Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Yakutsk, Siberia- 77 degrees. Seriously?!?

And here I sit- in a humid, balmy, 61 degree day. I allowed myself one sentence to whine, so there you have it.

On to better things- we have been crazy around here the last couple of weeks. My baby boy, my bambino, my con trai- is now officially a motor vehicle operator. Terrifying to the extreme. I can't decide if it is scarier to actually be in the car with him, or to simply be thinking about the fact that he is driving- and I have exactly a little less than 3 years left before he turns 18. He was such a good sport. I took him to get the permit on his birthday, had him drive around the parking lot a few times, and said "Homeward!" Little did I know at the time that I should have given him a few more test drives before sending him on the road, but he did it- and we didn't die. Nor did anyone else. Score Team Doan!

Lots of yard work, teen stuff happening at our house, and new jobs and schedules- but as June starts and summer is in the forecast (I HOPE!)- I can't wait to see what God will bring this season. I am so looking forward to summer days with my kiddos, a few vacations with my honey, and lots of God Stops. I read somewhere that we are always looking for the truly "brilliant" moments, but it is just as important that we shine in the mundane everyday stuff. That's where people see us, and God, best.

We finished up a Jonah study in the high school group last month, and though I don't know how much the girls got out of it- God just kept reminding me that second chances are what He is all about. His grace is free, and all we have to do is open our eyes and pay attention. I read this little blurp from Jonah's life, and realized that all we know about the dude is how unforgiving and dense he was- yet he had years of other days and experiences. Did he ever get it? Did he ever realize that he needed God's compassion and mercy just as much as the whole city of Nineveh did? I so hope so. And I don't ever want to miss that boat. I also don't want my epitaph to read- "Renee was a God lover. But she didn't know how to forgive or accept forgiveness." Jonah ends with the man sitting alone on a hillside, lamenting the death of a plant. Pathetic, and something I would totally do! :)
Veggietales sums Jonah up pretty well- and I hope that I always remember this story, because I want to GET IT.

" Jonah was a prophet-
ooo ooo!
But he never really got it!
sad but true!

Everyone should get a second chance from you!" Veggietales- The Jonah Movie

This is the side of Jonah that I want to be like- the one who in humility calls out to God for His forgiveness and His comfort:

"From inside the fish Jonah prayed to the LORD his God. He said:
"In my distress I called to the LORD,
and he answered me.
From the depths of the grave I called for help,
and you listened to my cry. "
Jonah 2:1-2
These were some photos my girlie took. Very cool, yes?


Ned said...

Nice pics by Jasmine.. we should take the kids (all of us) to the Dahlias when they bloom this summer.. it would be great!

KEI said...

Once again you amaze me, my dear, sweet friend! In so many ways. I hope that one of those vacations you spoke of is to see your super, awesome friends in the sunshine!?!?! Thanks for your prayers, mine are headed your way right now! Love ya!