W elcome one and all,
Every day I get to see this bridge from work.
The view never gets old.
Fall is coming shortly, and I can’t wait for it to be here in full, as Arkansas comes alive with color and beauty in Autumn.
This past week was busy. I am finally getting settled into a routine here and loving the chance to catch up with family and friends in the area. However this week marks two months since I have seen my other half, so I am beginning to miss him a lot more.
Us military spouses have a different threshold for when the “missing” really sets in, as we get used to functioning with the distance. At the same time, I know that I am greatly loved as my husband not only actively supported me in moving home early for this internship knowing the separation that would entail, but he also is preparing to do the moving process (Permanent Change of Station or PCS in military terms) all by himself.
This move has entailed so much change, I don’t quite know what to do with it all. Each week has been a new step in finding a routine and embracing all that comes with it.
It’s definitely not always been easy.
But throughout the week, it never fails that I find other voices like these encouraging me along the way.
I hope you find someone here today whose voice speaks to you and touches your life like they have mine.
From a Blog:
In Job, when God begins to respond out of the whirlwind, God shatters human explanations with stunning poetry. We are invited to meet God in a storm, a whirlwind beyond our control. We pray, not to explain, but to discover. We pray to find out how small we really are, to consider where we are in light of the vastness of the seas and the stars. We pray to bravely let all the overwhelming grief and emotion wash over us like waves threatening to pin us down, and we pray from that rock bottom. ~ Cindy Brandt
This post really challenged me this week. I have been struggling to understand and view prayer differently. This author made me realize how often my understanding of prayer so far is view God and prayer as an instantaneous form of crisis counseling. Something to quickly fix the emotions I feel and want to run from. Something to make the bad in life go away. But what do we do and how do we pray when the bad doesn’t go away? What do we do when the chaos doesn’t resolve itself? When the questions don’t have answers? When those we love and trust to be models of faith, or even God, seem to fail us? Is prayer still possible? Maybe instead of a prayer to get us out or get us through, we can instead learn how to pray to discover as Cindy shares. To discover rest in the midst of life that doesn’t stop. To discover beauty even amidst our suffering and pain. To discover strength and passion, even when diligently pursuing the mundane and ordinary aspects of daily life. Maybe instead of a recitation or a distress call, we will try to have a conversation.
Quietness is not laziness. Quietness is hard, but always worth the effort.
Don’t ever get so busy chasing the wrong things that you miss enjoying the right things. ~ Joshua Becker
I really appreciate Joshua Becker’s site. He is always challenging me to stop, to ponder, to rest, and to listen. This is something that does not come easy to me, but is a trait I want to learn to develop more.
The Christofferson family waited two years to meet Bo and make him a part of their family. …Bo had waited six years. Six years of waiting to belong. Six years of waiting for parent’s who would love him unconditionally. Just as he is. ~ Renee Booe
I am so excited to be able to share this post with you all this week. Townhall’s are for sharing space and honoring the voices and stories of others around us. Well this link and site belong to a dear friend of mine, whose life and work exemplify love, faith, art, and true beauty in all that she does. She has recently begun a new project to take her talents as a photographer and begin to use them to tangibly touch other people’s lives and share their stories. Given how much sharing stories is essential to my inspiration and dream for this site, I could not help but want to join in spreading the word about Renee’s beautiful mission. Please check out her first project, where she recently traveled to China to photograph a family’s adoption day, where they got to meet their son for the first time.
I think Jesus walks in these open spaces. Not within our certainty, but within our questions. Within the dialogue and connectedness that brings us together. When we close ourselves off to others, might we be closing ourselves off to God too? – Matthias Roberts
Matthias’ words happened to pin point something I have been pondering myself this week. Growing up I learned for a long time to surround myself only with people who were similar in every sense of the word, whether in belief, lifestyle, or faith. Now that I have begun my own journey as an adult in discovering and embracing a wide diversity of friendships and people into my life — uncomfortable situations and questions often arise for how I learn to handle difference. How do I open my life to people who think and experience life differently? How do I embrace not just the people who I feel feed my soul or make me feel comfortable today, but also people I don’t agree with or view things very differently from (whether from my past or now)?
From a Friend:
I am from Britain and think it is right that as a woman I am paid the same as my male counterparts. I think it is right that I should be able to make decisions about my own body. I think it is right that women be involved on my behalf in the policies and decision-making of my country. I think it is right that socially I am afforded the same respect as men. But sadly I can say that there is no one country in the world where all women can expect to receive these rights. ~ Emma Watson
A sweet friend of mine knowing how much I love studying Feminism these days, sent this video to me the other night asking if I had seen it yet. For a girl, many of us are more used to seeing with a wand in her hand, Emma Watson manages to capture her audience at the UN General Assembly with truth and charm. Her speech ends with the audience giving her a roaring, standing ovation. It is well worth listening too.
From My Nightstand:
This is the random assortment of books currently on my nightstand. I never seem to be able to read just one book at a time, thanks to a life long addiction to books.
One thing that has never been a hard choice for me is serving our country. It has been the greatest honor of my life. ~ Hillary Clinton
The first I grabbed in the airport on the three-week crazy trip across the United States to Arkansas. Hilary Clinton’s earlier book Living History is one of my favorites, so I was excited to get her most recent.
So this book is about finding some space to be honest with ourselves about the Bible and trusting God in the process. ~ Peter Enns
The second is a book I had been waiting on to release, and so when I heard it had I called the local barnes and nobles to see if they had it and then drove at nine o-clock at night just to get it. This book lover is loving having a book store within driving distance versus having to wait a week for one to come via mail or being forced to by the electronic version. So far the book is proving to be as good as it was recommended, so that is encouraging.
The Quarter was a magical place. Street musicians produced energetic melodies from guitars, accordions, and homemade percussions. Clowns and robotic mimes performed on every corner. Newly washed streets smelled faintly of garbage, but overriding that came the odor of beignets and coffee from Cafe Du Monde. ~ Judith Richards
Last but not least, Thelonious Rising is the new fiction book I am reading about New Orleans and the event of Hurricane Katrina. I just started it and so far its really good.
So what about you? Any thoughts or links you would like to share? What have you been writing on your blog this past week?
Share in the comments below.
Until next week,