Sunday night an the Duffer crew is getting ready to get back to normal (??) tomorrow after a rough spring break. Grateful for the few things we did get to do together……movies with my boys and dying Easter Eggs yesterday with my girl.
Below are some thoughts as this week ends.
- We didn’t make it to church this morning. This always seems like a good idea at the time, and always ends up being a terrible decision ultimately. You would think I would learn. For all of us, corporate worship is something we are called–commanded even–to do. Hebrews 10:24-25 reads: 24 And let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works, 25 not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day drawing near. I blew it today and am kicking myself for it, once again, tonight. I missed out on the opportunity to encourage someone. I missed out on the opportunity to be encouraged by the preaching of the Word. And how can I stir up and be stirred up to love an good works if I isolate myself from the body of Christ. Yes, I am preaching to myself (and you, too, if you skipped church for no good reason today). I could name my excuses but they are worthless. Next Sunday I must be in Sunday School. I must be in Worship.
- I did, in an effort to kick myself, get much accomplished. I worked for about 3 hours on things I was behind on for my job. I then took two hours to complete my very strict, new budget using Mint.com. It’s easy, it’s free and it will help us to be faithful to sticking to a budget. If you’ve not tried it, I suggest you check it out. It does all the hard stuff (math) for you, and contains awesome graphics that will either encourage you or discourage you, depending on how you are handling your money.
- If you read one of my posts earlier this week, then you might remember that this has been a downward spike for me in terms of fighting off real depression. And it is a fight. But I came across an article today by Adrian Warnock that I would highly recommend everyone to read, especially in light of the death of Pastor Rick and Kay Warren’s son this week. Extremely timely, wise and helpful, he addresses the question “Can a Christian be Depressed?” from both a Biblical and a psychological viewpoint. I needed to read this today, in fact between reading that article and knowing I’m prayed for, I’m ready to get up tomorrow and renew my fight for joy. Please, read this article. It may help someone you care about. (here’s another excellent article focusing on the church’s response to mental illness, by Ed Stetzer.
- Spring Break is over. Join me and let’s pray for all the students and teachers that return to work tomorrow. I know not a one of my crew wants to go back tomorrow. I’m sending my girl back to school 14 pounds lighter and not 100%, but she’s missed so much school that she needs to go. The weather this week looks absolutely fantastic–I think spring is here and summer is on its way! 🙂
- In the last two weeks I’ve come across a newish song (to me anyway) that has provoked much writing and confession and prayer in my life. I’d like to share it with you. The tune is a bit redundant, but the words are important. It’s an excellent song to use to meditate upon during spiritual disciplines, or to listen to at night when sleep doesn’t come. Below is the video with the lyrics. I hope you enjoy: