Tuesday, March 29, 2011
--As some of you may or may not know (or care, ha!), my (Protestant) husband and (Protestant) I have been exploring Roman Catholic theology for the past few years. Maybe that seems strange, but I've found that when you've believed certain things about God your entire life, eventually you become curious about the historicity of your faith. (Or maybe that's just us. And some of our friends.) Where do these ideas come from? Why did the church I grew up in teach these things, but my current church teaches these other things? Why the great chasm between Protestants and Catholics? Blah, blah, blah. :) Anyway, I don't know if you read Elizabeth Esther's blog (you should!), but this post she wrote about the crucifix is AMAZING. It spoke to me this week and I think you'll like it too.
--A dear friend of mine who is living in Ethiopia right now went and spent time with our girls yesterday. (You can read more about our adoption here and here.) And they are doing SO WELL. As in, amazingly well. As in, sweet M., who has struggled so very hard to walk, is now able to RUN. And precious little T. is able to sit up now, nice and strong by herself, no Bumbo seat needed anymore thank-you-very-much. M. is talking lots and laughing and singing, mainstreamed with the other kiddos. T. is cuddly and smily and sounds oh so happy. I cannot WAIT to meet these precious girls. And I remain in awe of God's goodness, that some of our dearest friends are there during this excruciating wait to love on and visit our sweeties. It has made all the difference.
--Mary is spending lots of time standing these days and is doing more walking here and there. I think her unexplained delays may actually be explained by the fact that she just refuses to do anything she won't 100% excel at. That, and she probably likes being babied by her four older siblings. Who spoil her rotten. Smart girl.
--I just finished up Henri J.M. Nouwen's In the Name of Jesus: Reflections on Christian Leadership. Oh my goodness, have you read Nouwen before? He is FABULOUS. Fab.u.lous. This book (which is super short) offered so much insight into church issues and pastoral issues and really made me think about the model of ministry I've experienced lo these many years in Protestantism. He makes some great points. Many of which are applicable even if you're not in church leadership (which I am not. Thank goodness.) One thing that really struck me was his discussion of the temptation to be relevant. I have a few other books by him that I am now so anxious to read.
Okay, I've broken my blogging fast. Recorded more of my story. With some random randomness. Happy Tuesday!
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