There are 48 tomato seedlings on my deck, waiting to be transplanted into the garden. Warm soil and optimism dictate the parameters of spring gardening here in Maine; therefore, even in the presence of the first, absence of the second may keep me from putting anything tender out into the elements until after Memorial Day.
I’m working at being more optimistic these days, partly as a public service — I’ll be much easier to live with — but mostly because my theology demands it. The question I come back to (like that tune stuck in my head) is this: Do I believe that God is good and that He loves me? A.W. Tozer put it this way:
“What comes into our minds when we think about God is the most important thing about us.”
What words popped into your mind just now?
Loving? Angry? Judging? Powerful?
As the days lengthen and my thoughts turn to growing things, my hope is to allow the Spirit to form my spirit so that the truth that I believe directly impacts the way I order my days and the thoughts that occupy my mind.
On the Blog
When you spend your mornings wrestling through an advanced math class with your high school senior, when your mum passes away unexpectedly, and when your twenty-seventh anniversary comes and goes in the midst of it all, there’s a meeting place of events and emotion. Many thanks to those of you who read The Meeting Places and shared your condolences, your congratulations — and your thoughts on the horrors of trig! I was thankful for cards with messages of love from family and friends, but was especially overwhelmed to receive cards in the mail from blogging friends — evidence that our worlds can come together in real life!
Because I got behind on my reading and writing in April, I reviewed seven books in May. The most widely read of those reviews was on Lydia Brownback’s Finding God in My Loneliness, a thoughtful analysis of the reasons why we are lonely, and God’s redemptive purposes in it.
Be watching next month for my contribution to Sue Donaldson’s on-going creation, a community founded in the celebration of hospitality, Every Table Tells a Story. She has flung her doors open wide to a variety of women who believe that there are lots of ways to nourish others around the table, and I’ll be sharing our family’s story on June 8th. Be sure to check out the Facebook page and join the ongoing conversation there.
The death of a woman who is 88 cannot be termed a surprise, but it can be — and it was — a shock. After an uneventful visit with my mother on a Tuesday afternoon, twelve hours later she was on her way to the hospital by ambulance. My prevailing emotion through out the entire experience has been gratitude. God allowed her to leave this earth with so little drama — it was almost as if she faded away.
Thanks to our oldest son Isaac and his lovely wife, it looks as if there is finally going to be a Morin girl! She is due to arrive at the end of September.
Wedding plans, bridal showers — and a triathlon! Ethan, my number two son, is keeping us busy, and we’re thankful that he and his bride will be married on June 3.
Micah, our third son, is graduating from high school, so this month we celebrated him and his accomplishments with family and friends. He has already landed a full-time welding position for the summer and will be headed off to college to study welding in the fall.
Parades, concerts, and his very last piano recital have been Joel’s contribution to May’s family calendar. He and I are in competition for the greatest sense of relief that the school year is coming to a close.
Thanks for reading . . .
. . . and thank you for your input here, so often encouraging or sharing some insight that has come to mind during our visit around words — or even better, around The Word. Since I’m busily working on memorizing Colossians 3, I’ll close with verses 1 and 2 (typed from memory, of course):
“Since then you have been raised with Christ, set your hearts on things above where Christ is seated at the right hand of God. Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things.”
As usual, at month’s end you can find me linking up and visiting around all the others bloggers who have shared their musings at Leigh Kramer’s What I’m Into party.
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