Saturday November 3, 2018

1 Timothy 2:1 First of all, then, I urge that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings be made for everyone

Jeff and I had a wonderful morning—ok, I guess it was afternoon since we didn’t leave until 11:30 am, but the two of us walked down to a really neat coffee shop about 15 minutes from our home. We both had a Thai Iced Coffee that was amazing. It was a really nice break for the two of us to sit and visit about stuff not related to the children and just be with each other. I got to have a day date with my husband. We left the kids at home and had full intentions of coming back home to make them some of the Mac N Cheese that my mom had sent, but instead Wat showed up at the coffee shop with the kids in the car and ended up taking all of us out to lunch (we met them there when we finished our coffee). We had a nice lunch and then Jeff and I continued our time together as we walked leisurely back to the house.

The rest of the day was spent just relaxing and getting prepared for the week. I was able to get a yoga class done and had an ephiphany with the kids’ schoolwork. I haven’t been putting David and Lucia on a schedule, but rather just writing down what they needed to complete for the day. So instead I planned their day into 30 minute increments and hope this helps.

Today was just totally relaxed and chill. The kids were in pretty good moods and we had limited fighting and bickering, which was a nice change of pace.

Coming back to the scripture for today requires taking a bit of a sharp turn. I know that we are away from the US and from all of the chaos surrounding the upcoming elections, but when I read this scripture passage I can’t help but think of my fellow Americans who are living in a country of divisiveness. I pray that we all can find a way to start to actually hear and listen to the other side, not so we change minds, but rather to understand another perspective. Our country is being split into two very distinct “sides” and I just don’t see the need for it. Maybe I am a bit naive, but I believe that we are all seeking the same end, we just believe the paths are different to get there. So why we can’t hear another perspective without condemning them or name calling is beyond me. I read this scripture and try my best to remember to pray for those on every side of the political spectrum, as well as pray for the strength and courage to really listen to the other side. I really believe that we are all wanting a world that supports and cares for those in need, we want a world that is safe and healthy, and we want a world teaches our children to be critical thinkers and problem solvers. The difference between the two sides is the means by which we get to the goals. So instead of fighting, since we know that hasn’t gotten us anywhere to this point, why not try to reach across and actually listen to a perspective that doesn’t match ours–maybe the answer is not one side or the other, but rather a mixture of the two somewhere in the middle…

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