Friday, July 31, 2015
Friday, July 17, 2015
After the hour long wagon ride, we visited some of the smaller animals stationed nearby. My kids favorite being turtle lovers were the tortoises of course.
We ended our experience with a stroll through the Amish model homes and just relaxed a bit while we ate our provided delicious cookie.
Tuesday, July 14, 2015
I say this because honestly, I screw up just as much as the next guy, if not more. I am constantly saying the wrong thing to my children or getting angry or anxious about things outside of my control. I mean just today I was ready to trade in my 3yo because he's been brutally mean to his baby sister the past few days. It was frustrating me that there was no voice of reason there in his actions, and I of course let him know that and probably not in the nicest of ways. And here's the thing that right there, I was totally lacking self control and patience and understanding. I failed at those virtues that are the same things that come into the bigger things, the things that come under attack in a bigger way for society.
I've been re-reading/listening to C.S. Lewis' Mere Christianity, and in reading it this time it stuck out to me the three types of morality. The first being to another person, the second being to oneself and that third to God. Its an interesting viewpoint of it, especially in a society of today where we are struggle so much with the first type that I'm not even sure two and three have any chance at being explored anytime soon. Morality in to another simply means that we do everything in our power to not harm our neighbor. And most people are probably stuck here, I know I am most the time. The next is morality to ourselves, so we have taking care of not harming others, but what about the damage we do to ourselves. Sometimes, I'm not even sure I understand this one, except that I know that decisions that we make for ourselves even if no one else is involved can really form or break us. And the last in the morality to God. In some ways it feels like this is connected to the first two, because well at least to me, they are relative to one another. Anyway, before it get in over my head, its interesting to consider morality in this way. It feels much more dependent on God's standard than what our society makes it out to be.
But I think its important to remember in life, that no matter how together someone may seem, they still struggle just like you. That a certain IQ or job title doesn't really put someone above making mistakes or acting out of character. We still all have to fight our concupiscence, and its good to remember that. It might just be a different battle to fight than your own. So be kind if you can, and if you screw up in judgement, well ask for forgiveness and keep pressing on.
Friday, July 10, 2015
|Brother rock exploration|
|To the playground thru the secret rock entrance|
|Stuck with a baby and a stroller|
|Well at least I'm looking at the camera|
|On top of the castle|
|View from the castle|
Wednesday, July 8, 2015
|Here we go, go, go on an adventure!|
Sunday, July 5, 2015
"Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres."
1 Corinthians 14:4-7
If you go to a few weddings in your lifetime, you are likely to hear these verses read aloud. And while I could probably go into how this parallels marriage, I won't. Instead, I have something else I've been pondering with these verses in my head.
You see, I'm someone who takes it that each action in life is connected, and because of that, these verses have become to mean so much in the past few weeks. I took that pause from social media, and it helped to see that maybe I wasn't really living that out.
I could see that at times, it's easier to force something to happen than it is to be patient for it to come. I could see that I got angry because things weren't going my way. And that I was tired, tired because I wanted out, I wanted peace, but the peace I sought was not right kind of peace. The peace I wanted was to make it all better in my mind, instead I need to find peace that God is always here, to trust that because he is love, he can't give up on me and he won't.
But for now, it may just be a perspective change, to be at peace amongst the chaos and the crazy. To know that I am okay, loved and can have hope in Him.