Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Life is good!

We are thankful that our daughter wasn't more seriously injured in a car accident last Friday. She ended up breaking two bones in her neck and we certainly aren't happy with the local orthopedic doctors, 3 of which literally blew off the emergency room doctor, but at least she is alive and she is not paralyzed.

Last night was a special night and I got to see my dad for the first time in 5 years and my aunt for the first time in 6 or 7. We laughed and shared and just enjoyed each others company.

Monday, September 21, 2015

So, with more time on my hands my family has encouraged me to spend more time with my blogging and writing and that is my intention.

We had a busy weekend.

Bible study on Thursday night....Leviticus is not the boring book that so many make it out to be! I'm learning so much and the connection to my Savior is just awesome!

We went to our local pregnancy centers fall banquet on Friday night. We have backed away from serving in 2004 due to their unwillingness to actually use the money they had stored up, but with a new board and director, things seems to be back on track. We were impressed to learn about their new connections within the community and how they help other services and other services help them. The fact that the county judicial system is now putting their services to work was also a good thing to hear.

Saturday we had our baby B for the day. She is such a joy and so expressive!  In the afternoon we went to see a live "Tabernacle" experience. It was wonderful!! Again, as Hebrews points out, all of the Old Testament rituals and ceremonies all point to the Messiah and it was such a blessing to walk through the replica and imagine how our forebears worshiped. We couldn't have asked for a more beautiful day to enjoy it either.

Yesterday was filled with the grandchildren and moving cows across the road. Following Twitter hoping for spoilers from Downton Abbey. Making fun videos of the girls. A wonderful Sunday....

I do have a few topics in mind that I'm planning on fleshing out over the course of the next few days...disagreement...bearing false witness...overlooking someone's trespasses...

But, first, a busy couple of days...starting a new Bible study with 10 ladies today...Lysa Terkeurst's What Happens When Women Say Yes to God. Finishing up What's It Like to Be Married to Me by Linda Dillow tomorrow. Throw in the bookkeeping, grocery shopping, and all the other goodies of everyday life and you've got a full couple of days! Blessed!!

Saturday, September 12, 2015

The Power of the Purge...

There is one thing I have learned about myself in the past few years, purging is powerful for me. Whether it is purging accumulated stuff or purging negative emotions, it has a wonderful effect on me.

This week I chose to purge myself of a negative situation. I let go of 8 years of accumulated patterns, favorites, and well over 5000 forum posts. I let go of the need to try to get my point of view across. I let go of the frustration when my words were willfully misunderstood, misconstrued, or generalized. I let go of the putting myself through the barrage of accusations...of being called hateful, ignorant, bigoted, paranoid, and mentally ill. No one needs that in their life.

It felt good to purge. It feels good today. I have more time on my hands to study, to knit, and most importantly, to love on my family.

The words in Philippians keep coming to mind...

Philippians 4:8 - Finally, brethren, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is of good repute, if there is any excellence and if anything worthy of praise, dwell on these things. 

These are the things I need to be focusing on!