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In Uncategorized on October 31, 2011 at 10:10 am

This morning I find myself on a coffee shop crawl (the much more Christian version of a bar crawl…or is it?…Anyways). I started my morning at Lamplighter for a breakfast sandwich of egg, tomato, avocado, havarti, and soy chorizo (yum); and then continued on to Crossroads because that is the only place to drink chai lattes in the Fan in my opinion. It has been a morning to date myself, relax, reflect, make time to communicate through email to people who matter to me and are far away, and to take a deep breath where I remind myself that God will help me survive this season of life.

Yesterday our missionary from Peru spoke at church as part of our missions focus this month. He shared about the earthquakes in Peru over the past year; the physical, emotional, and spiritual ones. Yes, the country got rocked literally with a 8.0 magnitude earthquake, but beyond that  he explained that he has been seeing his ministry team rocked emotionally and spiritually. None of this  was a surprise to him, because he shared that God had spoken to him before about how they should prepare to be rocked. He spoke the same word/promise of a coming rocking to our church, and instead of uttering a  simple  AMEN, I wanted to stand up and declare “you sure as hell are right about that pastor because things are already rocking over here” (I refrained). God prepped me and Phillip for this season of rocking too, but boy ohh boy does the shaking get to be a lot at times.

So on this fine and crisp Monday morning I am taking time to reflect on the rest of the pastor’s message that we best make sure that God is the foundation we build our lives on. That God is the foundation we cling to. He shared that in the Bible when God commands Joshua to “be strong and courageous” the translation of “be strong” equates to holding onto something that is stronger than you. How beautiful is that? I don’t know about you, but that sure does take a lot of the pressure off. Today I am going to hold on to something stronger than me…that and my chai latte.

I pray that you can do the same today. We’re in this together after all. We hold onto God, who points us toward holding on to each other (the beautiful community).Though I already know that God will work all of this out, that I, we, will come out of all this alive and more aware of God’s power and love through it all; I still struggles from time to time. I guess when you are still in the storm, and things are still shaking sometimes all you can do is cling to the hands of your friends God gives you, and trust that it will be harder for any of you to be knocked down when your hand is being held on either side.  

So Cheers (quick throw a shot of decaf espresso in your chai and drink the whole thing as fast a possible… @chai bomb) to having a God who is stronger than me, and the friends God gives me to walk through this shaking, beautiful mess of a life together!

 

 

ps. When I hit spellcheck I discovered that I had misspelled “spiritual” every single time in this post…should I be worried about that?

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The list 10.28.11

In Uncategorized on October 28, 2011 at 8:40 am

Things for which I am thankful for/ things that make me happy today:

1. Teaching Sunday School to 3 and 4 year olds with Phillip. There are few things more enjoyable than to spend time with these guys and gals. Talking about how they played with toys over the weekend, or perhaps picked apples with their families; how they are upset about someone taking their sticker, or excited because we are going to play Simon Says after the Bible story. It is all great.

2. Not having to do paperwork over the weekend, because at my current job I do not take work (physically) home with me.

3. The leaves have begun to turn fall colors in the past week or so. Beautiful.

4. Phillip took me on a date this past week to teach me how to work my manual Minolta camera. Everything appeared more magical through the camera lense versus a digital screen.

5. We had a guest preacher this week at church from Ethiopia. He taught from Mark 1:40-41 about how we are called above all else to be a people who are motivated by compassion. It was simple and beautiful.

6. Getting to taste test all the lovely food and drink things my sister made this week. The Harry Potter nerd in me kind of freaked out over the fact that she made butter beer…and I think my respect and love for her might have grown to even higher levels. Hat’s off to you Hannah.

7. I got to watch multiple groups of children take time to roll down the green hills of Maymont Park.

8. I get to go to my first child-centered play therapy conference this weekend in DC. I’m excited to learn new things to bring back into my practice.

9. Food with lots of color. It nourishes my body to be able to eat healthy food, and it nourishes my soul to know that I am taking care of myself.

10. My breakfast date last weekend with my good friend Shari. I love her and so appreciate my time with her.

What are you thankful for today?

blerg day.

In Uncategorized on October 27, 2011 at 12:24 pm

Yesterday was a rough day. In my line of work we get to see some of the worst things the world has to offer…and yesterday surpassed my previous experiences and left we with a general “WTF world” mentality. One of my co-workers is leaving to move away, and with her leaving I am inheriting 75% of her caseload since mine is still low. We sat for two hours and discussed her cases so that I could become familiar with them… and while we didn’t finish discussing all of them but I still walked out of her office feeling like all the sadness in the world had just piled up in a cloud over my head. The world is a broken and sad place. No where is that more evident than in the things we do to children. Innocent children.

So yeah clearly I was pretty down. The day was long. I hit my knee on my door and developed a big knot (blerg). But I got to go home eventually. When I arrived home Phillip was making me cookies, and they were good. We ate cookies, talked through our days, said our prayers, and hung out with Liz Lemon.

Today after work I am off to Washington DC to go here and learn more about how to better help children  through their “WTF world” experiences. I cannot stop all these horrible things from happening to children, but I am at least thankful to God for allowing me the opportunity to go and receive training on how to better support children through those experiences.

Thanks for putting up with my depressing mess of a post. I’ll return soon, I promise, and share happy thoughts.

The List.

In Uncategorized on October 23, 2011 at 7:48 pm

This past year I made a resolution to journal every day about 10 things I was thankful for…well I have not been entirely sucessful in keeping up with it, but it has been good nontheless. Here recently I came across a similar idea on one of my favorite blogs and have decided to try to blog weekly about things that I am thankful for/things that make me happy.
So here goes:

1. The cuddle time I get to have with Phil between when our alarm goes off, we press snooze and when it goes off again. It is especially awesome now that our room is chilly and it is darker as we wake up in the morning time. (TMI??)

2. A great job that I am really enjoying and learning from.

3. Getting to see our friends Jacob and Lauren, and Diana and Will all get married over the past two weekends. They were both beautiful weddings with good people and good dancing. Does it get better? I think not.

4. I talked to my grandma for the first time in like two months (I’m a bad granddaughter), and it was so good. Planning a NC trip as we speak.

5. The weather has been beautiful and crisp.

6. I had Indian food yesterday, which doesn’t happen often, and it was delightful.

7. I have begun running again, and it suprisingly has not killed me like I thought it would.

8. All the great blogs out there that I get to read. Ohhh and the convenience of having them all pop up in my googlereader.

9. Our last weekend with the “kids”; it was great and life-giving.

10. Taking communion in a Korean church. The body of Christ broken for you, broken for all of us. The blood of Christ shed for me, and shed for you too.

In Uncategorized on October 5, 2011 at 12:48 pm

Being Born Is Important

Being born is important
You who have stood at the bedposts
and seen a mother on her high harvest day,
the day of the most golden of harvest moons for her.

You who have seen the new wet child
dried behind the ears,
swaddled in soft fresh garments,
pursing its lips and sending a groping mouth
toward nipples where white milk is ready.

You who have seen this love’s payday
of wild toiling and sweet agonizing.

You know being born is important.
You know that nothing else was ever so important to you.
You understand that the payday of love is so old,
So involved, so traced with circles of the moon,
so cunning with the secrets of the salts of the blood.

It must be older than the moon, older than salt.

~Carl Sandburg