Quick Update on My Life

First off, let me apologize for being an absentee friend (at least, that is what I feel like). So much has happened recently in such a short period of time that it’s one of those for real moments of ‘when it rains it pours.’ I’m back now, but here is a quick summary of what has happened over the last few weeks, just in case you haven’t been able to keep up on Facebook or Twitter:

April 3-26 – I’m on my England Tour

April 27 – Speak at Q in Chicago

April 29-May 3 – Speak at the LGBT The Evangelical Network conference in California

May 4-6 - Teach at the Salvation Army Southern Territory Youth Worker Institute in Orlando

May 14-16 – Speak at Urban Youth Workers Institute in Pasedena, CA

May 18 – Host The Marin Foundation’s Living in the Tension Event in Chicago

May 21-24 – Preach all 4 services at Parkcrest Church in Long Beach, CA

June 2-6 – Speaking at RE: Woman’s Conference in Miami

Meanwhile, while I”m traveling and my internal clock is whacked, here’s what’s happening at home:

April 27-28 – Brenda and I lost the condo we were trying to buy thanks to a group of high-priced lawyers who wiggled the sellers out of a SIGNED contract! Jerks. Now we don’t have anywhere to move as of June 1.

May 1 – My Grandma falls and breaks her hip

May 2 – During surgery for her hip, my Grandma has a heart attack because she was severely anemic

May 3 – Grandma’s kidney’s start to fail because her heart can’t keep up

May 7-10 – I go to the burbs to stay with my family and Grandma in the hospital

May 11-14 – Brenda (my wife) has a surgical procedure, of which she has another tomorrow (see her blog on the right sidebar for more info)

May 17 – My laptop broke and it needed to get sent away for 3 whole freaking weeks! Like I don’t need it or anything (yes, that is sarcastic)

May 26-30 – Pack and move out of our condo…still don’t have anywhere to move to yet due to what happened at the beginning of this post.

All the while we have to pack our condo, go to work and try to keep up with everyday life … difficult seeing I’ve had 4 days off in the last 37, of which 3 of them were spent in the hospital with my Grandma. Please pray for me, my family and this season we’re going through. I’m running on empty and it’s not getting any better.

Much love.

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About Andrew Marin

Andrew Marin is President and Founder of The Marin Foundation (www.themarinfoundation.org). He is author of the award winning book Love Is an Orientation (2009), its interactive DVD curriculum (2011), and recently an academic ebook titled Our Last Option: How a New Approach to Civility can Save the Public Square (2013). Andrew is a regular contributor to a variety of media outlets and frequently lectures at universities around the world. Since 2010 Andrew has been asked by the United Nations to advise their various agencies on issues of bridging opposing worldviews, civic engagement, and theological aspects of reconciliation. For twelve years he lived in the LGBT Boystown neighborhood of Chicago, and is currently based St. Andrews, Scotland, where he is teaching and researching at the University of St. Andrews earning his PhD in Constructive Theology with a focus on the Theology of Culture. Andrew's research centers on the cultural, political, and religious dynamics of reconciliation. Andrew is married to Brenda, and you can find him elsewhere on Twitter (@Andrew_Marin), Facebook (AndrewMarin01), and Instagram (@andrewmarin1).

  • Leila

    Good luck Andrew, your grandma is in my thoughts and prayers, as well as yours and Brenda’s medical and housing troubles. God bless you.

  • Brooke

    I know the A-train will keep on truckin n u n brenda will get through =) Love you guys!

  • http://www.livingitout.com Rachel

    Goodness Andrew what a completely tough time. Thank you so much for letting us know – both so we can pray for you, and because personally I’d wondered where you’d gone to. Take care, take your time, and much love.

  • Mrs T

    I have been praying for you. I’m sure there will be some temporary housing opening up. There surely are landlords who will rent for a short time or even vacant places that need a housesitter.
    How is grandma?
    I haven’t read Brenda’s blog yet, but will right away!
    I’m looking forward to the ‘LITT’ event. Can you post the particulars here so others can go?
    Luv to you both! Like many of us, we wish we could spend more time with you!

  • http://www.theresvictory.org Jason DeShazo

    Andrew we are praying for you!! Holy Spirit give him strength favor and peace!!!

    Call me or email me when u have time ( I know u busy). I’d love to see you when u come to Long Beach area (parkcrest)..

  • Heidi Miller

    our prayers are with you!

  • Hope

    Lord Jesus, fill them with YOU!!! Love, peace and the never-ending assurance of your presence. Lift them and pull them together in confidence. Bring them answers and REST. Thank you. Amen.

    If there is anything I can do, holler.

  • Susan La Veau

    I’m sorry about your Grandma. I am going through a very similar situation for the past 6mths. My prayers are with you and your family. If I can help in any way let me know.

  • http://jontrouten.blogspot.com/ Jon Trouten

    Sorry about everything negative going on in your life. Just know that it will settle. Unfortunately, it may take a bit to get to that point… I’m praying for you.

  • http://www.loveisanorientation.com Andrew Marin

    Thanks so much everyone. As strange as this might sound, I really do love you all so very much and feel like you are family. I appriciate you so very much. It’s just hard when life continues as other things seem to fall apart, but there is comfort in knowning (and learning as I speak) how God gives and takes away.

  • http://carleton1958.xanga.com/ Jeff S.

    I’ll keep you in my prayers, Andrew. I’m going through a similar difficult period after my father was diagnosed with cancer five weeks and I’m making hour-long trips every other day to visit him. Much of the rest of my life has been put on hold while my sister and I focus on Dad. It’s draining but worth every minute of time with him. I’ll pray you keep your strength as you continue to support your grandmother.

  • Mrs T

    I guess you may have to stay with your parents for a while if you don’t find housing. The time of commuting will be offset by not having to pay rent!
    Keep as busy as you are & you might get called to the pastorate! :)
    Seriously, take care of yourselves & we will see you on the other side!
    June will be busy as it is LGBT month!
    Don’t forget that there is spiritual warfare out there & God is stronger than the enemy. Your fans are praying for you.
    ((HUGS))

  • http://www.LorieHam.com Lorie Ham

    You will definitely be in my prayers-there’s been something about this year-many I know have been struggling. I think too many great things are happening for Christ and Satan is pulling out all guns to try and stop those doing great things. Hang in there-I think what you are doing is so absolutely incredible-don’t ever give up or feel you are alone there are many of us out here supporting what you do. Wish I could support you financially but my own ministry and work is struggling over finances this year-but my prayers are with you. I hope very much to get to meet you one day-you should come to Fresno!
    Hang in there and always be sure to take care of yourself. We aren’t any good to anyone if we wear ourselves out.

  • http://chrishydeonline.wordpress.com Chris Hyde

    (((hug)))

  • http://stanspoint.blogspot.com Stan

    Take good care, Andrew, you are in my prayers. Hoping you find something suitable to move into, that is a horrible thing to lose out on buying what you desired. God bless you with strength and stamina these days and wisdom in each circumstance and in your valuable, crucial ministry in these days.

  • Nathalie Ais

    i love you soooo soooo much in Christ! I thank God that we can stay in touch through technology! you inspire me to follow God with all my heart and not be scared of the path and to be courageous even when we don’t want to be and to face the tough days coming my way. Life is SOOOOOO much better with God. I pray that God will continue to strengthen you!!!!! I know that God loves you very much!!!! that the tough times only maker us stronger. i’ve always heard that said and thought it was cliche. but it’s true especially with God.

    Do you not know?
    Have you not heard?
    The LORD is the everlasting God,
    the Creator of the ends of the earth.
    He will not grow tired or weary,
    and his understanding no one can fathom.

    29 He gives strength to the weary
    and increases the power of the weak.

    30 Even youths grow tired and weary,
    and young men stumble and fall;

    31 but those who hope in the LORD
    will renew their strength.
    They will soar on wings like eagles;
    they will run and not grow weary,
    they will walk and not be faint.

    -Isaiah 40:28-31

    Much LOVE!!!!!!!!

  • http://twitter.com/heyDarren @heyDarren

    Wow Andy,

    I had no idea how much stress you were under. I’m lifting you in prayer right now. I’m thankful for you and pray for an amazing blessing from God for you.

    Love always,
    –Darren


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