Out my Window: The deep green colors against the deep brown soils. It is so dreary out but the colors seem to pop.
Enjoying: Being on another book launch team of an encouraging book. The book launched April 30th. Check out my review here: https://inkblotlife.com/2019/04/29/finding-beautiful-book-review/
Listening to: So I needed a bit more Bob Goff in my life. I found a podcast where he said some really interesting things that were helpful to where I am at, along with the message I needed to re-hear. Game Changer with Molly Fletcher Episode 40 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xU1o8JZebN0 He asks what is distracting you? Put something between you and it. Simple, yet profound.
Reading: Night time reading: In His Image by Jen Wilkin- definitely worth the read. I love how she defines qualities of God and then connects it to how it out pours or can well up in us.
Finished Get Weird: Discover the Surprising Secret to Making a Difference by CJ Casciotta If you feel trapped in the cycle of sameness and miss the freedom of your quirkiness or creativity, this is a good read. His premise is that knowing what your weird is can be the best thing you have to offer and that the world needs.
I want to rush into the future my imagination sees the way a child rushes onto the dance floor, needing no invitation, intoxicated only by the liberty to move.
Starting Atomic Habits: An Easy and Proven Way to Build Good Habits and Break Bad Ones by James Clear. I am a brain nerd. I love learning about how the brain functions and how people learn and grow and change. I enjoy books on habits and always learn something new. I heard about this one on Craig Groeschel’s leadership podcast https://www.life.church/leadershippodcast/q-a-atomic-habits-with-james-clear/ I started using a few pieces that I learned on the podcast.
Also Starting Let’s All Be Brave: Living Life with Everything You Have by Annie F. Downs. A friend loaned it to me, so I am looking forward to it. Using this one as my sub book because it is easy reading.
Pondering: Still pondering Eastertide thanks to Tamara Hill Murphy’s challenge to “practice Resurrection”. I love that. I am thinking about what that means and attempting to follow along these next 50 days, practicing the discipline of feasting as she says. You can read more here: https://www.tamarahillmurphy.com/blogthissacramentallife/eastertide/2019/4/18-3 and you can find my explanation and attempts here: https://inkblotlife.com/2019/04/22/practicing-resurrection-day-1/
Learning: I am learning that counting days really does help you see them and slows time a bit. I am reminded of Psalm 90:12 Teach us to number our days, that we may gain a heart of wisdom. Lent seemed long as I looked at my sinful and needy heart. I was jumping into the 50 days of “practicing resurrection” thinking it would be all puppies and rainbows, but instead it has been seeing my sin and neediness and then watching the power of the Holy Spirit flood those spaces and restore and redeem. There is joy, but it is still a discipline of surrender and humility.
Home: So we had company coming for dinner so my magic carrot of incentive got my house cleaned up, or at least very straightened. Having a motive definitely helps me focus and motivates me. Then my two guys ended up with a stomach bug… thankfully I had cleaned the bathrooms well beforehand… and then I cleaned them very well after. When it comes to stomach stuff I am a major germ phobe. So my bathrooms are very clean… all electronics and door handles have been disinfected. So still no weekly rhythm, but there are clean bathrooms so there’s that.
Fitness and Mental Health: Fitness… I am walking/schlogging more. Started using the Atomic Habits and am only doing 2 push ups this week, daily… for real. That’s it. Next week I will add 2 more. We’ll see how this goes. I seem to be in a losing battle with planks and pushups. I know I need to do them to strengthen my core. Mental Health… the walking and practicing resurrection are helping me to see and listen to God’s creation and gifts. Trying to be present and enjoy where I am and really see and listen.
Giving Thanks: More opportunities to connect with people I enjoy and to be encouraged. So thankful that my guys were only sick for 24 hours, and that I did not get it, (as of the writing of this). That all the details are coming together for my older son’s move. Reminiscing about a friendship as we celebrate him as he turns 50. Thankful for kids who are genuinely happy to see me when I walk down the hall. So thankful for opportunities to connect with kids.