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Calling All SINKS & DINKS

This is a little shout-out to all my Single.Income.No.Kids and my Double.Income.No.Kids-type readers…(I’d love to hear from all the rest of you if you get inspired, but you maybe too tired to entertain my questions ;) !)

Lately, Joel and I have been pondering the idea of rest/sabbath/fun/recreation. After the summer we’ve had, we really do want to enjoy every moment of life that God chooses to give us!

We want to work hard when it’s time to work hard and play hard when it’s time for that. Yet, because of the nature of our job, often work spills over into “our down time”. And even as I type “our down time” I am reminded of the missionaries I’ve seen all over the world whom tirelessly and anti-Americanly give every waking second of every day to seek, savor and serve Christ…and I wonder if sometimes we think we are “entitled” to a little bit of laziness.

These thoughts often leave us scratching our heads on how to spend our free time. You know, that time after dinner, but before bedtime? Those Saturday and Sunday afternoons… Because, it’s way easier for Joel and me to vacillate between being workaholics or wasting our lives watching Law & Order, than for us to be intentional about our downtime.

Jesus said a lot about keeping the Sabbath day holy. He also said a lot about losing our lives for His namesake. I want to live somewhere in the balance of making my time count, yet resting in the perfect moments of Sabbath He created for us.

Joel and I have been trying to figure this out…

We are trying to come up with a few pastime options that will help us:

  • Reflect on Christ
  • Laugh
  • Be re-energized
  • Re-create beauty
  • Be a blessing to others
  • Help us hear the Holy Spirit’s voice more clearly
  • Help us to think on what’s right, pure, noble, lovely etc.

So…what do y’all do from dinnertime until bedtime?

How do you spend your weekends when you’re in town? What are your favorite hobbies?

Thoughts for an Ordinary Tuesday

“In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths.” Proverbs 3:5-6

It’s official. I am bored. I am never bored. But, when you can’t drive, can only use 1.5 arms, have to strategically time showers that you aren’t actually supposed to be taking yet (doubt my doctor is reading this :)) and have low social stamina, there aren’t a ton of options! I have so much more compassion for my sweet friend Julie, who was on bed rest with Cole for 13 weeks!

Well, anyway, I was sorta moping around the house, eating pistachio nuts (new discovery=amazing snack) when I read this wonderful dose of truth from a blog I like to read from time to time…

“Take one step at a time, every step under Divine warrant and direction. Ever plan for yourself in simple dependence on God. It is nothing less than self-idolatry to conceive that we can carry on even the ordinary matters of the day without his counsel. He loves to be consulted…Consider no circumstances too clear to need his direction. In all thy ways, small as well as great; in all thy concerns, personal or relative, temporal or eternal, let him be supreme. Who of us has not found the unspeakable ‘peace’ of bringing to God matters too minute or individual to be entrusted to the most confidential ear?… If in true poverty of spirit we go every morning to our Lord, as knowing not how to guide ourselves for this day; our eye constantly looking upward for direction, the light will come down. He shall direct thy paths…. Let the will be kept in a quiet, subdued, cheerful, readiness, to move, stay, retreat, turn to the right hand or to the left, at the Lord’s bidding; always remembering that is best which is least our own doing, and that a pliable spirit ever secures the needful guidance…. No step well prayed over will bring ultimate regret.~Charles Bridges (SOURCE)

Just what I needed for this ordinary Tuesday.