Today, I had two posts that I read that reasonated with me so much. It's funny how things sometimes come to you just as you need them - I could have read either of these posts on a different day and skimmed them with no real connection. I just thought I'd share.
After my rant about church yesterday, I should say that Dh and I have landed in a church that we love. We feel a strong sense of belonging and as the church is in our local community, we have church connections in daily life, something that we haven't really had before. It's lovely! We are really enjoying it and also, we are finding that the interpretation of what it is to be a Christian is fairly close to our own - Evangelical but also loving, with a definite challenge to go into the world to be Christ's hands and feet. I am sure there are people whose views are not ours but it's been unexpectedly wonderful for us. Today was a church day and I was happy to read Sarah Bessey's post this morning, basically explaining why she loves her church. It made me eager to go to church and to look at our worship and the community through new eyes.
I spent a good portion of today out in the garden, trying to get stuff done with my kidlets. Needless to say, it slowed me down. A LOT. Pk was constantly saying, "Isn't it great that we are helping you? I need ________ to be just like you mom!" while with LB, I was just struggling to keep from getting hit in the head with the shovel (yesterday, he clocked me upside the head with one while trying to "help" - nothing like feeling as if you need to comfort a child who is afraid he has accidently just killed his mother when you are afraid that if you remove your hand from your skull, a chunk might just fall out). I am a very random gardener - I have no idea what I am doing and at different times, I go in different directions and create all kinds of chaos. Today, it was trying to clean up some beds in the "dog" area of the garden (think bomb testing range) and to plant a few veggies to get that bed going. I waffled between gratitude for the presence of my children and then wanting them to be anywhere but in my way! Then, I read this post this evening and realized how awesomely lucky I am to have to two kids in the way. Please pray for Michaela as she learns to live without her precious daughter, Florence.