He fills the longing soul with good things. Ps. 107:9

Winter Night Daybook 1.18.16

OUTSIDE MY WINDOW:
Yellow pools of streetlight, a dusting of snow.  A deeply frigid night.

I'M LISTENING TO:

The sound of a car passing outside my window
The fan in the next room
A silent. sleeping house (it's late)
David talking on the phone, getting out of bed, dressing in his suit to head to the Emergency Room to see someone from church.  (Can I just say here that people who say Pastors don't have "real jobs"  simply do. not. get. it.)

I AM THANKFUL FOR:
God's current, up-to-date, painful digging in my life.  These words from one of my favorite songs come instantly to mind:

"Each time His purging cleanses deeper
I'm not sure that I'll survive
Yet the strength in growing weaker
Keeps my hungry soul alive."
~ The Refiner's Fire, by Steve Green

I couldn't say it better.

I AM PONDERING:

The balance between rest and work, doing and being -  in reference to our relationship with Christ.  We rest in Him.  We accept that we have nothing, are nothing, do NOTHING of value apart from Him.  And yet - He asks us to do.  I admit that I am working on a deeper move towards being, rather than doing.  And so when He asks me to "do" - I have to be very purposeful about framing it through absolute value found in "being".   I am not there yet.

I AM REMEMBERING:
Tonight, I spent some time thanking Abba for such a wonderful, happy, warm childhood.  I don't take it for granted. I cherish the memories.

I AM LOOKING FORWARD TO/DREAMING OF:
Spring break away and alone with my husband and kids.  David and I have always gotten just as much good out of looking forward to and remembering a trip as we have on the trip itself.  It's the gift that keeps on giving.

FROM THE KITCHEN:
Feeling very tempted to do emeals again.  I am finally out of freezer meals.  Time to restock.

I AM THINKING:
That my feet are absolutely freezing.  I need to:
1.  Buy more socks.  Fuzzy, thick ones.
2.  Winter-wrap these old windows.  The whole house.  All 25-30 of them. It's a job I don't relish.

I AM CREATING:
Updating my desk and office command center wall.  Our Walmart is out of normal chalkboard paint.  Bummer.

TOWARDS RAISING HUNGRY LEARNERS:
You know audiobooks are at the top of our list of favorite things for growing beautiful minds.  But speaking of favorite things, the kids get stuck in a rut listening to their favorites over and over.  So I am moving towards making a day (probably Sundays) when they have to listen to something new.

TOWARDS RHYTHM AND BEAUTY:
Flylady's zones are still the best idea ever.

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