Tuesday, June 12, 2007

Relating to God

Our sermon at church on Sunday was about the different ways that we, as humans, relate to God. There is a little 'quiz' that is supposed to help you figure out how you relate (or just confirm suspicions in my case). So, I took the quiz and this is what I am:

1. Caregiver (draws near to God through caring and serving others)
2. Naturalist (draws near to God through nature)
3. Contemplative (draws near to God through heartfelt adoration and worship)

I was talking to John the other day about what my type might be, and all of these came up. Some people might feel boxed in by taking a little quiz like this, but I actually liked it because it helped me confirm in my mind ways that God made me. I think I'm learning to appreciate how I'm made instead of judging my downfalls. I'm feeling free to just worship God how I relate to him instead of trying to fit myself in another category. It's a very freeing thing. :)
Some other categories there were to choose from were:

Sensate (worship God through the senses)
Enthusiast (worship and celebration)
Traditionalist (ritual and symbol)
Ascetics (solitude and simplicity)
Activist (social change)
Intellectual (mind)

If you are interested in the quiz, go to www.harborofhope.org and you'll find it under 'sermon series'. It was very encouraging for me, maybe it will be for you too! :)

Sunday, June 10, 2007

identity crisis

I've felt very confused lately with what we (John and I) should be doing with our lives. I'm in a job 'transition' right now, and John is wondering how long he should be in his job at all. Jobs, School, houses, condos, cars, and locations are all things we think about a lot. My question is, with all the options most American's have now a'days when it comes to lifestyle, what do you choose? How do you know what's best for you? I feel torn between wanting things 'perfect' and just choosing to do the right thing day after day. Maybe I'm complicating things, and maybe this is something that many 20 and 30 something's go through in 2007. I know God has a plan for us. Choosing to trust Him instead of my own (obviously brilliant) mind is so hard. All the time I think that I can rule my own life, that's what we're taught in this world, right? Maybe patience is the best thing for me right now. Patience and prayer. Surrender to God with every step and every decision.
Living in the moment is so important and I find myself wasting away thinking about the 'greener grass'. Guess I should stop writing and go live in the moment right now! :)

Saturday, June 9, 2007

Writer's block

Hi All,

Well, this is my very first blog. I've always been a big fan of writing and journaling, I have many journals and diary's, I got my first when I was 6 and wrote in it faithfully for about two weeks straight. I picked it back up when I was 7 or 8 (and had more attention span) and was done with the book by the time I was maybe 9. I think it would be funny to post an excerpt or two from that first diary, it's pretty funny. So anyway, I have a box of maybe two dozen journals filled with stuff. Lately, I have drifted away from journals (it's taken me a year and a half to get through one book, which is a long time for me). This blog is my attempt to get back into writing my thoughts, concerns and ideas. :) We'll see if I can stick it out!