Y'all. It is 11:30pm, and I only know that because I just looked at the clock. I am in MESMERIZED mode.
It's paper writing time at school, which can be overwhelming just to jump into. After weeks and many, many pitchings of paper topics, I finally landed on writing about 2 women who received many visions of God back in 14th century England. I came to this because a mentor told me that considering some things I am working out with God, a next step for growth might come from reading the mystics.
A few days ago, I finished reading the book dictated by Margery Kempe. I have to say, I'm not exactly sure if she was the best fit for me. She does have plenty of valid experiences, and I did glean several things from her-- mostly for the paper. But in terms of personal application, I found myself laughing (sorry, Marge) at her, and for good reason! [Warning: this is an unfair splice from the readings. Most of it is serious, but I couldn't help sharing this with you.] So Margery convinces her husband to live a chaste life after giving him 14 children. (Whew!) Six months into the deal, he poses this hypothetical situation. The following is fairly verbatim... "Husband: Margery, say there were to be a guy with a sword to my neck, threatening to decapitate me unless you sleep with me. Would you do it? Margery: Regretfully, I could not! I could not bear the uncleanness." Living with a man who loves "would you rather" scenarios, this one had us cracking up!
But today I began Julian of Norwich. I love her already, and I am only a few pages in. She is very thoughtful. It was 20 years between the time she received her visions and this recording of them with her theological insight. I've shared some tidbits on Facebook with you, but I have to share this prayer of hers with you.
"God of goodness, give me yourself, for you are enough for me. I can ask for nothing less that is completely to your honor, and if I do ask anything less, I shall always be in want. Only in you I have all."
This is perhaps my favorite so far, which I shared on FB:
"God wills to be known, and it pleases him that we rest in him, because nothing less than he can satisfy us."
I can't say I am excited to write the paper, but I am certainly enjoying the research. I hope this blesses you today!
Wednesday, December 2, 2009
Y'all. It is 11:30pm, and I only know that because I just looked at the clock. I am in MESMERIZED mode.
Tuesday, December 1, 2009
I have a very thoughtful piece about Christmas in mind to write. In the meantime...
Wednesday, October 28, 2009
I have lots in my head about the Gospel of John and accountability, so instead of thinking on them (which I should have), I edited a bunch of photographs from recently. I hope you'll enjoy. For the full album, you can click the link on the right hand side of the screen. Here are some of my favorites:
Posted by Megs at 3:26 PM
Monday, October 26, 2009
I've learned 2 great things through my classes that are certainly not going to leave me any time soon:
1. From Greek, I learned that the word for hope is ελπις. An accurate definition of hope in the Greek is the "confident anticipation of what we know will surely come to pass." In this season, I am reminded of friends who are living in the sureness of their hopes, with confident anticipation that the God given hope of their future will surely come to pass. I pray for you reading this that you will lean with a confident anticipation on what you know will surely come to pass because God is faithful to his promises.
2. I learned a great lesson on marriage during an impromptu rabbit trail sermon/lesson. Our professor mentioned that we practice divorce whenever we leave the room during an argument. I have heard it often said that we dangerously practice marriage when we stay overnight with the person we're dating. It's dangerous because there is not yet the level of commitment to Christ and to your relationship when you practice the covenant of marriage before it is made. However, I had never heard of practicing divorce. The fact is, when you leave a room when you're mad, next time you will likely leave the house. The not-so-subliminal message that you're sending is: I am better off getting through this argument without you. You could see where this would lead to an actual separation. With a sad number of people around us contemplating divorce, I am reminded of the work involved in doing marriage. I would beseech you as a friend to live in your marriage this week, and even when you're arguing, practice being together.
Wednesday, October 14, 2009
prepare for a feast of randomness...1. Larry-- thank you for celebrating our anniversary in the most perfect way. I will never forget today. It couldn't have been more thoughtful-- my kinda flowers and pizza on the beach included.
2. I wish I had learned earlier just how much there was to learn from the early Christians about how to live life today. Exhibit A, coming from Ignatius circa 100 AD: "For the work we have to do is no affair of persuasive speaking; Christianity lies in achieving greatness in the face of a world's hatred" (Ignatius to the Romans, 3). Had I had his arguments against gnosticism (the 100AD version of New Age thought) I could have combated Baron Baptiste in my yoga class much more persuasively and with better vocabulary.
3. Did you know that God proclaimed, as in spoke, his glory to Moses rather than showing it to Him visibly? You probably know the story in Exodus 33-34 when Moses says "now, show me your glory," and God hides Moses in the cleft of the rock as he passes by him? Well Exodus 34 says as he passes by the Lord proclaims to Moses who He is! Now, John 1:14, we have seen the glory of God in the person of Jesus Christ, for (paraphrase 1:18) until Jesus, no one could look upon God and live! We have seen his glory!
4. The Lone Gull in Gloucester (pronounce Glo-stah) has an amazing caramel latte.
5. I know I haven't been posting, but if you want to see (with your eyes rather than have it proclaimed to you) what we've been doing over the past 2 months, click on the photo stream on the right to see our recent pics in Picasa.
Posted by Megs at 7:11 PM
I hope you have a sense of humor as you read this. Slowpoke, a political cartoon website, posted this cartoon about why Obama won the Nobel Peace Prize. I laughed :)
Posted by Megs at 5:22 PM
Monday, October 12, 2009
Just a few things she's clued me into that would have done me well to know earlier:
Thursday, September 17, 2009
Rather than post one gynormous post about all the new things happening in life in Boston, I think I'll take it in segments over the next few days. I'm excited to introduce you to life up here! It's not as different from being down south as I expected.
Tuesday, September 1, 2009
We are mid-trip, making our way through the chilly northeast. It's already cold! I was wearing my wool coat even tonight. We've been able to share quality time with our parents while in Chattanooga, my dad who's helping us make our way north, Larry's Aunt and Uncle in Virginia, and now with his siblings in PA. Tomorrow we're Boston bound!
It's been so uneventful that I have very few musings for you. However, the car with the We'll Miss U Michael Jackson! painted on the back window shouldn't be forgotten. The plumber's crack of the mover unfortunately cannot be forgotten. And we had a nice jaunt dodging semis as we walked along the road to have lunch alongside the river across from Harper's Ferry.
I would appreciate your prayers as we travel alongside the more, ahem, aggressive drivers of the northeast. We hope to be settling in tomorrow night!
Posted by Megs at 6:56 PM
Thursday, August 27, 2009
It's official. We are Boston Bound!
Friday, July 10, 2009
Friday, June 19, 2009
Can I get an AMEN! from my Siestas out there?!
Thursday, June 18, 2009
Monday, June 1, 2009
Can I get an Amen! from those who are crazy overwhelmed with summer? Isn't this supposed to be restful! Hallelujah it is. And yet it is not.
Friday, May 8, 2009
This is an excerpt (the less politically laced excerpt) from the Os Hillman daily work devotional I receive via email:
Thursday, April 30, 2009
Piggy backing off my last post, you simply MUST READ this one. Melissa (formerly Moore) in Calcutta, India.
Tuesday, April 28, 2009
Monday, April 13, 2009
Our friend Sara introduced me to the most divine bread I have ever had in my life. Now, if you know me, you know I love... yes, I love bread.
Thursday, April 9, 2009
Monday, April 6, 2009
I wanted to call a bit of attention to the left side bar on the blog. I realized I've been recommending a few individual blog postings lately, but I'm going to begin storing them here. I've started off with just 3. Be sure to check out the question I asked of Kitchn- my favorite cooking blog- on the left. I asked them recently about how to downsize a kitchen to fit in a much smaller space. Check it out!
Friday, April 3, 2009
Beth Moore's challenge to Scripture memorization came at just the right point in my life. The verses I've been working on read like a journal of the last 3 months of my life. Each one that I committed to my heart because God told me to had an Immediate effect. Let's take a few for instances:
Sunday, March 29, 2009
Playing a silly game of The Price Is Right with baked goods at a wedding shower this weekend, I realized that I really do pay a lot of attention to the dollars and cents of grocery items I purchase. I thought in this economic time, I might share a bit of my border-line obsessive-compulsive, Type-A, obnoxiously organized, weekly grocery shopping ritual. Perhaps it will serve to give ideas about how to conserve when grocery shopping or, at the very least, amuse you in how ridiculous my procedure is. So, for better or worse and those in between, here's the ritual.
Monday, March 23, 2009
Since I'm on a blog-recommending streak, I thought I'd introduce you to my top 7 Cubicle Life Enhancement sites. Looking for an, "oh wow!" or "that's what I've been needing!" or "haha" or "well, I'll be" added to your day? Stuck in a cubicle? These just might make your day.
- Add Gmail Shortcuts to your Outlook email, c/o Lifehacker.
- Spend much time typing up other people's pre-printed forms? Again, c/o Lifehacker, this download will enable you to convert scanned images or PDF's to functioning documents.
- Dream of another place you'd rather be. My favorite- Barcelona. A do/don't guide to Barcelona c/o NotesfromSpain.
- If only your supervisor would approve... redesign your cube space in your mind. c/o Wired
- Use Amazon's Wish List feature to create a birthday list for anybody to see what you'd like on any website! Amazon will host the list. I suggest adding lots from etsy to your list!
- Another c/o Lifehacker: Top 10 Outlook Boosters. The xobni makes my life a lot easier!
- See how much exercise you get from walking from your cube across the office with Google's Maps. When you click "Get Directions" change the drop down from "by car" to "walking." Zoom in on your office address and create a starting point at your cube and a destination point at the other end of the office. Now stop emailing and start working on getting swimsuit ready! (this is not my office, just an example)
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For those of you local to Chattanooga, I suggest checking out the only local blog I know of covering specifically Chatty events, local news and politics* in Chattanooga, Chattari. They hosted a very amusing and interesting challenge inspired by Rachael Ray's $40 days. They took it one step further and spent $40 in one Monday-Friday period, eating out every meal. They've self-defined a day's worth of meals as 1 caffeinated beverage, lunch, dinner and a cocktail. Check it out! They may have discovered a new favorite location for a cheap meal!
Thursday, March 19, 2009
For those of you who didn't know me before 3 years ago, let me introduce you to my maiden name:
Tuesday, March 10, 2009
I wanted to introduce you all to some quality blogging. Larry's taken up blogging, and can be viewed here: trichoplax.blogspot.com.
Thursday, March 5, 2009
I *may* have cried. But it's SO fun!! Enjoy a happy for the day.
Posted by Megs at 10:53 AM
Wednesday, March 4, 2009
Caveat: I do not pretend to think that by writing about this I am some sort of expert or have considered the sociological influences of this matter from multiple angles. This is not meant to be eloquent but just a gut reaction.
BBC today featured today a story about an exclusively female hotel that has just opened in the kingdom of Saudi Arabia. This is a hotel run by women, for women with female IT personnel, housekeeping, front staff and bellhops.
Gut reaction: Great!
That's so great to provide women with a place where they can relax, not have to wear the full abaya, and feel safe from the perusal of men.
Following reaction: Feminist
Why should a woman have to feel threatened by the perusal of men because they're not completely covered head to toe in stifling black fabric?
Final reaction: Sadness
This is just not how Jesus intended it. My friend Jason spoke very thoughtfully last night to what changed after Creation that set man and God apart. Creation was very good when God was walking with man and woman in the cool of the garden. Man worked and tended to the garden and the woman helped the man. When we ate from the tree of good and evil, it wasn't that the fruit in itself contained the knowledge of good and evil and that is what separated us from God...
Woman and man ate the fruit in direct opposition to the will of God which had man's good in mind (Gen 2:17- in the day that you eat of it, you shall surely die). When we went in the opposite direction of God's will, our eyes were open to a new measure of whether what Adam and Eve were doing was very good and in God's will or not. This new measure is the measure of good and evil. Where did they fall in the spectrum? Well Adam believed himself more good than Eve, and Eve saw herself more good than the serpent. From that point forward, we've been judging ourselves and the healthiness of our lives against the good-ness of others' lives.
This situation brings that contrast into a startling light. Extreme Islamic cultures continue to be the Adam, blaming the Eve for their failings. This sends women under covers, hiding in hotels where they can be safe, dangerously submitting to paths they've been ordered to follow. One of the Saudi IT specialists said, "It's not easy to work in a company, male and female together, so I feel really lucky." This is just not the natural order of things! God saw that it was not good for Adam to be alone and made Eve. Not good to be alone! We are meant to be complementary, men and women and to work together.
Jesus, reconcile our world to you, your will, and your order.
Monday, March 2, 2009
Random for a Monday, but fun. I hope to see yours!
CREATE YOUR BAND NAME & ALBUM COVER
To Do This 1 - Go to Wikipedia. Hit “random”or click http://en.wikipedia.org%2Fwiki%2FSpecial%3ARandomThe first random Wikipedia article you get is the name of your band.
2 - Go to Quotations Page and select "random quotations"or click www.quotationspage.com%2Frandom.php3The last four or five words of the very last quote on the page is the title of your first album.
3 - Go to Flickr and click on “explore the last seven days”or click http://www.flickr.com%2Fexplore%2Finteresting%2F7daysThird picture, no matter what it is, will be your album cover.
4 - Use Photoshop (I used picasa) or similar to put it all together.
Posted by Megs at 1:31 PM
Friday, February 27, 2009
Before DH and I tied the knot, we made a list of dream locations that we wanted to visit before, Lord willing, we formed a family. We've been rapidly crossing those off the list, with another one getting checked off next month. For that reason, I feel the need to add to the list! I hope this becomes a fun series where you all feel inspired to travel!
The first stop I'm borrowing from Design*Sponge......
This, friends, is a tent. Yeah right! A glamour tent-- they call them. If you look at their website, you'll see that there's the opportunity to horseback in 12 miles right along the river and stay in tents. There's 4 of them. Who wants to go with me!?
Tuesday, February 24, 2009
I have heard wonderful things about the new ESV Study Bible. Not the least of which is the amazing scholarship that went into writing the new commentary completed by many Gordon Conwell professors. Tim Challies' friend is giving away one of these! Click here to find out how to win one of your own.
In general, Tim has wonderful insight on Scripture and an amusing hodge podge called "A La Carte" of things written in the blogosphere. You can check out his blog through Blogs I'm Following on my home page.
Monday, February 23, 2009
This is going to sound like a marketing piece. I can't help it.
I love Trader Joe's.
Why do they not have places like this in Chattanooga?? Probably because they would put GreenLife out of business ($5 for a bag of rice??). I think my sister-in-law thought I was nuts, but we made a side trip home from Cincinnati to stop at Trader Joe's. We were traveling and didn't bring a cooler-- like I do when we go to Nashville and raid Costco-- so it was snacks and dried food only.
For $50 I picked up:
Organic, homemade spinach linguine
1 ever-so-delicious jar of organic, 4 cheese tomato sauce
1 bag dried tortellini
1 bag shelled pistachio nuts
1 bag dark chocolate covered pretzels
1 bag sweet potato chips (SO good!)
1 bag white popcorn
1 L water
6 bottles of wine.
What?! How did I do that? Their prices are ridiculous. $1.50 for that pasta, $2 for the sauce, etc. I couldn't believe it. Here's what their website says about their low prices:
"We buy direct from the producer whenever possible. We strip away all the fancy stuff and focus on the important things like natural ingredients and inspiring flavors. We run a pretty lean ship, too - you won’t find any corporate jets or fancy offices around here. Heck, our CEO doesn’t even have a secretary!"
Novel idea. Nashville, watch out! I'm bringing a double cooler for Costco and Trader Joe's next time!! I can't wait to try the green chili chicken burritos!
Friday, February 13, 2009
I'm a sucker for personality profiles. This one (again) hit me dead on. Give it a shot if you have some time!
Posted by Megs at 7:53 AM
There is a lot of power in words.
There are a lot of words that have stuck with me-- the strongest of which are words of encouragement and words of reprimand (Mom-- remember when I ran up the phone bill in high school because I didn't realize how much it cost to talk to a boy in Spain everyday? haha).
Scripture tells us this, too.
Pleasant words are a honeycomb, sweet to the soul and healing to the bones.
For my own sake I should probably type the entirity of James 3, but for your sake I'll just type the summation:
I am guilty in multiple cases over the last 24 hours of having both salt and fresh water coming out of my mouth. I hope to engrave these Scriptures on my spirit for the next time I'm in a Wal-Mart line, spending time with more "difficult" people, in the breakroom with co-workers and loving those around me. It's true and illogical that my mouth would produce both cursing and blessing.
Posted by Megs at 6:43 AM
Sunday, February 8, 2009
I finally had the time (and more importantly, the patience) to attempt the "tutorial" this blog featured. Actually, this tutorial was really no help at all, and it is only by the patience of my man that this photo came to fruition.
Here's the step-by-step to achieve it if you'd like to attempt. First use your regular software to make 2 copies of the photo, one in black and white, one in sepia.
Open up the 2 copies in photoshop. (if you're on a mac) While on the sepia picture, use the rectangle tool to select the entire picture. Click apple-c to copy the sepia. Apple-v to paste it onto the black & white copy. This will make it a new layer. Alter to opacity (on the far right menu above the thumbnails of the layers) to 50%. This will minimize the color of the sepia. The finished project is above! I think this is the perfect blend of the black & white and the sepia. Enjoy playing with your own!
Wednesday, February 4, 2009
In that same vein (as the Bolivia-awareness blog), today I read yet another article about female suicide bombers in Iraq. This is my reaction:
sad, very very sad
No, I did not use a thesaurus. So you got my unfiltered, gut reactions. I began to think about a year ago that these women are forced into becoming suicide bombers, rather than choosing that path themselves. After all, there isn't even a fabled heaven of virgins awaiting a female martyr in Islam. After reading A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini I began to get a picture of the horrors of life as a female in a radical Islamist nation (Afghanistan in this book). An unethical, immoral, unfathomable responsibility is placed on the woman for the ludeness and violence of a man. Raped? Your fault! You allured the man and forced him to take you. Abused by your husband? Your fault! You're antagonistic and rebellious!
Now I would never consider myself a feminist, but I am absolutely appalled by the news confirming my most awful nightmares about the plight of the female. There is a woman (and thus I assume women) manipulating this sense of responsibility on the Muslim female. A woman! A mother of 6 is the one doing this! According to now 2 articles I have read (the first above), a woman has admitted to recruiting 80 female bombers, 23 who went through with committing suicide. She's not only preying on their helplessness by claiming to offer them liberation from their domestic lives, as I had suspected. Worse. She is actually orchestrating them being raped so that she can offer them restoration of their dignity by blowing themselves up. ........ !!!!!!!!
I usually try to keep it light here, but seriously. Please be aware. I have no idea how else to help the situation. If you are of the Muslim faith and are reading this, I don't know what to say. I suppose I would feel this way if I had read about the atrocities performed by soldiers in the Crusades. I like to think I would have stood up then. I can't believe this is all happening in the name of a faith and would especially upset if it were being done in the name of the faith I held. I'm rambling because I'm upset.
So the last thought I have is the words we were singing last night,
"God above all the world in motion. God above all my hopes and fears. I don't care what the world throws at me now. It's gonna be all right! Cause I know my God saves the day and I know his word never fails and I know my God made a way for me.
Salvation is here."
It has been almost 3 years since I was in Cochabamba, Bolivia but the faces of the people have stuck with me. I don't pretend to understand the deep complexities of the political situation- an openly socialist, proudly indigenous President bringing his agendas into an arena where the indigenous have largely been forgotten throughout the history of his nation and forcing it onto another portion of the population that would prefer things stay as is. Sometimes I think, for me, having the awareness of the plight of the individual on both sides of the spectrum is perhaps more important than having a highly developed political opinion. I hope you have the time to look at these stunning photographs as recorded by The Big Picture and be inspired to awareness of the world at large.
#1: Choose a 7 spectacular blogs that you can't live without and pass this on to them.
#2: Post the "chosen ones" on your blog in link form.
#3: List 10 honest things about yourself.
Posted by Megs at 7:48 AM
Friday, January 30, 2009
There is a opossum carcass under my front porch. Right. by. the. kitchen. You have NO idea the smell that can come from this thing. I mean, seriously. It's my fault that it lasted this long, really. I thought a cat that Larry and I were befriending was making his mark. Until Larry relocated the kitty and the temperature turned from 20 to 60 degrees. No words to describe this.
Why in the WORLD would I torture you with this image?
Last night we were studying about Jonah and brought up that 4 times the NASB says that God "appointed" different items of nature into Jonah's life. First, the whale was appointed to swallow him in the first chapter. Then in the 4th while Jonah's having his middle school revenge pity party moment, God appoints a plant to shade him, a worm to eat the plant and a scorching wind and sun upon Jonah. The question we were asking was, have we ever experienced this type of God's appointment in our lives? I couldn't help but think of that opossum and what divine lesson it's supposed to be bringing. It may not be bringing one at all, it may just have found our porch cool and supportive in his last moments. Just like the whale just may have been hungry.
Who knows! But it's definitely made me think about what items I should have seen (or smelled) in an early-detection-system kind of way. I knew the smell was there, but I assumed it was my responsibility and didn't consider it further. Are there warning signs cropping up that are being ignored? Be warned. The smell is horrific a week later! Are there things we are letting rot that we really need to dig up and throw out? Friends in relationships: I can't help but think of how many times we could be detecting things early, braving through the digging and throwing out process, and tackling them head-on before they really start permeating other places in our marriage. The process isn't pretty, but it's surely not going to get any prettier in the meantime. I make a short appeal to consider this.
The message of the appointments is the same message Daniel shared at the House this week, the conclusion of the prodigal son. It is an invitation. We don't know how Jonah responded to the appointments, but we do know the options Jonah was given. God continued to appoint for Jonah means of showing Himself, means of preserving Jonah and showing evidence of his grace in order that Jonah could choose whether or not to enter into the celebration of the salvation of Ninevah. The prodigal son had the same invitation-- the Father pursues both the younger AND the older son to invite them into the celebration of the lost son. Yours is the same.'
Still surprised how I went from a opossum carcass to salvation? Me, too. ;)
Have any great home remedy secrets?
Today at the office there is a HORRIFIC PLAGUE of stomach virus (Love you Holly! I hope you feel better!). Anybody see 30 Rock 2 weeks ago? Picture that-- the slow motion, sick face, zombie people part. Side subject: which plan has a lower risk of exposure? Using a contaminated bathroom, approx. 20 paces from the cubicle or walking a good 400 paces through the building to an as-yet-uncontaminated bathroom?
Back on topic: Luckily one of the girls I work with offered a cure-- red grape juice. I jetted out just after our 11:00 with gallons of RGJ for all. Turns out, Mom says that it helps her arthritis, too!
So then I started thinking about all the other home remedies I'm missing out on... Here's a few I think you should know and stock in your pantry:
My sister introduced this to me, and the pain of cold season has been remarkably less painful since its discovery. Take her suggestion-- make a huge pot of it in the morning and drink on it all day. There is something about how it coats and cuts through your throat at the same time. The last sip is so naturally sweet that no sugar's needed! Free samples of other Yogi tea available here.
- Local Honey
Despite the bee sting from my first harvesting experience, I still believe in honey and have not suffered from allergies at all after introducing local honey into my diet.
I realize that this sounds too good to be true and the likelihood of something green with seaweed in it actually tasting good is marginal, but this juice really does taste good! If you have anything coming on-- cold, tiredness, depression, anxiety (well, maybe not) drink yourself a couple glasses of this in a couple days and you truly will be feeling better. DH is dead on with this one.
My roommate from my sophomore year in college grew up in S. Africa and got me set on this when my stomach just doesn't feel quite right. It's great for an post-dinner sip after a meal heavy on acid or meat. According to wiki, it's also beneficial dermatologically (I made up that word) and for allergies!
- Is there anything else I should add to my list? I hate to get sick and I hate taking medicine almost more!!
Thursday, January 29, 2009
If you're reading this in a subscription form of some sort, please consider coming to look at the blog! It has a new look-- much more simple. Much more me. If this blog were a painting it would fit in any room of my house :) But it's not. And Larry's thankful.
Posted by Megs at 7:17 AM
Wednesday, January 28, 2009
If $9.25 weren't punishment enough for going to the movies, it's especially excruciating when you pay for a movie you wish, I mean really wish, you hadn't seen. This weekend was like that for me. I suggest not going to see Revolutionary Road. It's the depression of Atonement without the amazing soundtrack coupled with the lack of redemption of... oh I don't know because no movie has ever ended without any and I mean any positive spin at ALL quite like this movie.
I feel like a conspiracist this morning. Did anyone see this article today on the Huffington Post? I'm sure it will break out mainstream today. The FDA has known about mercury being in high fructose corn syrup (HFCS) since 2005!!! We're not talking small quantities here. In 2 different studies, 30% and 50% of HFCS samples contained mercury! What's the big deal? Mercury is a hard metal that has profound effects on your health, especially your mental health and heart disease. Looking for a clue as to why the youngest generations have severe attention deficit problems? Here's your culprit. How could the FDA allow us to consume mercury in just about everything (processed, that is) for the last 4 years? Sorry, here's the conspiracy theory, $$. So sad. I hope I'm not dead on with this, but I guarantee you I'll be reading labels today at the grocery store! And I'm going to be hard pressed to find a Cheez-It replacement without the HFCS. Be informed.
Update: DH dug up another article on a science website which states the same thing.
Thursday, January 22, 2009
Does cleaning your house ever seem intimidating?
Two weeks ago was like this for me-- I distinctly remember running the dishwasher on Wednesday but by Sunday not a single dish had been put away. For those of you who know how much I like to cook, you can imagine what that did for my counters. And you KNOW if I let my kitchen get like that, then you know there were 15 loads of laundry (not exaggerating), board games out, dead flowers in vases, floor hadn't swept since ridiculously long ago, dust you can write in, etc. I know-- really makes you want to come visit, right?
Does really diving into a life of prayer ever seem intimidating?
Intimidating may not be the right word. Perhaps overwhelming.
Here's the connection-- that weekend I didn't feel like making a move to clean anything because even emptying the dishwasher would lead me down a path that trapped me in my house for several hours in a fury of cleaning. Better to declare 24 hours of no kitchen duties and wait until later. Have you ever felt like that with prayer? That if you really wanted to take to the Lord everything on your mind you would need 10 hours? Better just to take a nap? I feel you.
I often feel the need to take things to the Lord like, one-sie, two-sie. You know-- yes Jesus I remember so-and-so! Thanks for reminding me-- they need your love right now or your favor or favor with men, your encouragement, healing etc. That is satisfying and full of trust and faith. Just like cleaning up the stack of paperwork that needs immediate attention leads to a sense of satisfaction and one loose end tied up. But I've been feeling the need for a deep clean.
It's been rare, but I've had the occasion when I get into a good rhythm with my house and the laundry basket never seems crazy overflowing because I've (or my amazing DH has) been keeping up with it, the dishes get put away right after I've done them, and the blanket stays folded on the back of the couch. Then when Saturday comes-- watch out!-- maybe the floor will get mopped! Maybe the closet will get cleaned out and salvaged for good will! Well I'll tell you what, I am craving a prayer life where the immediate needs are tucked away in the Lord's hands daily, the worries of the week have been put away regularly at the throne of Christ and when I do have the extra moment to spend-- really spend-- in prayer, we can work on praying through the real scrubs my life and my character need. I also want time where I can be still with the Lord and not feel like I'm catching up on a week's worth of need and thanks. I believe that this is the type of relationship God wants to have with us, too.
Any tips for keeping up with a growing list of prayer requests?
Tuesday, January 20, 2009
Today I am truly proud to be an American.
I am proud of our peaceful way of transferring power.
I am proud to have been able to vote.
I am proud to have Scripture spoken and God's named revered at a political gathering.
I am honored to pray for our President, his decisions and his family.
I humbly pray that he will change his mind on a myriad of issues, but I can see that he has an amazing ability to inspire, challenge, and bring hope. That makes me proud.
And P.S. You had to love the rhyme at the end of Rev. Lowery's benediction.
May God truly bless America. Bring peace. Give our leaders wisdom, knowledge and a fear of the Lord. We need your spirit to guide.
Written better than I possibly could.
Posted by Megs at 12:23 PM
Thursday, January 8, 2009
Would you describe your walk with Jesus in this way? These are the words of one of my favorite college girls as she describes Jesus' pursuit of her. An epic battle of the heart. A romance. I pray that all of the women in my life know that Jesus cares for them in this way.
One of the most remarkable Bible studies I have ever done is the story of Hosea. What a beautiful and heart wrenching picture, that Jesus would allow us to be stripped and lost in a wildernesss. For it is there (and perhaps only there because of our strong will), that we will be hedged in to be protected. Then there we will be clothed and given flowers, that we might return singing and rejoicing in our newfound love.
I pray today you will experience your life with the Lord as though torn from the pages of a beautiful romance novel not skipping over the chapters of the epic battle your Savior has conquered just for you.
Grace is given to you and love in extravagant abundance.
Monday, January 5, 2009
If you've been around me in the last week, you know that I have been preoccupied quite a bit with the political/spiritual/humanitarian/historical/Biblical situation currently unfolding in the Middle East. Let's break that down (in no particular order of importance).
Biblical- DH and I have had a friendly banter going back and forth on the role of Israel in the end times. Both of us agree that Israel will play a significant role, but we've taken positions for the purpose of research as to whether Israel is literally representative of the bloodline of the Jewish people or whether it is inclusive of all who claim inheritance with Abraham (Romans 9:8). While I lean heavily toward a Christian-inclusive interpretation of Romans 9:8, it is difficult for me to leave behind my Zionistic leanings, especially when we have seen such Old Testament-like happenings in modern day events with the Jewish people.
Political- Why is this happening?? I'm so conflicted, that I can't even formulate my various lines of thought on paper. I will echo a quote from President-Elect Obama lifted from the BBC article linked below: [Obama] has also spoken about the problem of negotiating with Hamas when it is "not representative of a nation state, does not recognise [Israel's] right to exist, has consistently used terror as a weapon and is deeply influenced by other countries." You would be correct if you read this and see that I am siding with the state of Israel. Yet, I see that there are a significant number of Palestinians helplessly caught in the crossfire. They are not only suffering from the recent military encounters, but also from months, and possibly years, of trade restrictions, embargos and displacement injustices at the hands of the Israelis. But that is a separate battle to fight. I'm talking right now about the extreme Hamas militants. Which leads me to...
Spiritual- Why is it that a belief system bonds people together in such a way that leads to hate, suicide, sending daughters and wives to be suicide bombers, abuse and a cry for the extermination of a people of another belief system? I am not naive. I realize that modern day Islam is not isolated in being the only belief system to drive people to this behavior. It still is astounding and horrifying to me the way the unity in this area of the world leads to destruction.
Humanitarian- I am just saddened. I don't know what else to say. So many people in so much pain. No sides taken here.
Historical- and cheating, Biblical too. Scripture has warned us since Genesis that there will always be persecution against the followers of God. Lord, come quickly and end this historical cycle of abuses and war.
See here for more on Obama's current state of silence over the Middle East.
See here for more on the current state on the ground via cnn.
See here for up-to-date news with some of the most interesting, least biased and least reported events on the ground.
Share your thoughts if you'd like.