Saturday, January 27, 2007

Down in the dumps

Q: Where does the Lone Ranger take his garbage?
A: To the dump, to the dump, to the dump, dump, dump!

I don't really feel like I have anything noteworthy or witty or interesting to say. I'm just being honest. Do you appreciate honesty? This week I just have been feeling "down in the dumps". Probably because Sienna was sick, then I was horribly sick, then Sienna was a bit sick again. Through all that, I still managed to homeschool three days out of our normal four, but for whatever reason, I still felt like I was failing at homeschooling well. I have sensed that emotionally I've been feeling down, but I don't really have any good reason why. {S.A.D? If you have it, you know what I mean.} Yesterday was a bright spot, being Sienna's second birthday. I even watched the clock as it ticked to the exact minute she was born & said a prayer thanking God for the blessing that she is & asking her to be with us for many more birthdays to come. That was a good moment. I was feeling slightly overwhelmed at the prospect of having a party today & tried as best that I could to release myself from making it perfect. I am feeling a little disappointed too that nearly none of our friends came to her party {along with several family members}. I realize that everyone has their own lives to attend to and that this occasion was about celebrating Sienna, but still a little bummed nonetheless. {Maybe my love language being quality time has something particular to do with it.} Another bright spot though is that I've got a lot of knitting done & have been bit by the knitting bug in a BIG way. I even read an entire book in 2 days {easily done since it was a hilarious compilation of a real-life knitter}. It's called Yarn Harlot. She also has a blog here which I've been enjoying reading. I found this super cute knitting pattern {really, it's genius} for a baby that I am definitely making {you pregnant readers might get some for your wee ones, so I'm not spilling the beans}, but unfortunately all the yarn need will cost $30. Maybe that will be my birthday present. I know. How lame that must seem to some people. I want YARN for my birthday. Just kick me.

The other item weighing heavily on my mental platter has been, without giving many details, the question of whether a sin is the same as a SIN. Does God view all sins the same way? I am having a hard time reconciling the fact that a little white lie {maybe slightly deceiving your child perhaps} could be put on the same level with, oh...say, adultery. Dear husband says, "A sin is a sin." I told him I was going to just fall back on my Catholic roots and sort sins in the venial and mortal categories. {Insert laugh from husband here.} He says one way to explain it would be to say that all sins are equally against God, but that different sins have different consequences.....I also say that it is worse when a person, who appears to be living a very holy life and is walking the walk, falls into a serious sin issue than for a person who does not give that same impression. Dear husband says, "Aren't we all walking around, to some degree, hiding sin in our lives, pretending to be one way on the outside and another on the inside?" Sometimes I could just wring his neck for the swift and appropriate responses he comes up with.

{Insert friendly-but-thought-provoking comments from blog readers here.}

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

I think that if we are all honest with ourselves, we all tend to compartmentalize (I am looking at this word thinking, this sounds right when I say it out loud but is this even a word and did I spell it right?) sin. When you tell your children that McDonald's is closed at noon when you are driving by and they are throwing fits because you aren't stopping it's hard to think that in God's eyes, sin is sin and that this lie is no better than when someone tells their spouse that they aren't cheating but really the affair has been going on for several years. Hard to wrap your mind around. Even harder so, is to think that in God's mind it's all sin...from murdering someone to accidentally telling a lie (I have heard that many times and I still think that there is absolutely no way to tell a lie on accident!) I will leave you a verse though:

"For as the heavens are higher then the earth, so are my ways higher then your ways, and my thoughts higher than your thoughts"~Isaiah 55:9

If we just can't wrap our mind around something, maybe it isn't for us to know or understand. We also shouldn't be looking at the sin in someone else's life and weighing it on a scale or against another person's who seems to be more humble or remorseful about it. I mean there are certain situations that we are to go to those people and so on and so on but to judge someone's heart or motives, that is only for God.