monday

No miscellany today for the two of you who were wondering. 😉 But my laptop is back in action now that Paul’s son has moved in and generously shared his charger until my new one arrives.

The past couple of weeks have been a challenge for a variety of reasons, but I’ve decided that I will focus on being grateful Here’s a little bit of what I’m thankful for these days, in no particular order:

~ I’m still enormously thankful for my large American washer and dryer. Two years of slowly and painfully doing laundry in Europe left their mark.

~ I’m grateful for my 6-year-old MacBook Pro. It still works great (the charger, not so much), and being without it for a few days reminded me how much I appreciate it.

~ I’m thankful to come home from work to find my husband getting the grill ready. We worked on supper together and enjoyed eating it together. We ran an errand together after supper, too.  I really enjoy spending time with my husband. I’m grateful for him.

~ I’m thankful for central air-conditioning.

~ Thank you, Lord, for pursuing me. You never give up on me. Ever. And you keep reminding me how much I need You.

~ I’m thankful for a job I enjoy.

I hope your Monday has been a good one!

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monday miscellany

In which I clean out my bookmarks:

~ There is no treasure with worry.

~ I know the newly published Harper Lee novel is all the rage these days, but I don’t want to read it. First, I’m skeptical about its provenance, and I can’t shake that feeling (the Onion sounds all too plausible here.). Second, I don’t want it to overshadow or spoil the greatness that is To Kill A Mockingbird. Third, I have this automatic reaction against whatever is all the rage — whatever someone tells me I just must read ________. Phil at Brandywine Books made me chuckle with his  list of newly discovered literary sequels.

~ Mainstream media is more than just maddening. They’re just plain boring with their determination to see the world a certain way, along with intellectual laziness. See Exhibit A: Andrea Mitchell.

~ 22-year-old college student blows her $90,000 college fund and blames her parents.  Sigh.

~ Here’s a new (to me, at least) concept: Sugar Baby Schools. In a nutshell, young women connect online with men who are willing to pay for their tuition, among other expenses:

The website, describing itself as the “No. 1 sugar daddy site for those seeking mutually beneficial arrangements,” says a “modern daddy” is “a successful and generous man who is willing to pamper and offer financial help or gifts to a young person in return for friendship and companionship.”

The website describes a “goal seeking sugar baby,” as a girl who “know(s) you deserve to date someone who will pamper you, empower you, and help you mentally, emotionally and financially.”

What’s missing at the end of that last sentence is:  FOR MONEY.  You know, there’s a word for that arrangement.

~ “Rome is on the verge of collapse.”  That really makes me sad.

~ How your iPhone replaces $3000 of tech stuff from the 1990s.

~ Ineptocracy. Indeed.

That’s it for now. Happy Monday!

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random thoughts

carocollageBefore I begin rambling, let me just say that 21 years ago today, I welcomed sweet baby Caroline into the world. And just last night, she got engaged!! I’m so happy and excited for her. 

And now, until I get more details on the upcoming nuptials, let the randomness begin:

~ I can’t get enough fresh peaches. Or okra. Not together, of course.

~ Now that I spend more time on the road, I’m even more annoyed with slow drivers in the left lane. Seriously, if everyone is passing you on the right, you’re doing it wrong! A couple of days ago I got boxed in by a slow car in front of me and one that insisted on driving along beside me for miles. My guess is that at least one of the drivers was on the phone.

~ Waiters who don’t write down our order don’t impress me. A correct order does.

~ Surely I’m not the only one tired of the “I’m offended” culture so prevalent today — especially on the internet. Just this week I saw it on an instagram pic put up by someone who is rather famous in some circles. It was a funny — darkly so — meme that I chuckled at and kept scrolling. Lots of folks left comments about how offended they were and that they were now unfollowing (that’s a modern word, isn’t it?) her account. I guess they’ve never heard the phrase “don’t take offense where none is intended.” And I guess they live super-insulated, cushy lives where they’re never confronted or challenged in their thinking. In my experience, life is jam-packed with unpleasantness, unfairness, and just plain old garden variety yuck. If you can’t just let at least some of it go or even laugh at it, you’re in for some misery — and probably not too much fun to be around.

~ It sure is nice being married to an IT guy. The wifi on my laptop has been dropping out every few minutes for days. I finally had Paul take a look and he fixed it right up — something about a duplicate IP address. Given his distaste for Apple products, it was an especially loving act.

~ Random thoughts, random photos:

bucers

orange

cones

~ I’ve got a whole day (Lord willing!) stretching out ahead of me, with nothing scheduled. I need to do some regular chores around the house — with the music cranked up, but I also plan to get some stuff listed on eBay. I’m in a purging mood.

~ True confession: I finally saw Shrek for the first time last night. Yeah, I lost a bet, so now I have to watch 5 movies of Paul’s choice. 1 down, 4 to go.

~ And the word of the day is:

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…and that probably sums up this post. 😉

Happy Saturday!
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monday miscellany

Another collection of links from around the ‘sphere:

~ As I’ve mentioned, I’m listening to David McCullough’s the Wright Brothers via Audible. Here’s an interesting interview with the historian about the men.

~ How to keep your phone’s battery healthy.

~ I love stories like this one. God delights in surprising us.

~ Help me face today.

~ I’m grateful to be having some relief from insomnia these past few weeks, but I still appreciate this old article from Challies on us “helpless sacks of sand.”

~ Where have these been all my life? (no need to click on the link unless you’re a fellow office supply nerd)

Happy Monday!

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~This will probably not apply to any of you, but PLEASE don’t post gruesome wounds and injuries on Facebook and Instagram! It is more than a little sickening to scroll through my feed sometimes, enjoying a snack or a meal, when WHAM! someone’s bloody something appears. Blech.

~Nothing runs me off from a recipe quicker than curry in the list of ingredients.

~Random thoughts, random photos:

Oh wait, I can’t grab any that I’ve stored in iPhoto because when I updated my operating system recently, my old version of iPhoto is no longer compatible. So when I tried to update that app, my apple ID wouldn’t work. Round and round I go.

~ Speaking of computer frustrations, I have just about reached my maximum capacity for passwords, log-ins, and PINs. It seems like I have dozens of them and it’s impossible to keep them straight because everyone has a different requirement. Yesterday I was asked my billing PIN by my cell-phone provider, and I that just about sent me over the edge. I have a PIN to log in to my account online, but I need a separate billing PIN? Seriously? And then I received a work email that required me to set up a password to view it.

~ I rarely use my laptop anymore, but I can’t give it up completely just yet. Any of you make the move exclusively to an iPad or other tablet? There are just some things (like blogging) that are so much easier and quicker on my laptop.

~I can’t wait to see Unbroken, as it is one of my favorite books. But I’m diasappointed to hear that it will present a “universal” faith. The gospel remains offensive, but it is the very power that saved Louie Zamperini.

~Paul & I will have a full house on Christmas Eve & Christmas Day. God’s blessings abound!

~Speaking of God’s blessings, I love my husband. He takes care of me and loves me and makes me smile. I’m amazed that this time last year, I had no idea he even existed, and now he’s everything to me.

~ And now I leave you with this from my stepson: (If you don’t smile at this, you might be a Scrooge.)

santababy

 

Christmas joy for EVERYONE!

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on the fear of the LORD

fearAs I’ve read through my Bible this year, my focus has unintentionally become the fear of the LORD. I noticed it early on this year as I began the 3650 plan, and I continue to mark it as I work through God’s Word. (It’s everywhere!) Recently as I was reading Proverbs 1, I noticed again something I underlined a few months ago: (emphasis mine)

Then they will call upon me, but I will not answer;
they will seek me diligently but will not find me.
Because they hated knowledge
and did not choose the fear of the LORD,
would have none of my counsel
and despised all my reproof,
therefore they shall eat the fruit of their way,
and have their fill of their own devices.

Have you ever thought of the “fear of the LORD” as something you can choose?

As I prepare for my upcoming marriage, I read Tim Keller’s The Meaning of Marriage. These lines pointed me right back to the theme of my Bible reading this year:

“Fear” in the Bible means to overwhelmed, to be controlled by something. To fear the Lord is to be overwhelmed with wonder before the greatness of God and his love.”

Later, Keller writes that “being filled with the Spirit and the fear of the Lord are basically the same thing. They both refer to an inner spiritual experience and reality, but each phrase brings out different aspects of it. They both take people ‘out of themselves.'”

If the Spirit has opened the eyes of our heart, we’re able to choose to fear our LORD. What would that look like? The negatives in Proverbs 1 are instructive. Choosing to fear the LORD would involve heeding His counsel and loving — not despising — His reproof. That would necessarily mean I’d know His counsel — His Word, and that would mean I’d have to devote time and energy to reading it, studying it, hiding it in my heart, and obeying it in the course of my days. And Keller’s words are helpful: Choosing to fear the LORD would mean I’m controlled by Him and His Words, overwhelmed with wonder, worshipping Him. This only happens as I choose to spend time with Him, humbling myself before Him, trusting Him, seeking His wisdom and insight.

It’s so easy to look at our current situation in life without contemplating the myriad choices along the way that got us here. Contrary to what our culture preaches, life doesn’t just happen. It’s the product of a gazillion choices — some small, some enormous — that lead us either to the wisdom of fearing the LORD or the folly of going our own way.

So today we have a choice before us. Will we fear the LORD or go our own way?

Praying I choose wisely,

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unplugged

donotdisturbI think I’m developing adult ADD. I can’t focus on any one task, and I blame my phone, or rather my relationship with my phone. I don’t have a landline, so I heavily rely on my iPhone. And I’m a big fan of texting and would much rather receive texts than voicemails. But I can’t seem to complete anything without being interrupted or feeling compelled to check something on my phone. I can rarely do even my grocery shopping without feeling like I should look at that text that just came in.

On Monday, I realized that my phone was controlling me. So I turned it off — all the way OFF — to work on my taxes, and I actually concentrated on the work without being interrupted or distracted. I attended to the task at hand. It was wonderful — well, as wonderful as working on my taxes can ever be, I guess.

I’m guessing I’m late to the party on this and have only just now figured out something the rest of you know!

And I’m not blaming the folks who call, text, or email me. It’s my own compulsion to immediately see who it is and what the message is that’s got me so distracted.

So I’m going to turn it off and tune out more. And I’m going to make it a habit to use the Do Not Disturb feature so on the rare mornings when I can sleep in, I’m not jolted from that good sleep with a text.

Leave a message, and I’ll get back to ya.

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