Monday, February 11, 2008

Spaghetti

After I lived through a couple of days of fighting a flu bug last week, we had a big day yesterday. It was not our week on the worship team; however, two of the musicians who were supposed to be there were not, so GuitarGeek and I got to play anyway. And since it was communion Sunday, we got to play a LOT, because there is always worship music playing as communion is being participated in. (I know, terrible sentence structure-- it's Monday after a long Sunday.)

Then after church we decided to go out to eat with friends, but none of us are rolling in the dough this time of year, and the food needed to be, you know, cheap, so someone suggested we go to Sonic. This month, a local Sonic is running a special on Sundays: kids meals only 99 cents. So we went and ordered 9 kids meals. Yes, you read that right: 9 (nine) kids meals for five people. And the people at Sonic let us do it!

As a bonus, we got 9 (nine) of the kids meal toys. MB3 said it made up for all those years he didn't get to have kids meals with toys, because we were too poor to eat out.

We finally made it home around 4, and I went straight to take a nap. I woke up when DrummerDude and Swede came in. (That's why we had only bought meals for five people, instead of six, because DD was hanging out with Swede.) I got up and put some roast in the oven so we could have supper later, and shortly after that, Swede's son J, and daughter-in-law S, and their baby B, dropped in. Swede had wanted to surprise us, since we haven't seen his son and daughter-in-law since before they were married, much less seen their new baby.

After they left, Swede stayed for a while and we hashed over the day, particularly the stuff preached about in church that morning.

So as you can imagine, we were involved in a LOT of conversation yesterday, and here are some of the things we've talked about and some things I've been thinking about since:

1) This innovative, cute crib-hammock-thingie. I wish this had been around when my kids were babies.




2) This amber teething necklace. It's supposed to release oils into the skin that counteract the pain of teething, and help respiratory symptoms, and a few other things. I wish this had been around, too!



3) Why do some people get healed quickly and easily and others not? Why is it usually the people who don't even know God, or at least not very much, who are healed, and people who have walked with God for years have sickness and disease? (I have a theory, but I don't want to take the time to write it right now.)

4) When we are sick, or in trouble, which of these is the right way to approach it?:

a. Pray. Bring your request to God, and then relax in God's peace, because whatever happens, it's all for good, and God knows what He's doing.

b. Keep crying out to God day and night for the health and prosperity He has promised, and never get comfortable or complacent with your condition.

c. Do nothing. After all, stuff happens, and it happens to everyone, and that's just life.

d. Worry and complain.

e. Figure it's somehow all your own fault, and work harder, pray harder, try to be a better Christian.

f. Do spiritual warfare to break off the attack of the enemy.

g. Go to the doctor, or get a loan, or ask friends for help, depending on the situation.

h. All of the above, in varying combinations, depending on your mood, or the latest sermon you've heard.


5) This cool new toy Hubby is thinking about buying for the tree service.





6) Do you rinse cloth diapers before washing them, or do you throw them straight into the washer? (Yes, and no, but if you want to make an issue of it, then I have no opinion.)

7) We're all getting tired of being cold, and we'd like some warm weather!

8) This interesting idea:



Do you see what that is? Tattooed wedding rings! Our visitors, J and S, had matching tattooed wedding rings, and for some reason I am fascinated by the idea. I'm sort of seriously considering the idea for myself. I'd --maybe--like one that would be covered up by my real ring when I wear it, but then when I don't want to be wearing my diamond, I still would have a "ring." Makes me feel young and radical, just thinking about it.

9) How long will GuitarGeek and LovelyDaughter have to wait to have families of their own? Are there any good young people around anymore? If so, where do we find them? (It really set GuitarGeek and LovelyDaughter aching with longing to see J and S and Baby B. J is the same age as GG. And S is the same age as LD.)

10) Watching the baby made me realize that my years of taking care of babies were actually the easy part of parenting. (If you have babies now, please don't stone me.) And I wouldn't mind doing it again. Maybe. Or maybe that's what grandkids are for.

Do you notice how our conversation jumps around to unrelated stuff? Somewhere once I read that this is "spaghetti" thinking: follow a strand till it overlaps another strand, and, whoops, follow that strand, till you hit another one, and whoops, another topic. Either that, or it's just another way to get whiplash...

4 comments:

My Ice Cream Diary said...

I love "spaghetti" conversations because you never know in what delicious direction you will go next.

Thanks for sharing the fun.

Ornery's Wife said...

You have the most interesting discussions! I wish I had been there to join in. Since I wasn't here is my input! (You knew I'd have some, didn't you?)

3) Why do some people get healed quickly and easily and others not? Why is it usually the people who don't even know God, or at least not very much, who are healed, and people who have walked with God for years have sickness and disease? (I have a theory, but I don't want to take the time to write it right now.)

My theory on this is that they don't really understand the promises or trust God to follow through with what He has promised. They have likely been influenced by experiences (either preachers, other believers, past personal exp. etc.) and somehow think THEY have to do something to get their healing. Jesus already did everything, we just have to believe, (convince our heart) but that is sometimes the hardest part!

4) When we are sick, or in trouble, which of these is the right way to approach it?:

a. Pray. Bring your request to God, and then relax in God's peace, because whatever happens, it's all for good, and God knows what He's doing.

b. Keep crying out to God day and night for the health and prosperity He has promised, and never get comfortable or complacent with your condition.

c. Do nothing. After all, stuff happens, and it happens to everyone, and that's just life.

d. Worry and complain.

e. Figure it's somehow all your own fault, and work harder, pray harder, try to be a better Christian.

f. Do spiritual warfare to break off the attack of the enemy.

g. Go to the doctor, or get a loan, or ask friends for help, depending on the situation.

h. All of the above, in varying combinations, depending on your mood, or the latest sermon you've heard.

OR
i. Confess the truth; God has provided health and prosperity, or whatever else the Word says is ours, through Christ. (This is the effectual prayer.) Confess it until you believe it, believe it until you can see it. Just because we can't see it doesn't mean it hasn't happened already.

5) This cool new toy Hubby is thinking about buying for the tree service.
Ooh! Fun! My son would have a great time with that! That is one really fun aspect of his job with the Air Force--getting to drive the big machines.

I know what you mean about finding partners for our kids. My son is shy about introducing himself to girls, but will make a wonderful dad and husband. He enrolled on-line with eHarmony thinking that might be a way to circumvent some of the awkwardness, but he hasn't really been very successful there either. Maybe we should introduce your daughter to him! :-)

I answered your question about whether I'd be blogging on my trip in the comments on my post, but I'll say here, YES! I would not be a happy traveler if I couldn't blog!

Have a good day!
TM

PrayerMom said...

I've personally had to retreat back to Job 13:15a: "Though he slay me, yet will I hope in him..." and don't have all of the rest of it figured out yet.

At the beginning of our family's latest challenges, I was presented repeatedly with the scripture from Heb. 11:6 that says, "And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him" as though it was a reminder not to forget, when the smoke cleared, that God has promised to show us salvation in the land of the living.

Ps. 27:13
I am still confident of this:
I will see the goodness of the LORD
in the land of the living.

carrie said...

Huge hugs for you!! I know what you mean about not understanding why some get healed quicker than others...


Oh and DH and I are actually planning on doing the tats for rings pretty soon...