Thursday, July 31, 2014

Reflecting on a Sad Local News Story

All day long I've been listening to the radio.  There was a tragic event that happened in St. Paul today.  A police was killed in the line of duty.  Very randomly.  And, of course, very unnecessarily.  I couldn't stop listening to the coverage.  And I'd pray for the family.  Because this family said goodbye to their person this morning and didn't even know it.  And who knows what their morning was like.  Was everyone else sleeping in while dad got up and left for work?  Were the last words spoken good ones?  Sarcastic or annoyed?  Ordinary?   These children's lives have now been split into two pieces.  Before and after.  I hope they have a faith.  I've prayed that God would be wrapping big giant arms of love around this family right now as they go through this pain.

I know this should remind me to not take anything for granted.  To make every moment count.  Who knows when what you've just said is that thing you'll get to say.  I understand the sentiment.  My biggest fear is that something will happen to my husband or children.  I do not know how somebody does life without their person, their people.  I don't want to find out.  It is so important to cherish our time together.

I understand the sentiment yet I also know that life is life.  I scolded my kids tonight because I've been having to repeat myself a lot lately.  Mostly when it comes to dishes left in the living room.  They are so on my last nerve with that.  What if that had been the last thing I said to them?  My raising my voice at them over a glass.  I did apologize for yelling.  And yet, those things happen.  And that's part of living with other people.  And we apologize when we need to and we love each other in very messy ways.  And sometimes people wake up and they go about their day and then the whole world crashes and changes and falls down on them.  And hopefully when they think about the conversations they remember the great ones.  The funny jokes and stories.  The silly sayings and traditions and the way Dad always left the light on in the hall at night.  I pray that this family can wrap themselves up in the good and forget the things that don't help.

I hear news stories every day but this one grabbed me today.  It was happening while I was making supper, and texting a friend, and reading the paper, and playing Candy Crush on my computer.  And it makes me want to hug my people and try to make the daily living and loving a little less messy.

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Adventures in Dogsitting

We dogsitted for some friends of ours recently for 3 days.  My daughter was the one hired to do it, but going into it I knew that I would be doing my share of work.
My daughter has wanted a dog forever.  But let me tell you this was as close as it was going to get for her.  Plus this dog is still a puppy and doing puppy things.  There were several accidents that needed to get cleaned up.  Emma really did do a great job of coming to clean it up right away and not complaining about it.  And she's been looking for ways to earn money lately so this was a nice thing.  But the whole experience definitely reconfirmed for me that I do not want a dog.  Emma even admitted to a lessening of her dog-wanting-fever after this experience.  

On the plus side it is a very cute dog.  It seemed to want to follow me everywhere, which also was kind of cute.  The friends we were helping out are so willing to help anyone at any time so it was the least we could do.  Even if he did eat my flip flop.  They were only a dollar.  

Sunday, July 20, 2014

A Croquet Day

My son is probably one of the most competitive people I know.  He gets so excited to be included in a croquet tournament now and again.  Today's was at my sister's house.  He didn't do as well as he'd hoped, but for him it just means he'll try harder next time.  It also happened to be a gorgeous day for sitting outside.

Friday, July 18, 2014

Proverbs Prayer, Chapter 18

As I pray for my family, I love to use scripture.  I know then, that I am praying in accordance to God's will.

Proverbs 18:

I pray for my family, that we.....

Verse 1....are friendly and unselfish people
2....will find pleasure in understanding
5....will not be partial to the wicked (I also extended this to praying that my kids will have good, healthy friendships)
6 & 7....will not be foolish with our mouths
9....will not be slack in our work
10....will run to His name and be safe
12....will be humble people
13....will listen before answering
15....will seek out and acquire knowledge

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Clothed With Our Heavenly Dwelling

Today I read a blog post called Treasures Stored? and it was good for my soul.  And it reminded me of something I read and journaled about just last night.

This is the passage I read from my NIV Bible (emphasis mine):

2 Cor 5:1-4
  Now we know that if the earthly tent we live in is destroyed, we have a building from God, an eternal house in heaven, not built by human hands.
  Meanwhile we groan, longing to be clothed with our heavenly dwelling,
  because when we are clothed, we will not be found naked.
  For while we are in this tent, we groan and are burdened because we do not wish to be unclothed but to be clothed with our heavenly swelling, so that what is mortal may be swallowed up by life.
I thought this actually was kind of interesting that I found this so....interesting.  We live on earth, we long for heaven.  I enjoy my life and there have been times in my faith walk where I've thought that I don't really want to die and go to heaven.  I love my life on earth.  Often I'm not really consumed by a longing for heaven.  And then there are times when I definitely feel it.  A longing.

But in reading this passage, I noticed how the author compares our heavenly dwelling, with clothing.  Living here on earth is like our bodies being naked, and being in heaven we will be clothed.

What I wrote in my journal:

    To be found naked would be to feel ashamed, embarrassed, exposed, vulnerable, unsafe.  All we would want to do is cover up, hide.  This feeling is what living in our bodies is like.  We long for our place in heaven where we are safe in His eternal care.   This passage refers to Heaven as clothing.  It makes me think of it as something that is wrapped around us, covers us, removes our shame and our vulnerability.

The more I think about it now that more it strikes me that clothing is more than just a blanket.  A shirt doesn't just cover my upper body.  Sleeves go all the way around my arms.  A collar circles my neck.  There is covering from front to side to back to side---all around.  It doesn't fall off when I move.  In heaven I will be clothed with my heavenly dwelling.  We walk around this earth in bodies that are missing something.

That last phrase....."so that what is mortal my be swallowed up by life".  My life here is full of life.  Full of blessing, thanks be to God.  And that is nothing compared to what waits for me there.  I can love my life here and there are times it will be burden me.  But oh how wonderful to know that what awaits me is life.   If I think this is life, just imagine what my life in heaven will be like.  Never any yucky, bad feelings of being naked, because I will be clothed with my heavenly dwelling.

Disclaimer:  I am not a theologian.  I have not studied Greek or Hebrew or lots and lots of doctrine.  I am a person trying to follow Jesus who reads the words in front of me and tries to learn from them the best I can.

This 'n That

Baseball is over for the summer.  I realized the other day that my son has basically been playing baseball since March, going from the school team to the summer team.  Although because there are so few boys in his grade that play baseball, they are really the exact same team.  They ended up finishing well and pulled off one especially exciting win against a team they had never beaten before.

We are gradually getting some warmer days and next week will actually have some temperatures in the 90's.  Pool and boating days are ahead!

I'm working on some Bible study stuff, hanging clothes on the line, and just relaxing the summer away.  I'm glad to have a few commitments on my calendar and wouldn't mind a few more for myself actually.  I've actually been thinking ahead a little bit to the coming school year already.  Although that doesn't mean I'm excited to see school supplies out at the store so soon.  We do still have quite a bit of summer left.