Thursday, July 21, 2011

Day by Day

Day by day, and with each passing moment,
Strength I find to meet my trials here;
Trusting in my Father's wise bestowment,
I've no cause for worry or for fear.
He, whose heart is kind beyond all measure,
Gives unto each day what He deems best,
Lovingly its part of pain and pleasure,
Mingling toil with peace and rest.

Every day the Lord Himself is near me,
With a special mercy for each hour;
All my cares He fain would bear and cheer me,
He whose name is Counsellor and Pow'r.
The protection of His child and treasure
Is a charge that on Himself He laid;

"As thy days, thy strength shall be in measure,"
This the pledge to me He made.

Help me then, in every tribulation,
So to trust Thy promises, O Lord,
That I lose not faith's sweet consolation,
Offered me within Thy holy Word.
Help me, Lord, when toil and trouble meeting,
E'er to take, as from a father's hand,
One by one, the days, the moments fleeting,

Till with Christ the Lord I stand.

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

He not only cures, but crowns

"Christ is the most bountiful physician. Other patients do enrich their physicians, but here the physician doth enrich the patient. Christ elevates all his patients: he doth not only cure them but crown them (Rev. 2:10). Christ doth not only raise them from the bed, but to the throne; he gives the sick man not only health but also heaven."

Thomas Watson

Yes, I'm on a Thomas Watson kick :)

Monday, July 18, 2011

The most tender-hearted physician

"Christ is the most tender-hearted physician. He hath ended his passion but not his compassion. He is not more full of skill than sympathy, 'He healed the broken in heart, and bindeth up their wounds' (Psalm 147:3). Every groan of the patient goes to the heart of the physician."

Thomas Watson

Friday, July 15, 2011

Lullaby Love

One thing God has continually used in my life to help me remember who he is and the truth of Scripture has been music. Recently I purchased a CD called Hidden In My Heart: A Lullaby Journey Through Scripture. You might be tempted to add this little gem to a long list of things you could make fun of me for (like my love for cleaning products, Celine Dion, and basically anything from a previous post about awkwardness), which is fine... but I would definitely encourage you to listen to this if you are a single man or woman, mother, father, child, aunty, married, etc. 

Songs cover beloved passages like Philippians 4, Psalm 139, Psalm 23, Hebrews 13, 1 Corinthians 13, Deuteronomy 6 and much more. It has been the source of endless encouragement to me these days. Sometimes I even wake up singing these songs.  Check it out and let me know what you think. Makes a great baby gift for all those friends starting their families! 

For more information, go to the Scripture Lullabies website.

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

A is for Awkward

"You're really comfortable with awkwardness, aren't you?"

A personal observation a friend pointed out to me recently. I thought to myself-- hey, awkwardness makes the world go round. If you can't be comfortable with the inevitable-- that something awkward is going to happen-- you might be really...uncomfortable. That's my thinking, at least. So, here are some memories of recent and past awkward moments in the past two years of my life...

--Picture this from my first week of work downtown. Walking to work from the metro. Crossing the road at Vermont and Eye Street. I look to my right; look to my left; swing my arms as any DC power-walker would do; and unfortunately make hand contact with (slap) the backside of the gentleman who is crossing beside me. As if that was not awkward enough, he then proceeds to have a friendly conversation with me, and between smiles tells me that he's glad it was me and not someone else. Awesome.

--Another one from the early days...I was running to catch a train (which you are not supposed to do). My feet tripped over themselves and I got some air-- flying five feet ahead, I landed on my knee and side and came to a screeching halt. One lady gasped and asked me if I was alright. With one shoe on and about ten seconds to spare, I rescued my prodigal shoe, ran into the train (still caught it...), and bawled my eyes out for 40 minutes. Maybe I was crying because my knees were throbbing, or maybe it was because I was so embarrassed! Awkward.

--On the eve of my birthday this past year, I decided to do a little experiment with my hair. Overnight I turned into a bobcat-cheetah hybrid, as my dark hair had blotches of blonde mixed in. Resolved, I called in late due to a "cosmetic malfunction."  I was the first client at the salon that morning, and thankfully didn't come out with bangs. Let's be honest. That would have been doubly awkward.

--In a recent interview I actually used the phrase, "Hey, cats are kids, too."  (?!?!)

--My sister came to visit and I purchased a Groupon for us to take a lovely "dessert cruise" on the Potomac River. I pictured desert and wine with nice music. Instead we had our choice of Costco cookies, greasy potato chips, and cheap beer, all the while being serenaded by crying babies and Coolio's Gangster's Paradise.

--Kayaking on the Potomac with a friend. Awesome. The 18-year-old boat boy asking for my number. Awkward.

--At a dinner with some girlfriends from work, I was laughing raucously while lifting up a pot full of rice (to take into the kitchen as we were cleaning up), and the lid flew off and karate-chopped the hostess's wine glass in two. Silence. AWK!

--(Recent) I pushed myself too hard at an exercise Bootcamp and almost threw up and passed out afterward. Three ladies stayed with me for an hour afterward as I lay on the cement while they fanned me and poured water on my head. Then one walked me home. And you thought this only happened on the Biggest Loser. Awkward.

Remember, awkwardness helps to keep us humble! : )

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

My life in pictures

A sequence of four photographs that seem to describe my life these days:
Self portrait.

New home.

Oh dear.

Time to get rid of the twin and save up for a big girl mattress.

All photos courtesy of Google images.

Friday, July 1, 2011

Off to the lake

Photo courtesy of Google
I'm packing my bags and am off to the lake this weekend with sweet friends from church.

Phone will be off.
E-mail will not be checked.
Job searching will cease.

Rest, peace, and a good book -- here I come!

Happy fourth of July!