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Jesus Loves Me, This I Know March 29, 2008

Filed under: Oh I Do Love Me Some Jesus — violin3679 @ 10:36 pm

Tonight I got to have a glimpse – just a shadow, or a dim reflection – of what it will be like to look into the eyes of Jesus. Those of you who were there know what I’m talking about. (SK – “And you also must testify, for you have been with me from the beginning.”) I had the joy of watching Brad Sherrill perform the entire Gospel of John solo at my church. He very simply and very literally brought the gospel to life before our eyes. He didn’t remain confined to the stage – he moved in (did you guys notice?) a cross across the front of the church and down the center aisle. As he spoke the words of Christ, he would occasionally stop, lean over, and speak the words of the Word Made Flesh nose to nose with someone in the audience.

 I don’t pretend to think that he chose any of us for any particular reason, but I do know that in my case he had to have been moved by the very Holy Spirit of God to speak a word to me. Whether he knew it or not, I don’t know, but he spoke the truth of Christ to my soul, the very words I’ve been searching for for months and that have been right under my nose all along.

Hear John 14:1-4 –  “Do not let your hearts be troubled. Trust in God; trust also in me. In my Father’s house are many rooms; if it were not so, I would have told you. I am going there to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to be with me that you also may be where I am. You know the way to the place where I am going.”

Then John 17:33 – “I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.”

Nose to nose. Holding my hand. I could just swoon right here. How great is our God.

Please don’t misunderstand my emotion. The overflow of my heart is due to the gift of a servant bringing to life the old, old story. I am more in love with Jesus tonight than I have ever been. Which was God’s purpose in my attendance tonight. I’m too overwhelmed right now to get into the specifics of why this was such a timely word for me, but I wanted to get the memory down while it was still fresh. Thanks for letting me indulge just a bit, and testify to God’s providence and tenderness.

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Ummm…… March 28, 2008

Filed under: Would You Like a Side of Deep Fried Crazy With That? — violin3679 @ 7:05 pm

Did Lost not come on last night? I’m a little freaking out because I don’t really carve time out for much TV, but Lost definitely has a priority position in my selective television viewing milieu (yeah, you heard me). However – since I was watching the Stepford twins last night I didn’t get to catch it. Which is fine (I thought) cause I can just watch it on abc.com today.

Except it’s not there.

All that’s there is the same episode from last week. The really really good episode where Sayid turned Michael in and Rousseau died and Carl died and Alex screamed that she’s Ben’s daughter and OHMYWORD INEEDTOKNOWWHATHAPPENSNEXT!

But I’m not freaking out or anything.

So if anyone knows whether the show came on or not please let me know.

You know.

Immediately.

 

Practically Perfect in Every Way March 27, 2008

Filed under: Oh the Rambling it is Endless — violin3679 @ 9:43 pm

I had the sweet privelege of keeping McSmelly’s Lisa H.’s precious girls tonight. Let me tell you what – if all kids were like these two girls, I’d run out right now and have a million of em. They’re polite, they do their homework without complaining, they say their prayers before supper, they LOVE SALADSOMUCH; I put Mary Poppins on and didn’t hear a peep from them for 2 solid hours except for their sweet giggles when Dick van Dyke acted like a penguin. We played games, they said their prayers (and were precious enough to include me in them) and, for goodness sake, went to bed (after brushing their teeth) without complaining.

WHAT?

I’m not entirely sure they’re not some kind of Stepford children. I’m taking them to the lab tomorrow to have their heads examined for robotic parts.

I’m not so naive as to think that they’re so insanely well behaved all the time, but, I must say, well done Mike and Lisa. I could just eat em up.

On a completely different note – I mentioned in the ever-so-popular meme that I am writing a paper for Lisa Johnson. This is part of the mentoring that we’re doing (most fun I’ve had in my LIFE) and I am suddenly confronted with two frightening realities.

1. I am so rusty I left red flakes all the way down the hall this morning. I sat down to write my paper last week and stared at the blank screen for a full half hour before I closed the document window and turned on Dancing With the Stars.

2. I do not have an original thought in my brain. Hah! That was just thrilling. I know what other people know, I know what I’ve been taught, but I realized today that I let all my Bible studies do the homework for me. Does that make sense? I’m not doing the digging myself and formulating my own opinions.

So, you know. Yikes.

Anyway, here’s to relearning learning. I’m up for it. I’m accepting (slowly) that I can’t do everything with ease on the first try. Shocking, I know. My reputation is tarnished. But, you know, I’m pretty sure only Miss Mary Poppins can claim the title “Practically Perfect in Every Way.” Now if  I had a handbag like THAT I’d be in business. Although – carpet isn’t really my style.

I’m more of a summer.

 

A Little About Meme

Filed under: C'est Moi — violin3679 @ 1:53 am

I don’t know if y’all are familiar with memes (rhymes with dreams), but they’re fun little list-ey questionnaires that get passed around from blog to blog. You answer the questions and your friends get to know stuff about you. You usually wait to get “pinged” to answer a specific meme, but since I’m not quite the the uber-social butterfly of the blogosphere that others are, I’m going to start one here and ping you folk.

Call me a loser if you want. I can take it.

1. The rules of the game are posted at the beginning.
2. Each player answers the questions about themselves.
3. At the end of the post, the player then tags five people and posts their names, then goes to their blogs and leaves a comment letting them know they’ve been tagged and to ask them to play along and to read your blog.

What I was doing 10 years ago – 1998
* Finishing up my first year of college
* Doing all the stuff we do in college, then never, ever speak of again
* Learning how to live with roommates without killing them
* Learning that rotten potatoes smell like rotten butt (dorm life, baby)
* Learning that boys are dirty, rotten, and stupid. (but I’m not jaded or anything)

Five things on my to-do list today –
1. Work on my paper for Lisa Johnson
2. Hang out with my prayer shawl chicas
3. Love on my puppies
4. Pay bills (blech)
5. Clean the carpet (double blech)

Five snacks I enjoy  –
1. Chips and salsa (and queso…you know, if you insist)
2. Baked Cheetos (oh the deliciousness)
3. Dried fruit and peanuts
4. Hummus
5. String cheese

Five things I would do if I were a billionaire –
1. Pay them dang bills off
2. Pay my family’s bills off
3. Pay the church’s bills off
4. Pay y’all’s bills off (bills are so unfair)
5. Travel my hiney off

Five of my bad habits –
1.  Aw man…..ok…procrastination
2.  Nail biting
3.  Knuckle cracking
4.  Leaving cups on my nightstand for just days on end
5.  Spoiling my pups

Five places I have lived –
1.  That side of Gwinnett
2.  This side of Gwinnett
3.  North side of Fulton
4.  South side of Fulton
5.  This side of Gwinnett

Five jobs I’ve had –
1. Pier 1 Sales Associate
2. Orchestra Librarian
3. Violin Teacher
4. Orchestra musician in the worst production of Cabaret EVER
5. Administrative Assistant

I tag…
Lesley, Mom, Susan, Sarah, Robin

 

In Which She Contemplates a Career in Astrophysics March 26, 2008

Filed under: Oh I Do Love Me Some Jesus — violin3679 @ 2:09 am

So some of you may know, and some of you may not know, but I’m in need of some prayer. About…you know…some stuff. Incredibly long story short, I’ve got some Very Big Decisions looming ahead of me and I’m needin’ some discernment prayer. And patience prayer. And ohmywordsomedeliverance prayer.

What is the Very Big Decision, you ask? Well, I’ve decided that I want to be an astronaut.

Well. Not really. But what I feel God calling me to is about as unfamiliar territory as if I were. I hope y’all will forgive me, but I’m keeping details under wraps for the time being, but I know what prayer warriors y’all are and I just love you so much. So I humbly ask you, when the notion hits you, to send up a few intercessory prayers for my po’ self.

Thanks, chicas. I love y’all.

 

Happy Easter March 23, 2008

Filed under: Oh I Do Love Me Some Jesus — violin3679 @ 9:09 pm

I first saw this in a video set that Allen W. let me borrow. Travis Cottrell had it on his blog and I just couldn’t resist posting it here too.

Take a minute to praise Him.

 

Mom, This One’s For You March 22, 2008

Filed under: Hah! — violin3679 @ 12:54 pm

Ok, I don’t have kids, but this made me laugh out loud. Mostly because I think my mother actually said this to me once. (If this is too small to read, you can click on the image to enlarge it)