These bones are too quiet,
Spirit breath on them
That they may speak
Something I did to my Comments Templates have affected several other blogs:
Grace and Peace (David Morris)
A Glimpse...that Place
(hopefully, not more, I didn't see any others)
I will take that code out as soon as I can and I'll talk to Ben about that little problem. Okay? Nothing to worry about, really!
Who has seen the wind? ~ Christina Rossetti
Who has seen the wind? Neither I nor you: But when the leaves hang trembling, The wind is passing through.
Who has seen the wind? Neither you nor I: But when the trees bow down their heads, The wind is passing by.
So I had a job at McDonalds when I was in high school. Christa worked for Burger King during a summer, and now my brother has joined the ranks of fast food employees. He got a job at Hardee's.
I wonder how we managed to get jobs at three different restaurant chains?
Last night my friend's mom died. I only knew her for a short time while I was in Michigan, but she made an impact on my life. I stayed at her house with Brian and the family twice while I was there waiting for my apartment to be opened on campus.
I am sad, yet very happy that she is with the Lord. I hardly know what to say. She was suffering from cancer, but the Lord delivered her into His Presence.
Of all the verses that came to my mind these have stuck throughout the day, it is a benediction.
24Now to Him who is able to keep you from stumbling, and to make you stand in the presence of His glory blameless with great joy, 25to the only God our Savior, through Jesus Christ our Lord, be glory, majesty, dominion and authority, before all time and now and forever. Amen.
~ Jude 1:24-25 (NAS)
I am a Musical Thinker which makes sense. And an Existential Thinker which I can see that too.
* Tend to think in sounds, and may also think in rhythms and melodies * Are sensitive to the sounds and rhythms of words as well as their meanings. * Feel a strong connection between music and emotions
Other Musical Thinkers include Mozart, John Lennon, Jimi Hendrix
Careers which suit Musical Thinkers include Musician, Music teacher, Sound engineer, Recording technician
* Like to spend time thinking about philosophical issues such as "What is the meaning of life?" * Try to see beyond the 'here and now', and understand deeper meanings * consider moral and ethical implications of problems as well as practical solutions
Other Existential Thinkers include The Buddha, Gandhi, Plato, Socrates, Martin Luther King
Careers which suit Existential Thinkers include Philosopher, Religious leader, Head of state, Artist, Writer
9You whom I have taken from the ends of the earth,
And called from its remotest parts
And said to you, 'You are My servant,
I have chosen you and not rejected you.
10'Do not fear, for I am with you;
Do not anxiously look about you, for I am your God.
I will strengthen you, surely I will help you,
Surely I will uphold you with My righteous right hand.'
~ Isaiah 41:9-10 (NAS)
Don't forget folks February 2004 is bissextile. Enjoy it.
Pronunciation Key (bī-sĕkʼstĭl', -stīl', bĭ-) adjective
making a leap year: having the extra day in a year that makes it a leap year
* bissextile month
~ Encarta® World English Dictionary, North American Edition
I was practicing the piano just now and something snapped/popped in the pedal mechanism and now the pedal is really loose and won't sustain very much. It sounds like I am playing mushy staccato. Very sad.
Unfortunately, I do not know how to fix pianos.
Would You Pay To Watch a Bin Laden Execution?
Two-thirds of Americans believe that executions should be televised; 21 percent say they would pay to watch Osama bin Laden be executed on pay-per-view TV; and 11 percent say they would pay to watch Saddam Hussein be executed. The results were included in a Harris poll prepared for the Trio cable network.
Happy, happy Birthday to my dearest sister Christa!
Congratulations on your Golden Birthday!
I love you.
Happy Birthday Mema! (Even though you might not see this.)
I hope your day is very special too.
I love you.
This is something I am so guilty of...hating my enemies instead of loving them. The enemies of God are everywhere, not just the homosexual, the abortionist, the murderer, the thief, but also all unbelievers. But we should love them. Jesus said:
43 "You have heard that it was said, 'You shall love your neighbor and hate your enemy.'
44 But I say to you, love your enemies, bless those who curse you, do good to those who hate you, and pray for those who spitefully use you and persecute you,
45 that you may be sons of your Father in heaven; for He makes His sun rise on the evil and on the good, and sends rain on the just and on the unjust."
~ Matthew 5:43-45 (NKJV)
I want to be known as a son of the Father. So I will love my neighbor and my enemy.
LORD, increase my love.
Help me to love as You love,
To hate sin, and pursue holiness.
There is a cardinal high in the maple tree*
Singing for Spring quickly to come.
Cries for sunbeams and buds to break free,
Nothing will stop his rowdy enthusiasm.
Neither rain, nor wind, nor these cloudy gray skies,
Neither solitude on his barest perch;
For his voice is all he needs to advertise,
And maybe come Spring a Lady will end his search.
* based on a true story
Incidentally, this kind of goes with the Verse of the Day...
"For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife, and they will become one flesh."
~ Genesis 2:24 (NIV)
I made several universe/verses to remind me of the greatness of God when I was in college. I used them as my screensaver. Here is one of my favorites.
10b "Blessed are You, O LORD God of Israel our father, forever and ever.
11 Yours, O LORD, is the greatness and the power and the glory and the victory and the majesty, indeed everything that is in the heavens and the earth; Yours is the dominion, O LORD, and You exalt Yourself as head over all.
12 Both riches and honor come from You, and You rule over all, and in Your hand is power and might; and it lies in Your hand to make great and to strengthen everyone.
13 Now therefore, our God, we thank You, and praise Your glorious name."
~ 1 Chronicles 29:10-13 (NAS)
I was lame, and am--but healed, I walk now by grace. I was blind, but a Light shined in darkness and by faith I comprehended. I was condemned, but a King made me free from the law of sin and death. I am adopted, and I cry as a son, "Abba! Father!" The Spirit testifies. I do not know how to pray, but the Spirit helps my weakness. Interceding by inexpressible words known by Him who searches hearts. I know God is Sovereign and He causes all things to work together For good to those who love Him and are called.
28 And we know that God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose.
29 For those whom He foreknew, He also predestined to become conformed to the image of His Son, so that He would be the firstborn among many brethren;
30 and these whom He predestined, He also called; and these whom He called, He also justified; and these whom He justified, He also glorified.
31 What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who is against us?
32 He who did not spare His own Son, but delivered Him over for us all, how will He not also with Him freely give us all things?
33 Who will bring a charge against God's elect? God is the one who justifies;
34 who is the one who condemns? Christ Jesus is He who died, yes, rather who was raised, who is at the right hand of God, who also intercedes for us.
35 Who will separate us from the love of Christ? Will tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword?
36 Just as it is written, "FOR YOUR SAKE WE ARE BEING PUT TO DEATH ALL DAY LONG; WE WERE CONSIDERED AS SHEEP TO BE SLAUGHTERED."
37 But in all these things we overwhelmingly conquer through Him who loved us.
38 For I am convinced that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers,
39 nor height, nor depth, nor any other created thing, will be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.
~ Romans 8:28-39 (NAS)
"If you love Me, you will keep My commandments."
~ John 14:15 (NAS)
So I took this Yankee or Dixie Quiz tonight and my score was "78% (Dixie). That is a pretty strong Southern score!"
The test is based on dialect. I don't think it is rigged, but some of the choices seem limited. Anyway, I have always found dialect fascinating...but I guess not enough to study it closely. I'd rather sit down and invent my own language.
I couldn't sleep more than a few hours last night and when I couldn't return to sleep I began reading A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L'Engle. I finished it. It was very interesting. I'm not sure what to make of it though. I will have to think about it some more.
Well, that certainly makes me think again about my question the other day. You can't deny that M. L'Engle is writing Science Fiction with as much physics as she packs, but she quoted Scripture quite a few times (in fact, even aliens were quoting it).
Hillary, did you say you had read these books?
I am curious enough to keep reading certainly.
I had a really good day today. I had my first piano lesson with my new student and my first voice lesson with one of my neighbor's children. My neighbor's child comes to Pro-teens on Thursday night at my church. That is a blessing. I have never done voice lessons before, but I am confident I can give him a starting point in music and voice with which to continue if he wishes.
Also, another blessing, I got a laser printer (and there was much rejoicing, yea!). My dad was able to get one--for free. The joy of laser printing is how well music turns out. It looks perfect.
Last night, I learned that I cannot take Tylenol after I have taken my medicine. I am just glad I learned that lesson before driving and doing that!
I am looking forward to the Lord's Day. Last week the young people sang. I was very excited. I practice with them on Sunday nights before church. I suggest songs, but generally they choose them. Our main pianist (I play piano Sunday mornings, but most of the time I play the rickety organ--Lord help me to be thankful for it and not complain--any of you know of one we can have?) brought music for us to try, and it is so beautiful! It has the words to 1 Corinthians 13 (though they have been arranged with some liberty, not quoted) and the music is an American Folk song. It is song 109 in The Wilds book, and Psalm 42 or When I Survey the Wondrous Cross may be sung to it. If that gives you any hint. Anyway, the young people love it, and we are looking forward to singing it. We are also going to practice an arrangement of Revive Us Again for our Revival coming up at the end of February. Only a week left for that preparation. I hope I can find that book! I have been shuffling all my music around in an attempt to discover a system. No luck yet. I haven't given up yet though.
Anyway, I want to say, if I know you, I am praying for you. Well, in fact I am praying for the Body, so even if I don't know you I am praying for you. God bless you and keep you. Grace and peace in abundance be yours by God the Father and Christ Jesus our Lord.
Why do so many Christian blogs have swear words on them? It amazes me how I can read such fascinating, insightful, biblical entries, but in the comments or the very next entry there are vulgar expressions and curse words.
How do you distinguish a Christian from a non-believer if both speak the same way. Jesus said "For out of the heart proceed...blasphemies" (Matthew 15:19). James said, "Out of the same mouth come praise and cursing. My brothers, this should not be" (James 3:10 NIV).
Here is a thought-provoking quote from chapter four of Christian Education: Its Mandate and Mission (BJU Press ©1992):
The believer's speech should be "seasoned with salt," not salty; it should communicate "alway with grace" (Col. 4:6). The enemies of Jesus tried but failed to "catch him in his words" (Mark 12:13)--words that had keen edge but also graciousness (Luke 4:22). The Biblical standard, today as then, is "sound speech, that cannot be condemned" (Titus 2:8).
I'm done with research for now. I've started one of my novels. So here's a question that my sister asked, "How does a Christian write science fiction without distorting God's Truth of Creation?" Christa is going to kill me, because I think I have misquoted her. Christa tell us what you mean/meant. I am determined to get you involved.
And maybe this will get Bensfriends talking too (or anyone out there that likes to read my blog, I welcome your comments too!). I want some feedback (please). That's what the discussion category is for. If it sounds like I'm being belligerent, it's because I take 2400 mgs of trileptal a day and I have a pounding headache!
No really, I apologize if I sound mean. I really do appreciate it when you comment on my blog and give me ideas and correction or direction.
I want to write; I want to write well and for the honor of God the Father and Jesus Christ.
So please speak up. That's what we are doing here at Bensfriends (and other Christian blogs), right? Networking for the Body?
grace and peace
There was a Senator (a Democrat from Georgia) last week who had the courage to speak out against America's "Deficit of Decency." I hope that everyone in this country has a chance to hear, watch or read his speech.
here are links to his website at senate.gov:
If for some reason you cannot access these sites, the article in full is here at karagraphy.
"Behold, days are coming," declares the Lord GOD, "When I will send a famine on the land,
Not a famine for bread or a thirst for water,
But rather for hearing the words of the LORD."
~ Amos 8:11 (NAS)
"But let justice roll down like waters
And righteousness like an ever-flowing stream."
~ Amos 5:24 (NAS)
My primary care doctor is trying to get the referral in at Duke. I'm not sure it's completely up to his recommendation, but I know his referral is required. Once that is in, I still do not know what the process is getting into the pain clinic there.
Okay...I'm going to turn on some music and lie down for a bit. No more computer for a while.
I especially like "Maestoso" the 3rd movement.
I know this sounds silly, but I like these boxes.
"Trust in the LORD forever, For in GOD the LORD, we have an everlasting Rock."
~ Isaiah 26:4 (NAS)
...I have been going through the lessons at Learning New Testament Greek.
And thank you Ben for getting us Greek/special characters. I might have been kicked off bensfriends permanently without your special attention to jbo.
I've learned these verbs so far (present active indicative). Well, enough to notice a mistake in the Little Greeks flashcards. Anyway, I am excited. I have other tools from which I am learning. I'll put up some more links later.
λέγω - I say
βλέπω - I see
ἔχω - I have
ακούω - I hear
πιστεύω - I believe, I trust, I entrust
λαμβάνω - I accept, I receive, I take
All you fans of Greek out there. If you notice mistakes, please let me know...so I don't embarrass myself too much.
per·spi·cac·i·ty Pronunciation Key (per'spĭ-kăs´ĭ-tē) n.
Acuteness of perception, discernment, or understanding.
~The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
25 "For this reason I say to you, do not be worried about your life, as to what you will eat or what you will drink; nor for your body, as to what you will put on. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothing?
26 "Look at the birds of the air, that they do not sow, nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not worth much more than they?
27 "And who of you by being worried can add a single hour to his life? (NAS)
"Which of you by worrying can add one cubit to his stature? (NKJV)
28 "And why are you worried about clothing? Observe how the lilies of the field grow; they do not toil nor do they spin,
29 yet I say to you that not even Solomon in all his glory clothed himself like one of these.
30 "But if God so clothes the grass of the field, which is alive today and tomorrow is thrown into the furnace, will He not much more clothe you? You of little faith!
31 "Do not worry then, saying, 'What will we eat?' or 'What will we drink?' or 'What will we wear for clothing?'
32 "For the Gentiles eagerly seek all these things; for your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things.
33 "But seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.
34 "So do not worry about tomorrow; for tomorrow will care for itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.
~ Matthew 6:25-34 (NAS)
My favorite commercial on TV right now. Spoilers below:
It's a Chips Ahoy commercial. Sort of animated, I don't know how to describe it. But the point of the commercial.
There is a birthday party for a little girl and she and her guests are sitting around the table with a large cookie next to the children. He says, "Where's the cake?" The birthday girl answers sweetly, "We're not having cake." The cookie answers weakly, "Oh..."
It's funny, but what I like the best is the intonation/inflection of the girl's answer. It cracks me up. I know, I'm weird.
At my appointment this morning, Dr. Spear and I had a solemn conversation about my disease and his ability to treat me. He said he trusted the Naval Hospital's Pain Clinic and used to work with a chief doctor there. He refused to take advantage of my condition and repeat treatments that probably wouldn't help me. (In fact he didn't charge us for his consultation.) He confirmed that I am on the best medication for my condition. And he referred me to Johns Hopkins or Duke University. He considers me outside the Bell Curve of RSD patients. I have lived with this disease for 9 years.
Pray that I can get into the Pain Clinic at either Johns Hopkins or Duke University. I think I'd like Duke. That way, I'd be closer to Greenville.
grace and peace
We might get up to 5 inches. That would make me happy...except I have to go to my new doctor in the morning. I want to enjoy the snow. Not drive somewhere. And sit in the doctor's office for over an hour. Okay, no more complaining.
Appointment at 9:00 am. That's at the new Pain Clinic.
~ Charles Wesley, Moral and Sacred Poems, 1744
Rejoice, the Lord is King! Your Lord and King adore;
Mortals give thanks and sing, and triumph evermore;
Lift up your heart, lift up your voice;
Rejoice, again I say, rejoice!
Jesus, the Savior, reigns, the God of truth and love;
When He had purged our stains He took His seat above;
Lift up your heart, lift up your voice;
Rejoice, again I say, rejoice!
His kingdom cannot fail, He rules o�er earth and heaven,
The keys of death and hell are to our Jesus given;
Lift up your heart, lift up your voice;
Rejoice, again I say, rejoice!
He sits at God�s right hand till all His foes submit,
And bow to His command, and fall beneath His feet:
Lift up your heart, lift up your voice;
Rejoice, again I say, rejoice!
He all His foes shall quell, shall all our sins destroy,
And every bosom swell with pure seraphic joy;
Lift up your heart, lift up your voice,
Rejoice, again I say, rejoice!
Rejoice in glorious hope! Jesus the Judge shall come,
And take His servants up to their eternal home.
We soon shall hear th�archangel�s voice;
The trump of God shall sound, rejoice!
Cause in me fruit to grow, unlike any fleshly deeds manifested.
I am my worst foe; Help me in Your Word to feed. Adopted.
My Valentine ~ Robert Louis Stevenson
I will make you brooches and toys for your delight Of bird song at morning and starshine at night. I will make a palace fit for you and me, Of green days in forests And blue days at sea.
4 Love is patient, love is kind and is not jealous; love does not brag and is not arrogant, 5 does not act unbecomingly; it does not seek its own, is not provoked, does not take into account a wrong suffered, 6 does not rejoice in unrighteousness, but rejoices with the truth; 7 bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. 8a Love never fails;
1 Corinthians 13:4-8 (NAS)
The Embarrassing Episode of Little Miss Muffet ~ Guy Wetmore Carryl
Little Miss Muffet discovered a tuffet, (Which never occurred to the rest of us) And, as 'twas a June day, and just about noonday, She wanted to eat--like the best of us: Her diet was whey, and I hasten to say It is wholesome and people grow fat on it. The spot being lonely, the lady not only Discovered the tuffet, but sat on it.
A rivulet gabbled beside her and babbled, As rivulets always are thought to do, And dragon flies sported around and cavorted, As poets say dragon flies ought to do; When, glancing aside for a moment, she spied A horrible sight that brought fear to her, A hideous spider was sitting beside her, And most unavoidably near to her!
Albeit unsightly, this creature politely Said: "Madam, I earnestly vow to you, I'm penitent that I did not bring my hat. I Should otherwise certainly bow to you." Though anxious to please, he was so ill at ease That he lost all his sense of propriety, And grew so inept that he clumsily stept In her plate--which is barred in Society.
This curious error completed her terror; She shuddered, and growing much paler, not Only left tuffet, but dealt him a buffet Which doubled him up in a sailor knot. It should be explained that at this he was pained: He cried: "I have vexed you, no doubt of it! Your fist's like a truncheon." "You're still in my luncheon," Was all that she answered. "Get out of it!"
And the Moral this: Be it madam or miss To whom you have something to say, You are only absurd when you get in the curd But you're rude when you get in the whey!
Once A Big Molicepan
Once a big molicepan
Saw a blittle lum,
Sitting on the sturbcone
Chewing gubble bum.
"Hi!" said the molicepan.
"Better simmie gome."
"Tot on your nintype!"
Said the bittle lum.
I am excited because...
Draw me close Sovereign Lord!
Keep me near the throne of grace;
Watch me with th'angelic host.
Let me always seek Thy face,
And with my lips praise Thee most.
When I was closing the Cheerios box this morning, on the very top of the box where you fasten it, there was a note from the company:
Remember, even when it's cloudy outside the sun is still shining.
My brother and I were discussing one of his speeches recently, and this morning, I realized I had made a terrible argument. I was arguing that if a Christian had an anxiety disorder, God would not leave him that way, but would give him victory over his disease. I can't believe that I would think that way considering my own situation, but there I was saying the same things that a professor had disparagingly said to me.
What I realized this morning very clearly is that it is wrong to assume that someone who hasn't "overcome" a physical illness is unspiritual. I realize now that I have been beating myself over the head comparing myself to one "overcoming" story after another. Without meaning to be sarcastic, just honest, we Christians are fond of our "overcoming" stories. I think that this is what has caused this thought process for me. I have had quite a few people tell me "look at this person" or "look at that person." Most people have good intentions. They want to encourage. But I'm afraid there might be an intrinsic problem with examples of looking at other "overcomers." The intimation being, that because you haven't "overcome" your illness, you are a weak and unspiritual Christian.
In the Bible, Job's friends made a similar assumption about Job because of his illness and loss. Ultimately, they believed because of his situation he was spiritually deficient. The Lord was angry with their assessment because it hurt His reputation (Job 42:7-8). I can't help but think that by pointing to someone else's story, you defame God's own working in someone's life. In other words, you can't expect God to work the same "overcoming" story for someone else. And that's not a bad thing.
I do believe God gives victory, but not necessarily over illness. Instead, He gives it inspite of.
The Apostle Paul also had some sort of infirmity. He asked the Lord to remove it three times. But instead, God gave the startling answer, "My grace is sufficient for you, for My power is made perfect in weakness" (2 Corinthians 12:7-9).
My conclusion is twofold:
We cannot despise our "overcoming" stories. I do not mean that by any stretch. It is a testament to the power of God, and we can spread His fame by sharing those stories to believers and unbelievers.
But we need to avoid assumptions that those stories can engender, assumptions about someone's spiritual well-being because of his physical weakness. Rather, physical infirmity, and the practice of comforting someone who is experiencing it, is an opportunity for believers to glorify God in His sufficient grace, and to see His perfected power--literally, the indwelling power of Christ!
I have been reading the Wheel of Time by Robert Jordan again. A new book came out in January (which I got for my birthday, thank you Mrs. Sweede and Danielle). It is a prequel based on a short story. New Spring is fascinating. I don't remember the short story very well, so everything seems new to me.
Spoilers follow. I didn't really think about that fact until I was down with writing this entry. So...if you feel that you are going to read these books any time soon, you may wish to avoid this extended entry. Even though I want you to see my cool genealogy file.
Also, with my interest in genealogy renewed, I've been making charts again. I never realized that Galad, Gawyn and Elayne were Moiraine's nephews and neice. It hadn't occured to me that Taringail was her brother at all (half-brother). Furthermore, when Tigraine left Taringail, she remarried in the Waste and gave birth to the Dragon Reborn himself on the slopes of Dragonmount in sight of the Shining Walls of Tar Valon. So Galad and Rand are half-brothers.
* This pictures works in IE, I have had some trouble with it in Mozilla because it is an .emf. If I can't get it to work cross-browser, I'll think of something else.
I'll let you know what I think of the book.
Liquid fire fills the empty steel wire stretched stretched to its limit. There is a desert where water is plenteous but it is so dry every mouth is parched. Palms are slick with sweat so that weak and trembling fingers grasp at air and music undanced is unheard. Seeing red is common when falling from the heights, gravity pulling, pulling, velocity gathering, gathering until terminal moments find terms of endearment at reach by hands that reach for stop signs. Crying eyes are no good, for what can a little wetness do? Cause more pain? Tossing from side to side to side the ride is rough, the Author tough but gracious in this eternal pain. There is no I in Why? Only You.
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