It's one of those small paperback books you pick up and think, "I could have done this..."
Only you know it is so clever, you never could have pulled everything together and made it understandable.
The premise is taking ideas of things God can NOT do, and prove them using scripture. It's like trying to see something positive by understanding its negative. In other words, I read the thought and consider the associated scripture, and smile realizing it's absolutely true.
I like that...
Continuing the thoughts I had about seeing the whale at the Museum of Natural History in Washington, DC, this hymn always reminds me of the glory of God's creation. One of my favorites...
I turned the corner into the room at the Museum of Natural History in Washington, DC and I'm thinking my jaw must have hit the floor with an impressive thud.
Yeah, I'm sure people are sick of me talking about it. I'm not. (Bill types with a big grin on his face.)
I try and work into my story that I had been working on that dang novel for over 10 years.
And what gave me the idea for the story in the first place?
"The loneliness of the Christian results from his walk with God in an ungodly world, a walk that must often take him away from the fellowship of good Christians as well as from that of the unregenerate world. His God-given instincts cry out for companionship with others of his kind, others who can understand his longings, his aspirations, his absorption in the love of Christ; and because within his circle of friends there are so few who share his inner experiences he is forced to walk alone.
The unsatisfied longings of the prophets for human understanding caused them to cry out in their complaint, and even our Lord Himself suffered in the same way.
The man who has passed on into the divine Presence in actual inner experience will not find many who understand him. He finds few who care to talk about that which is the supreme object of his interest, so he is often silent and preoccupied in the midst of noisy religious shoptalk. For this he earns the reputation of being dull and over-serious, so he is avoided and the gulf between him and society widens.
He searches for friends upon whose garments he can detect the smell of myrrh and aloes and cassia out of the ivory palaces, and finding few or none he, like Mary of old, keeps these things in his heart.
It is this very loneliness that throws him back upon God. His inability to find human companionship drives him to seek in God what he can find nowhere else."
—A. W. Tozer
This story dropped into my Facebook newsfeed the other day. It's one of those universal tales that anyone who has cared for (a.k.a. "loved") a pet will recognize. CAUTION: Grab a few tissues; you might need them while you read this one.
Almost twelve years ago, I saw a flyer in a grocery store advertising a dog available for adoption. She was a year and half old, 35 pounds, and spayed after already birthing a litter. My wife and I met her a week after that. She was goofy and sweet, friendly to people, but couldn't stay with the multi-dog family who'd taken her off the streets. Any female canine within visual range was on her "kill" list. That's part of being born as a street dog. I brought her home in the passenger seat of my 2000 Chevy S-10 about two weeks later.
My wife named her Molly.
My sister and I reminisced the other day about the summer storms we used to have.
They would boil up in the west of our house with dark clouds and the thunder could be heard from miles away. We knew how bad one was going to be just by observing how dark the clouds were coming. We haven't seen storms like that in many years...
I sometimes look up into the night sky and think how far away everything is.
And I end up feeling small.
I think God designed it this way. Not just to make us feel small. But to make us realize how incredibly awesome He is.
Two men realized that when someone pictured the universe in which we live, no one seemed to depict it to scale. They show position, and order, and other factors, but all of them seemed to fall short of an actual depiction of things to a comprehensible scale.
What they produced is something that amazes...and humbles at the same time. And yes, God remains, as always, incredibly awesome.
from The Old Farmer's Almanac (Facebook)
So it was Christmas in July for me.
I decided to return to AT&T after having used US Cellular for several years. Already I'm glad I switched back.
And with the switch came a new phone. I'm having fun getting to know what it can do...
Now THIS is the way to celebrate Friday!!
I had to update my iTunes programs the other day, and while I was waiting for the downloads and installs to complete, I happened to notice there was a new CD with music by Billy Ocean. And among those songs was the one I always think about when someone mentions his name.
"Get Out of My Dreams, Get Into My Car"
And cue the "way back" music. I started laughing and remembered the song he released in 1988 which I thought was one of the most clever pop songs I had heard. Even after almost 30 years it still is a toe-tapper - and just plain fun. Check out the fashions of the day!!
My sister, my niece, and I went to the theatre yesterday.
Not to the movies - the THE-UH-Tuh. You know -- stage, orchestra pit, actors, actresses, costumes, sets... The whole shebang.
The message of this song... Wow!
O my soul, you are not alone
There's a place where fear has to face the God you know
One more day; He will make a way
Let Him show you how
you can lay this down
'cause you're not alone.
The story behind this song can be found here.
It's always nice to hear you're wanted...
I took a day off from work, fired up Miss Direction (the name I gave the GPS program used on road trips), and headed toward the company's office in VA.
While stumbling around the internet, I found this infographic on the Writer's Digest website. Interesting stuff. I have to say that taking the time to write is pleasurable for me. It's frustrating at times, but once I get the words down on paper and then start to edit things, I find the stress seems to float away and I become focused and productive.
Some of the Loud Crowd at work stand while they work - when they're not standing around talking up a storm - and I have heard that it is healthier than sitting all day at work. I started doing that at home and I'm finding it does help concentration plus I feel like I'm working healthier.