Monday, July 11, 2005

Random goings on

Today I am cleaning my house. I started on Saturday. It is therapeutic to clean out closets, scrub toilets, paint a bathroom desperately in need. I don't know if we will get to the painting today though. It's ready to be painted. Our life gets so full at times it is hard to slow down and enjoy being home. We have gone in and out of being very busy and having house guests. It's nice to be home, have no one here and get some much needed cleaning and purging done.

At four o'clock today I am going to watch my 25 year old daughter sky dive. It is her friend's birthday party, a group of friends jumping out of a plane. Nicole called me a few weeks ago to tell me she would be jumping and wanted to know if I would make sure to be praying. I am going to watch and pray...she is very adventuresome, I would like to think she gets that from me but somehow she comes by it quite naturally, I cannot imagine jumping out of a plane, it sounds exhilarating, but I don't think I could bring myself to actually do it.

Last week I joined a group of women from VCC in an eight week group called Simple Spirituality. You can go to off-the-map.org and check it out. It's formed around 7 practices, this last week our practice was God is good, I will practice trusting Him with my life...

Each week we come back to report how that practice influenced us, what we noticed about God, ourselves, etc...I was happy when a couple of women initiated facilitating this group. I was a part of a SS group a couple of years ago. The group helps me to slow down, notice God in the everyday, notice my response to God and to others...

One thing I have discovered about me is that I need places, spaces, to center my life. To slow down and practice incorporating my beliefs into my real life, SS helps me do that in community with others trying to do the same...I can let myself get so busy, do so many things, that I will forget to slow down and notice the Kingdom around me, I know I am in this process of learning to live my life oriented toward God and His kingdom for the long haul so this is a way for me to pace myself, to center and remember what this is all for...

I told you this would be a random post...

Rich and I and Alex are going on vacation next week, another way to center, we are going to my sister's house on Orcas Island. I haven't been to her house yet, they bought it last summer. I hear it is very fun, there will be lots of hiking, sailing, crabbing, good food and the like. Some of our friends are coming up while we are there so I am looking forward to the time away...

Got to get back to cleaning...

2 comments:

Jen said...

Wow, I don't think I'm brave enough to skydive either. How did it go??

Have fun on vacation...

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