In the whirl that this first week of school has been (and should it be so tempestuous? Oh, but it so is.) I have had no time to sit on my compy and type.
But there are things affecting me lately that I would like to put out there.
a) Her blog posts of returning. Wish I could say I am consistent or dogged in my pursuit, but I'm there with her to a degree. Helping me along are Frank Laubach and Brother Lawrence.
b) I had the huge privilege of hearing Paul Young (author of The Shack) speak this week. I could really go on and on and on about how refreshing it was, and how he spoke of a loving, gracious, living, real Lord from an obviously real relationship with Him, and how delightful it was to just sit and absorb and receive and let Hope blossom inside.
c) Got to see Neil this week, and hold in our hands his BOOK!!! It's called Christ in Ya'll and I will give copies to the first two people to comment and say they want one! I started tearing up reading the first chapter. (Plus, my darling daughter is pictured on the cover! :) ) Its about Christ and Community, and Bill and I were talking about how unique it is in that it features a present, ongoing, real experience and not just theory.
d) Eczema. Like crazy. On both hands. This is the worst case I've had in my life. (and I've had alot!) It's been going on for five weeks now, and nothing seems to help. It's grody, and it totally interferes with my quality of life. Even typing, I feel the cracking burning itch with every keystroke. But, the show must go on. I welcome any suggestions anyone has for ending this madness. Ug.
e) Every morning when I step out of the shower and start putting lotion on my face, I find myself singing "Here she co-uh-uh-uh-uh-mes....that's Kathy's clown." Do you know this song? Why do I sing it? This was puzzling me for days and days. That is until about two days ago, when I caught myself transitioning into it from the song "You got to have frie-eh-eh-eh-ends!" I continued thinking backwards and realized that I have been thinking about friends and friendship every morning in the shower for at least two weeks. What thoughts particularly, I'm uncertain, but the topic apparently arises daily. Now, call me crazy, but I think that means that it's important to me. He blogged about it, and I think it's worth reading.
f) Tennis. Bo and I try to play as much as possible. I just finished a four week class, and Bo is just starting his second 4 week class. It is just super fun, but I can't seem to be good at it quickly enough.
g) I am grateful. Grateful for where I've been, where I am, and what is in store. Grateful to the Lord for His presence in every moment, His unfailing love and kindness towards me, and His desire for me to know Him.
h) Hearing a language for most of the day that is different from the only language you speak is exhausting. I need to remedy that.
These things are not necessarily listed in order of importance. And I'm basically just touching on them- some of them really deserve their own posts, namely a, b, c and e. Probably I should have just skipped d altogether, but hey, it's a thing right now.
Here's to a good week.