A couple days ago I was able to get some raw and ready to use craft material. Like frames, a huge toy chest for Emma and some lettering…all stripped and beautifully sanded wood. All they’re ready to do is be ‘beautified’. And that is where I come in. Fred Meyer is having a great sale by the way, as is Michales.
Well, enjoy the tree picture and I will enjoy hanging out with friends tonight!
So I was just watching a show on PBS that showed the similarities of Christianity, Judaism and Islam. And throughout the show I was struck with how the people were showing that although you might be apart of one religion- it is all based off the same fundamentals. I am so glad my friend Brandon wasn’t here, we would have had to cool him off. Yes, I see some similarities, but their points were silly. For example, both Jews and Muslims kiss on both sides of the face for a welcome. This is lightweight to me because I know some French atheists who also kiss hello.
Overall the show was uncomfortable. I think it is extremely important to know and understand other religions. It just means knowing and understanding mine more too.
One interesting point the show made, and I’ll end with this, is that the Islam faith is one of peace. Huh, the middle east is obviously not representing that view point.
So I was thinking tonight about some reading I did in John 3:8. It says, “The wind blows wherever it pleases. You hear its sound, but you cannot tell where it comes from or where it is going. So it is with everyone born of the Spirit.”
The paragraph talks about how God loved us and how we should in turn love those around us. I have no idea where the connection went or how I got to this thought but I was remembering a time when I lived in Lynnwood with my dad and at that time I attended Millcreek Foursquare. (It’s a great church by the way- you should visit) I can remember a time when we were talking about the end of the world and what we would do if we knew it was ending tomorrow. I immediately said that I would go to the Wal-mart across the street, stand on a tall object and ‘bring everyone to Christ’. I now look back and can see my heart- but I can also see that even though I wanted to do what was right…I don’t think I would have done that. And I then thought, ‘Would you do that today?’ And the alarming thing is that I don’t think I would. God is showing me that I constantly feel pressure to fit in and have people like me.
I can remember visiting Poland for the first time and the desire for them to like me was so strong I could taste it. These people that I had heard so much about from Travis, I was finally being able to meet! Granted my first impressions usually aren’t the best- however I was confident to show them I genuinely liked them and really wanted to get to know them. …
Stringing the thought processes together- loving people and having them like you isn’t always connected. Look at Jesus. You know I really have a strong, tender and protective place in my heart for the Polish. I’m not sure it’s love, but I can see it easily growing to become that. And this honesty is really me. I’m not going to delete the last sentence because I’m afraid of what a Polish friend might think after reading that. I say this with hesitance and nerves but also with honesty and real-ness. I can see that my calling to Poland is sure- I know 110% that God has called me there. And so this blog is dedicated to be one that explains the feelings of a ‘missionary’ and that includes the faults. I should not have had the expectation that they would ‘like’ me- it was a doomed mission to start with. Today I help others who might have similar expectations and, with God, show them that to love someone sometimes doesn’t always mean having others like them. However, as with the Poles, people’s appreciation of you grows. But I promise that it won’t come without hours of prayer and quiet time all the while learning about yourself and them.
Ok, so I chose Emma because she is my little munchkin’. Even though she is not in overalls, I think it still works. (and outshines the cookie) The snow is fantastic! I am so looking forward to all the snow in Poland! That is something that I think some would be frustrated with, but I LOVE snow! And what it brings with it: Hot cocoa, warm blankets, chocolate fondue nights, and last of all- gingerbread. Yum! I’ll post more holiday cookie picts. as well as some Christmas pictures too of around our house.