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Archive for January, 2008

Remembering…

Today was Elmer’s birthday. He would have been 69.

I miss Elmer.

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God is not silent…

“I think a new world will arise out of the religious mists when we approach our Bible with the idea that it is not only a book which was once spoken, but a book which is now speaking.”

~ A.W. Tozer quote from The Pursuit of God: A 31-Day Experience

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“If the living voice of God were not speaking in the world and in the hearts of men, the written Word could have no real meaning for us.”

~ A.W. Tozer quote from The Pursuit of God: A 31-Day Experience

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I’m Rich!

I’m the 760,143,059 richest person on earth!


Discover how rich you are! >>

So I am apparently in the top 12.66% of the richest people in the world.

Makes one think.

After all, I feel as though I’m barely making ends meet.

But I’d run across this website in an article from CrossWalk.com on Christians and lifestyles. Now the site doesn’t take into account basic living expenses of where you live, it’s just comparing incomes. Last I heard the government in America considers you poor if you make less than $4000 a year. Even at $4000 a year you’re in the top 14% of the world’s richest. And I’ve heard time and time again that even the poor in America are rich by the world’s standards.

Still, it’s an eye-opening perspective. They go on to tell you that:
– $8 could buy you 15 organic apples OR 25 fruit trees for farmers in Honduras to grow and sell fruit at their local market.
– $30 could buy you an ER DVD Boxset OR a First Aid kit for a village in Haiti.
– $73 could buy you a new mobile phone OR a new mobile health clinic to care for AIDS orphans in Uganda.

How rich are you?

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Stranger than fiction…

“Reality, in fact, is always something you couldn’t have guessed. That’s one of the reasons I believe Christianity. It has just that queer twist about it that real things have.”

~ C.S. Lewis

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Scorecard

So the Soap Opera Digest that my mom gets has a section called “scorecard.” Each week they publish a list from all the soaps on who got arrested, hooked-up, broke-up (you can imagine the length of those) and the like. So I thought I’d publish my own scorecard for the past year.

IN 2007:

– Engagements of friends: 2 (congrats Rachel+Ali and Heather+Gene!)
– Weddings of friends: 1 (congrats Amy+Craig – and yes, I’m counting it as 2007!)
– Births (for friends): 1 (congrats Mike+April!)
– New Pregnancies (2008 births): 1 (Yea, Mary!)
– Deaths: 2 (I miss you, Elmer and Pappy)
– Graduations of friends and family: 5 (Congrats Ricky! Ryan! Lynda! and Mike and Corinne! right?)
– New Jobs: 1 (I’m now working at a local church, no longer at Staples)
– Mime performances (large and small): 6
– New mime pieces: 9
– Classes taught: 2 (Wednesday night Bible studies, one on suffering and one on worship)
– Mime-related sessions taught: 5 (4 over the summer at church, one when I visited ACTION)
– Trips and Vacations: 4 (Ohio in May, Wildwood in May, Virginia Beach in August, LA in November)
– Parties and social events/outings attended: 11
– Paid Photography sessions: 2 (both first birthday parties)
– Dramas directed: 2 (VBS and Christmas)
– Books read: 1 (the Bible – the whole way through!)
– Blogs written: 64
– Pounds lost: 28

And I think that’s enough. I can’t think of anything else right now – and I’m sure you get the idea.

Wonder what 2008 holds?

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I cried…

Today was Pap’s funeral. Got through the viewing last night still feeing pretty numb.

Was in considerable pain (fibro) when I woke this morning, and stomach all upset and so an uneasy start to my day.

At Mom’s request, I read the “I Choose To Remember” blog at the service.

And I finally cried.

So now I think the peace can come and the grieving process can move forward.

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