The Simple Woman’s Daybook – April 23

Outside my window… A gorgeous spring morning.

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I finally got all my potted plants refreshed and ready for the season, and the herb garden planted. It’s not even that hot outside; it’s 80 degrees.

I am thinking…of our sweet boy Reagan, whom we made the painful decision to euthanize last Tuesday. He was 16 1/2 years old (vet said about 108 in human years), and we got the honor of being his owners for exactly 13 of those years. I miss him. :-/

I am going… to take a road trip out west the moment I’m well. We need to see the Grand Canyon, and I need to visit a handful of dear friends who live in Colorado, Nevada, and Oregon. We plan to drive west to the Grand Canyon, visit LA (and stalk a couple of celebs…just kidding…kind of 😉 ), go up to Nevada and then over to Oregon, up through Washington, back down and east to see Colorado, and then make our way southeast from there. I can hardly wait.

I am wondering… when.

I am reading…The Gospel in Ten Words.  I’m only just starting it, but so far it’ already knocking my socks off. Basically, it’s about living in Christ’s freedom and not under the burden that so many religious denominations and their traditions have placed upon believers. A reviewer nails it with this comment: “It is evident that [the author] longs for all Christians to understand and live in the simplicity of the gospel of Jesus Christ. The apostle Paul declared, ‘It is for freedom that you have been set free’. The author…urges all Christians to experience the reality of relationship with God rather than following a religion for God.”

I am hoping…that something big we’re waiting for comes through as planned.

I am looking forward to…the above thing happening as planned, and on schedule. 😉

I am learning…that no matter how hard I try, I can’t make people love me or accept me. Nor can I make people care about the long-term struggle I’ve had with infirmity. And I’m learning that God sees me and how much all the rejection has wounded me. He’s teaching me that I can (and should!) always run to Him, and that He always loves me and accepts me—no explanations needed. He never rejects. I’ve always known that, but He’s been driving it home lately, and I love Him for it.

Around the house…Schoolwork, and more schoolwork. We’re working hard to finish up this year in decent time. Philip is working hard meeting deadlines. Pippin is chattering away incessantly. And Reagan’s absence feels like a hole that will remain open and aching for the foreseeable future.

I am pondering…some things that were stirred in my spirit last Friday night while watching our revival service.

A favorite quote for today…

Isn’t this so true? I’ve worked hard to get this down into my boys’ spirits, because I didn’t want them to be like me, and not realize this or embrace their unique personalities until well into adulthood. I’ve learned to be myself and love every minute of it (except for the things I truly do need to change).

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One of my favorite things… is watching The Gilmore Girls. This is actually something I thought I’d never say, because up until late last year, I thought I hated The Gilmore Girls. I thought it was an annoying, boring show. It comes on ABC Family in the mornings right after The 700 Club, which I watch daily. For years, I’ve seen it come on and thought, “What a boring show. How is it so popular?” Well, the truth is, I’d never given it a chance. Fast forward to last fall, when one day after The 700 Club, the TV got left on, and I found myself laughing at a particular scene, and, let’s just say it resonated with me. I even rewound it on the DVR and called Philip in to watch the scene so he could laugh with me. So then a few days later, I left it on again, and saw yet another scene that I related to strongly. I found myself wanting to watch it every morning, but we do school during that time, so instead, I found myself hitting “record”, and then Philip and I would lie in bed and watch it before going to sleep each night. I rarely find tv shows that I like, much less that I can identify with. But I deeply identify with The Gilmore Girls—on several levels. In addition, I love the humor, the touch of romance, the often-indie-pop-culture references, and the hilarious extremes of some of the characters. It also can be a very poignant, sometimes melancholy, often bittersweet drama. It’s now one of my favorite shows of all time—right up there with Downton Abbey and Freaks and Geeks—and watching a couple of episodes each night has become Philip’s and my cherished routine.

I am thankful…for everything I have in and through Jesus Christ. I would’ve always said that before, but now, I’m actually beginning to understand what it means. It’s such good news that it makes me want to tell the world.

A few plans for the rest of the week: School, school, and more school. I have a plaster cast of Reagan’s paw print that I made the day before we took him in to be euthanized, and I’m going to paint it. I’m not quite sure what color, but I’m thinking a crimson, since that’s our living room’s accent color, and it will be put on display in the living room.

A peek into my day…

Don't ask.

Don’t ask.

 

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The Simple Woman’s Daybook – Dec. 30

Outside my window… A dreary winter’s day. Overcast and cold (not too cold, though).
View from living room, into back yard.

View from living room, into back yard.

I am thinking…about how God has called me to do something this week, and how I need to go about doing that.
I am thankful…for answered prayers, and for the sweet, peaceful words God’s spoken into my heart lately.
I am going…to make a prayer corner in our bedroom, a designated spot in which to pray and spend time with the Lord.
I am wondering…if people who are able to leave their homes and go out & about, even to do mundane errands like grocery trips, realize just how lucky they are.
I am reading…nothing in particular right now. I went on a reading binge recently and plowed through several books I’d been “reading” for a year or more. One was a novel that chronicles a year in the life of a feudal medieval woman, another was the BTK story. I also read a heart-wrenching memoir of a young Jewish boy’s plight during the Holocaust in Poland, which I’ll blog more about later.
I am hoping…that mountains move in the near future.(Mark 11:22-24) To clarify, I’m not merely hoping they’ll move, because I know these mountains will move. I just hope it’s in the near future that they do. 😉
I am looking forward to…living in England someday, hopefully before my boys are grown. I’d like to do a house exchange with another family for a year.
I am learning…that many Christians aren’t open to challenging their doctrines, such as questioning whether they’re based in church tradition or on the wisdom of men, rather than on simple Biblical truth. I often feel like a lone voice in the wilderness, but I feel compelled to speak out continually, despite the resistance. The Church is in desperate need of another Great Awakening.
Around the house…we’re out of our routine because of the holidays, and it’s making me a little crazy. We’re off school and the boys are spending their days playing outside and playing with their new toys.
I am pondering… God’s grace and the freedom we have in Christ. I was taught all my life that God is angry at us and rejects us when we fail, but praise God, that’s not true. His anger over my sin fell on Jesus while He was on the cross. Jesus took all the anger and punishment for my sin, forevermore. Because I believe on Jesus, I’m free from that guilt, fear, and shame. I am the righteousness of Christ. It’s been incredibly hard for me to shed a lifetime of wrong thinking, but I’m learning. I spend a great deal of time reading and listening to teachings on grace and the freedom that righteousness in Christ gives me. When I fail (which is often), I’m already forgiven; all I have to do is remember that and receive it each time. God continually sees me through the lens of Jesus’ righteousness!
A favorite quote for today…
On the same note as what I was talking about above:
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One of my favorite things… is listening to Healing School teachings from Charis Bible College. I like to play a teaching while I rest in the afternoons, and sometimes before bed at night. These teachings are very practical, yet anointed, and they soothe and comfort me as I let the truth of God’s nature sink into my soul.
A few plans for the rest of the week: The New Year is upon us! We plan on doing the usual on NYE, which is have snacks and play games with the boys until midnight. We listen to good music, watch the ball drop in NYC at 11pm our time, and then for midnight, we turn to the local news station and watch the Pelican Drop to ring in our New Year.
A peek into my day…since absolutely nothing is going on today, here’s a picture of the boys opening their gifts on Christmas morning. They got games, Legos, and Minecraft action figures.
Opening gifts on Christmas morning.

Opening gifts on Christmas morning.