Archive for November, 2010

Being Present

This lovely little gem pictured to the left is the Tmobile My Touch Slide 3G…yeah, I know it’s only 3G…whatevs.  It still keeps me connected!  Right?  This past Sunday our pastor gave a sermon in our Pause series entitled “Enrich.”  He talked about implementing Sabbath values into our lives which will enrich our lives and in turn, enrich the lives of the world around us.   In Isaiah 64:4 we read “Since ancient times no one has heard, no ear has perceived, no eye has seen any God besides you, who acts on behalf of those who wait for him.  Here we learn that our God works for us if we put our trust in Him to provide and direct us in our lives!   If we never rest, we never have time to wait and listen for direction from God.  Pastor Greg talked about an interview that he’d heard on NPR with New York Times writer Matt Richtel regarding some of the studies he’s done on the influence of technology on productivity.  He talked about how technology is being proven to be a tool of procrastination.  I’m realizing how often I tell my son, “We’ll do it later, I’m checking my email right now.”  That’s the one that really hurts the most.  What am I teaching him?  That an electronic device is more important than what he is talking to me about at that moment?  In 10 years he’s going to be ignoring me to attend to his screened devices and I’ll be hurt.  Believe it or not, I have been able to cut down on my time spent on the computer since I got my fancy new phone.  I can quickly glance at it to see if I have any email.  If I don’t, I just toss it back into my purse.  If I had gotten onto the computer I surely would have blown at least a half hour!  So I am committed to putting away and/or turning off devices for at least a small part of each day.  When is a good time to check my email? 

This is.  Nighty night Gabriel!  I love you!


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Pausing 101

What’s the easiest way to pass your first lesson on pausing?  Get terribly sick over the weekend.  I had been nursing a cold for a few days but I thought it was on its way out.  That was when the sinuses decided that they wanted to unleash a flood worthy of an ark building.  Yuck!  My husband, Daniel, had to work on Saturday so I was to be on my own with 4 1/2 year old Gabriel for the day.  It was a bit of a rough start because he really wanted me to get up and do stuff with him, but I was really hoping for some rest.  Then he was sad because we had to call my sister Karen to let her know that we couldn’t make it up for my niece Emily’s birthday party.  I thought that he would get pretty antsy if we didn’t go anywhere so I thought maybe we’d do a Walmart run for some more cough medicine at some point.

Well, the day went on and we surely watched a lot of TV.  More TV than one should probably watch when trying to weed unnecessary things out of their life, but I needed the rest.  A little later in the day we came up with some fun games to play that I could do from the couch.  Like Nerf target practice on a chalkboard, where Gabriel drew a horse.  I didn’t ask what this horse had done to deserve to be in such a precarious position.  We had a blast.  We laughed and laughed and competed to see who could hit the target more than the other person.  So, lesson one…you CAN and WILL find fun things to do even if you just stay HOME!  This was as shocking to me as it was to Gabriel.  I can’t remember the last time I just didn’t go anywhere on a Saturday.  It was strange, but lovely at the same time!

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Sorry to Disappoint…

Ok, so I was trying so hard to get to the grocery store before going home, because I have a million things tonight. Trust me, I still need A LOT of help with this pausing thing. That said, I successfully navigated the grocery store to get all that I needed for a salad I am making for my small group for tomorrow night in less than 10 minutes! Amazing! Anyhow, just as I was about to pat myself on the back, I walked up front and saw that every register had a long line! Ugh! Plan of attack for dinner had to change, fast. The hubby has his men’s small group tonight, so I no longer had time to make the lovely Braised Winter Vegetable Pasta I posted earlier today. I will be making it on Friday now. So I ran for the border and brought home some Taco Bell.

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In this vegetable-studded vegan dish we braise cauliflower, butternut squash and pasta in white wine and broth in an unconventional technique that yie

via Braised Winter Vegetable Pasta.

I found this recipe while thumbing through an Eating Well Magazine over the weekend.  It wasn’t my magazine, but I had to have this recipe!  I found it online, thank you so much to Eating Well Magazine for sharing!  I am pretty sure I can find joy in eating this tonight!!

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Gabriel was patiently waiting for his turn to go sit on the giant pumpkin!

What are you waiting for?  I can rattle off a long list of things that I am waiting for, waiting to start doing, waiting to stop doing, waiting for someone else to do.  The question at hand is, should we wait patiently for the timing of the Lord or do we take action?  Our human nature, with major influence from society, tells us we are never supposed to take no for an answer.  We are supposed to go out and do whatever it takes to get whatever we want.  Right?  Wrong…I think.  I mean, isn’t this what I’ve been doing all along?  Where has it left me?  Stressed, overweight and tired. 

Our current teaching series at church is called “Pause.”  Instead of keeping up with secular society, we are being asked to hit the pause button and rethink some of our commitments.  This is intriguing and scary to me all at the same time.  I am wrapped up in fear that I might miss something (kind of like how Gabriel tries to stay awake as long as he possibly can each night), or that I might give up something I really love and feel sad without it.  Or even worse, what if I just end up being really lazy because I am supposed to be pausing?  With an emphasis on observing the sabbath, in this series we are really being asked to pause and consider what is really necesarry in our lives.

This comes at a tough time for me.  Here’s the situation.  I have to work, and work just happens to be an hour drive each way.  I am involved in the Alpha course at church (awesome by the way).  I am on the leadership team for Celebrate Recovery at our church (also awesome).  And I am currently co-leading a women’s small group at church (also in the category of awesome).  Then on the rest of the days I try to fit in family time, one on one time with Gabriel, cleaning my house (sort of), time with extended family and friends.  So there you go, very little time to pause, even less time to consider.  My next dilemma.  On top of being away from home 10 hours a day during the week, I want to fit in exercise.  Want isn’t the right word here, need to fit in exercise.  Then, there’s the elusive “time with my husband.”  Seriously, why is one of my most important relationships being neglected?

So, in the midst of this pausing, I am hoping to find some time to slow down and be with my husband and some time to be active to bring my body back to a better state of health.  I don’t want to wait to have time with my husband anymore.  I don’t want to wait to start exercising anymore.  The toughest part is figuring out what to cut back on!!  I would love it if you all would comment and give some tips on what you do to carve out time for your husbands and exercise throughout the week.  Thanks so much!

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