Monday, April 30, 2012

Cleaning House... Again

For a brief moment in time, about 4 days back in September, my house was clean. Then my little Wriggly made his debut.

I knew my housekeeping, and consequently my house, would take a hit. But I didn't realize how big of a hit. Apparently one month of enjoying a babymoon, followed by one month in a chair unable to move, followed by four months of recovery, laziness and a general disinterest in tidying up equals a huge mess. Again. (For the math people that would be written as B+I+4L=HM. Or something like that.)

I realized that my house was just as messy as it was when I started cleaning before I gave birth. It was incredibly disheartening. Somewhere I had really expected that it wouldn't backslide that much. But it did and I have to deal with that. So I will.

It is tempting to think of all the work I did previously as wasted. After all, it did not last for long. That attitude is exactly how I would have looked at it ten years ago. But I am not the me that I was then. Thank the Lord. I have grown up considerably.

So I decided to change my perspective. Instead of looking back at all my hard work and the short-lived difference it made, I'm going to look at it another way. I actually had a clean house. For four days my house was clean. I managed to set it to order and keep it there. Not for very long, to be sure. But it happened. And if it happened once it can happen again.

Dwelling on the "wasted" work would do nothing for me except ensure that nothing would ever improve. And the work wasn't really wasted. It taught me that I can get my house clean. Sure it was hard work. It was difficult for me in so many ways. But I know now that I can do it. So I will.

Saturday, April 21, 2012

Whole Bible Study: Genesis 4 - 2?

So I've missed a few weeks. There is really too much to cover. We've been through Noah and the flood, Lot, Abraham, Isaac just died.

A few thoughts:

Anyone who says that the Bible was written presenting believers in a good light obviously hasn't read it. The heroes of the Bible have messed up a lot so far. The thing that marks them, though, is that they have faith in God. Abraham may forget to trust God from time to time, but when He commands, Abraham obeys.

Anyone who says that the Bible presents women as inferior obviously hasn't read it. Rebekah is strong and smart. She may not be "good" in all her actions, but she appears no worse than any other person named. And she is clearly intelligent and capable.

One interesting tidbit about the flood and lifespan is that you have each successive generation living a shorter time than the one that precedes it. Shem, Noah's son, is alive to see Isaac wed. Now think about how that might account for some myths in other cultures.

For instance, Fohi, the first emperor of China, was said to be an immortal who survived a great flood. He also happened to die the same year as Noah. Do you suppose that a man who lived longer than his great, great, great, (etc.) grandchildren might appear to be immortal? Enki would be another example. (Ham, perhaps?)

If we look at history, there is much there that supports the Bible as truth. I'll let you know if I find anything that contradicts. (Without undue contrivance.)