Woman In Progress

My mom had lots of magnets on the fridge. As a kid, my favorite was "Be Patient - God's not finished with me yet." As trite as that is, it's also so very true. I'm a woman in progress, caught somewhere between the feminists and the frilly feminine homemakers like June Cleaver, trying to find my way.

Monday, May 29, 2006

Can we have a pool, dad?

There was an episode of The Simpsons several years ago in which Lisa and Bart asked their father that very question. Incessantly. From morning til night. My husband and I occasionally will turn to one another and ask it, especially when our children are being persistent about some other thing which we've denied.

Persistence. It's one of the great qualities of children that we adults find so annoying. It's one that, when we think of wonderful childlike faith, we dismiss. Yet I believe that persistence is one of the things Jesus wants us to be. How else are we to finish the race we're running?

Of course, I don't think He just wants us to be persistent in following but also in questioning. More on that in the next entry.

Thursday, May 18, 2006

With a childlike faith

Mark 10:13-16
Then they brought little children to Him, that He might touch them; but the disciples rebuked those who brought them. But when Jesus saw it, He was greatly displeased and said to them, "Let the little children come to Me, and do not forbid them; for of such is the kingdom of God. Assuredly, I say to you, whoever does not receive the kingdom of God as a little child will by no means enter it." And He took them up in His arms, laid His hands on them, and blessed them.

Last week I had the privilege of observing my children in their most natural state. With none of their peers around them, with no electronic (TV, radio, etc) influence and with no commercial enterprises vying for their attention, my children were able to simply be themselves. I realized that our conceptions of what "childlike faith" are may be wrong. I wonder if the qualities Jesus most loves about children are the ones we most often find annoying!

So this week we'll talk about childlike qualities:

Inexhaustible Interest

and maybe some others.

Monday, May 15, 2006

a little slice of heaven

We just returned from Edisto Island which is, hands down, my favorite vacation spot. There are no hotels on Edisto, no retail chains unless you count the Piggly Wiggly grocery and the gas station which has a Subway/TCBY. There's very little to do that costs money. The serpentarium, a few local restaurants, two book stores and about five or so gift shops dot the island, and none of them are on or facing the beach. Cellphones don't work well there.

We were blessed enough to stay in the campground at Edisto Beach State Park with my parents. Our campsite sat right next to the salt marsh, which holds a beauty all its own. Just across the street from us (and past a row of campsites) were the sand dunes and then the beach. Interestingly, the beach had just regone a massive restoration project that finished while we were there. This picture to the right is of the state park before. Now it's at least twice as wide!

Anyway, I did a lot of observing my children's joy and will post my thoughts when I get them together.

Saturday, April 29, 2006

the church emergent

So my sis and bro-in-law over at Pura Vida have been referring to the emerging/emergent church for some time, but I've been hesitant to even find out about that because I hate church trends and fads. Oftentimes they lead to more fleecing of the flock in the forms of new books, music or even clothing. So imagine my surprise when I finally read this Wikipedia entry about the emerging church, realizing that I do agree with a good bit of what's said.


I think this movement has already been doomed by its labeling. Why do we people insist on labeling things? The second we label it, we attempt to shape it and put it into the same box we were trying to escape! The problem is that everyone wants to belong. Everyone wants to find like-minded people and the best method is to label what, exactly, it is that their minds are on.

Another blogger, Tall Skinny Kiwi had some interesting thoughts on the subject recently. I'd like to hear yours as well.

Wednesday, April 26, 2006

Disappointments and new beginnings

Sadly, none of us got a part in Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. Oh well. Thankfully, neither the girls nor I really give a rat's tail about it. We just thought it was fun to audition.

It's looking like I might have an opportunity to serve women in the area. Now that I've resigned from helping in other ministries, I'm anxious to see what God has in store! Can't wait to see what life brings now.

Sunday, April 23, 2006

Violet, you're turning...

After children's ministry on Wednesday night, I came home and broke out the purple hair dye. Though I was sad to see that the color didn't turn out as "easter egg purple" like I thought, I love my dark purple hair. And though the color is marked permanent, it's already beginning to wash out. My husband is already pestering me to get more but we want to find a better brand.

Having purple hair has been loads of fun. For one thing, people now know when I'm kidding. That's actually most of the time but my dry sense of humor just doesn't come through with mousy brown hair. Another good point is that plum-colored hair is a conversation starter. Moms I've seen for months or years have suddenly begun speaking to me. I think we just needed a little nudge - something to talk about besides our children. Complete strangers will compliment me on it and thus begin an exchange.

In other news, the three girls and I auditioned for the local production of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. They hope to become Oompa Loompas because they're too shy to be Violet or Veruca. I'm hoping to get the part of Mrs. Gloop. We'll see what happens.

Thursday, April 20, 2006

Berean or Critic?

Surprisingly to some folks in SC, Berea isn't just a city in the Upstate. It was a city Paul visited on one of his journeys. Acts 17:11 says, "Now the Bereans were of more noble character than the Thessalonians, for they received the message with great eagerness and examined the Scriptures every day to see if what Paul said was true."

So where's the line between a critic and a good Berean?

Something to ponder.