2006-09-22

A little braggin'

I just have to brag for a minute about one of "our" girls. The first time I met Victoria, she was standing in the doorway of our service sniveling like a baby. This is a girl who does not normally cry...but that is another story.

Last year, Victoria and a friend starting buying supplies with their own money to make sandwiches to give to homeless people in Madrid. This was going on for quite awhile before anyone knew about it. We all thought it was way cool.

Now, it's becoming a regular part of our church. Victoria has a regular route that she takes on a Friday afternoon, right now with Kelly. We're hoping that we can get a lot more people involved. Since I'm committed to being at home when the kids get home from school, I can't go out with them, but today I helped the girls do the shopping and then we made the sandwiches. Each person gets a tuna, tomato and cheese sandwich, a piece of fruit and a little cake thingy.

I tease Victoria a lot, but I just wanted to say that I'm dang proud of her!

2006-09-20

Convicted

For the past few months, I have begun to feel the nudging of the Holy Spirit about "gossip". Not just the talking-about-other people kind, but the kind that you find in the Entertainment section of MSN, or People magazine, or whatever. It was easy to tell myself that reading that stuff was just part of being "aware" of the world I live in. But it's appalling how easy it is to waste time reading about things that have no impact on me...nor should they.

Yesterday in staff meeting, Amy and Kelly were "de-briefing" us about staff conference, sharing things they learned. One of the points that one of the speakers made is that while society can be condemning of pornography, they are much more accepting of "gossip" which can be as damaging to women as porn is to men.

That was the clincher for me. I am making a conscious decision to stay away both from gossip and "social porn". The Bible is clear that we are to fill our minds with the good stuff.
Philippians 4:9 (from, surprise, surprise, The Message)

Summing it all up, friends, I'd say you'll do best by filling your minds and meditating on things true, noble, reputable, authentic, compelling, gracious-the best, not the worst; the beautiful, not the ugly; things to praise, not things to curse.

So I changed my home page from msn.com to cnn.com, where I see what is going on in the world, but am not tempted to scroll down and click on entertainment. When I took Meg to the dentist last night, I ignored the "Prensa Rosa" magazines (Spanish equivalent of People type magazines) even though I have looked at them before to clue me in to Spanish culture.

Anyway, it feels good.

Since coming home, I have been using the Celtic Daily Prayer book again and I am enjoying it so much. It has been great.