Wine Women & the Word, a blog

Thanks for joining me!

Good company in a journey makes the way seem shorter. — Izaak Walton

Actually this quote was part of the template, but it seemed too perfect to delete. I used to blog in college. I think subliminally I just wanted to speak and get my ideas out to world. I stopped because I took it too seriously and didn’t have enough topics to write about and wasn’t writing for the right reasons. The genesis of this blog is pretty interesting. I’ll tell how Wine Women & the Word became a bible study later, but this week it accidentally became a blog.

I’ve started writing to get the busyness out of my brain and into another outlet. It started with a bit of a dip in depression over this winter season. I think we all reach a point in our life where we just need to stop and reevaluate.

I started remedying this depression by reading encouraging books and listening to podcasts. I wanted to fill myself up with good information, so I could start sorting out the good and the bad in my own head. Books like the Five Love Languages, Cold Tangerines, Let’s All Be Brave– books I will talk about coming up soon. They are by christian authors and put so many simple life things into perspective.

I love listening to their stories. There is something I love about hearing about successful people that have the same real life experiences as us. We all struggle and we all call out for help.

I started hearing about the word passion this week. It kept popping up in unexpected places. It’s so easy to lose our passion when our brain is consumed with everything else. I read something that stuck with me- if you’re searching for a passion it’s probably not you’re real passion. A passion is something you do because you want to, not because it will get you ahead or make you better. It’s something you invest your hard-earned time for, just for the heck of it.

I have an interest in many things: design, yoga, teaching, friends, travel… but the thing that has kept me afloat these past few months has been writing. The reason why I know that writing is a current passion (and I think passions change per the season in your life) is because I don’t feel like I’m ‘wasting time.’ I’m doing it for me. It’s therapeutic and soothing for my busy brain.

I started thinking of a place I could share my thoughts. I thought about a group of women I’ve spent time with over the past year. We started a bible study called Wine Women & the Word. And, you guessed it, it involves Wine, Women and Words. We talk, pray and do bible studies together. It’s very laid back, but fruitful. When women get together with the intention of growing and learning amazing things happen!

Girl power.

So, here we are as the Wine Women blog. It may not always involved wine or women, but it will always contain words. Hopefully words that can inspire.

Enjoy.

Childlike

Who Is the Greatest? (Hint it isn’t the adults)

18 At that time the disciples came to Jesus, saying, “Who is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven?” And calling to him a child, he put him in the midst of themand said, “Truly, I say to you, unless you turn and become like children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven. Whoever humbles himself like this child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven. “Whoever receives one such child in my name receives me, but whoever causes one of these little ones who believe in me to sin, it would be better for him to have a great millstone fastened around his neck and to be drowned in the depth of the sea.

Matthew 18:1-6

 

My life has been about a lot of children lately. No I’m not a mother…BUT I teach in an elementary school as a computer teacher for Kindergarten through fifth grade. I think I’ve learned more in the past year than all my other jobs combined. Children are confusing, but cute and usuallllly great. (I will say I’m caught off guard on a daily basis by some of the funny things that come out of their mouths!) I’ll be sure to try and capture some of them because they’re worth sharing.

This morning I read about being a child of God. In order to get into heaven we must humble ourselves as if we were a child. She Reads Truth had some great commentary on what this means as I read my devotional this morning. Interesting food for though, I mean we don’t want to go back to being children…do we? We worked so hard to get to where we are now.
It’s harder as adults. It’s harder to let go and become co dependent again. So many of us fight to be in charge of our lives, to earn a stable life and a happy life. I’m a control freak. I like to know exactly what’s going on, when and why. I want to be prepared for all circumstances. I don’t want to say something dumb and look inadequate…hence why many of us end up silencing our voices and saying nothing at all.
When you’re the teacher at school (or in a bible study or committee or wherever you’re involved) your voice is leading the charge. When I’m teaching I find it frustrating to deal with children that think the rules don’t apply to them (uh hello that applies to 95% of the monsters). When I really should see this as my opportunity to love and to guide them.
Now read that last paragraph again. I think this was a wake up call for me when I read it in the context of being a ‘child’ of God. This same thing happens to us adults- we want to think the rules don’t apply to us or that we know better and need to speak out to make it heard. We don’t like to be disciplined or to sit quietly humbling ourselves and quieting our mouths. We are all children of God and he is asking us to listen because ultimately he knows what is best for us.
Those little boogers at work teach me a lot. And even though they make we crazy on chatty days, I’ve never felt more loved. Take time with a child in your life, a niece, a cousin, a neighbor and show love to them. You may find, through the sass, they teach you more than we teach them.