I’m looking back over the month to see what March has taught. It helps me see where I am, what’s changing and what God is teaching.
I realized all over again the huge shift that happens when a teen gets a driver’s license.
For most of this school year, I’ve spent afternoons driving my high schooler to and from football or basketball practice. That meant packing up books, activities and snacks for my younger two and killing time at parks, on errands or playing in the car while we waited. It was a LOT of time spent out of the house and most nights we dragged back to the house long after the dinner hour.
When I wanted to complain about all the driving, I bit my tongue, knowing it would one day be gone and I’d miss it.
Now I miss it. I’ve gained time in my day, but lost hours with my 16-year-old. I miss the conversations in the car. I miss the snippets overheard as teammates walked to their cars, sweaty and tired from practice, and the whole conversations while carpooling friends. It’s a huge step toward that fast slide that is independence.
I’m a paper planner kind of girl.
Last year, I started calendaring in my phone. It worked somewhat, but I missed too many important things in a paper calendar.
First, I need the month-at-a-glance feature. I’m a big picture girl and I have to see how all the weeks fit together. Plus, I have an end-of-the-year tradition where I go back through my calendar after Christmas to see the year’s sweep. What was unexpected, what prayers were answered, where were the hard parts and good parts? It felt so good to get all the dates color-coded on the calendar.
This quote is staying with me.
“Lesson from the cross…To all wanting a safe life free from danger in this world, stay away from Jesus.” David Platt
If I dig way down, much of my life I thought the Christian life meant comfort — because of blessing – and smoothish sailing — because of wise decisions. Though I never consciously articulated it, I’m pretty sure my goal was to live for Christ while dodging as many difficulties as I could.
My kids and I are reading through Acts and I realize more than ever that Christianity is blessed and adventurous, but not comfortable and smoothish. The experience of thousands of Christians around the world bear that out as well.
Do you ever feel our version of God is skewed? That we’ve fit Him into our 21st century, suburban American box? I’m no longer content with that. As I read through 100 Days with Christ, I’m begging God to remove my prejudice and preconceptions and help me see Him for Who He is. And then take Him at His word.
Instagram is a-changing
On a much lighter note, Instagram announced it will move from a chronological to interest-based feed. Just when Instagram was becoming one of my favorite spots.
Hmm. Do you remember when Facebook was chronological? Now I can go weeks without seeing some friends’ posts. And Pinterest has changed as well. I’m not a social media fanatic but I do like keeping up with my people. In the end, I’m sure we’ll get used to the changes and it will be all nostalgia like the giddy notification that “you’ve got mail.”
On the Nighstand
Top of the list this month is Beth Moore’s new release, Audacious. This book felt like Beth was in my living room. In her signature voice, Beth draws from the deep well that has been her walk with God to stir up women to really know the life God has for us. To live audaciously. With verve. And passion.
My favorite read this month was Kara Tippet’s posthumous release, And It Was Beautiful. Kara’s story is poignant but it’s also hopeful. Kara brings us into her hard questions and leaves us breathing the grace of God. Here’s my full review.
Walk Through the Fire, by Carly and David Bowers, was another book I read after being given a review copy. Because my daughter just started her first job in an ICU burn unit and we’ve had many emotional post-shift phone calls, I was intrigued to read David Bowers’ story after he suffered major burns from a work accident. In an instant, the Bowers were thrown into crisis and this book chronicles the hope, faith and joy they found as God walked them through the healing.
I’d love to know — what’s on your nightstand right now? Tell us in the comments.