Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Hodge Podge

My good friend (you all know her as Jen, the SDG guru) recently reminded me that the point of the weekly SDG meme is to share "what's really going on with you" (her words).

Hmmm...this has had me thinking.  I'm not sure where to start.  My mind is all over the place today, hard to get still, so this will be a hodge podge...

1.  As most of you know, God has been talking to me about faith v fear.  I'm following His lead on that and trying to step into the space He's creating.  I think it sounds more dramatic than it is in practice.  In practice, this is just another level of the onion being peeled back, of Him pointing something out that He's ready to tackle and me responding to Him.  In other words, I'm in a never-ending process; this is just part of it.  It doesn't feel painful or heart-wrenching.  It did a few weeks ago.  Now, it's...well...obedience.  An act of worship.  And, kind of fun.

2.  I'm obsessing over politics right now.  Today at the library I checked out: Fed Up! by Rick Perry; A. Lincoln by Robert C. White; America by Heart by Sarah Palin; and a documentary on the White House.  I tried to check out Obama's autobiography but it wasn't available.  Two weeks ago I checked out Palin's first book (her autobiography) and four historical documentaries on Washington, Adams, Lincoln, and Jefferson, after reading more in my own copy of John Adams by David McCullough.  (I know, I'm a nerd.) 

I do this every two years when it's time to ramp up for a presidential election, as my poor friends know.  I think we have a God-given grace in this country to participate in our own government.  I take it seriously, so I study, both historical and contemporary documents.  The information-gathering is the first stage for me.  I learn first, analyze second, and pray throughout.  And of course, I discuss along the way with anyone and everyone who is willing (and some who are not!).  Expect to hear more about this in the coming months!

3.  Other than that, things are pretty good.  We've seem to hit a rhythm around here.  I feel in balance when it comes to food and health, as if my body has recovered a bit and is able to function well now.  I've even been able to start exercising again, praise the Lord!!!! 

My kids and I have wonderful days together, full of pretend-play adventures, singing, and reading (in between errands, of course).  Yesterday my son dressed himself in a racecar driver's suit, swim goggles, a fireman's hat, and firemen boots.  He called this his astronaut's outfit, and he subsuqently took me and his sister to the moon (with packed suitcases and all), where we checked in at a hotel, rode the train, and ate in the 'eating car'.  It was a blast!

My husband and I have had truly awesome communication over the last few weeks, so, even when circumstances aren't great, we are because we're communicating well, praise God.  And, our Father is very alive to me right now, speaking clearly and consistently through the Word and His Holy Spirit.  I am grateful. 

Lest I paint too much of a Polyanna picture, I will tell you this: I'm ready for summer to be over and so are my kids.  Instead of dwelling on that, however, I'm trying to resist the temptation to complain and instead choose to enjoy the last, dwindling, dog days.  I'm sure when the busy-ness of fall resumes, I will be longing for them.

Linking up with the ladies at SDG today. 


  1. I loved reading this, Jenny! I'm with you on #1; I feel like your words describe me right now. How great that you and hubby are communicating. We've learned that that's key, especially when things aren't great. Hang on as we get through these dog days -- my newsletter theme this month was Outnumbered by my need to persevere! (I chuckled at the storey of your trip to the moon, too -- I miss those days!)

  2. I love this hodgepodge! Praising God for you. Oh, and I forgot to tell you this today -- the comment you left for me at SDG really, REALLY blessed my heart. Thank you.

  3. Good for you. Good for God.