Better Late than Never

I was berating myself for not writing since Tuesday, since Wednesday's post didn't really count. After all, my goal is to write five days a week, but I just decided that even though that would logically seem like Monday-Friday, it doesn't have to be. I love it when I can get off the hook so easily :)

Anyway, Wednesday was, as always a very busy day. Thursday was a glorious day off. I had a nap in the morning after the kids went to school, and had a lazy afternoon. Took a short walk to go rent a movie, ended up not having to do any school runs that day, and had a nice dinner with the family.

Fridays are now my whole day is the city. Troy picks up Nic at 1, so I don't have to come back home until 4 if I have to do school run, or 4:30 if I don't. I had a breakfast mentoring meeting with one of "my girls" and then Kelly, Amy and I had a service planning meeting.

Get this, next weekend we have our first "second monthly" service, and we aren't even going to be here :) All four of us (Troy, Kelly, Amy and I) are going to Geneva for a worship arts conference that CAI is having. I love that 1) our church is relaxed enough that the staff can run off and none of us are uptight and 2) that we have people who will step up to the plate to run things. It's awesome.

After our meeting, we wandered down to J & J's. Kelly and I plan on that being a regular part of our Fridays. I was a good girl and did not buy a single book, not even any from the 2 euro bargain shelf. Wow, that took restraint, although being fairly tight on money was a good motivator :)

I'm really looking forward to Geneva. It will be a great team building time for us, plus it will be a nice little break for Troy & I, plus we will get to see all sorts of people we love dearly. Being with fellow CAI missionaries encourages me like almost nothing else. And then we'll get to see more of them in Lisbon next month. These are huge blessings from God that do me so much good.

So there you go people. I must away.


It's Late and I'm Tired

Just got in from home group. It's been a busy day since lunch time. Took Amy and Kelly to IKEA where I pushed around very heavy boxes of furniture. Then came home for an hour, made dinner for community group, took the train, had a great group, came home. I'm beat.



The Message

I have said it before, but I really enjoy The Message "version" of the Bible. I've been using it for my devotions, and it speaks to me in such a fresh way. Here as some words from my reading this morning. I hope it speaks to you too.

Matthew 5

"You're blessed when you're at the end of your rope. With less of you there is more of God and his rule.

You're blessed when you feel you've lost what is most dear to you. Only then can you be embraced by the One most dear to you.

You're blessed when you're content with just who you are--no more, no less. That's the moment you find yourselves proud owners of everything that can't be bought.

You're blessed when you've worked up a good appetite for God. He's food and drink in the best meal you'll ever eat.

You're blessed when you care. At the moment of being 'care-full,' you find yourselves cared for.

You're blessed when you get your inside world--your mind and heart--put right. Then you can see God in the outside world.

You're blessed when you can show people how to cooperate instead of compete or fight. That's when you discover who you really are, and your place in God's family.

You're blessed when your commitment to God provokes persecution. The persecution drives you even deeper into God's kingdom.

Not only that--count yourselves blessed every time people put you down or throw you out or speak lies about you to discredit me. What it means is that the truth is too close for comfort and they are uncomfortable. You can be glad when that happens--give a cheer, even!--for though they don't like it,
I do! And all heaven applauds. And know that you are in good company. My prophets and witnesses have always gotten into this kind of trouble."


Happy Monday

I don't really have anything important to say today. I'm about to get off the computer but thought I would check in with everyone. It was a very productive day. Survived the earlier start; actually was on my way into the city on the 9:06 train. Spent the morning in the city, then back home to pick up Nic. This afternoon I got some more admin type stuff done, then stopped at the grocery store just before doing the afternoon school run.

Troy is in the city, I've had my sushi, the kids are in bed. Now it's time for a little me time! Adios.


Back to the "grind"

Well, school starts tomorrow. I have to say I'm ready for the kids to be back in school (they are excited too, so I'm not being too mean!) However, I'm not so thrilled about having to get up and get them out the door! Oh well, can't have one without the other.

Today was "get everything back in order" day at our house. We got TONS done. In a strange kind of way, it was a good "Sabbath" because it felt really healthy to put things "right." The Christmas decorations finally got taken down and put away, the living room is all sparkly clean, the kids had haircuts and baths, school coats are all clean, homework is done, backpack and snack packed. We puttered at a leisurely pace, so it didn't feel like work. It was a worshipful kind of day.

It feels good to be starting the week in good shape, with things fairly orderly (still a lot of house left to clean.) I'm sure I won't be so thrilled about it when the alarm goes off in the morning, but oh well!