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Archive for January, 2006

Chaff and grain

Saturday, January 21st, 2006

“Oh, the comfort, the inexpressible comfort of feeling safe with a person; having neither to weigh thoughts nor measure words, but to pour them all out, just as they are, chaff and grain together, knowing that a faithful hand will take and sift them, keep what is worth keeping, and then, with a breath of kindness, blow the rest away.” ~ George Eliott


losing something we love

Friday, January 20th, 2006

“Or suppose a woman has ten silver coins and loses one. Does she not light a lamp, sweep the house and search carefully until she finds it? And when she finds it, she calls her friends and neighbors together and says, ‘Rejoice with me; I have found my lost coin.’ In the same way, I tell you, there is rejoicing in the presence of the angels of God over one sinner who repents.” ~ Luke 15:8-10
I know this is about saving lost sinners, but this story also reminds me of searching for things we lose in our lives. Sometimes it is a set of keys. Sometimes it is a marriage. Sometimes it is a friendship. Sometimes it is our first love…our close relationship with God.
I can just see the woman tearing her house apart, looking high and low for her lost coin. Is it under the teapot? The couch cushions? Okay, maybe they didn’t have those things in Bible times, but you get the picture.
And you have to wonder if there is a purpose to the losing. Is it to teach us not to be careless? To be more faithful? To pay attention to where you are going instead of what is behind you?
Whatever it is remember that there are things worth looking for and fighting for when lost because they are irreplaceable. And there are other things, like keys that you can just get duplicates for.

from some reading today

Friday, January 20th, 2006

“A friend may well be reckoned
the masterpiece of nature.”
~ Ralph Waldo Emerson
“I felt it shelter to speak to you.”
~ Emily Dickinson

Bloggers Block

Saturday, January 14th, 2006

I have a bit of bloggers block. I’m tired of writing drivel and whining. I have more than drivel running through my head, but I can’t seem to sit down and string the thoughts together cohesively. So today I’ll have you
read this because Dana got it right on. And maybe I’ll have it together in the near future.

by the way

Tuesday, January 10th, 2006

plural for bongoes can also be bongoS.
I know.
I need to get a life.
Main Entry: 1bon·go
Pronunciation: ‘bä[ng]-(“)gO, ‘bo[ng]-
Function: noun
Inflected Form(s): plural bongos also bongoes
Etymology: American Spanish bongó
: one of a pair of small connected drums of different sizes and pitches played with the hands
– bon·go·ist /-“gO-ist/ noun

How Great Is Our God

Sunday, January 8th, 2006

The song that brought me to my knees in worship today. No band. No guitars. No drums. No keyboardist. Our praise band had been in an accident yesterday and 2 of our youth are still in the hospital.
So today we had just a piano and a congregation praising God.
It’s amazing how a song we’ve heard a million times before can become so poignant in an instant…
How Great Is Our God
by Chris Tomlin
The splendor of a King, clothed in majesty
Let all the earth rejoice
All the earth rejoice
He wraps himself in Light, and darkness tries to hide
And trembles at His voice
Trembles at His voice
How great is our God, sing with me
How great is our God, and all will see
How great, how great is our God
Age to age He stands
And time is in His hands
Beginning and the end
Beginning and the end
The Godhead Three in One
Father Spirit Son
The Lion and the Lamb
The Lion and the Lamb
Name above all names
Worthy of all praise
My heart will sing
How great is our God
How great is our God, sing with me
How great is our God, and all will see
How great, how great is our God


Saturday, January 7th, 2006

what decade does your personality live in?

quiz brought to you by lady interference, ltd

five days

Wednesday, January 4th, 2006

five very long days.
just sayin.

is it possible?

Tuesday, January 3rd, 2006

Is it possible that the bright shiny new year is already 3 days old? Let me see…Sunday morning I went to church. Yes, that was January 1st. The calendar says so. So it must be true.
The children went to their dads. I took down the Christmas tree. It was up a scant 17 days. Did you know that even fake trees drop pine needles? just sayin’.
I contemplated the bareness of my corner without the tree and decided to move the rest of my books the next day. I guess that would have been yesterday, Monday.
There are a few possible titles for this picture….
* you might be a redneck if you have a lawn chair in your living room
* welcome to the library of nattierose
* are all those unread?
or my personal favorite…
* home sweet home
I do hope to have a comfy chair in that corner at some point and I might get some bookshelves to replace some broken ones in the move, but I kinda like this style of book geek shabby chic.
Oh, and all of those are not unread. Some of those are very old and dear favorites that moved 2,222 miles with me. Some. Not all.
Today. Yes, the calendar says it is January 3rd. How can that be? I puttered around doing laundry. Lots of laundry. Enjoyed a tidy apartment for a few hours. Finished my 2nd book of the new year and started 2 more. Then picked the kids up from the visit with their dad. So much for a tidy apartment. But the apartment is now filled with shreiks and giggles, cabbage patch dolls and army men, smelly socks and pink polka dot socks that never make it to the laundry without an often not so gentle reminder.
It’s nice to have them back home again.
As long as I’m not expected to play Sorry!