My Favorite Things

It has been a crazy transition back to Lebanon. This post is going to very quickly and visually show you our lives, and I am going to share a few of my favorite things right now that are helping us master our lives!

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We came back to Lebanon and found out that Kyrie Rebekah is allergic to sesame seeds.

However, after removing sesame seeds from her diet, she was still having tummy trouble. So, we took her to the doctor and they recommended getting blood and stool tests. Stress and sadness began to enter our lives, until I went to church on Sunday and a woman was talking to me about her newfound allergy, and says to me, “Make sure she doesn’t have any tahini. That’s sesame seed paste.”

Tahini!

The light bulbs started going on in my brain! Hummus is made with chickpeas and tahini, and in my desire to keep Kyrie eating, I had bought her a tub of hummus. No, I am not going to put an affiliate link for hummus here because there is no way it would taste as good as hummus from the Middle East. If you want good hummus, you will just have to visit us!

With that discovery, Kyrie has been fine, and all is well. Full health has returned to her, and she no longer feels sick.

Praise the Lord!

What are my favorite things to get through this time of stress?

My daily devotional which I have been reading all year, and think is amazing!

The devotional I have been using all year is the Moravian Daily Text for 2017. I mentioned this in a previous post sharing how my desire to Belong in my own skin has included searching into my heritage of being Moravian. Moravians were the founders of 24/7 prayer, and forged the way in so many missions movements. Each day has a verse from the Old Testament and New Testament along with a selection from a hymn for each verse. The text for the day ends with a prayer. It is encouraging to know there are so many others reading that same text and praying that prayer along with me every single day. I am so encouraged, and strive to do as Bonhoeffer asked his seminary students at Finkenwalde, to refuse to rise from the reading until my heart has shifted toward God.

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Lion Bars are our go to grocery store treat. When we take the kids shopping we all get one small treat for getting through the ordeal. If you haven’t taken our grocery store challenge to learn how to shop like you live in Lebanon, go put it on your calendar now. And if you just want a candy we commonly eat, go ahead and try Lion Bars.

Finally, I will end with a treat that we have never seen here until now. Tension Tamer is my all time favorite tea from Celestial Seasonings. When Louis and I went on the tour through the Celestial Seasonings in Boulder, the tour guide tried to stump the group by asking, “Which tea has hops?” I knew right away, and also the other strange ingredients that make up my favorite tea. If you haven’t had this amazing, unique blend, try it today. It truly does tame my tension.

Thus ends my post meant to bring a smile to your face, reassurance that we are all alive and well, and give you a taste for our lives here figuratively as well as literally.

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What I Wish You Knew About Me

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Who Am I?

I am in a year of seeking to Belong. I want to belong in my own skin, I want to feel like I belong in Lebanon, I want to belong in my community. It may surprise some of you to know that I do not feel comfortable most of the time anywhere. I am a highly sensitive person, and noise, smell, and the general environment around me throw me off very quickly. I have been working very hard to modify sensory input for myself over the past two years as I have learned more about myself. I have learned that I cannot change these aspects of myself, and I am striving this year to find the beauty in the way God has created me rather than always praying I could be fixed.

This year I am in the process of taking out old dreams and dusting them off to see if God intended for them to be put away. Rather than live in regret, I am taking the time to unpack myself, get to know myself, and hopefully fall in love with myself.

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Getting To Know Me

This past year I read a set of books on the History of the Moravian Church. My paternal family is Moravian, and growing up we were a part of the Christmas Love Feasts and whenever I was asked what denomination I was I would reply Moravian. Saying “nothing” sounded lame, and while I didn’t really know what it meant to be Moravian, I felt that it made me a part of something bigger to say Moravian. To claim a nondenominational church was to be a part of something much smaller. In my reading this set of books, I was thrilled to find so much commonality between my life and their history. Moravians are the founders of the 24/7 prayer movement, first missionaries to many areas of the world, and not bound by building their own churches, but rather intent on unity among denominations. These are all values I share. One of the pieces of the history that struck me was the Moravians created a textbook that was sent out to all Moravians which contained verses for daily meditation. This was a boon to the missionaries who could find comfort in the knowledge that they were reading the very same verses as their brethren in every other part of the world.

In a biography I read this past year of Bonhoeffer I found, much to my delight, that Bonhoeffer also discovered these textbooks and he required all the students at his secret seminary Finkenwalde to practice meditation with them. As I set goals for myself to get to know myself, to be more intentional, to learn to pray as an intercessor again, I realized there were many aspects of what I wanted that did not have a measurable aspect or restriction of time. These are habits I want to grow in for the rest of my life. So, I bought myself that textbook, it is still published every year with verses from the heart of the Moravian Church, Herrnhut in Germany. They are called Moravian Daily Texts, and I would love to share this tradition with you. I am loving it.

I am following Bonhoeffer’s plan of meditation using the Daily Texts as my verses each day as he did. I do make a small amount of money if you purchase it by clicking through at no additional cost to you.

P.S. The amazing Bonhoeffer biography was called Bonhoeffer: Pastor, Martyr, Prophet, Spy, by Eric Metaxas. You should definitely read it.

I Love Running

The second part of myself I am dusting off is running. I am a runner. I run from conflict and I ran in track in junior high. Last week I was waiting with Davy for the bus and was so cold I started to jog in place. It felt so nice, that when the bus pulled away with Davy inside, I decided to run home. So, I ran up our driveway and then up the stairs. I was exhilarated and happy, smiling, and ready to laugh out loud. Immediately I researched the couch to 5k plan and added it to my workout plan, which was to begin the very next day. I will be sharing more about this in the coming weeks as I establish it as a habit, and please feel free to join me as I work through the 9 weeks.

I am planning on running in a 5k in Tucson in September.

Lifelong Learner

There is always more to learn about our kids, friends, spouses, and selves. I am on a journey to do just that, and learn where I belong in it all. It is shaping up to be a great year.