Monday, January 9, 2012


I tool a little break from this blog, I'm happy to be back.

A few changes have happened to our family over the last several months.
Our children, the oldest three, have all gone back to school. Public school.

I lost sleep over that decision, but now that we are almost 4 months into the school year, all my fears are gone. My children are doing well, and are enjoying the new experiences they have been having.

The biggest change would have to be what my family and I are becoming. We are becoming Orthodox.

We have been attending a Western Rite Antiochian Church.

We are in the process of learning about the Orthodox way, it is quite different from any religious class I've ever took. There is more of an emphasis on our connection with God, prayer, etc... more so than all knowledge. That is one of the reasons I was drawn to Orthodoxy in the first place.

Don't get me wrong we do have to learn the faith. We do study and discuss topics with our priest. It's going very well and I'm learning a lot. I'm thankful that my spiritual relationship with God is the most important topic.

It is a big change. Not just the way things are done in the Mass or some of the beliefs, but a change in thinking, a change in me as a person.

That means discipline and a change of being. Those are tall orders.

Right now I feel as though I don't have a spiritual home. But I think it is a good thing, because I feel God is preparing me. And the anticipation that I feel about "becoming" is so joyful!

I look forward to the learning, friends, home, truth, love, mercy, and becoming.

"Cast yourself into the arms of God and be very sure that if He wants anything of you, He will lift you for the work and give you strength."

—Philip Neri


Katie said...

It's so nice to hear from you! I'm interested in reading more about your journey to Orthodoxy and the reasoning. I'm glad things are going well for you and your family!

Soul Pockets said...

Thanks so much!

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Ebeth said...

Wow, glad to see you back!! Lots of changes I see, but good ones.

We stopped homeschooling our children 1.5 years ago after 8 beautiful years ...I loved it!! A new Catholic high school opened up and it was time for our girls to fly...I struggled, OH!! I struggled with this along with missing them every day!! Anyway, both are honor students, well respected, and are blossoming.

As for the Orthodox Church, how exciting!! My knight and I enjoy the Greek festivals in Houston, TX when we lived there. Once I took a tour of their church and watched a video on Iconology. Love the culture, reverence, and community.

Blessings and I'll be checking up on you!

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