I have a Very Important Question at the end… so read the whole thing. Or skip down to the question. I don’t care.
This morning started TOO EARLY. I had a counseling appointment at 9; we ran over, and I was super late to church. A half dozen ladies went to church this morning to organize donations for homeless people in Atlanta. I spent a while sorting socks, a while playing with one of my very favorite three-year-olds in the hallway, and then we had lunch and I headed home. I was wiped out when I got home; my legs were so exhausted and tingly. I organized some Christmas gifts, speculated with some friends about who’s dating who, and did my devotional which I didn’t have time for this morning. Then I had to force myself to wake up so I could take my mom to pick up her van from the shop. Sophie came with us. (Also, an update on the circus dog saga: I have now taught her to jump up on the stool with all four legs. Is she brilliant or what?) Once home, I ate, organized some book orders, wrote a blog post I had to complete as part of the application process for a big writing job, and tried not to fall asleep. (Research for the blog post involved this kind of stuff…)
We had rehearsal at church tonight for our musical on Sunday. On the way, Joshua and I sang Broadway tunes and songs from our musical with made-up lyrics about the nail polish I wanted to buy. At church, we joked around with friends for a while (do you need some ice for that burn —-> do you need some ketchup for that fry). It was a fairly productive rehearsal; everyone sounds okay, but this thing is Sunday. (Thomas: *forgets a line and causes an awkward silence* Mr. Daren: “Pregnant pause.” Mr. George: “Oh, the pause has delivered.”)
Today wasn’t a great day. Driving home things came to a head in my mind. I never listen to the radio, but I felt a sudden strong prompting to turn it to 105.1. Drops in the Ocean was playing first, and I felt grace being spoken through every line. I had to later look up the next song that came on: Miracle, by Unspoken.
Just beyond the veil of your vision
Your mountains are moving, moving on
Remember the works His hand has done
Where you once were and how far you’ve come, oh
And then the final song before we got home–Comeback by Danny Gokey. “From the ashes you will take your place.” I don’t care for most Christian contemporary music, but these songs were handpicked for me tonight. This morning my counselor said, “I think you’re doing great.” And I agreed. But for some reason Wednesdays are just always bad days? Somehow they always end up being the busiest day of my week, and I’m exhausted and stressed.
The other day, Julia (from The Barefoot Gal) and I had a really great conversation about swearing, and particularly Christians swearing. Today she published a blog post with her thoughts. Go read it!
Oh oh and I have a question for you wise people! One of the verses I’ve memorized lately is 2 Timothy 2:22-23:
“Flee the evil desires of youth and pursue righteousness, faith, love and peace, along with those who call on the Lord out of a pure heart. Don’t have anything to do with foolish and stupid arguments, because you know they produce quarrels.”
Every time I read that verse, I think of a certain person in my life. And then yesterday, I read a blog post that said this: “It is okay to take people out of your life if they aren’t leading you closer to God and leading you to live a more joyful life.” I agree with that and I have felt for a while that I need that. However, this certain person that 2 Timothy 2:22-23 makes me think of (and it doesn’t make me think of them in a good way)–I can’t cut them completely out of my life. This is because of circumstances, but also just because–I mean, I still need to be a witness to this person, right? SO, my question: how can I be around this person and show them Jesus, yet not get dragged down into the drama this person causes? I’ve been thinking about this for a week or two and would love any thoughts. Okay. Goodnight!
Here’s what I did last year on December 13th. What did you do today? PS WordPress is being dumb and the formatting of this post is all messed up and I’m sorry it’s bothering me too