Archive for July, 2010

What if?

in Genesis 22, God asks Abraham to take his only son Issac to a mountain and sacrifice him as a burnt offering. He obeys.  I love how this story is told with just the basic facts…very matter of fact.  When I read it, I imagine all of the emotions that must have been in play. Even when obedience is the obvious choice, there can still be questioning, turmoil, pain, and resistance. Abraham’s faith is unwavering in the story, but we’re left to imagine what is going on inside his head.

…and then there’s Issac. He obviously trusts his dad and was no doubt brought up to trust his God, but at the point where he is tied up and laid on the pile of wood, you would think he would have to be having his doubts. I can’t help but imagine crying, maybe screaming, perhaps a hint of panic in his eyes. (likely more than a hint!)
But if you know the story, it all works out in the end. God calls it off and provides a ram for sacrifice instead. He tells Abe that because of his faith, his descendants will be like the stars.  My question is “what if he had not obeyed”? what if he had said “No God, what you ask is too much. Remember the circumstance of Issacs birth? It’s too much. too hard.”
What has God asked you to do that you think is too hard? or too much?  What blessings might you be missing out on??  Decide today to obey…sacrificially if necessary.

A Desire to Control

In Genesis 3, God describes His punishment for Adam and Eve eating the “forbidden fruit”.  Verse 16 describes Eve’s punishment specifically.  I remember the part about the childbirth being painful (thanks, Eve), but the next sentence stood out to me.  I read it in several different versions even.  The New Living Translation says something radically different than the others, in my opinion.

This one is the New Living Translation.

Then he said to the woman,
“I will sharpen the pain of your pregnancy,
and in pain you will give birth.
And you will desire to control your husband,
but he will rule over you.”

This one is the King James Version.

“Unto the woman he said, I will greatly multiply thy sorrow and thy conception; in sorrow thou shalt bring forth children; and thy desire shall be to thy husband, and he shall rule over thee.”

In the first it says that woman will desire to control her husband and in the next it says woman’s desire will be for her husband.  Two VERY different concepts.  Initially, I was like, “Oh, so that’s why I’m so bossy”.  and then after I read the other translations I was just confused.  Did part of the punishment include making woman only attracted to her husband??  Cuz that does NOT seem the case in the world today.

Thoughts?  Explanations?  Clarifications?

Good thing I don’t get too hung up on little things like this.  I more than realize that I’m not smart enough to understand EVERYTHING in the bible.  By faith, I believe that it’s completely true, whether I understand it or not.

Things I want to do before Summer is Over

I’m making a list.  Everyday is important.  It’s Summer.  I love summer.  Which makes sense, I guess…I was born in summer.  So, here’s a list of things I want to do before summer is over this year.

  • Make homemade ice cream.  I say this every year but hardly ever do it.  Cameron says she doesn’t like it.  whatever, I’m making some.  It’ll probably have Reese’s cups in it…or Butterfinger.
  • Shakespeare in the Park.  I LOVE this.  We did it last year and the whole thing was dreamy.  The setting-Myriad Gardens, downtown OKC. The play–it was Hamlet. The company-just me and my hubby.  Romeo and Juliet starts in August and I already have my tickets bought!
  • Scrunch sand between my toes.–I’m not much for swimming in the ocean, but I love to look at it from the beach…or a boat.  Next week I’ll take care of this little item.
  • Take a boat on the Bricktown canal.  I never get tired of doing this.  and I don’t care if it is 500 degrees outside.
  • Eat enough blueberries to make my poop blue.  I have never been as crazy about blueberries as I have this summer.  I put some on my cereal one morning and it was like a party in my mouth!  oh. my.    Gradually, the cereal-to-blueberry ratio in my bowl has been tilting in favor of the berry.  I was kidding about the blue poop thing, btw.
  • Use the fire pit in our backyard about 100 more times.  Remember it?  We built it last year.  Here’s a refresher. It’s  waaaaaay cool. and I love it.  Feels like camping in the backyard with the sound of locusts in the trees…so relaxing and it just screams SUMMER!

That’s all I can think of right now.  Time’s a-wastin’!

Bible Reading Plan-The Essential 100

I just started a new bible reading plan and I’m very excited about it!   It’s called the Essential 100 Challenge and consists of 50 passages from the Old Testament and 50 passages from the New Testament to give you a complete overview of the bible–without having to read the WHOLE thing.  That excites me.  Sort of in the same way that peanut butter and chocolate combined in any way excites me.  Yeah, like I long for it.  I want it all at once and over and over again.  Like that. OK…moving on.

I’m trying to imagine what someone who doesn’t know me would think if they stumbled upon my blog posts.  or, for that matter, people who know me.

Anyway, it sounds really cool.  The Essential 100. {said in an announcer-type voice}–  Sort of like a daily vitamin.

And I like the idea of getting the big picture that this reading plan promises.  I’m a big picture kinda girl.  I’m always wanting to “zoom out” of a situation to put things into perspective.  It helps me deal.

Try it here.

I’ll try anything once

Well, maybe not anything.  For example, I won’t try octopus, caning, or base jumping..not even once.  never (and I don’t use that word lightly)

Recently, I’ve tried eating sauerkraut for the health of my small intestine (gross), running(thumbs up), acupressure (definitely works), and oil pulling(weird).   I’m sure there are lots of other things I could mention here, but my memory is failing me–what else is new, right?  I’ve also eaten alligator.  Fried alligator.  Yuck.  Anyway,  my most recent foray into the strange and unusual alternative medicines, is the oil pulling.  It’s the practice of swishing oil around in your mouth for 20 minutes at a time to rid your body of toxins.  The whole time I was doing it, I kept thinking, “this doesn’t make any sense”.   But I googled it, and everything I read, led me to think it was worth a try.  It can cure everything from headaches and acne to arthritis and cancer.  (yeah, right!)  I’ll try it for a couple of weeks and let you know if anything comes of it.  I know you’ll be anxious to hear the full report. ha.

Blog? What blog?

oh my gosh.  I almost forgot that I had a blog with my very own name on it.   It feels like years since I’ve been up in here.

Everything  that’s happened and everything I’ve done in the past few months could easily have it’s own dedicated post, but that itn’t gonna happen anytime soon….so rather that losing everything (to my faulty memory), I’m just going to hit the highlights! (and there were lots of them!)

**Warning:  this post may be filled with sentence fragments.  fragmented sentences.  apparently that’s how my brain is currently functioning.

  • Series finale of LOST–good.  glad it’s over.
  • my first 5K–good. glad it’s over.   No, just kidding.  I had a good time, felt great about my accomplishment, and definitely want to run another one. soon.    I’m still running to improve my 5K pace, but have no plans to ever do more than 3 or so miles at a time.
  • Reading…Eragon, and it’s sequels.  The kids both read these books and they wanted me to read them too.  I like to read what they are reading so we can talk about it.   Especially if it’s something they particularly enjoyed.   Cuz you know how if you read a really good book, you want to talk about it?…so do they, and I want to share some of those moments with them.  In this case, though, these are VERRRY long books, so it’s taking me a while to get through all 3 of them.
  • A quick trip to Colorado to attend a fantabulous birthday party for 2 really cute 3 year olds.  It’s always great to see my sister and Chris and see what Daniel and Elizabeth are up to!  They are so sweet!
  • Also reading…Salvaged by Stefne Miller from my very own Edmond, OK.  Such a good book, written by a local author, set in my general neck of the woods.  This one is a MUST read for all girls.  It’s a beautiful love story about avoiding temptation, staying pure, being completely honest and transparent about feelings, seeking Jesus, hurting and healing.  and more.  I loved the characters. It was way good.
  • Fireworks sales in Louisiana.  oh, snap, I don’t even know where to start on this one. Working three 12-13 hour days, friends, family, hanging out, playing cards, staying up late, getting up early, eating junk food, $74,000 in sales, dirty fireworks  Cajun rednecks.  Good times.
  • My new favorite guy–the chiropractor. Love that guy.  I can sit in a car, at my desk, in a movie theater, you name it, for hours without my butt/leg hurting!   and to think that I lived with that for 9 months before trying to get it taken care of…what a dummy I am.   I still don’t have full range of motion with that leg/muscle/joint, but it’s improving slowly.  Aren’t you glad to know that!?  Don’t answer that.

and the Grandpa Nellie Grand Finale…is still to come!  Florida vacation right around the corner!