I hope you’ve all had a beautiful holiday! I’ve been sick so I’ve been moving slowly over here and canceling a lot of plans. I took one “official” sick day, laid in bed, and read a book. I’ve still had work to do, but I’ve been giving myself some grace and a lot of rest. I did manage to scan a batch of polaroids from a recent wedding and stumbled across some from this year’s vacation. I’ve kind of been dreaming about the beach ever since :)
Merry Christmas my friends! I hope you are all enjoying the season. Des Moines finally had a good dose of snow dropped on her. We’ve been spending free time pushing out our neighbors cars. Let’s hope they’ll return the favor when the time comes :)
I spent the weekend after my birthday sprucing up the apartment, trying to make it feel as cozy and Christmasy as I could handle. I’m not one for very traditional Christmas decorations, but we’re slowly acquiring a few things we love. This year for my birthday my parents gave me a few vintage ornaments; I think they are perfect for our tiny silver tree (purchased from Hobby Lobby last year). Also given to me for my birthday from McKenzie is my larger silver tree! She’s still tiny, and apart from two homemade cinnamon ornaments from my cousin Stuart and the lights she came with, she’s bare, but I don’t mind it at all.
Because I really like my work and am so happy to dive right in, I like to spend Monday mornings reflecting, reading, and listening to a sermon or two. This might seem strange since we keep Sunday as our Sabbath day, but its easy to leave it there, on Sunday.
Part of our pastor’s message yesterday focused on a little challenge he set up for himself; He gave himself about two minutes to pick his favorite 5 verses. Or rather, what things about Jesus would he want to tell someone?
I thought it was a good exercise and decided to do it too. It’s quite revealing of how we view and relate to God. So, off the top of my head, here is what I chose (mine definitely became 5 passages rather than 5 verses).
His left hand is under my head,
And his right hand embraces me.
I charge you, O daughters of Jerusalem,
Do not stir up nor awaken love
Until it pleases.
Who is this coming up from the wilderness,
Leaning upon her beloved?
I awakened you under the apple tree.
There your mother brought you forth;
There she who bore you brought you forth.
Set me as a seal upon your heart,
As a seal upon your arm;
For love is as strong as death,
Jealousy as cruel as the grave;
Its flames are flames of fire,
A most vehement flame.
Many waters cannot quench love,
Nor can the floods drown it.
If a man would give for love
All the wealth of his house,
It would be utterly despised.a
Now I saw heaven opened, and behold, a white horse. And He who sat on him was called Faithful and True, and in righteousness He judges and makes war. His eyes were like a flame of fire, and on His head were many crowns. He had a name written that no one knew except Himself. He was clothed with a robe dipped in blood, and His name is called The Word of God. And the armies in heaven, clothed in fine linen, white and clean, followed Him on white horses. Now out of His mouth goes a sharp sword, that with it He should strike the nations. And He Himself will rule them with a rod of iron. He Himself treads the winepress of the fierceness and wrath of Almighty God. And He has on His robe and on His thigh a name written:
KING OF KINGS AND
LORD OF LORDS.b
God, who made the world and everything in it, since He is Lord of heaven and earth, does not dwell in temples made with hands. Nor is He worshiped with men’s hands, as though He needed anything, since He gives to all life, breath, and all things. And He has made from one blood every nation of men to dwell on all the face of the earth, and has determined their preappointed times and the boundaries of their dwellings, so that they should seek the Lord, in the hope that they might grope for Him and find Him, though He is not far from each one of us; for in Him we live and move and have our being, as also some of your own poets have said, ‘For we are also His offspring.’c
God, who at various times and in various ways spoke in time past to the fathers by the prophets, has in these last days spoken to us by His Son, whom He has appointed heir of all things, through whom also He made the worlds; who being the brightness of His glory and the express image of His person, and upholding all things by the word of His power, when He had by Himself purged our sins, sat down at the right hand of the Majesty on high, having become so much better than the angels, as He has by inheritance obtained a more excellent name than they.d
For your Maker is your husband,
The Lord of hosts is His name;
And your Redeemer is the Holy One of Israel;
He is called the God of the whole earth.e
a. Song of Solomon 8:3-7; b. Revelation 19:11-16; c. Acts 17:24-28; d. Hebrews 1:1-4; e. Isaiah 54:5 NKJV