

Here is just one of my random thoughts that is flooding my mind at the moment.........

(Please note when I use the word "we" I am including myself first and foremost.)

I have been visiting numerous blogs and a consistent thing I see is Christians getting irritated at other Christians when they explore their faith. Here's a question. Why is it when Christian #1 has different views than Christian #2, Christian #1 gets so angry and upset to the point of saying such things like "You're evil," "you're an unbeliever", "way to go twist scripture", "you work for Satan" "you're going to hell or "you're a damn liberal".

Aren't we really just saying "You are not a Christian" because you don't think like I do?" And really, what kind of example are we really setting for everyone else? We are just making asses of ourselves when we act like this. (Yes, I said it.) We look like immature little children pitching a fit when we don't get our own way.

I wonder when do we back off from one another and actually begin to trust that the Holy Spirit will guide that person through their faith? I hear "have faith and trust God" a lot. If we tell someone that, shouldn't we be ok with them searching and testing things? Don't we have enough faith and trust in God and the Holy Spirit that people will find their way to truth? Or are we just so arrogant enough to think that that person will not find the truth unless we beat it in to them?

If that person doesn't come to believe like we believe about a particular subject, so what! Big deal! Get over it! This does not give us a free pass to treat that person like garbage or a second class citizen, does it? No. I think not.

Now please understand what I'm saying. I'm not talking about two mature adults, sharing their differences with one another in a conversation. I'm not talking about people sharing different ideas with one another. I'm talking about those folks out there who take the competition attitude with one another and can't even hear each other because they are too busy trying to think of another insult to hurl at the other person.

I'm certain if we lay our differences down, we may be able to have some wonderful conversations where iron actually sharpens iron. Instead of tearing each other down, I hope we can continue to work with one another, allowing room for each other's differences.

I think there is a huge difference between trying to be more like Jesus and trying to be Jesus himself and that is a whole other post within itself.

I'm not really mad, just a bit frustrated. It's heartbreaking to see people tear each other down just so they can feel right or superior.

Let us be sensitive and have love, mercy, grace and compassion for one another.

Seems simple enough, doesn't it?