Wednesday, December 31, 2008
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Wednesday, December 24, 2008
So many thoughts go through my mind about Christmas.
Monday, December 22, 2008
Sunday, December 21, 2008
I am re-posting from last year. I think perhaps there are some of you who didn't read it then. To those of you who did, my apologies for the repeat.
The history of Hanukkah as I understand it is:
After Alexander the Great died, the Greek empire split into three dynasties; one of which was the Seleucid Dynasty. One of the rulers in this dynasty was called Antiochus IV Ephiphanes. He was so evil that the Bible, in the book of Daniel, uses him as an example of what the Anti-Christ will be like.
He desecrated the Temple of God. The Bible calls it the Abomination of Desolation. He made the Israelites stop their daily sacrifices and sacrifice to other god's instead.
One day when an Israelite made one of these sacrifices a godly man named Matthias killed him. He started a revolt in which the God-fearing Jews went throughout the land tearing down false idols and killing those who worshipped them. It was a time of purging for the land of Israel.
When Matthias died his son Judah took over. He is known as Judah Macabee. These Macabees went into the Temple to purify it after Antiochus had profaned it. They cleansed it and re-dedicated it to God.
The lamps in the Temple were to burn continually. But when they rededicated the Temple, there wasn't enough oil to last for more than a day. They miraculously continued to burn for eight days until more holy oil could be obtained.
There. I find some very significant stuff for all of us to think about. Purification. Rededication. We can't go wrong spending some time dwelling on that this Season.
And the Light will never go out.
Saturday, December 20, 2008
Friday, December 19, 2008
Tuesday, December 16, 2008
Monday, December 15, 2008
Friday, December 12, 2008
Surely he hath borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows: Isaiah 53:4
Thursday, December 11, 2008
Wednesday, December 10, 2008
Tuesday, December 9, 2008
I saw a study on BBC a couple of weeks ago noting the increase in loneliness and isolation in the UK. There has been a huge change since the Seventies in how connected people feel and in the sense of community.
Sunday, December 7, 2008
I lifted my eyes and looked, and behold, there was a certain man dressed in linen, whose waist was girded with a belt of pure gold of Uphaz.
His body also was like beryl, his face had the appearance of lightning, his eyes were like flaming torches, his arms and feet like the gleam of polished bronze, and the sound of his words like the sound of a tumult. Daniel 10:5-6
This is what *Jesus looked like when He appeared to Daniel. And when John saw Him in a vision, He looked like this:
I saw one like a son of man, clothed in a robe reaching to the feet, and girded across His chest with a golden sash.
His head and His hair were white like white wool, like snow; and His eyes were like a flame of fire.
His feet were like burnished bronze, when it has been made to glow in a furnace, and His voice was like the sound of many waters.
In His right hand He held seven stars, and out of His mouth came a sharp two-edged sword; and His face was like the sun shining in its strength. Revelation 1:13-16
While they were there, the days were completed for her to give birth.
And she gave birth to her firstborn son; and she wrapped Him in cloths, and laid Him in a manger, because there was no room for them in the inn. Luke 2:6-7
How do I wrap my head around that?
*Some believe this was an angel, but others, including myself, believe it was Christ.
Wednesday, December 3, 2008
When I lived in Colorado Springs, I could see Pike's Peak from my house. If I stood in the right spot of my yard, so I could see through the trees and houses. From some parts of town I could see it close up, towering and majestic. But in my new town, I can see at least fifty miles of mountain range from my window. And from some parts of town I can see from Long's Peak to Pike's Peak - at least one hundred miles of mountains. I have views far beyond what I had in my old place.
Monday, December 1, 2008
I like noses. I have been known to sit and admire noses. If you catch me looking at you, I might just be studying your nose.
Saturday, November 29, 2008
Thursday, November 27, 2008
Wednesday, November 26, 2008
Tuesday, November 25, 2008
Monday, November 24, 2008
There Are 1 Gaps in Your Knowledge
Where you have gaps in your knowledge:
Where you don't have gaps in your knowledge:
Wednesday, November 19, 2008
2. For each question, press the next button to get
4. Tag 10 friends who might enjoy doing the
IF SOMEONE SAYS “IS THIS OKAY” YOU SAY?
WHAT WOULD BEST DESCRIBE YOUR PERSONALITY?
"Do I Trust You?" (Twila Paris) - that might be right
WHAT DO YOU LIKE IN A GUY/GIRL?
"Perhaps Love" (John Denver)
HOW DO YOU FEEL TODAY?
"Great is Thy Faithfulness" (Avalon) - pretty much sums it up
WHAT IS YOUR LIFE’S PURPOSE?
"I'll be Seeing You" (Rod Stewart)
WHAT IS YOUR MOTTO?
"Fairest Lord Jesus" (Natalie Grant)
WHAT DO YOUR FRIENDS THINK OF YOU?
"Jeepers Creepers" (Louis Armstrong) - sheesh!
WHAT DO YOU THINK ABOUT VERY OFTEN?
"I See You Standing" (Twila Paris)
WHAT IS 2+2?
"Tea For Two" - Ha ha. That's good.
WHAT DO YOU THINK OF YOUR BEST FRIEND?
"It's Not Unusual" (Tom Jones) - well, actually....
WHAT DO YOU THINK OF THE PERSON YOU LIKE?
"Let There Be Love" (Tom Jones)
WHAT IS YOUR LIFE STORY?
"Night and Day" (Rod Stewart)
WHAT DO YOU WANT TO BE WHEN YOU GROW UP?
"A Kiss to Build a Dream On" (Rod Stewart)
WHAT DO YOU THINK WHEN YOU SEE THE PERSON YOU LIKE?
"Holy, Holy, Holy" (Steven Curtis Chapman) - hmmm.
WHAT DO YOUR PARENTS THINK OF YOU?
"Holy, Holy, Holy" (Keith Green) - HA!
WHAT WILL THEY PLAY AT YOUR FUNERAL?
"Oh Lord, You're Beautiful" (Keith Green)
WHAT IS YOUR HOBBY/INTEREST?
"Till" (Tom Jones) - Is that what you keep money in?
WHAT IS YOUR BIGGEST SECRET?
"It Had to be You" (Rod Stewart) - shhhh... don't tell.
WHAT DO YOU THINK OF YOUR FRIENDS?
"How Beautiful" (Twila Paris) - awww. That IS what I think!
WHAT’S THE WORST THING THAT COULD HAPPEN?
"For All We Know" ( Bette Midler)
HOW WILL YOU DIE?
"Can't Stop Loving You" (Tom Jones) - Or I will die
WHAT IS THE ONE THING YOU REGRET?
"Runner" (Twila Paris)
WHAT MAKES YOU LAUGH?
"Rushing Wind" (Keith Green) - Rushing is always funny.
WHAT MAKES YOU CRY?
"For Sentimental Reasons" (Rod Stewart) - yep. Quite often.
WHAT SCARES YOU THE MOST?
"Green, Green Grass of Home" (Tom Jones) - mommy, help.
DOES ANYONE LIKE YOU?
"All Creatures of Our God and King" - That's about right
IF YOU COULD GO BACK IN TIME, WHAT WOULD YOU CHANGE?
"I Need Thee Every Hour" (Jars of Clay)
WHAT HURTS RIGHT NOW?
"I Remember You" (Bette Midler) - and that one time?... ouch.
WHAT WILL YOU POST THIS AS?
"When You're Smiling" (Louis Armstrong)
Decorate only as much as you like. Candles are easy and go a long way is setting a festive atmosphere. Something that smells good - some cinnamon and cloves in a pot of water does the trick. Use themed towels and such to help decorate. They are easy to "undecorate" too!
Tuesday, November 18, 2008
Continuing with thoughts about things I'm learning when it comes to entertaining, doing the holidays, etc.
Monday, November 17, 2008
My friend Robbie posted about the pressures of the holidays on her blog, Joy Dance. So go read it; it's really good!
Sunday, November 16, 2008
Then he showed me a river of the water of life, clear as crystal, coming from the throne of God and of the Lamb,
in the middle of its street On either side of the river was the tree of life, bearing twelve kinds of fruit, yielding its fruit every month; and the leaves of the tree were for the healing of the nations.
Thursday, November 13, 2008
Sunday, November 9, 2008
Be very careful, use wisdom, when choosing whom to follow.
Thursday, November 6, 2008
I am teaching a Bible Study about the names of God. We are using Kay Arthur's book, LORD, I Want to Know You. I also am using Nathan Stone's book, The Names of God.
Wednesday, November 5, 2008
Monday, November 3, 2008
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Friday, October 31, 2008
What is your opinion of Candy Corn? I love it. I could make myself sick on it. Of course, that wouldn't take much!
Wednesday, October 29, 2008
Here is an interesting article comparing British and US teeth. You've probably seen something or heard someone making fun of British teeth for being crooked and yellowed. But over there, they mock Americans for their unnaturally white and straight teeth.
Monday, October 27, 2008
Your result for The Nerd? Geek? or Dork? Test...
A Nerd is someone who is passionate about learning/being smart/academia.
A Geek is someone who is passionate about some particular area or subject, often an obscure or difficult one.
A Dork is someone who has difficulty with common social expectations/interactions.
You scored better than half in Nerd, earning you the title of: Pure Nerd.
The times, they are a-changing. It used to be that being exceptionally smart led to being unpopular, which would ultimately lead to picking up all of the traits and tendences associated with the "dork." No-longer. Being smart isn't as socially crippling as it once was, and even more so as you get older: eventually being a Pure Nerd will likely be replaced with the following label: Purely Successful.
Thanks Again! -- THE NERD? GEEK? OR DORK? TEST
Saturday, October 25, 2008
Your result for Are You a Jackie or a Marilyn? Or Someone Else? Mad Men-era Female Icon Quiz...
You Are an Audrey!
You are an Audrey -- "I am at peace"
Audreys are receptive, good-natured, and supportive. They seek union with others and the world around them.
How to Get Along with Me
- * If you want me to do something, how you ask is important. I especially don't like expectations or pressure
- * I like to listen and to be of service, but don't take advantage of this
- * Listen until I finish speaking, even though I meander a bit
- * Give me time to finish things and make decisions. It's OK to nudge me gently and nonjudgmentally
- * Ask me questions to help me get clear
- * Tell me when you like how I look. I'm not averse to flattery
- * Hug me, show physical affection. It opens me up to my feelings
- * I like a good discussion but not a confrontation
- * Let me know you like what I've done or said
- * Laugh with me and share in my enjoyment of life
What I Like About Being an Audrey
- * being nonjudgmental and accepting
- * caring for and being concerned about others
- * being able to relax and have a good time
- * knowing that most people enjoy my company; I'm easy to be around
- * my ability to see many different sides of an issue and to be a good mediator and facilitator
- * my heightened awareness of sensations, aesthetics, and the here and now
- * being able to go with the flow and feel one with the universe
What's Hard About Being an Audrey
- * being judged and misunderstood for being placid and/or indecisive
- * being critical of myself for lacking initiative and discipline
- * being too sensitive to criticism; taking every raised eyebrow and twitch of the mouth personally
- * being confused about what I really want
- * caring too much about what others will think of me
- * not being listened to or taken seriously
Audreys as Children Often
- * feel ignored and that their wants, opinions, and feelings are unimportant
- * tune out a lot, especially when others argue
- * are "good" children: deny anger or keep it to themselves
Audreys as Parents
- * are supportive, kind, and warm
- * are sometimes overly permissive or nondirective
Friday, October 24, 2008
Praise the LORD from the heavens;
Praise Him in the heights!
2Praise Him, all His angels;
Praise Him, all His hosts!
3Praise Him, sun and moon;
Praise Him, all stars of light!
4Praise Him, highest heavens,
And the waters that are above the heavens!
5Let them praise the name of the LORD,
For He commanded and they were created.
6He has also established them forever and ever;
He has made a decree which will not pass away.
7Praise the LORD from the earth,
Sea monsters and all deeps;
8 Fire and hail, snow and clouds;
Stormy wind, fulfilling His word;
9 Mountains and all hills;
Fruit trees and all cedars;
10 Beasts and all cattle;
Creeping things and winged fowl;
11 Kings of the earth and all peoples;
Princes and all judges of the earth;
12Both young men and virgins;
Old men and children.
13Let them praise the name of the LORD,
For His name alone is exalted;
His glory is above earth and heaven.
14And He has lifted up a horn for His people,
Praise for all His godly ones;
Even for the sons of Israel, a people near to Him.
Praise the LORD!
Thursday, October 23, 2008
I've done a TT on my favorite restaurants. One on weird foods I've eaten. This one will be my favorite foods. Unfortunately, some of the foods I am about to list are foods that I have a sensitivity to and can't eat.
Wednesday, October 22, 2008
Tuesday, October 21, 2008
Last night I started a fire in the microwave. I just wanted to soften the butter a bit. But I had it on a napkin and it was in one of those foil wrappers. zap, zap, zap and the napkin went up in flames.
Saturday, October 18, 2008
I've seen the political divide do more amputation
This type of rhetoric is something I abhor.
Because if we declare that those who do not vote
What's a person to do?
Recently I started a group on facebook called
So I do not ask you to vote for one person or
So, instead of telling everyone who God wants,
In all of this, let's keep praying, and not only praying,
Feel free to pass this on. You don't even have to give me