Friday, June 6, 2008

So I skipped May

Hi faithful friends. As you might have guessed, I have been too busy to blog. But also, I haven't had many clear thoughts that I thought worth blogging.
I think I'm in that weird stale place we end up sometimes. I have very little down time, so that could be part of it.
Jackson left on Monday to go visit his dad for a month!!! They are having a blast, of course. I am enjoying a little more peace and quiet. This week has flown by...but I'm sure the ache for my Jman will begin soon.
I am working my tail off in real estate, trying to set up as many closings as I can so that I can stop cleaning so much. I had 2 closings set for this month and both crashed. :-( It's looking like July might be the month I had hoped June would be. I can make it!
God has me studying Philippians right now. I am struck by Paul's dedication to be perfect for Jesus. "Perfect" is a touchy word, I know. Are Holy and Perfect the same? Perhaps Holy is easier to swallow, but no easier a way to live. It takes dedication.
Some friends of mine were talking about going to see Sex And The City, the movie. I thought the outing sounded like fun. But the more I thought about it, the more I felt that the movie is really nothing more than female porn. It's instant, sinful gratification that does not honor the Lord. Nor does it honor women and men, God's children. So I opted not to go. Yesterday I got a text from a dear friend of mine telling me that she and a group from church went to see the movie. I was so sad!! Look, I know there is some good dialogue between the characters, but don't even try to defend the movie to me. I have seen 2 episodes of SATC and it is not Holy whatsoever. Why are Christians getting together to go see stuff like this? I'm sorry to say, I don't think HE is pleased.
Well, that's all I could purge at this time. I have to get ready to clean two, yes TWO, houses today while keeping my phone by my side so that I can negotiate 2 deals. Pray for me please!


Misi said...

wow! lot's going on, same here! i'm praying for you....

nancygrayce said...

I've never watched a whole episode of SATC because just the name was too much. We do have to be so careful as Christians not to be stumbling blocks to others. I'm with you on your decision not to go. I'll pray for your closings! I wish you were here to help me clean house though! :)

Marcie said...

I came across your blog months ago via Adrienne's blog. I check in periodically; I appreciate your transparency and your pursuit of God. I strive for both, too. I can also appreciate the devastation of divorce having divorced years ago. We didn't have children, however, which made it much easier. That, and, we'd only been married a couple of years. Even so (!), it was one of the most difficult experiences I've had thus far. I feel for you.

I completely agree with your assessment of Sex & The City. I'm in a huge mom's group (120+ members) that is not church-based. In fact, it's through and it's been a great way to meet other moms and kids. I actually like that it's a group of moms from all walks of life. They have monthly Moms' Night Outs and going to see S&TC was one of them recently. I wasn't going to go (caught only glimpses of the show over the years - we don't have cable - just not interested) but a mom I introduced to the group wanted to go as her first Moms' Night Out. As the mom introducing her to the group, I felt it would be a friendly gesture to go with her since she didn't know anyone else. Oh. My. It was graphic & raunchy and I learned a lot about the women surrounding me as they laughed at jokes that just weren't funny to me. I tried to find redeeming qualities (at least ONE!) and, indeed, found only had a touching scene regarding female friendship. But the women are consistently shallow, so their friendships are shallow and I left feeling affirmed (yet again) that the world has little to offer without Jesus. I would not recommend this movie to anyone and I wish I hadn't gone.

Prayers for the closings, prayer for the month without your son and prayer for continued healing.


Erin said...

Thanks for commenting! I was just talking to Ade about this movie and the desensitizing of sin in our culture...and especially among Christians. I have been invited to see this movie numerous times, and each time I am a little bit tempted to go because I don't get many chances to just hang with the girls. Hearing your first hand account of the raunchiness of the movie took away what little temptation there was.

Adrienne said...

Here, here! I'd say you skipped May:) I'm looking forward to walking in the morning and enjoying time with each other and the Lord. I'm proud of you! Love you, friend! There are old episodes of I Love Lucy...

HealthyChick said...

rin, Great to hear from you! I had the SAME situation happen when I Bible study leader from church emailed to get a group of women to go see SATC the movie. My jaw dropped. I wrote back, replying to all, to say I would love to join the group for another night out get together but was not interested in the least in seeing that movie. You are so on target. I don't see how anything good or God honoring could come from willingly filling up my mind with that materialistic, flesh-gratifying banter. I only go to movies that get past the filters of the wonderful Christian movie review site:

Hope you are coping well without your little guy! I know it must be hard! Will pray for closings! Love,

SingerMamaMelody said...

Hey Erin :) I hear ya on SATC. It is really not healthy to take in that show...and I know because I have before. A good friend of mine and I were talking about it, and she was telling me how she had the entire seasons on DVD and decided that it was really messing with her mind and not helping her. So she got rid of the DVD's by throwing them away. I'm so proud of her. I like Adrienne's idea of watching "I Love Lucy." That is such classic comedy - hilarious and quite clean. I'll have to remember that when I'm at the movie store looking for something fun to watch!

I'm praying for you, and I hope you have a good week!