I have stuff to say all the time, it just doesn't make it here. I can hear little blog snippets in my head and then when I sit down to write them, well, they just go away or something. Or they just don't seem as good anymore - maybe because I've been thinking about them all day. Or even I just am tired of thinking about them, so I just don't.
I guess this will just be random thoughts.
Jake went to his grandma's tonight. We left before him and I left him a key with instructions to lock the door and put it under a rock. I showed him specifically which rock and everything. Well, when we came home, the door was unlocked and the key was not under the rock. After a careful search and an adament "I locked it and put it under the square rock" from Jacob, we found it in the lock. Nice.
We went to a friend's house for dinner tonight. We dropped off Josh and Cody at Monika's so she could watch them for us. I so appreciate her for that. Anyway, the dinner was great. Our friends are starting a church that will be different. It will still teach the Bible, of course, but it will give feet and hands to our faith. They will be serving the community like no church I know. That's the plan anyway. He said he was asked a question that floored him. He was asked that if the church they were in put out a sign that they were closed and offered no explanation and no warning, would anybody in the community miss it? I can see how that is flooring. I could see how the members of the church would miss it, but the community? Great question! We are definitely praying about this because it seems like what we've been looking for.
I also heard a new term tonight. Overchurched. I've heard unchurched and dechurched, but not overchurched. I think I'm overchurched. I love the Lord with all my heart, but in all honesty, church has been leaving me a bit dry for a long time. That's not saying I'm not in a good church. That's not saying there aren't good churches all over. That's just saying that it's just not home for me anymore. I need something more. I need somewhere I can grow. I need to come away changed. I want to encounter Jesus. The real Jesus. The man who is bold, strong, loving, kind, unashamed, gentle, strong - not the passive, two-dimensional Jesus that so many churches make him out to be. There just has to be more. I'm praying for God to show us if this is where we are to be or not.
Stephen R. Lawhead is an awesome author. I've loved all three of the books of his that I've gotten to read. We went to Half Price Books tonight and got another one of his. I love his style and he writes in series! I love series stories. He's edgy and surprising. He doesn't seem to copy anybody else's style which is a major pet peeve of mine. His books don't feel cranked out to meet a deadline. I'm just really happy to have found something else to read.
David's off tomorrow! Woohoo! He talked to his parents this morning and they are coming for a weekend in June. It'll be nice. We haven't seen them in forever.
Cody pulled a Jacob tonight at Half Price Books. We were standing on the Sci Fi aisle and he said "These books just look used to me". Oh. My. Goodness.
Ok. Off to read my new Stephen R. Lawhead book and go to bed!