Ben has signed up for the Chicago Marathon. It's official. He'll be running it with a group from our Church (The Moody Church) who runs annually with Team World Vision. "World Vision is a Christian humanitarian organization dedicated to working with children, families, and their communities worldwide to reach their full potential by tackling the causes of poverty and injustice." They have focused on clean water in Africa for a long time, although they now have all sorts of outreach world wide.
Ben also found out the other day that he has officially been accepted to the Phd sociology program at the University of Nebraska in Lincoln. Yay!! We are still waiting to hear from other schools he's applied to and we are waiting on the Lord to direct us. The repeated command throughout scripture to "Trust in the Lord" takes on a new meaning in different situations, doesn't it? We are learning this lesson each day. We are also so thankful to God for his provisions! His mercies are new every morning. Great is His faithfulness. (Lamentations 3:23)
We had a blizzard. Oh wait, that was the only news story this week, so you probably heard about it ;)
Our church does a one-on-one mentoring program for women and pairs up younger women with older women under the command in Titus 2 to teach younger women. I signed up to be a mentee and met with Valerie last night for the first time, my new mentor. It was lovely getting to know each other. I could see that this was a great fit :)
Reading lists are well underway. Ben is powering through book after book - some of his latest are:
The Seeing Eye, C. S Lewis
What in the World is Going On, David Jeremiah
Brothers Karamosov, Fyodor Dostoyevsky.
Some of my latest are:
Choosing to See, Mary Beth Chapman
Forgotten God, Francis Chan
The Magician's Nephew, C.S. Lewis
We're both reading through the "Chronicles of Narnia" series again - brilliant! I appreciate it SO much more as an adult. The biblical metaphors are beautiful and moving in a fresh way. It's such a quick read too... READ IT!
Book reviews to come.
Our street was finally plowed last night - so Ben is faithfully shoveling out our car as I write. We decided last night that this snow probably won't melt until July. Bummer. (My students' drama has rubbed off on me, what can I say...?)