I haven’t had the writing itch much this week. I have a lot going on right now: preparing to move your entire life from one state to another is hard work. Trying to make sure you see everyone you want to before you depart is fun and sad all at the same time. I’m ready to be past the moving part and on to the settling in part. My mind is on overload, and I haven’t really had time to sit and meditate and think through things. And it’s not as if I’m not being taught tremendous lessons through this process; I just haven’t had a chance to sit back and ponder much…I like to ponder.

So, here are some random thoughts that have no real connection except they are wandering through my brain at the moment:

  • I tweeted the other day that it is a strange feeling to be excited and sad about something at the same time. I am excited about this move, ready to be near my family again, which is very important to me. But I am so very sad to leave my church family here in Charlotte. Too bad I can’t convince all of them to move to Illinois with me…
  • My journey through Lent this year is teaching me how much I value sharing my own opinion. Not just having my own opinion but sharing it. I am in the midst of 40 days without political talk and commentary, without cable news networks and pundit blogs. And while I love to be “in the know” about things happening in our country, the one thing that is bothering me the most is that I have nothing to be opinionated about right now. No tweets, no blog posts or Facebook posts making my thoughts and fabulous insight known (yes, that last phrase drips with sarcasm…smile). I know there’s much more to say on that…
  • As much as I love my Kindle, I still need a physical book to read. There is something about highlighting text on a page that makes my heart happy.
  • The family of God is messy and beautiful.
  • I am a Midwestern girl through and through, and I love it.
  • My favorite quote from the sermon I heard yesterday: “The best way to keep your foot on the devil’s neck is to stand on the Word.” Love a good old-fashioned Baptist sermon!

That pretty much sums it up for now. Back to my boxes…

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