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love and marriage, love and marriage...

One of the things that we love about Shawn's job is the chance to do counseling with people.  This morning we did some marriage counseling with a couple that we are hoping to have a chance to get to know better, and I remembered something very important - we are all the same in many ways.
As I listened to the stresses that they were having, I realized how many times I have talked with others about these same issues, and even how many times we have struggled through them in our own marriage!  Not to say that they are not important, hurtful, real issues - but just to remind us that we all face these same things.  And they come down to the same basic issues - love, respect, and trust.
When we lived in Malawi we did a lot of marriage counseling with the pastors and their wives that we worked with.  It is a culture that does not value women much, so one would think that would add extra things to the mix.  And in some ways it did - we often had to work to get the wives to speak up, or t…

How many seasons do we have?

...Because I seem to have forgotten them.  My mind is in dull winter mode.

Home schooling has it's own set of challenges in the winter in New York!  The excitement of a blanket (and I'm talking a thick down comforter, not a thin little sheet) of snow has worn off, ice-skating is not nearly as fun this year in the consistent below-freezing temps, and I am -quite frankly- sick of the bazillion mittens and scarves all over my house.  Yet to stay inside the house after being in the same house all day for school makes one a little loopy.  (That's my excuse anyway!)
We have done some field trips to the New York State Museum, which is free and big - but there's only just so many times we can enjoy a small, fake version of the Adirondacks when we have been in the real place with all it's glory!  We went to the Army/Navy store and tried on all the hats, pretended to Kayak, teased each other about eating the dried food packs, and felt a sense of pride in our troops - but th…

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Just some random musings from my week...
We've been tired.  And sick.  And I am sick and tired of being sick and tired.  But I am happy and contented tonight as I sit at my computer typing out this nonsense. 
Often while we have been in Troy we have been lonely, but this week had been packed with fun times with friends, and I am grateful for that!
Tomorrow starts a new week with all the RPI students back so Compelled is going to be back to normal again, and I am so excited to get together with the band on Monday and rock out again!
And a friend gave me a lot of new books to read.
Life is good.
Now if it would just get warmer...

I'm Believing God

Have you read the book "Believing God" by Beth Moore?  I read it a few years ago, and came across it again recently, hidden among all the books in Shawn's office.  (We have no room at the house, so all the books go there!)  I have not started it again - mostly because after I brought it home, I lost it again!  But I have been thinking about the core of the book.  It is based on this statement:
"God is Who He says He is. God can do what He says He can do. I am who God says I am. I can do all things through Christ. His Word is alive and active in me.  I'm believing God."
That is more than a peppy little mantra, or encouraging saying to get me going on those off days!  It is true!  But do I live that way? 
God is who He says he is...really?  If I really believed that - that He is the Author of Creation, the Glory and the Lifter of my head, my Refuge, my Rock, the Light to my path, my adoptive Father who chose me, my Savior (among all the other extraordinar…