Idiosyncrasies. We all have them.
When I look through our photos, in and out of albums, I have this urge to place my index finger and thumb on the corners to make them bigger. I have to remind myself that I can only do that on my phone. Modern technology has messed with my brain.
I get up extra early during the week in order to spend time with my Father and practice yoga, but I often end up looking at fb and then trying to cram God and yoga into a 20 minute space. Other mornings, when I’m feeling grumpy or worried, I try to force myself to write something “thankful” first because some older Christian told me that was the right way to approach God a long time ago and I still feel guilty if I don’t do this. Because God doesn’t know that I’m really thinking about the negative junk if I write “Good morning, God. Thank You for…” before I dump the other stuff at His feet.
Sometimes I text my kids in the next room or upstairs because I’m too lazy to walk to where they are or even to the bottom of the stairs to tell them something.
When I’m overly tired I will often go to bed and look at all of my phone apps for an hour before I go to sleep and then I start the following day even more tired, determined not to be so stupid again… but I do it all over again most of the time…
I’ve been a mom and kinder/1st grade teacher for such a long time that I don’t really know how to start conversations with adults who aren’t the parents of my children’s friends or the parents of my students.
My obsessive compulsion is that I “clean” my fingers off with my other fingers and if I miss a spot, I have to start over again where I last “cleaned” completely.
I struggle to know God as my Father who loves me unconditionally. I struggle to believe I’m worth the work and the grace He invests in me even though I can totally believe He does this for others. They just mostly seem so much more loveable than I am…
have a hard time sticking up for myself. I’ve thought about why. You know, what’s the worst thing that could happen? I think it’s fear of finding out no one really cares. I have absolutely NO trouble sticking up for my children or other people I love – often when it’s not my place to do so. So, basically I suck at defending everyone in one way or another.
Being in my 50’s freaks me out sometimes. I finally feel more freedom to be who I am meant to be, yet it feels as if I’m running out of time and I’ve done so little with the time I’ve been given. Mid-life crisis, much?
Sometimes I compare sins in my brain to try to feel better about myself and then I remember all of the horrible and embarrassing junk I’ve done and I feel super grateful and relieved that there is forgiveness and grace. I also feel embarrassed that my thoughts were so horrible and arrogant.
I have a really cool Bible app on my phone that I listen to every morning and often my first reaction to the choices some people made, like Lot’s wife looking back (seriously, how simple is it NOT to turn around for a bit?!), or eating from the one lousy tree He told them not to, is to feel disgusted because I’m sure I would’ve made MUCH better decisions than those dummies… and sometimes when my husband says what I’m thinking out loud, I don’t always say, “I KNOW, right?!” Sometimes I just explain why we would do the same thing as those dummies and act a little like I’m superior because I’m willing to be so humble and admit I am just as dumb as the people in the Bible.
Sometimes I wonder why he puts up with me…