EDIT: Please pray for Shelly right now. Her hubby came home from work this morning saying he had lost his job. It’s a complex situation and a frightening one for Shelly and her family. Pray for her, and then let her know you did. Thanks! Our God is BIG.
Just got home from Ava’s school orientation. Sigh. I might have the words later to describe “Emerson World Languages and Cultures Magnet Elementary School” (yes, the actual full name of her school–?!?!), but for now…just sigh. It’s much like the first time I went snorkeling off the coast of Okinawa in the East China Sea. I was blown away–BLOWN AWAY–that something like that has existed my whole life and I never knew it. A whole underwater world of stunning beauty and awesome creatures. A taste of heaven for sure.
Ava’s Hogwarts is like that for me. Really. Everything I love in life–words, photos, maps, globes, books, colors, old things, history, all things foreign and ethnic–is right there in one place. I could just plop myself down in the hallway, sit criss-cross-applesauce, close my eyes, lightly touch my index fingers to my thumbs, and say “mmmmmmmmm….” for a good half hour. But since I’d like Ava to claim me as her mother (and the school to keep her enrolled), I’ll fight the urge.
EDIT #2: Okay, so Kelly gently asked me what Ava thought about EWLCMES (Hogwarts), since she’s the one who will actually be attending, not her wanna-be mother. Ava LOVES it (probably as much as I do, if for different reasons). We were eating lunch today and Gabe said to her, “You really love your new school, don’t you?” She just grinned. “You know how I know?” he said. “Because you haven’t stopped smiling since you got home.” Thank you, Lord.
Hogwarts aside, I’m falling in love with God. I’ve been praying for quite awhile that it would happen. It’s happened before. Many times. But I never stay completely in love. I let my fire slooooooowly burn out. And I know I can’t base it all on my emotions, but emotions are definitely involved when it comes to your relationship with the Lord. And I’m just really feeling His love right now. Not based on things He’s doing or giving me (in fact, there is much I feel He’s saying “wait” for.). I’m just itching to read His Word, I’m loving our talks when I run in the morning (even if I HATE getting up that early), and I just really, really want to be close to Him.
Psalm 63:1-5 really spoke to me this morning. It’s one of those passages that doesn’t do a whole lot for me when I’m not feeling close to God. Praise Him that it means so much right now.
O God, you are my God, earnestly I seek you; my soul thirsts for you, my body longs for you, in a dry and weary land where there is no water. I have seen you in the sanctuary and beheld your power and your glory. Because your love is better than life, my lips will glorify you. I will praise you as long as I live, and in your name I will lift up my hands. My soul will be satisfied as with the richest of foods; with singing lips my mouth will praise you.
If you’re feeling it right now, praise the Lord! If not, and you feel comfortable telling me (a message maybe), I’d love to pray for you. I know what it’s like to just feel blah with God (kind of like when your marriage is in a crappy slump). I’m praying for one special person in particular right now, and I’d love to pray for you too. Then the next time I’m in a slump (which I hope won’t happen, but I’m fairly certain will), you can pray for me!
I’ve got more but not more time. At least I paused the swirl for a bit and blogged about a couple things in particular. Sort of.
Happy Huggy Tuesday!