Tuesday, November 28, 2006

Still and Starry

The stars twinkled through some broken clouds while the half-moon shined softly on the snow-covered fields in a valley. The snow-topped hills reflected the gentle light as well. There were soft silhouettes of barns and a few houses dotting the landscape. Not a soul in sight, not even any little critters.
Sounds like this could be the description of the front of your Christmas cards this year, or maybe even a pretty painting. Actually, this is the view I had on my way home last night from work. It was so beautiful. No lights other than the moon and my own headlights on the road. I really wanted to just stop the car and get out and watch for few minutes, but it was really cold and there was no telling when another car might be coming - even on the back roads. It gave me that "Christmas is coming!" feeling and got me all excited all over again!
Praise the Lord for His beautiful creation and for eyes to see it with!

Wednesday, November 22, 2006

Happy Thanksgiving!

Hope you all have a great Thanksgiving rejoicing in the many gifts our Lord Jesus has blessed us with.
I read these verses today and felt very encouraged and uplifted in my heart.
I hope they do the same for you!

"Oh, give thanks to the LORD, for He is good! For His mercy endures forever. Let the redeemed of the LORD say so whom He has redeemed from the hand of the enemy, and gathered out of the lands, from the east and from the west from the north and from the south." Psalm 107:1-3

"Then they cry out to the LORD in their trouble, and He brings them out of their distresses. He calms the storm, so that its waves are still. Then they are glad because they are quiet; so He guides them to their desired haven. Oh, that men would give thanks to the LORD for His goodness, and for His wonderful works to the children of men! Let them exalt Him also in the assembly of the people, and praise Him in the company of the elders." Psalm 107:28-32

What a blessing to be reminded of Jesus redeeming us from sin and death and how He hears our cries of distress. Even my small worries and fears He hears and calms and shows me His promises of guiding me to my "desired haven." No matter how many times I read it I still am amazed that God hears my prayers - no matter how small or silly the matter may seem to me. It's with joy that I can say with the Psalmist " O give thanks to the Lord for He is good; for His mercy endures forever!"

Sunday, November 19, 2006

For what Officer?!

I got pulled over Friday. I wasn't speeding. I wasn't talking on a cell phone. My lights were on. I was wearing a seatbelt. I wasn't driving recklessly. Would you like to know why I got pulled over? (I'm still trying to figure it out myself, there didn't seem to be a good reason...)
According to the officer - it is because I was putting on lipbalm. Yep! You read that right. Lipbalm! You know the chapstick kind - Burt's Bees brand to be exact.
I was so mad. He had no reason to pull me over. He claimed it was a traffic hazard because (and please try very hard to imagine the disdainful and lofty tone that he used here) "...more female drivers cause accidents because their too busy putting on their makeup instead of paying attention to traffic!"
Ok, first off, lipbalm is not makeup. Guys use it. Second, I wasn't using my rearview or any other mirror to apply the said lipbalm. I don't need a mirror for that. I do it by feel. It's not hard. I had one hand firmly on the stearing wheel and it took me less than 4 seconds to put the stuff on. It was all I could do not to tell him to shove off and leave me alone and take his chip-on-the-shoulder somewhere else.
But I didn't. I stayed calm and was VERY respectful. It would have been the last straw though if he had given me a ticket. He didn't. Still, what loony pulls someone over for putting on chapstick!?

Thursday, November 09, 2006

Some funnies

Got these from someone at work :-)

BEAUTY PARLOR: a place where women curl up and dye

CANNIBAL: someone who is fed up with people

CHICKEN: the only animal you eat, both before it is born and after it is dead

COMMITTEE: a body that keeps minutes and wastes hours

DUST: mud with the juice squeezed out

EGOTIST: someone who is usually me-deep in conversation

HANDKERCHIEF: cold storage

INFLATION: cutting money in half without damaging paper

MOSQUITO: an insect that makes you like flies better

RAISIN: a grape with a sunburn

SECRET: something you tell to one person at a time

SKELETON: a bunch of bones with the person scraped off

TOOTHACH: the pain that drives you to extraction

TOMORROW: one of the greatest labor saving devices of today

YAWN: an honest opinion openly expressed

WRINKLES: something other people have. You have character lines

Thursday, November 02, 2006

Definition of "eclectic"

Pronunciation: e-'klek-tik
i-Function: adjective
Etymology: Greek eklektikos, from eklegein to select, from ex- out + legein to gather
1:selecting what appears to be best in various doctrines, methods, or styles
2 : composed of elements drawn from various sources
also 'heterogeneous'

I've decided that I have a rather eclectic personality.

Maybe not - I like saying that word...