You may be wondering, like I am, if I plan to post anything substantive anytime soon. Even as I type, I feel quite certain we will be left to our wonder…
Thanks for the birthday wishes for my guys. I think they had a good birthday amidst the usual school / work / ball game / real life stuff!
Some of you commented on my new look. I wanted something simple. Maybe it’s simple to the point of stark, but I like it. I am actually quite proud of myself, as I googled “free blogger templates” and uploaded the template of my choice–all by myself. (and no, I won’t tell you how long it took me!)
I am reading Practical Theology for Women and enjoying it. Wendy Alsup has written a book for women encapsulating the truths I have attempted to teach women myself. It is theology, the study of God, and it is practical, that study making a difference in my real life. Though I haven’t quite finished, I happily recommend it. Thanks to my blog friend and fellow bibliophile Carrie for sending me her copy!
Speaking of Carrie and reading, she has committed to reading Wives and Daughters this month. I want to read more classic literature, so I said I would join her. Well, in a recent shopping trip to the big city I picked up a copy (our library didn’t have one)–and it is nearly 700 pages long! This may have to be my single entry in Katrina’s Fall Reading Challenge!
Speaking of shopping and the big city, I had a little birthday money burning a hole in my pocket, so off I went, excited by the prospect of both shopping and the big city. What I discovered was this: I hate shopping and I came home miserable. Nothing like walking through the mall to make me feel frumpy and completely un-fashionable (not to mention cheap)! I did get some books and a new pair of jeans, so all was not lost. I mean really, what’s more essential (other than Jesus and His Word) than a good pair of jeans and a really good book (even at 700 pages)?
Speaking of essentials, I am also reading Contentment, an “On the Go” devotional by Lydia Brownback. Perhaps like you, I often think of contentment in terms of material things and making do with what I have. This devotional has challenged me to contentment in terms of my circumstances, to trust and wait on the Lord in those stages of my life where I am not where I thought I would be, or should be. Convicting stuff. Consider this:
God is the one who brought us where we are today. And the God who led us here is good, kind, and, let’s not forget, purposeful. Everything he does in our lives, everywhere he leads us, is designed to fulfill his primary intention for us, which is to know him better. Contentment does not lie around the corner. It is not waiting for us on the other side of today’s difficulty, nor is it lost with yesterday. Contentment is where God is, and God is with us today.
And my devotional reading for this morning contained the following Scriptures:
O God, You are my God; early will I seek You; my soul thirsts for You…Whoever drinks of the water that I shall give him will never thirst. (Ps. 63:1; John 4:14)
Yes and amen.
A not quite substantive post, just as I supposed. Perhaps next week will bring both blog worthy thoughts and the words to express them. Until then, I will be living my real life, both the substantive and the not quite, pursuing the satisfaction only Jesus brings…