What I learned in July
I appreciate my age. I love being the age I am, which is a year older this month. I am honestly grateful not to be young anymore. I spent ten days with our youngest son (fourteen), taking care of two of our grandchildren, ages seven and a year and a half. Came home exhausted. But we had a blast together, just had fun, played games, goofed around without any of the usual to-do lists. Love that about being a grammie.
Goldfish s'more crackers are yummy. GrandaughterK and I stacked them, grahams on top and bottom, chocolate and marshmallow "fish" in the middle. MMMmmm!
On being a princess. In general, my blog is not for scriptural Bible studies. Others do that vastly better than me. This month, though, the Lord led me through a study on being a princess, a daughter of the King. Don't roll your eyes - I saw that. I am a blue jeans, flannel shirt, boots gal. No tiaras and lacey phoofey outfits. Please! I started the section in Can We Talk? by Priscilla Shirer, the chapter called, "My Pink Princess Slippers" with a pink pen. As a joke. No way I was going to play princess and dress-up and strut in diamonds, demanding whatever whim I wanted. Nope, not me.
However. This month I am also reading Daring Greatly, by Brene Brown, How to Think like Leonardo da Vinci by Michael Gelb, and One Thousand Gifts, by Ann Voskamp. These three, along with Priscilla's Bible study wove together a beautiful tapestry and fresh understanding of strength and power and position as a daughter of the King.
I have unique outfits to wear:
- put on grace
- put on power
- put on courage
- put on a quiet spirit
- put on enough
- put on the Spirit
- put on Light
- put on Love
- put on strength
I made up a mind-map, centered with a drawing of a castle, the Lord, my stronghold of strength. (Psalm 18:3)
There is still much to learn, much to grow into in my understanding. Having the visual mind-map made a big difference, giving me a scene, so to speak, in my mind, as I walk through my days. My concept of a spoiled bratty princess is gone. It helped, this month, watching Princess Kate walk out the door of that hospital, twenty-four hours after delivering Prince George, calm, confident, graceful, glowing, standing sure and beautiful beside her husband. I sat in awe in the airport terminal, struck by her demonstration of a modern day princess. Wow.
At the beginning of the month, we visited a castle. Interesting, isn't it, how the Lord takes bits and pieces of daily life and weaves it all together.
And what will I be learning in August? A zillion things to do with cream cheese. Our son arrived home from working as staff for two months at a summer camp with some of the left over food. A three pound box of cream cheese, 25 packages of strawberry cream cheese, and 38 packages of cream cheese like you would get at a restaurant to go with your bagel. Any suggestions?