That said, here's a look at our last week - give or take a few days:
The week in general ~
If I'd written this a week ago, I would have said that my heart was angst-ridden because of the terrible, unresolved situation that blew up within my church. This week - on the other side of a congregational meeting that shed some much-needed light on things - I was emotionally drained but initially hopeful. However, based on some new information, I'm now concerned again, so I guess the word picture for the week is that of a roller coaster.
Of course, God is in control. So, even if things don't go as I hope they will, He'll still (eventually) make something beautiful out of an ugly mess. But I don't relish the thought of being in the chaos that may ensue.
In our studies this week ~
We had a three-day academic week, choosing to give ourselves a short fall break while the little girls for whom I babysit had a couple days at home.
Highlights of our time "in the books" include:
- beginning our study of Day 5 of Creation by learning a bit about insects;
- jumping into the next Life of Fred book;
- having Abigail share her project for Stone Fox, a picture book version of the story.
What needs some tweaking ~
The other day, I listed some things that "need doing" right now. Accomplishing some/much of that over our fall break would be very helpful.
My own discipleship ~
What a week for trusting the Lord in the face of unexpected pain and uncertainty! And I'm so thankful that I can unequivocally say - and believe in the depths of my soul - that God is still on His throne no matter what. I also know beyond a shadow of a doubt that Jeremiah 29.11 is truth for each person in my church, whether we remain together as one body or eventually find ourselves elsewhere.
The best thing about the week ~
...was that God chose to use me and my humble efforts as a worship leader last Saturday and Sunday - and how He answered (with a YES) a prayer I'd had for myself for several weeks in the process.
Questions, comments, thoughts ~
I've really enjoyed the now nearly-complete 31 Days project this month. Check out these links for any posts you might have missed:
- Day 1 - Introduction
- Day 2 - Can Homeschooled Kids Attend College?
- Day 3 - "Susie Homemaker" I Am NOT!
- Day 4 - Traveling Tuesday
- Day 5 - Stop Believing the Lie
- Day 6 - Shootin' from the Hip
- Day 7 - Photophobic
- Day 8 - Discipleship Deliberation: Vol. 2, Issue 8
- Day 9 - Homeschooling Resources Meme
- Day 10 - Celebration Contemplation: Columbus Day
- Day 11 - Shameless Self-Promotion
- Day 12 - The Myth of "Being Behind"
- Day 13 - "Protecting" People from Me
- Day 14 - Going with the Flow...Because We Can
- Day 15 - Happy Birthday to Me
- Day 16 - Seven Sins of our System of Forced "Education"
- Day 17 - Puttin' on the Brakes, At Least for One Night
- Day 18 - Blindsided
- Day 19 - Two Hard (but Simple) Truths about Patience
- Day 20 - Random Thoughts on an Unexpected Upheaval
- Day 21 - A "Fine" Way to Spend a Hunk of Friday
- Day 22 - The Church of the Walking Wounded
- Day 23 - Almost Unbearable
- Day 24 - God Will Make a Way
- Day 25 - Poke Me with a Fork
- Day 26 - Hooray for Fall Break!
Something to share ~
Back on October 12, we were blessed with two new additions to our family: 12-week old kitten siblings that the girls named Sapphire and Prince.
Photo Credit: Carol Joki Casimir
We'd not intended to add to our feline population, but circumstances conspired to make this happen, and it's worked out really well. One of our older cats, Sparkle, is still a little nervous around the kittens, but Sweater and Clawde were totally comfortable within a week, and Sparkle will be fine. This is what our kitchen now looks like around 7:30 every night when we pull out the soft food:
My online friend, Q, started this home education-related link-up she calls Discipleship Deliberation, and I've really enjoyed the format. If you'd like to join in, just visit Q at Napalm in the Morning to get her button, check for her current deliberation, review her guidelines, and link up.