When I was in high school, I thought very seriously about trying to get accepted into Annapolis, the Navy Academy in Maryland. For awhile, I was pretty serious about this idea & tried to accomplish some of the entry prerequisites. In hindsight, that idea seems pretty crazy, particularly when I think about my personality & abilities.
This morning, I read about Angelina Jolie’s medical update related to her ovaries and cancer. Given the history of cancer in her family, she seems to have made a well-informed decision. Kudos that she lives in a country with such sophisticated technology, medical facilities and modern thinking about women all combining to give her the power to be in a position to make such a choice.
In contrast, I’ve been following a situation in Afghanistan where a woman challenged an imam about his sales of amulets and how she was subsequently attacked, beaten, stamped on, run over by a car, killed and her body burned. There has been a large outcry in Afghanistan against such brutality against women and we’ll see if anything substantial changes for women in this country in the future, based on last week’s atrocities.
I find it interesting, as a woman, to live in a world at this time, with such extreme contrasts: a woman freely discussing what might be considered private body parts and a woman being treated worse than an animal for standing up for her convictions. Women have always played an interesting role throughout history and in the Bible, but no one has ever treated women with more dignity, grace and poise than Jesus. Check out my Jesus’ Chicks book for some really cool insights and opportunities to know Jesus more intimately
I don’t like asking for help, not at all. I’m very independent & entirely appreciate doing things in my own, full stop. So, if you’re like me, or know someone that specializes in being independent, this blog might be enlightening, maybe.
In this new age of budget airplane travel, airlines are looking for all kinds of ways to squeeze out an extra nickel. Some airlines will serve their customers only water & require payment for anything different. I also flew an airline that charged me for some of my carry on luggage & it’s now customary to pay for one’s checked luggage on domestic flights. So I find myself carrying my luggage for almost all of my travels, to save money.
When I was growing up, I learned about the Gold Rush & how some people were tricked by “Fools Gold”, thinking they’d found gold only to be disappointed that the shiny metal was nothing more than shiny metal.
We live in a highly sophisticated world where I can do the milk delivery order from my phone in remote Angola & where we can monitor brain waves with highly technical equipment & medical discoveries & developments that are thoroughly revolutionary. And yet life is still very frail & can hang by a breathless thread. The first baby when I got out of the car in Angola a few days ago was dead & being carried away to be prepared for burial. The last baby I saw before leaving Angola was gasping for shallow breaths & gazed with a fixed glaze, looking death in the eye. In the middle few days, we’ve had massive joys, experiences & beautiful connections.
One lesson I bring home from this trip is that I am most alive when I love well. Please be praying for Josiana, her picture below She’s 1year & 2 months & she’s the last baby I saw before leaving
I’m taking a pause here in Angola, sitting on the ledge in one of our malnutrition clinics for Saving Moses. I’m pausing for lots of reasons, one of which is to have a few minutes to absorb & process. I can get so thick in the middle of all of these babies & moms that I get more than a little overwhelmed. I don’t get overwhelmed by the smells, milk mustaches nor knobby knees or elbows. I get overwhelmed by love – the love of Jesus for each baby, in all of her frail humanity, sometimes suspended in each rapid breath. I get overwhelmed by her eyes looking deep into me with curiosity, some anxiety of the unknown but most of all by the common life we share as humans. We live different lives but we are glued together & anchored in love.