Friday, June 19

Culture Shock 98

My generation will understand this:

If you leave the house late for work, you can make up time by avoiding certain streets or lights. You know what lane to drive in on the freeway; how to weave through traffic to make up 5 minutes. But please, oh please, don't be 5 minutes late to work for any reason.  Your kid throwing a tantrum? Too bad. Your car won't start in the cold? Too bad. Woke up with a massive headache? Too bad.

If you leave the house late here in southern Mississippi, chances are you are just gonna be late. Since there are only two or three lights anyway, you can't avoid them. If you know the back country roads, you might be able to speed around and make up a little time.  Mostly, people are just glad you made it!

Thursday, June 18

Culture Shock 97

It's not raining against my windshield.

It's bugs dieing. Fireflies are really fun to see smeared in front of the only spot I can see clearly through my window. If you catch one while it's glowing, you get a green fluorescent smudge that glows for awhile. Fun.

Tuesday, June 16

Culture Shock 96

"Mom, can I go outside to play?"

I still hesitate to say yes at times. 

It is so wonderful to say yes! Yes, you can go play while I finish the dishes or make dinner or mop the floor.  You don't have to wait for me to be done. You don't have to wait for me to feel like it.  You can just go! Go run! Go jump! Go explore a bit.  Go catch bugs.

You do have to watch your brother for a bit, though, and I'll meet you out there in a few minutes!

Monday, June 1

Culture Shock 95

We have lived in two different houses here in Mississippi, neither of which have had carpet.

Since there is so much mud and dirt, carpet could actually be a nuisance. Considering that I sweep at least twice a day, depending on our outside adventures, I'm glad to not have mud-stained carpet.

So, I know it's time to sweep when my family members start to do ballet moves to remove the dirt specks from the bottom of their feet!

Imagine, if you will,  running the bottom of your right foot on the inside portion of your left shin. I think it's ballet position number 3, though it's been 30+ years since I took that class!

Friday, May 15

Culture Shock 94

Californians get excited about rain and In N Out.  (I don't miss the rain as a storm just passed over, but an In N Out burger sounds divine!)

Mississippians get excited about little league baseball and crawfish boils. Umm, I still don't eat seafood.

And a shock for everyone else: my 10 year old has never played baseball. 

Wednesday, May 13

Culture Shock 93

I just packed all of our winter clothes because the humidity of Spring has hit full force here in the south.

In California, packing up winter gear always left a few sweaters and warm pjs for those cold winds in June or a chilly night in July.

The only chilly nights we have here in southwest Mississippi are when we fall asleep with the air conditioner on full blast.

Sweaters, coats, sweatpants, hats, gloves,  comforters, blankets.  All put away!

Tuesday, May 5

Waiting on Jesus

The Beloved Disciple by Beth Moore

I am using my quiet time in the morning to read through this study of John the Apostle's life. I actually can't wait to finish with it and then read the Gospel of John with this new insight that I'm learning.

I'm at the beginning of Part 8.  That sounds crazy to me.  Anyway, Beth Moore reminded me of something I should know but seem to have forgotten.

She reminded me that if Jesus sends us, He will meet us there.

I'm sitting in our tiny cabin that we call home. Oh, do I have a list of complaints a mile long!  But the blessings should outweigh these silly comforts I think I deserve.  A few blessings:
Healthy children
A warm place to sleep
A big backyard to run and play in
A job for the hubby
Making new friends
Food on the table

I've still been waiting for Jesus, though.  We are blessed. I see His provisions clearly! I'm simply waiting for an answer to,  "What do we do next?"

So Beth Moore reminded me that He sent me out here, therefore He will meet me here.  The Israelites were slaves for 400 YEARS. John the Baptist wandered in the wilderness.  John the Beloved Disciple waited for Christ to return as he watched his friends get martyred one be one.

I will wait in faith that Jesus will direct my path. My impatience does not bring Him nearer to my heart. I will wait and count my blessings. I will wait and watch His glory shine in the lives around me and rejoice in it. I will wait in humility for Him to direct my path. I will wait on Jesus.

I will wait on Jesus because it is worth the wait; He is worth the wait.  Whatever He has planned for me will be worth the wait. I will wait on Jesus because He brought me out here for a purpose. I'm searching and reading and studying and trying to keep my eyes on the prize.  I don't want to miss Him.

Monday, May 4

Culture Shock 92

You've heard of it. You know someone who has it.  Maybe it's you.

Aches and pains that come before the weather channel even knows the wind is shifting.

Sure, I had a few in California, but the weather is pretty stable there.

Here in southwest Mississippi, I can predict with 95% accuracy when a tornado watch is going to be issued.

Let's see: sinus pressure equals a tornado; ankle pain means a thunder storm; sore wrist means light rain.

DO I SOUND OLD YET?! It's getting ridiculous!