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Friday, January 21, 2011

This Week in Words

This has been an interesting week. Monday was a holiday which was a great break. I had orgiinally planned to be out of town all weekend and drive back Monday afternoon. Something happened that altered those plans and then they were altered again due to a sickness in the family I was going to visit. I spent last weekend with my parents, grandmother, Pop Rocks, and some other family members.

Tuesday I participated in my first ever Zumba class. It was fun and very energetic, but I am not very coordinated, so I don’t know that it is the best fit for me. I will probably attend the classes every now and then to pep up my routine.

Today is another snow day around these parts so I spent the day at home working. I am amazed at how productive I have been. I got somethings accomplished that I really needed to get done, but I don’t normally enjoy doing. Oh, I am so tired of snow. I didn’t know I was moving to snow country when I moved here. It is so frustrating to get snowed in and be stuck at the house.

So, how was your week?

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Wednesday Wrap-up: 1.12.11

“God is good! All the time! And all the time? God is good!”

Its one of those phrases you hear time and again inside the walls of churches (I’d say four, but mine has a bunch more than that. I taught the kids the back-and-forth saying last week.

Waiting on God is not often easy. “He’s an on-time God.” Though its true, it is not always comforting when you are waiting. Lately there have been some things I’ve been waiting on. Waiting on God to come through and save the day! I don’t doubt that He is coming, I just keep hoping its soon! When I think back to being a kid I can think of the waiting. Waiting for summer break, waiting for my birthday, waiting for Christmas... waiting. Some things never change. Learning patience is never easy. I think God wants us to learn to wait on him so that we can learn to trust, hope and learn not to doubt.

I was telling the kids the story of Job tonight and how he didn’t give up faith that God was coming. I am pretty sure that if I went through what Job did, I would have given up, but he didn’t and Job got back double what he had before he started and then he lived another 140 years! Oh to have the faith of Job!

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Snow Days

In case you missed yesterday’s post, we’ve had some snow here the past couple of days!It is so beautiful. I’ve always loved snow, but I especially loved it as a child when we had snow days. In 1996 there was a blizzard that came through Maryland, where I was living. We were out of school for a week! I remember each evening watching the report hoping the right county would pop up as being canceled. Every night it would show up, we were out of school one more day. By Thursday night, I didn’t want that county to pop up on the newscast, but there it was. I had a bad case of cabin fever.

My parents were out of town for the blizzard and my Grandmother was staying with us. We would go and play in the snow with the neighborhood kids. We would come in and drink hot cocoa and thaw out, but then darkness would come. Like it always does the nights seemed to drag and we were stuck inside. I remember wanting nothing more than to be able to get out and play. Thankfully these two back-to-back storms haven’t forced me inside all day, I have been able to get out and go to work. Eventually we did make it back to school, but we couldn’t play on the playground for another week and my parents returned. Life got back to normal. Now thought it seems like I would love to spend a week inside the house. I accomplished a lot yesterday morning when I couldn’t yet leave. There is a lot more I could do.

What do you do with your snow days?

Monday, January 10, 2011

Merry Mary Monday - 1.10.11

Its a snow day here! Hows your weather?

Thursday, January 6, 2011

How Do Elevators Work?

So I park in the garage next to my office and I generally park on a lower level. This does not require me to use the elevator, but most days I do (the stairwell smells and sometimes people are really slow in there). So if you want to go down on the elevator you press the down button and use the up button to go, well, up.

I walk up to the elevator and press the down button. Some days I walk to it with one of my co-workers, who parks on an upper level. She will press the button to go up AFTER I press the down button. The elevator comes and it is going up. Today she wasn’t with me but, the elevator came and went up for someone else. I waited and watched the progress of the elevator, someone showed up and pressed the up button. The other elevator decided it should start working and it came and was going up! Finally, the other elevator came and went down, but seriously?!?!

Aren’t elevators supposed to be fair? I know that life isn’t fair and all of that, but come elevators play nice.

Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Wednesday Wrap-up: 1.5.2010

“Be joyful in hope, PATIENT IN AFFLICTION, faithful in prayer.” Romans 12:12

Tonight we began our January study in patience. This is a well timed study for me as there are many things in my life that have been trying my patience lately... a lot! I love that this verse in a section of the Bible titled: “Love in Action.” The hardest time to be patient is during affliction.

When I was a summer camp Jr. counselor I remember one of the Sr.  counselors telling me not to pray for patience, because then we are asking to learn it! I had some tough kids that made me think I would go crazy, but by the end of the week, I wouldn’t want them to leave. It is easy to go about the task before you when it is easy, but when the task is difficult it can be the hardest thing we face. This is true in pretty much every aspect of our lives.

When I face affliction whether brought on internally or externally I really want that season in life to pass us by. So often I get so wrapped up in what is wrong that I miss all that is right. I don’t ever say I hope this drags on as long as possible so that I can learn the most I can from it. (But really, does anybody?) I should though, be patient with the situation so that I can grow and mature from it. I love that in the verse above patience is flanked by joy, hope, faith and prayer. For me patience REQUIRES joy, hope, faith and prayer. If I don’t have joy no matter what then I want life to pass me by as quickly as possible, I give up, say its too much and move on. Hope gets us going... whether it is the hope of grabbing breakfast out to get me out of bed or the hope of heaven to keep our heads up high, we have to have hope to thrive. Faith requires me to believe in more than just me, it requires me to look around me and see that I am not the most important person in the world that there are others who are in better and worse situations than I am. And finally prayer. If If didn’t have my own prayers to offer and the prayers of friends to beseech. I would be lost in this world. There is so much more to patience than just waiting, there is strength and growth and motivation!

Stay tuned as we continue our discussion of faith!

Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Takeway: Holiday Edition

This Christmas was not what I had hoped it would be. I am not going to complain though. I want to tell you what I took away from this season. One of my family's traditions is to watch “Its a Wonderful Life” each year. This year the end of the movie was what caught my attention, not that it doesn't always. At the end of the movie (spoiler alert: if you haven’t seen this movie, you should go watch it, I can wait.... done? Great wasn’t it?) Clarence gives George a book and inside it is inscribed with the following:

“No man is a failure who has friends.”

2010 was a great year for me and Pop Rocks in the friends department! As I was watching the movie, I noticed a line where one of George’s friends says that he doesn’t know what the problem is but they brought some money. It didn’t matter what the problem was, they were going to help George. I was thinking about my friends and would I do the same for them.  I am so happy that yes, there are friends I would do that for and some I really feel would do the same for me. It made me very happy. 

Was there something that gave you a new perspective over the holidays?