Friday, July 30, 2010

Meditation Walks

I haven't had the opportunity to go for a long walk in a few weeks. Usually my walks are the time that I digest the spiritual happenings in my world. I didn't make the connection between my lack of walks and the stressed-out, hurried tone that life had taken until I was out today. There has been much to digest recently, and very little time to really sit and dwell on it in my heart and mind.

Yes, I do know that I am spoiled to have the privilege of meditation walks. Most stay-at-home moms are just hoping for a trip to the bathroom by themselves. I am definitely blessed to have such a peaceful time to myself. Usually I take two a week, but with our trip to Asia and the blessing of a mission team coming up from Alabama last week, they just haven't happened.

As I walked the familiar route, my head was swirling with the things that I have seen and heard, thought and imagined, read and written. At first, it was difficult to sort through the thoughts well enough to make any sense out of them. That is why my walks tend to be at least an hour long, usually more.

I have been particularly burdened for more workers in this part of the country. We need more pastors, pastors' wives, and pastors' kids for sure. We also need more godly carpenters, nurses, teachers, bankers, musicians, husbands, and wives. We need people who are willing to leave their comfort zone, uproot their lives, and make a new life in a new place, purely for the sake of the Gospel. I am not judging anyone for not making the same decision that our family has. You have to go (or stay) as God leads your family. But the need is great, and the burden can be heavy on my shoulders at times.

As I thought about this need, I began to think about what I am doing. I'm here, surrounded by the lost, but what am I doing now that I am here? I have to admit, I've been tired lately. Like most people, I assumed that the problem is that I'm doing too much, but I was suddenly confronted by the alarming possibility that I may not be doing enough. Being enough. Relying enough.

I am tired. Tired of complacency. Tired of “just enough”. Tired of spiritual boredom. I'm tired of myself, to tell you the truth. I'm fed up with feeding my own desires, of hogging out on comfort and self-help. I'm tired of getting by, of never being emptied enough to give God all the room He needs to enable me to overflow with all that He is.

I want to be wrung out. I want to end the day completely spent. I want a life that can't be defined by what I did today. I want a life that begs for answers. I want to live so that the world needs to see the Reason behind the insanity of who I am. I want my will to melt into the will of my Father. Not for my own glory. I want to be nothing so that the world will know that Jesus is everything. I want to yearn desperately for the greatness that no belief system can contain and no mind can grasp. I want to die completely to myself. Burned to ashes, so that they have to identify me by the tags given to me by my Father, “DAUGHTER OF THE MOST HIGH”. I want the world to look at my life and say, “I have no idea who she was, but I know exactly whose she was.”

That is what I want. But here I am, living lackluster, spellbound by typical. I can hear Paul crying out in Romans 7. Oh, what a wretched woman that I am! But then comes Romans 8, faithfully whispering the love story of my Savior:

Therefore, no condemnation now exists for those in Christ Jesus, 2 because the Spirit's law of life in Christ Jesus has set you free from the law of sin and of death. 3 What the law could not do since it was limited by the flesh, God did. He condemned sin in the flesh by sending His own Son in flesh like ours under sin's domain,and as a sin offering, 4 in order that the law's requirement would be accomplished in us who do not walk according to the flesh but according to the Spirit. Romans 8:1-4

Lord God, empty me of everything than prevents my full allegiance, total surrender, and wreckless abandon to You, and You alone!

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Can you say CREEPY!?

I found this to be a perfect gag gift, but too expensive just for a laugh. What do you think?

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

A New Commitment

Because I tend to do a better job of hitting my goals when I post them on this blog...

I haven't yet done the read-through-the whole-Bible thing. I know. This is a confession of the darkest sort. I really should have. But I haven't. So now I will.

My goal is to read it in a year, but if I find it too hard to digest with certain little people running around, then I will go to the two year plan. I want to complete this task well, not just check it off a list.

So there you have it. A published declaration of intent. I will track my progress on Tuesdays, so hold me to it!

Sunday, July 25, 2010

Five Weird Things About Me

I know that this post is very late. I apologize. I kept sitting with the computer in my lap, hoping for something brilliant to come to mind. But alas, nothing. Then I was thinking last night and decided to share some of the weirdest tid-bits about myself.

  1. I eat popcorn in two phases. First I eat the hard, kernel part. Then I eat the soft, fluffy part all at once.
  2. I tend to get ready for winter in the summer. This week has been filled with crocheting winter hats. I have absolutely no tendency toward Christmas shopping before Thanksgiving.
  3. I got excited when I saw negatives on the forecast this past winter. I get excited when I think about seeing them again, as a matter of fact.
  4. I need to prepare my stomach for a meal. Last minute changes in the restaurant of choice really throw me off my game.
  5. I absolutely hate phone conversation. I am desperate for facial expressions in order to understand when someone is joking, and when they are serious, and to know when I am about to offend someone. Although every attempt at phone conversation is not disastrous, I become incredibly nervous, aggravating the situation. My only answer is to avoid phone conversation at almost all costs. Not that I don't want to hear from you, that is. Just be aware that I will be a nervous wreck the whole time.

There are a lot of weirder things, but Edwin and I can't seem to think of them at the moment. I guess that you will be forced to remain on the edge of your seat for a while.

Monday, July 19, 2010

Dressed in a Bazarre Fashion

We bought these dresses for the girls while at the bazarre. The price came to $7 (American) for both. Pretty cute, huh? Or, as DeLaynie would say, so stylish.

Monday, July 12, 2010

At the Ruins

Well, we are almost ready to head home. Our flight leaves tomorrow morning at 4:00 a.m. (We won't be going to bed tonght.) We have had an absolutely spectacular time. We have gotten to be with people that we absolutely love. Now we are going to go home to people that we absolutely love even more, our kids! I can't wait to see them. I just wish that there weren't so many hours of travel between now and then.

Saturday, July 10, 2010

Quick Pics

We are having a wonderful time! Like, really great. A blast. You get the idea.

I'm not going to tell you where we are, and if you know, please don't share. (I have reasons, but it would defeat the purpose to explain.) I decided that it was worth it to post a couple of non-specific pics. Hope you're having as much fun as we are (though I doubt it).

Wednesday, July 7, 2010

We're Here!

After traveling from lunch time on Sunday until midnight last night (which was 7 p.m. on Monday night back at home), we finally made it to Asia! Just to prove it, I am giving you a picture of Edwin and me, looking a wee-bit jet-lagged, but very happy. Now you know that no one pirated my Blogger account. This is us, right here in Asia. We are already having a great time, and we are looking forward checking out some ruins tomorrow. Hopefully, we can finally find out who ruined these beautiful, old towns. (Pun very much intended, though I do wish to apologize for the lack of creativity.)
More news coming soon!