I’m finding the more I read (online and off) the more overwhelmed I become with what I feed our family, what we play with and what I put their food on. There is this major thing going on now about BPA and plastics. I’ve really tried to not be too concerned with it all because I knew the more I read the more freaked out I would get.
I got this way when I started stressing out about organic food and then I found myself in this horrible funk after I got home from the grocery store because it was so stressful (trying to plan a menu and feed our family on our little paycheck is hard enough w/o freaking out more because I’m trying to buy organic! Impossible!)
But this BPA thing is starting to get to me. I’ve really jumped on the no toys made in China bandwagon, partly because of the whole lead paint thing, but also because generally the toys that come out of China involve no child-led imagination play. And now I can add that many of these toy companies use BPA tainted plastic.
All of this rambling to say that I found this really good chart today from teensygreen‘s blog and it was the most helpful thing I’ve seen yet. She explains all about the dangers of BPA and then links you to this site that has lots of other helpful information.
We’ll be buying new sippy cups soon!
I had put this book aside for a few weeks as our ladies Bible study started up but today while the kiddos slept in (amazing!) I had a chance to read the next chapter. Again, I was blown away at how awesome God’s timing is. I have really been dealing a lot with forgiveness lately and also just bitterness with God over some things in my past. These few sections really spoke to me this morning. It was an awesome reminder that even in the midst of pain, brokenness, anger or happiness, God continues to pursue us. He continues to intercede for us and continues to demand that we give everything over to Him…everything! That means even all our anger. It is only when we give all that over to God that we begin to find true spiritual intimacy with Him.
When we read God’s story in the Old and New Testaments we are confronted with a God who is always after us, looking for us and who cries out each time he finds us with a divine despair…He wants us here, now, totally and unconditionally. As long as we continue to reduce prayer to occasional piety we keep running away from the mystery of God’s jealous love…Prayer means letting God’s creative love touch the most hidden places of our being and prayer means listening with attentive, undivided hearts to the inner movement of the Spirit of Jesus, even when that Spirit leads us to places we would rather not go.
Spiritual intimacy with God involves bringing more and more of myself into God’s presence and receiving more and more of God’s being into myself.
Be still before the Lord and wait.
Be still and know that I am God.
In silence my soul waits for you and you alone, oh God
This is a prayer of self-emptying that enables us to receive whatever it is that God wants to give.
I am learning that is only in this place that I am in now that I can start to empty myself of all this hurt, bitterness, anger and other sinful things and that I can begin to be filled more and more with His Spirit.
There is something about Springtime that really invigorates me. I guess it is the rebirth of creation, that knowledge that all that was hidden or dead has become alive again. It is the reminder of the compassion of Christ and the forgiveness that He bestows on us every sinful second of our lives. Every morning I step outside and see more and more of the world waking up again I feel so much closer to God and so much more loved by Him and amazed at His love for me.
I’m never one to keep things the same for too long (ask my poor son; I’ve rearranged his room at least
2 3 times already this year!) and my awesomely talented friend Jennifer designed this awesome header for my etsy shop, I just had to put it on my blog!
Thanks Jen! You rock!
Here is my latest addition to the burp cloth stash. This one sat in the den way too long before I finally sat down yesterday and made myself finish it.
I added it to the shop today too. Glad to see my listings growing bit by bit. This one is called BonnetChick