Tuesday, January 26, 2010

What's new

I went to the laundromat yesterday for the first time. Our dryer is busted and it'll be about a week before it's repaired. I realized I was out of stuff and didn't have time to wait for it to air dry. So, off the laundromat went I. Frightfully expensive I might add...$1.50 for 36 minutes of drying time. Thankfully, the clothes were dry by the end of the time. Otherwise, I might have just had to have worn wet underwear.

Yes, I did just say that. My apologies. To all 3 of you.

I also found my library card - again. And there was much rejoicing and putting things on hold at the library. Mostly books on cassette. Because my car is old and is still living in the 20.9th century. I like listening to books. I often catch things in them that I missed when I was reading it myself and it's almost like reading the book for the first time. I like that.

Lastly, I found this on one of the websites I like to visit: Despair.com. If you ever want a good dose of reality, here it is.

I'm so glad I found this. This keeps me grounded.

Friday, January 15, 2010

"...that there is nothing better..."

I know I've told this to some people already - I am so excited about this year. Yes, we're half-way through January, however, I was excited before the new year began - this isn't a new developement. :^) I can't remember when I was this excited about a year. Generally, I like to go into things with low expectations so that A) I'm not too disappointed or B) I'm pleasantly surprised. I'm not entirely sure what is I'm excited about, or why. But I am.

2008 was a year of changes and growing and finishing.
2009 was a year of DOING things and GOING places; living some dreams and loving it!
2010 - no idea what it's going to bring! Whatever it is, I'm ready!

Ecclesiastes 3:9-13
"What gain has the worker from his toil? I have seen the business that God has given to the children of man to be busy with. He has made everything beautiful in its time. Also, he has put eternity into man’s heart, yet so that he cannot find out what God has done from the beginning to the end. I perceived that there is nothing better for them than to be joyful and to do good as long as they live; also that everyone should eat and drink and take pleasure in all his toil—this is God’s gift to man."

Thursday, January 14, 2010

Today. It's Thursday.

Today I am going to do the following:

10:40am - Wake up. Seeing as how I got out of bed at 6:00 this morning, this shouldn’t be an issue, but it is.

11:59am - Complete the orders that need to be entered.

12:30:13pm - I will organize the pile of paperwork on my desk. I WILL…even though it is almost 4 inches high and seems to me an Everest of paper.

12:53pm – Stare out the window at passing birds, airplanes, and the police car that keeps patrolling past the abandoned vehicle on the street. Sigh and turn back to the pile of paperwork.

1:17 pm - Catch up on my Bible reading…I missed one of the days this week and am behind as a result. Not good if you’re on a “Read through the Bible in a Year” program.

1:06pm - Not drink any more coffee. Green tea and Dr. Pepper are still options however.

2:37pm - Smash the radio that keeps playing the same songs on the same station all day. (Ok, maybe not since it’s not mine, but I feel like it.)

3:12pm – finish whatever else has happened during my day, emails, phone calls, etc.

4:24 - leave work for school

4:46 - arrive at school. Proceed to the computer lab and check out a laptop to do homework on.

6:00pm - Chemistry Lab. I love chemistry. Pray I don't blow something up.

8:07pm - leave Chemistry lab for home.

8:34pm - put stuff away at home. Put away any remnants of clean laundry in my room while listening to the "Far and Away" soundtrack.

8:58 - bemoan current car situation while searching Craigslist for new one.

10:13pm - "I shall take my father's advice. I shall go to bed at once."

*name that movie :^)

Wednesday, January 06, 2010

thoughts after my Bible reading

*after a long absence---I'm trying to get back to blogging. We'll see how I succeed. :) *

This morning I was reading in the book of Genesis. Genesis, the book of beginnings, is full of genealogies; well, the whole Bible is really. God gives us detailed accounts of who His people were, their children, where they lived and travelled, and how old they were. The whole chapter of Genesis 10 tells about Noah’s children and their descendants.
And then in chapter 11, these same descendants decide to “make a name for themselves” (Gen 11:4) in order to keep from being scattered across the face of the world, and the Lord, because they didn’t acknowledge Him, confuses their tongue and scatters them anyway. Thinking about it, they already had a name- weren’t they part of the Sons of God? What name in the world could be better than that? And yet, they thought they needed something better. But God, in His providence, didn’t end it there. He showed His faithfulness throughout the generations – something we see in the story of Abraham. At the time, Abraham was a man without children but God promised to make him a great nation. His descendants would fill the earth; more in number than the stars in the heavens.

Just last night at dinner, our family was talking about our ancestors and heritage. Who they were, the kind of people they were, the circumstances they came out of, where they settled, etc. I suppose it’s easy to get wrapped up in where we came from. “I’m descended from so-and-so who was the Grand Duke of Wherever” or “My great-great-grand-uncle-twice-removed-on-my-mother’s-side was the Prince of Somewhereorother”. (I’m exaggerating for effect here, but you get my point) Thinking about our family history, I’m reminded, again, of two things: 1) I am really blessed to have a Christian heritage and 2) it’s by God’s grace I have that heritage and (I suppose this would make it three things) that the privilege of bearing the name of Jesus Christ is far better than any name I might have.