Over the last few days, I climbed up on my soap box once to many times. Do you ever rant uncontrollably? This week, I did. Not pretty.
So, tonight while my husband is working late, I am slowing down and taking time to reflect and remember.
Here in no particular order are 10 things that this crazy girl learned this week:
1. Shauna Niequist’s blueberry crisp is even better for breakfast. Have you read Bread and Wine: A Love Letter to Life Around the Table with Recipes? I love the Shauna’s passion for community:
“When you offer peace instead of division,
when you offer faith instead of fear,
when you offer someone a place at your table
instead of keeping them out
because they’re different
or messy or somehow wrong,
you represent the heart of Christ” (p. 250).
2. On the subject of blueberries, I loved how God used them to speak to Sarah about brokenness and redemption:
“Each one of us has fallen out of the door,
so to speak, and instead of a wide sweep
and an I’m-done-with-you,
we’ve been picked up carefully.
And we’ve gently been made okay again.”
4. Church should be “a big, wacky family.” Jamie says it so beautifully in her post for A Deeper Church.
5. I need to focus on the positive, rather than whining. Michelle’s personal story reminded me this week:
“What we’d assumed was harmless complaining
was actually fueling an undercurrent
of negativity and discontent in our marriages.”
6. “Renaming our fears, and reclaiming our courage, takes away the power of unseen monsters.” — Jennifer taught me 3 step to remove fear.
10. 80’s TV Sitcoms were the best. This week, my husband was channel surfing, and we came across a gem — A Laverne and Shirley episode where Lenny and Squiggy go on The Dating Show. So funny! I could not find an episode clip for you on You Tube (bummer!), but I did discover the meaning of “Schlemiel! Schlimazel! Hasenpfeffer Incorporated.” It’s a Yiddish-American hopscotch chant. “Schlemiel” is a clumsy person, and “Schlimazel” is an unlucky person. “Hesenpfeffer” is a type of stew. So, the “Schlemiel” drops the “Hesenpfeffer,” and it lands on the “Schlimazel,” or something like that… 🙂