The peas that are sprouting in my garden have come from the seeds that, just a few weeks ago, slept under a layer of snow. There’s a devotional thought there somewhere, but that’s not my purpose today, so I’ll resist the urge and proceed with a recap of happenings here at Living Our Days — and on my country hill in Maine.
The headline news this month is that, after 22 years as a stay-at-home mum, I’m going back to work full-time. It’s just for the summer, but I’m already picturing some pretty huge implications to the way things work around here. We’ll see. For right now, I’m intent on getting the boys’ school year wrapped up and the garden planted before my start date of June 6.
I’m reading through I Corinthians, one chapter per week, taking it slowly and thoughtfully, using various translations and . . . no commentaries allowed until Thursday. This has been good practice for a book club that I’m leading for the ladies in my wonderful church family. Together, we are reading Women of the Word, and Jen Wilkin’s good advice is to let yourself sit in the uncomfortable seat of “I don’t know” for a while before immediately running to “the experts.” One tiny bit of fun that I’ve had with that in I Corinthians 6 is the concept of believers one day governing angels. Could it be that angels, as “ministering spirits,” will serve us in heaven? I know for certain what I would delegate here on this planet, given the opportunity: floors, dusting, and bathroom. But this leaves me wondering. What would you delegate to an angel?
A first for me in the month of May was a guest posting opportunity at (in)courage. What a fun and, well . . . encouraging community. I shared a story about pizza night Morin-style, and how that has changed over the years. And how, by the grace of God, it has stayed the same.
Our family attended the Why Jesus? Conference where we heard Ravi Zaccharias, Lee Strobel, Randy Newman, Gary Ludeman, and Dick Keyes speak on topics related to apologetics. Can you believe they all came to Maine? It was a day packed full of truth, but I came away motivated to “pursue truth in a loving way in a world that is bereft of both truth and love.”
I’ve surprised myself in a couple of ways this month: I’m listening to pod casts. Deidra Riggs shared a list of her favorites, and I’ve been getting to know some of my on-line friends a bit better by listening to interviews conducted by Holly Barrett. It’s amazing how folding laundry and baking whoopee pies (6 dozen!) is vastly improved by good company. The other surprise was that I entered a poetry contest at a nearby library — and won! What a treat to attend the poetry gathering and to meet several area poet laureates.
We saw our very first indigo bunting here on the hill! Breath-takingly beautiful in his iridescent blue feathers, he was simply wandering around the back yard as if vibrant blue creatures walked around back yards in Maine every day. Sue Hubbell (author of A Country Year) describes them as “small, emphatic birds.” I’ll be listening for that “emphatic” voice when I’m out planting the rest of the garden!
If you’re a regular visitor to the blog, I don’t need to tell you what I’ve been reading, because most of what I read shows up here sooner or later. The most-read post this month has been my review of Broken Hallelujahs in which Beth Allen Slevcove reminds us to grieve the big and small losses of life. My favorite read this month was Luci Shaw’s Thumbprint in the Clay. Luci is one of my “book mentors,” and I’ve been hugely impacted by her writing and her life of faith.
In the pile for the month of June?
- Colors of Good-bye: A Memoir of Holding On, Letting Go, and Reclaiming Joy in the Wake of Loss by September Vaudrey
- Looking for Lovely: Collecting the Moments that Matter by Annie Downs
- Wholeheartedness: Busyness, Exhaustion, and Healing the Divided Self by Chuck DeGroat
- Unashamed: Drop the Baggage, Pick Up Your Freedom, Fulfill Your Destiny by Christine Caine
- The Daniel Prayer by Anne Graham Lotz
- Missional Motherhood by Gloria Furman.
I hope you’ll share your May Musings in the comments below.
- What are you reading?
- What evidences of grace are you seeing in your life?
- How can I pray for you?
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