So, I’ve been reading the book, “The Shack” and just finished it this afternoon.  While there were many good thoughts, I was reminded about these thoughts that I have pondered and agreed with over the years:

We are created in God’s image…which means to be in relationship with others.  We constantly are trying to turn inward towards ourselves when we need to strive to turn or “re-turn” to others.

Being in relationship with others requires that we trust, have faith, and relinquish our need to control everything around us.

Because we as humans have freedom and seek independence (which draws us away from relationship at times) bad things happen, and while God does not prevent this (because he does not interfere with our freedom) he does make every attempt to use the outcome to bring about good.

God desires to be in a deep, true and intimate relationship with us.  He is not desiring to be a dictator, or director, but a partner.

And with all of that said, I am posting the most recent picture of our wonderful family, taken by our dear friends, Brian and Karissa Kuns.  Thank you Kuns family!

Our family September '08

Our family September

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So, we’ve begun this new adventure in our life–moving our family to Africa–but we don’t have a set departure date, and that makes us feel like we are living in limbo.

A few years ago, during my graduate school days, I took a course on the process of change.  It discussed how we as a society are so uncomfortable with being in a change…we push to get to the next stage, or feel comfortable again.  As a family, we’re in the middle of “the change”, that really scary, uneasy place, and I am telling myself (and whoever will listen, like Ian) to just sit in the moment and appreciate how it develops our character.

Hmmm, guess that is a bit deep for a first blog post.  I’ll try to keep them lighter in the future!

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