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Taking More In.

It’s been seven days since I put down social networking.  It was an awkward first two days.  You know, I wasn’t shaking or anything.  I jest.   I do.  No, really.  One of my colleagues asked me yesterday morning what I hoped God was going to work in me through this.  I didn’t really have a definitive answer of what I hoped He would do.  I told her I felt that by giving it up, I would inevitably be replacing it with other things.  Things that would invoke me to be more personal with my children.  With my husband.  With my friends.  And, I am doing just that.

Through becoming more aware of the people in my life, I find myself becoming more aware of God.   After all, doesn’t God live in each one of us?  So, by being totally present with people, we become more present with Him.  It’s really a pretty awesome phenomenon, I tell ya.

A couple of nights ago, Anna climbed into bed with me with her book, The Lorax.  She wanted to read it aloud to me.  She would pause throughout the book, and we would talk about it.  If you’re unfamiliar with The Lorax, it’s a wonderful story to encourage readers to take care of the earth.  I listened as Anna talked about her desire to be nicer to the planet.  Through conversation with my seven year old, I began to see God in His creation.  Again.  I acknowledged His handiwork in shaping every part of it.  It made me want to be a better steward with this undeniably amazing planet.  So simple.

I’m loving the simple.  Breathing in the simple.  It’s wonderful.  It’s life-giving.

Here are a few of my favorite things I’m taking in:

I’m pretty sure that this is the “full” John was writing about.

I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.  John 10:10

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What’s On Your Nightstand?

I had intended on writing this post last night, but I sat up and listened to some insightful, and sometimes funny, exchanges between my dad and his pastor friend of more than thirty years, Ron Gray.  And, then a little prego sickness postponed my morning writing.  Thankyousokindly, Caffeine-Free Coke.   I could not survive without your faithfulness.   

I usually read at night before I close my eyes.  Obviously, before I close my eyes.  I have a few books awaiting my attention.  Bill Hybel’s Axiom is one of them.  But, I’m most excited about today’s delivery of The Practice of the Presence of God by Brother Lawrence.  Yes, Brother Lawrence.  It was originally published in 1982, so if you’ve been in the Church for a while, you’ve probably heard of it or even read it yourself. 

I enjoy books on leadership and the occasional novel.  However, right now, I feel compelled to read material that simply draws me closer to my Creator. 

What are you reading right now?
What is a book you’ve recently read that you highly recommend, fiction or non?

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Do you read chapter books?


I love reading to my kids.  And, they love me reading to them.  Partly because they love to hear a good story, and partly because it prolongs that kiss goodnight followed by their bedroom door closing gently.  I’ve read everything from “Goodnight Moon” to them when they were infants, to every single Mercer Mayer book as toddlers.  We’ve taken a pig to school and a mouse to the movies.  Eric Carle made us appreciate the butterfly’s metamorphosis.  David McPhail has charmed us with favorites like “Mole Music.” 

“The Kissing Hand” saw my first-born off to his first day of Kindergarten.  And, “The Giving Tree” still makes my eyes water.

We’ve progressed from me reading Dr. Seuss to John Henry reading Dr. Seuss.  The book fair loves us.  And, my Barnes and Noble member’s card has more than paid for itself. 

When John Henry saw me reading my own book the other day, he queried, “Does your book have chapters?”

“Yes,” I told him.

“Wow!  I want some chapter books!”  He decided.

He didn’t have to ask for “chapter books” twice.  So, off we went in search of new books.  With chapters.  And, I decided to begin reading chapter books to them at night.  John Henry picked out his own to read himself.  I chose the classic, “Charlotte’s Web” to read to both of them.  Each night I read one chapter – sometimes two – to them.  The anticipation that builds from night to night on what Wilbur is going to get into or what that wise, old spider is going teach is just plain fun.  And, great bonding time.

We’ve planned a “Charlotte’s Web” party once we finish the book which includes the movie and popcorn.  No party is complete without Junior Mint and Sour Patch Kids.  Of course, you already knew that.  Then, we’ll be onto our next chapter book.  And, our next book party.

What are some of your favorite books you read to your kids?

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We interrupt this program…


So, I had a bad day.  Friday.  And, to top it all off, some mean old man yelled calling me a stupid a** b**ch.  Yes.He.Did.  From his big honkin’ truck next to me.  ‘Cause I wasn’t driving fast enough for him.  I drive plenty fast, and I have a ticket from last Monday to prove it thankyouverymuch.

My girlfriend, Bonnie, knows how to make a girl feel better. 

“You are a SMART a** b**ch,” she reminded me. 

She made me laugh.  I needed that J

I sulked on Friday.  But, I assure you, I didn’t stay there.

On Saturday, I decided to indulge into some much needed me time.  My sitter arrived, and I headed for Barnes and Noble then Panera to read.

‘Lo and behold, if God didn’t try to make MY time HIS time.  The nerve.  He started asking me questions like, “Do you want to know MY plans for you?”  “Do you trust ME?”  “Have you stopped to think that I may want you to do something for ME?”  “Are you seeking ME first?”  “I thought one of your New Year’s resolutions was to surrender ALL of YOU to ME.”

Um, can’t we discuss these things at a later time?  I have an appointment with a latte and Edward Cullen.  Oh, and smooth one throwing in one my resolutions. 

For real.

But, He wouldn’t let up.  He was relentless.

And, He reminded me how relentless He is about loving me. 

I can remember when I was worried about John Henry, and my mom told me, “Don’t you know that Jesus loves John Henry even more than you do?”

It’s hard to think about that kind of love as it relates to our own selves.

All of this being said – mostly by Him – I’ve decided to seek Him first.  He will give me EVERYTHING I NEED from day to day if I make His Kingdom my primary concern.

If and when I fail to do so, I’m sure He’ll catch up with me over a latte.  He’s good like that.

Seek the Kingdom of God above all else, and live righteously, and he will give you everything you need.  Matthew 6:33

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