Paris in Love

Our apartment has been overrun with contents from our storage. We're working on shelving. Since signing another year at 6511, we're feeling optimistic about making the space 'ours'. Today however, Tripp and I are both feeling down as we maneuver between piles of stuff and laundry. Oh, so much laundry. We made the mistake of tackling laundry this same weekend as organizing storage. 

All this to say, I've started an audio book to redeem cleaning. I love, love a memoir. Or really, I love, love a memoir about a woman and her life that is both lighthearted and rich. Two of my absolute favorites are written by Jeanette Walls, Glass Castle and Half Broke Horses

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I'm thinking about writing a memoir of some sort. Maybe even one that I write my whole life. If I had something like that from my great aunt or grandmother, I think I'd treasure it. 

The audio memoir I'm 'reading' is called Paris in Love. When I listen while cooking I feel like I'm in my Parisian kitchen. 

Many Hats

This morning, David is not feeling well and sleeping through church, so I'm going to take the time to wrap up Give Them Grace. Made my bed to fight the temptation to cozy up and sleep in it. I would recommend this book to any parent who wants to reorient their parenting strategy to include more grace and forgiveness.

Though feeling sick since about Tuesday, David has worn many hats around the house. I think it's his playfulness that keeps me thinking, 'I don't need to take you to the doctor, do I?'. Poor kid definitely needs to see a doctor asap tomorrow. The pics are a little blurry due to iphone + wiggly child.

Reflection on 1 Kings

Beloved King David's death gives birth to Solomon's reign at the beginning of 1 Kings. King Solomon's wisdom and wealth is unmatched through biblical history. The Temple he built, in my mind, rivals the fragrance and glory of a cedar and pine sparkling mansion. Before reading 1 Kings, I related the look of the Lord's temple to Roman ruins I saw on a trip to Italy - not so. Following a prayer of dedication for the Temple, the Lord speaks to Solomon in what is known as one of the key verses in 1 Kings:

"As for you, if you walk before me in integrity of heart and uprightness, as David your father did, and do all I command and observe my decrees and laws, I will establish your royal throne over Israel forever, as I promised David your father when I said, 'You shall never fail to have a man on the throne of Israel' "

(1 King 9:4,5)

David was not perfect, but the Bible notes his integrity of heart and uprightness. He did not serve other Gods... unfortunately all the other kings to follow couldn't help themselves. Among Solomon's plentiful supply of resources were a plethora of wives. 1 Kings 11:3 says he had 700 wives of royal birth and three hundred concubines, and his wives lead him astray. v.4 Says his wives turned his heart after other gods, and his heart was not fully devoted to the Lord his God, as the heart of David his father had been.

From here, the book of 1st Kings falls head first into a tug of war between idolatry and repentance. There were schemes to kill prophets and the building of golden calf shrines. Yet, there were glimpses of succeeding kings who wept and tore their clothes in regret before the word of the Lord. God had made clear that Israel's security and unity rested in their relationship with Him. Still, the Kings of Israel and Judah fall to idolatry and self sufficiency and STILL you'll see in the book of 1st Kings, God persistently forgives.

I reflect on 1 Kings with great gratitude for God's mercy through history and in my life now. I can see myself in those wild and wicked kings. Idols galore. Yet, before Jesus's died on the cross to provide payment for our sins to be forgiven, God still forgave. For some reason I thought he was more wrathful and angry then. Nope, same forgiving God. However, I'm glad that in 2013 I don't have to give sacrifice at Solomon's glorious Temple.  Jesus' blood is the final sacrifice and belief in Him is sufficient for all forgiveness.

One final thought–God was continuously speaking to each King about what he wanted to do with their life. He clearly spoke to each King and in that way it's easy to believe that He was in charge. And why is God in charge? To be bossy? No way. I'd like to end my reflection with Acts 17:26-28

"From one man he made every nation of men, that they should inhabit the whole earth; and he determined the times set for them and the exact places where they should live. God did this so that  men would seek him and perhaps reach out for him and find him, though he is not far from each one of us. For in him we live and move and have our being."

Who do you think you are?

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As life events in our family, and others, are unpredictable and unexplainable I feel God teaching me a humbling lesson on who I am. Could it be that God is actually in control of all the events in my life? Even the difficult ones? I see it was that way for Jesus, so why do I think I should be spared hard times?

I love the humbling passages in Job 38-41. When I first started reading it I thought, 'Wow, Job was such a good guy, and God let him have it!' Then after I re-read multiple times 38:v1-3, I thought, 'What did Job say to set God off like this?!' And then I saw it... Job 27, 28, 29, 30, and 30 contain Job's defense. Later, young Elihu says in Job 32:2 that 'He (Elihu) burned with anger at Job because he justified himself rather than God.' The following chapters in Job are Elihu and God's response to his defense.

This gives me chills...

Who do I think I am? How am I defending myself to God?

 I am thankful that God is merciful to hear me and hold me through all trying times. He never leaves nor forsakes. Even when I make my defense that I deserve something. His plans are higher (read Job 38-14) and more perfect that I can see.

Who am I? I am my God's and He is mine (Song of Solomon 2:16). I can trust Him in the good times and in the bad, trusting that He is in control of the storms and the celebrations.

A shout out to whisperer

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I would just like to take a moment to thank Tracy Hogg, author of Baby Whisperer Solves All Your Problems, for her assistance in making my first few weeks at work somewhat worry-free.

Months ago, my friend Katheryn suggested I pick up this book and consider a 'routine'. Best advice of my life. I love this book. I'd hug Tracy Hogg if I met her.

David's routine is predictable and includes a good amount of napping. Even when the unpredictable happens, I'm not stressed, I just adjust. At work, I look at the clock and can tell you where David might be in his routine. I'm comforted to know that even though I'm absent, my care is still providing for him.

Here's David's day. Yes, I designed this for my friend who's watching him. 

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