Listening to: Chopin - Largetto from Piano Concerto No. 1
Michigan Tech's winter carnival isn't for another two weeks and they have already began construction! I won't be able to make it up there this year though.
Here's a picture I took of the Babylon snow sculpture at last year's carnival. Ice links? Yes.
PS: If there are any waterproof Bibles in print, one should be sent my way. Maybe some coloring pages between books would be good too. I'm not responsible enough for real ones.
Listening to: Dashboard Confessional - Shirts And Gloves
posted by sara d @ 8:11 PM
I had this master plan that i would come up with 926124891 scriptural questions and then post them all at once. So far, I only have three. Sorry :(
The Lord said, "If as one people speaking the same language they have begun to do this, then nothing they plan to do will be impossible for them. Come, let us go down and confuse their language so they will not understand each other."Not that I claim to understand God's reasoning on things normally, but I really don't understand why the Tower of Babel incident was necessary. Did God realize that he made things too easy? Was there greater potential harm if everyone understood each other? I know that I want to use my life to better others' lives and when I read that passage, I have to admit, I feel frustrated at "nothing they plan to do will be impossible for them." That was a problem?
[Jesus] must remain in heaven until the time comes for God to restore everything as he promised long ago through his holy prophets.I guess I don't really have a question here. False alarm. It just stuck out to me reading Acts this time through that God doesn't plan on scooping us all up and taking us into the clouds with Him. He plans on restoring everything. In Rev, John talks about the old heaven and old earth being destroyed and a new heaven and new earth being in its place. Rob Bell (everybody's favorite person) talked about how it just doesn't make sense that God wouldn't end up deleting everything that he called "good," but restoring it. I never really wondered what to think about heaven. Hmm...
In the fourth generation your descendants will come back here, for the sin of the Amorites has not yet reached its full measure.What is that passage prophesying?
posted by sara d @ 1:35 AM
my 2nd time getting pulled over occurred tonite. i've never been a fan of the usual open-ended question: "do you know why i pulled you over?" you know, you want to be truthful and all about what you were doing wrong... but at the same time you don't want to necessarily bring up a new violation that the officer was unaware of prior to the pop quiz.
fortunately, my answer matched his prenotion. while he took my license and registration to his car (probably facebooking or myspacing me), i was surprised at my lack of concern for potentially getting a ticket. kinda just turned my music back up and slouched in my seat to avoid future eye floaters from those numbingly bright spotlights they shine on you. not that i ever would, but all i could think about was how far i could actually get if i bolted out of my seat at that very second and started sprinting. i had a small wagering party going on in my head as i kept upping how far i could get before being tackled... or tasered. i'm glad he came back when he did, or i may have gone Stanford prison and taken off.
he just told me to have a good night; which i did.
posted by sara d @ 1:32 AM
i was fortunate enough to witness three baptisms today! baptisms are so encouraging and just a beautiful picture of obedience to Jesus' commands. our relationships with Jesus could be such a private thing that no one knows about, but those baptisms... such a cool, outward symbol of being made new in Christ. i get silly-excited for what they're capable of doing for His glory. i love that Free related how a parent feels proud of their child after asking them to do something and that child obeying... to our call to baptize and be baptized.
this stuck out to me today in Velvet Elvis:
When God looks at me, God sees Christ because I'm "in" him.
God's view of me is Christ.
And Christ is perfect.
This is why Paul goes on to say, "Therefore, as God's chosen people, holy and dearly loved..."
Did you catch that word in the middle?
Not "going to be holy someday". Not "wouldn't it be nice if you were holy, but instead you're a mess". But "holy".
Holy means pure, without blemish, unstained.
In these passages we're being told who we are, now.
posted by sara d @ 11:52 PM
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posted by sara d @ 1:45 PM
a big part of my past year was realizing that I can trust God with everything. oh my goodness, i am so fortunate/lucky/blessed to have such an amazing friend. to see her trust God with her heart over the years has been so encouraging for me to witness. if everyone around her was in complete opposition, her beliefs are so constant and unwaivering because her Foundation is constant and unwaivering.
i'm not a fan of deeming these "New Year's resolutions," resolutions possess the tendency to break. rather, my timeless hopes are that i will never stop learning, always embrace epiphanies, and remain in the Word.
and darn it, that's my wish for you as well.
sorry for being short and sweet with this... confession: i backspaced 75% of this entry. can't be too transparent now, where would the fun in that be? :)
Listening to: Death Cab for Cutie - Transatlanticism
posted by sara d @ 12:04 AM
is it weird that i'm really excited for microecon this semester? i'm pumped to learn about social security reform, welfare reform, income tax reform, health care reform... ah, the list goes on! the idea of knowing all of that confusing stuff makes me feel so much more independent and confident. in high school and early college thinking, i felt, eh my husband will figure all of that complicated stuff out, i really don't want to bother knowing. i think i'm on an independence spree or something, because now... i'm honestly okay with not depending on someone else.
i just reread that last written phrase a few times over to make sure i meant that. yep.
Listening to: The Killers - Believe Me Natalie
posted by sara d @ 2:13 AM