I’m trying out a new link-up this week. It gives some pretty thoughtful prompts to get you writing about what’s going on in your life and in your head, so I’m thinking it’s the perfect way to get me blogging more often. I link up with the WUH Weekly Wrap-Up on Fridays, which is homeschool-based. This one is more personal- and family-based, so linking up every Monday sounds both do-able and fun. Here goes my first attempt!
Outside my window…I see a hot, humid late summer day, but one with a breeze! That’s a rarity here; it’s usually pretty stagnant. I see all the leaves rippling on the trees, and right outside the window I see the milkweed swaying gracefully in the breeze. The milkweed has reached five feet tall so far this season! I’ve collected lots of seeds and have decided to fill our entire butterfly garden with it next spring, instead of just the small section I planted this year.
I am thinking…of all the things I used to do so easily, that I haven’t been able to do in 2 1/2 years. I took so much for granted. I’ll never take anything for granted again, not even menial chores or things like grocery store runs. What a blessing to be able to simply get up and do something or go somewhere!
I am thankful…for the blessing of the new revelation of God’s will and nature that I’ve received this year. It’s changed my life drastically. I can’t wait to write more about it. It’s good, good stuff.
I am going…to go to the beach, first thing, the moment I’m officially well. No matter what time of year it is!
I am wondering…what’s going to end up happening in our world and in our country over the next couple of years. The future is so uncertain and our leadership so abysmal. It’s very easy to become fearful. But God.
I am reading…too many books at once! I need to back up and choose just one to actually finish. I think I’m going to go with Crazy Love, by Francis Chan, first.
I am hoping…to be free from illness soon. But I’m not just hoping. I’m believing and expecting. Mark 11:22-24. Hebrews 11:1.
I am looking forward to…running again. I miss it so much, my heart aches when I think about it. My favorite song to play while running was always Under Pressure by Queen. It made me feel like I was flying. 🙂
I am learning…how to live and let live. That what I think is best isn’t necessarily best for others. And regardless, it’s not my business, nor my place, to judge anyone’s choices but my own.
Around the house…The boys are outside enjoying some free time, Philip is working in his office, Reagan (dog) is lazily sleeping away, and Pippin (budgie) has taken a break from his morning chattering and is busily preening himself. I’ve got laundry going and at the moment, I’m watching my all-time favorite show, Beverly Hills 90210. TVGN has just picked it up, and will be airing all-day 90210 marathons every Tuesday from now on! They’re showing the entire series (all ten seasons) from the beginning. Yes, my DVR is set.
I am pondering… my marriage, our relationship, our friendship. These first couple of weeks of September mark twenty years together for Philip and me. It’s hard to put an exact date, because we were best friends for so long, and during the summer of 1994 (when we were both 21) we hung out together all the time…more and more as the summer came to an end. And then I went to spend Labor Day weekend in Tallahassee (where P was living; it was his final year of college), and we had the best time together. We went a lot of places and did a lot of fun things that weekend, but the best parts were just sitting and talking. Talking was something we did so well together…and nothing’s changed there! 😀 As I was getting ready to drive back home on Labor Day, P had an epiphany as he carried my bags down to my car for me. He realized he was in love with me, but was unsure of what to do about it (bok bok!). So he kept calling me (more often than usual), and kept listening to me as I shared the deeper details of the past couple of years of my life, which had been very difficult. I had a lot of baggage and a lot of pain to sort through, and I needed that ear. He came home every weekend from that point on, and we spent each one together— going out, having lots of fun, and talking…always talking for hours. Soon, something happened that changed everything. Maybe I’ll write about it in detail some other time. And maybe I won’t. 😉 The short version is that I made a rhetorical statement, yet he replied with something that surprised us both, and pretty soon after that, things changed…and we’ve been together for 20 years this month. ❤
A favorite quote for today… “Christ is either Lord of all, or He is not Lord at all.” —J. Hudson Taylor (all I know is he was a missionary.) On the surface this sounds like a cliché, but once you meditate on it for a bit…you really get it. I personally have struggled with this my entire life. Only in the past couple of years have I realized what a waste most of my life has been, in always living it the way I thought best, rather than submitting everything to God. I’ve always been pretty good at submitting some of it to Him (the easier parts), while holding on to the parts I still wanted to control. There are things I love to do that God has clearly shown me aren’t His will for me…yet I’ve resisted, fought, and outright rebelled (and rebelled some more). That’s where this quote hits home for me. But thanks to His grace, I’m changing. Or, rather, He is changing me!
One of my favorite things…is being on Crystal Beach in Destin, sitting for hours just watching the waves roll in, while listening to special beach tunes. Into the Mystic by Van Morrison, Oceanside by The Decemberists, It’s Love by King’s X, Come Sail Away by Styx, and Annie’s Song by John Denver are at the top of my beach playlist. I’ve listened to them so many times while there, that anytime I hear them, I’m instantly transported back to my beach chair and all the sounds, sights, smells, and sensations of a gorgeous fall day on Crystal Beach.
A few plans for the rest of the week: Schoolwork is the name of the game this week. We’re trying to get back in the groove of full-time school.
A peek into my day…
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