Friday, March 26, 2010

Blog about blogging

True story - I like to ramble! Not a huge suprise to anyone who has ever met me. Most often I speak the words in my head, but I also enjoy putting them down on paper (or computer as the case may be). I love being able to go back and read things I wrote, the words remind me of the thoughts and feelings I was having at the time of the writing. Somehow it is fuller and deeper than a regular memory.

I am reading the book, Amusing Ourselves to Death by Neil Postman. In his discussion of written word as more than an echo of the spoken word, but that it has its own voice and in writing we are talking to no one and everyone at the same time.

It is vastly interesting and it causes me to want to write more. So more attention to the blog!
More another day, but that is all for now.

Tuesday, March 9, 2010


God has given me so many gifts, I am so thankful for my personality, for my love of people, for my ability to get things done, I am a brain stormer, I am full of ideas, I think quickly, I am a multi-tasker. God has worked in my heart and life and he has built character in me that reflects Him more and more.

There are some skills I do not have, I would like to have them, but am unwilling to invest the time in them. I would like to play the piano, I would like to sew, I would like to read and understand Greek and Hebrew, I would like to read all the classic literature, I would like to be able to pull vault (I mean that is a crazy skill), how amazing it would be to be in the Olympics, to do some of those sports - bobsledding, ice skating, diving, gymnastics, I would like to garden, milk a cow.

There are other skills that I do not have and to be honest, I really don't want to be able to do them, I don't want to be able to drive and pull a trailer (or a boat or really anything), I don't want to do accounting and budgeting, I don't want to be good with direction or read maps, I don't want to know how to plan for retirement. Silly things really, the realities of life some times are not fun. Praying God will help me to do the things I need to be able to do whether I am skilled or not, whether I want to or not.
Sang this hymn the other day in chapel and it has stayed with me. It is by David Elton Trublood

Thou, whose purpose is to kindle, now ignite us with Thy fire; while the earth awaits Thy burning, with Thy passion us inspire. Overcome our sinful calmness; rouse us with redemptive shame. Baptize with Thy fiery Spirit; crown our lives with tongues of flame.

Thou, who in Thy holy gospel wills that man should truly live, Make us sense our share of failure; Our tranquility forgive. Teach us courage as we struggle in all liberating strife; lift the smallness of our vision by Thine own abundant life.

Thou, who still a sword delivers rather than a placid peace, with Thy sharpened Word disturb us; from complacency release! Save us now from satisfaction when we privately are free, yet are undisturbed in spirit by our brother's misery.