March 31, 2006

The Separation of Church and Hate

Discovered this awesome article through Lisa's blog. A quote from the article:
"We havent even learned how to love the sinner in our midst, much less the one outside. We need to put a face on sin. Homosexuality is easy to condemn, until you come to know and love a gay person. Abortion is easy to march against until you find out your best friend has kept hers from you."

Read it...very interesting!

March 24, 2006

An update

I guess some of you who know me and keep up with me on my website have wondered what's going on with me. Honestly, I didn't want to share here. I wanted to keep it on the down-low and not broadcast my personal issues online. In all truthfullness, I was afraid of what people would think or say about me. After thinking about it for a while, though, I decided to share anyway. People will think what they will, regardless of what I do.

I have been dealing trying to deal with stress, anxiety and mild depressive symptoms on my own. I was on Zoloft after Robert left for Iraq last year but after a few months I stopped taking it (without my doctor's knowledge). Within just a couple of months, my symptoms returned. I have been fighting this, thinking I was strong enough to deal with it and beat it on my own. I was too stubborn to see that it is a physical problem, not mental.

After another recent visit to the doctor though, he asked me a question that opened my eyes. "If you came to us with high blood pressure and we told you that you needed to take medication daily to prevent a heart attack, would you take it?" "Well, yes!" I replied. "This is no different," he told me. "It's a chemical imbalance in your body that needs medication to help regulate it." I never saw it that way. I was always frustrated that I had to take medicine to be "normal." But he explained to me that the pill doesn't put anything foreign in my body. It simply acts as an agent for my body and aids it in releasing the chemical my body needs for me to be me. So I am back on Zoloft and feeling better. It's only been a week, but I am noticing the changes already, so in a couple more weeks I should be feeling tons better.

I was so afraid to share this because it seems like it's one of those topics among Christians that is supposed to be hush-hush. You're not supposed to be sick. You're not supposed to have problems. You're supposed to be "perfect." The fact is--we're human. Our bodies get ill. Thank God for the resources we have today to help make us better!

So anyway, I just wanted to share this, even though I'm still afraid of what you'll think, in case there's someone else out there going through the same thing. You're not alone. And if you know you're not well and don't feel like yourself, get help. Don't put it off. Procrastinating will only prolong your sickness. There's no shame in getting help when you need it.

March 16, 2006

The best love stories

If you want to read a good romance you needn't look on any bookshelves in a book store. Just open your bible and start reading. The bible is full of romance and love stories. There are stories of redeeming love, grace and love, forgiving love, hopeful love.

This morning as I searched for another scripture, I got sidetracked in the book of Ruth. Ruth isn't just another love story though. As I read her story again, I was reminded of how awesome God is, how wondrous His works are. Even through death, the Lord had his hand on Naomi and Ruth. Because of Ruth's faithfulness and honor to Naomi, the Lord blessed her.

Ruth could have left Naomi just as easily as Orpah, but she didn't. Somewhere along the way, a bond had formed between Naomi and her daughter-in-law. Even after Naomi's husband and both sons died, that bond remained. This speaks volumes of Ruth's character.

When Ruth became an alien in a country other than her own, that didn't stop her. She could have turned back then, and returned to her own family. Instead, she figured out a way to take care of her mother-in-law. Unknown to Ruth, she was smack-dab in the center of God's will.

When Boaz noticed Ruth in the field, he couldn't take his eyes off her. He took care of her, without Ruth even knowing it. He made sure she had everything she needed, and more. He ensured her safety from the other men in the fields. And then, instead of taking advantage of the situation when he had a chance to marry her, he did the right thing.

Boaz told Ruth there was a kinsman-redeemer nearer of kin than him. He called him and ten of the elders and informed him of Naomi's return to the city. He advised him that Naomi was selling land and offered that if he didn't want to redeem it, then Boaz himself would. When the nearest kinsman-redeemer found out that Ruth was part of the package deal, he told Boaz he couldn't do it, and told Boaz to buy it.

From this union of Boaz and Ruth, an unlikely love story, came the seed of Jesse, father of David. Wow!

March 11, 2006

Positively Mom

I'm taking a break from blogging here right now, but you can still find me at my mom blog, PositivelyMom.com.

March 08, 2006

New essays

I have some new essays added to my column, A Long Way From Home, over at JustForMom.com. Click here to read them.

March 06, 2006

Time off

I'm taking some time off. I'm not sure how long I'll be away but I won't be blogging here for a little while. See you later!

March 03, 2006

Let's catch up

  • Husband went to the doctor Wednesday for his follow-up from a previous appointment. Found out the nagging "cold" he's had for over a week is actually tonsillitis. Got a shot and is finally beginning to feel better. Went back to work this morning.

  • Was up all night Thursday night with a sick boy.

  • Daughter woke up yesterday morning running fever.

  • Took both kids and myself to the doctor yesterday. (You can read more about that here.) We've all three got meds and hopefully will be lots better soon. Kids already seem like they feel better but I'm keeping Em home from school today, just in case.

  • AC unit went out a week ago. Found out yesterday we're not under warranty and the unit went obsolete pretty soon after it was installed (which is probably why we got it so cheap). You know what this means. We have to buy a whole new unit. Ah well, such is life. Right?


March 02, 2006

Doctor, here we come

No time to chat today. Sick kids, sick husband. Will write more later.

March 01, 2006

Change

"Any time you sincerely want to make a change, the first thing you must do is to raise your standards. When people ask me what really changed my life eight years ago, I tell them that absolutely the most important thing was changing what I demanded of myself. I wrote down all the things I would no longer accept in my life, all the things I would no longer tolerate, and all the things that I aspired to becoming."
- Anthony Robbins


This one says it all!