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.