Friday, February 29, 2008
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For those of you worried about them falling on our heads in the case of an earthquake, we hung them with these little tremor-proof cuties and then secured them with museum putty.
Friday, February 22, 2008
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Monday, February 11, 2008
1.) I've been sick. Cold. Fever. Snot. Enough said.
2.) My upstairs neighbors enjoy blaring their merengue music so loud that comprehensible thoughts can't find their way into my mind for all the noise. My feet, though, are tappin' to the ritmo!
3.) The presidential race is ON, people...and I, for one, have been a little obsessed. I alternate between news stations to see what's news!
This morning, though, after I woke up and blew my nose nine times, I went to turn on the television, only to realize that our cable is out.
What? No news? No Anderson 360? No Situation Room? *paces room and remembers...* Oh yeah, I have original thoughts in my head. Go to computer. Write blog post.
So there you have it! On my first day back writing a real post in a long while, I'm going to fill you on the above mentioned three things that have been occupying my time.
1.) Colds are icky. However, Hubs and I have found that if we begin a regimen of Zycam (a homeopathic over-the-counter goo that you stick up your nose) and Airborne (a multivitamin/herbal disc that you drop in to water to fizz and then drink) at the first sign of a cold coming on, it seems to limit the duration and severity of the cold. And even if it doesn't, I like to think that it does so I can at least feel like I'm being proactive about warding off the stinkin' cold.
2.) The music upstairs is taking me back to seventh grade when my mom signed me up for ballroom dancing classes and I learned merengue from a man with a perm. I distinctly remember wearing my oversized pale yellow and white striped sweater with shoulder pads and coordinating flats during that season of life.
3.) Is it just me, or is this primary election making for a very good race? I have been following both parties. This presidential election is a very important one for our nation. Has a particular candidate captured your mind? I am rooting for the underdog...go Huckabee! I like him because he is articulate, diplomatic, good-humored, and a man of faith and integrity. Plus, when I took the Presidential Candidate Calculator test back in mid-November, he was the candidate with whom I was most aligned.
Ahhh...I've missed blogging. I'll write more soon!
Wednesday, February 06, 2008
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Friday, February 01, 2008
Breathing is an uncounscious thing. And breath prayer reminds us that just as we can't live on one breath of air, we can't live on one breath of God. God is the oxygen of our soul, and we need to breathe him in all day long. After all, it is in him that "we live and move and have our being" (Acts 17:28). Breath prayer reminds us that each breath we are given is God's gift and that God's Spirit is nearer to us than our own breath.
Breath prayer or "prayer of the heart" has been practiced in the church for millennia. The Eastern Orthodox Church in particular has seen breath prayer as a way of living out Paul's instruction to "pray without ceasing."
To practice breath prayer, ponder the nearness of God. Settle deeply into the truth that Christ is in you. Deeply breathe in, repeating any name of God that is dear to you. As you exhale, voice a deep desire of your heart. When you exhale, offer up the desire of your heart. The brevity of the prayer allows it to be repeated over and over throughout the day.
Examples of breath prayers are
- breathe in "Abba," breathe out "I belong to you."
- breathe in "Healer," breathe out "speak the word and I shall be healed."
- breathe in "Shepherd," breathe out "bring home my lost son."
- breathe in "Holy One," breathe out "keep me true."
- breathe in "Lord," breathe out "here I am."
- breathe in "Jesus," breathe out "have mercy on me."
"Think often of God, by day, by night, in your business and even in your diversions. He is always near you and with you; leave him not alone." -Brother Lawrence