Yesterday evening while I was snuggling with Nora, I glanced down and noticed that she had my I WILL CARRY YOU necklace pendant firmly in her little grasp. *tears!* I swear that wasn’t in any way staged!
This evening Nora visited our church for the first time. It was so good to be back after having been absent for so long (even if we did have to sit in the Cry Room because a certain little somebody was a little fussy fuss!). Fortunately we have the ability to watch the services from past weeks online (Crossroads), but it’s just not the same as being there in person. Kirk Perry (president of global family care for Procter & Gamble) was the guest speaker this evening. He talked about what it’s like to integrate his faith in the business world. While I’m not so much in the business world as a stay at home mom, much of what he touched on was still very relevant. I was particularly inspired by the myths or common misconceptions of what it means to live a faith based life. I would have taken notes but for the fact that I was swaying back and forth and bouncing a grouchy little baby girl in my arms! One of “myths” that stood out to me was that our faith is something that is meant to be private. Many people, including myself at one point, believe(d) that you go to church on Sunday and then there is really no need to talk about it or utilize your faith past that point. I remember how awkward it was in my driver’s ed class 20-something years ago when our driving instructor insisted on listening to a Christian rock station in the car. “Lame-o!!!!” I remembered thinking. I was under the impression that there was no need or use for that kind of stuff unless there was something NQR with ya, or that you were some kind of Bible beater! (in retrospect, why WOULDN’T a person in charge of teaching a car full of moody teenagers how to drive be listening to Christian music, whether they were religious or not!!!???) *wink* Fast forward many years later where the surly 16 year old is now a “bedraggled homemaker”, tried and tested. I literally LOL to think that I once felt that my faith was something that was private!! No, of course I’m not going to shove my faith down anyone’s throat or threaten you that you’re going to go to hell if you don’t believe and repent (through a megaphone on a street corner)! I don’t think that is a very endearing approach, and I hope I’ve never come across that way in any of my posts!! I hope that by being honest and open about my life and Nora, sharing all the ways that God has been ever present – maybe a seed is planted. A seed that will someday become the inception of faith in someone else’s life. I no longer harbor any fear of “what will people think??”. God is so very good, real, cool and hip to me, so much greater than the risk of someone whispering behind my back or thinking I’m some kind of wackjob Bible beater. I can’t possibly sit here and pretend I had anything to do with the outcome of this beautiful love story, or the fact that it has reached and touched thousands of lives. To God alone be the glory. I can’t be quiet about that!
In summary, it was a great service. I’m glad we decided to go at the last minute. We also met some new friends tonight who have been following our blog. It was so nice to meet you Caitlin and Nicole! And so nice to see you, Amanda and family!
“You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden. Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven. (Matthew 5:14-16 NIV)
On an unrelated topic, I was distressed upon noticing this warning label on Miss Nora’s medication today:
I have no idea how I’m going to break it to her that she’s no longer able to operate the crane trucks. #majorbummer # whattodo