What I’m thinking about this week
God calls us his children. He doesn’t call us his brother, or sister, aunt or uncle. He calls us his children. I’ve been chewing on that all week. Does that mean we should come to him in child-like faith? Like when a child asks a parent for something – not worrying about how his needs will be met, but confident the parent will do what is best for the child?
When we are a child of God we are part of his family. Just like my children are part of my family. Nothing they do can ever change that. Matthew 11:7 reminds me that God is the perfect Father giving us good gifts.
What would it look like to live like a child of God? Not an adult of God, but a child? For me, that would mean worrying less. Trusting more. Loving fully. Not being afraid of being hurt. Not taking life so serious. Wide-eyed wonder. Coloring. Being present. Barefoot and carefree. Spontaneous.
So no matter what kind of home you came from, you can still belong. You can still be a part of a family. Everybody can have a good father.
What I’m reading this week
Well, I was reading, Surely You’re Joking, Mr. Feynman! but the audio copy I borrowed digitally from my library came due and someone else was waiting for it, so I couldn’t renew it. I’m right in the middle and desperate to finish it- I’ve checked twice this week already to make sure someone hasn’t returned it.
In the meantime, I started A Voice in the Wind by Francine Rivers. I’m an hour in and it’s too soon to know what I think.
I just finished season 2 of Man in the High Castle on Amazon Prime. Next to check out on my list are The Crown and Victoria.
Shopping and coloring
I struggle with grocery shopping. I seem to not be able to think of what I want to buy when I get there. I use Plan to Eat, to store my recipes and schedule my meals. It’s not free, but I like it. Except with my kid’s schedules, I rarely know who will be home when, so it’s hard to plan.
James has been shopping with me the last couple of weeks. Last week we went to Aldi just when it was closing. The kids seemed happy with our choices. I was impressed with the produce and Simply Nature products. I found some peanut butter that didn’t have any scary ingredients in it. Their almond milk gave me a stomach ache, I’m not sure why – the ingredients didn’t indicate a problem.
I have tried to make a price book a couple of times not followed through with it. I asked James for his input. He found an app called Price Cruncher. (android only) and has been putting in the prices at various stores. It breaks down the items to the price per ounce so you can see what is the best value. We only have a couple of weeks of information in there but it looks promising.
My love for coloring has only grown since my post here. I got a couple of different coloring books for Christmas. I bought the 24 pack of Prismacolor Premier Colored Pencils. Someday I want to get the 72 pack! Better than pencils are gel pens – I think I’m addicted! I got a 100 pen set of Gelwriters from Costco for $20 that I’ve been happy with. It it relaxing to color in the evenings by the fire listening to an audio book.
How about you? What are you up to this week?