Life 103

Thursday, November 29, 2007

thanks sherry, we needed that

So, Sherry distracted me from my studies this evening. Why slave over the differences between the synoptic Gospels and Acts for a test on Monday when you can elf yourself!? Merry Christmas everyone!

Disclaimer: These are not my dancing children. The youth in these photos have no idea who Steve & I are; they've never seen us, talked to us or borrowed money from us. If you see them on the streets, they will understandably deny everything...

Wednesday, November 28, 2007

see you saturday...

Monday, November 12, 2007

a hope and a future

Gregg has mentioned the temple our India Team visited more than once and the stark contrast between God as I know him and the gods worshipped in India always shocks me. How convenient that women should pay penance and men should worship through temple prostitution.

Yesterday as Gregg spoke and showed his pictures again of a woman laying face down on the equivalent of Pioneer Courthouse Square trying to get a mean spirited goddess off her back, I thought what a wonderful thing this really is: “For I know the plans I have for you," declares the LORD, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future” (Jer. 29:11).

Sunday, November 11, 2007

church retreat

Alan asked me this morning if I had posted any of my pictures from the church retreat. It's about time I did! Here are a few of my favorites. I put a few more on my flickr account if you're interested.

BFF Shanna & Baby Rathkey

Somewhere along the mountain trail

My fellow photographers

A dubya playing for his mom in the cabin during free time

Wednesday, November 07, 2007

decisions, decisions

I think Blog stands for backlog. I have a host of potential posts in my head but presently work, ministry, school and family life are all-consuming. Besides that, very little of anything in my head right now is fit for public distribution.

The grant I was working on is finished, our staff restructure is nearly complete, and I still have a job, which is more than I can say for other programs like mine around the country. Listening Life is in full swing with tons of untapped potential that I don’t have time to help tap. I have a research paper on Matthew’s portrayal of discipleship due in less than two weeks that I started, got off on a rabbit trail with and now need to go back and straighten out. And, last I looked, I still have two children and a spouse who need more than minimal attention. Every few days now, I have the thought that, "I can’t do this." But that's what the boy and his horse thought too only to find out that what they thought they could do and what they could do were not the same thing....(C.S. Lewis)

All the same, I am beginning to conclude that I’m not going to be able to complete my degree, work nearly full time, continue in ministry at my church and expect to stay sane, healthy, and married. Logically, I should give something up. This is my problem: I love my classes and Listening Life and Steve says I can’t quit my job (thereby losing tuition reimbursement and bill-paying potential) unless we sell the farm and move into town. My brain hurts from thinking about it. Which is why I don't have much to say these days. Now I know how a kid feels when given the "choice" to eat brussel sprouts or cooked spinach.

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