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My Very First Guest Post!

Good morning, everyone! As some of you may know, I’ve been reading through the Daily Walk Bible this year, and September 30th (that would be today) wraps up the Old Testament. Given that the Old Testament is MUCH more of the Bible quantity-wise than I ever realized before doing this reading plan, finishing it feels like quite an accomplishment!

My mother-in-law, Deb, was the one who invited me on this adventure, and she’s been faithfully blogging throughout the whole experience. Today, she asked me to guest post on her blog about my experience reading the Old Testament.

So make sure you head on over and check it out!

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Unity & Trust, Peace & Joy

Here I am again, a day later, blogging.

I guess sometimes you need to vent about something to feel right again.

Life is good today. While work was a bit rough and I felt a bit off all day, there were some definite bright spots in between 8am & 4pm. For example: chatting with Dana in the morning, getting some solid work done, finally receiving the school’s updated phone list (yippee! Seriously), and my friend Ashlee bringing me a cranberry-orange smoothie from Panera and chatting with me at the end of the day.

I also got a good start this morning with my Daily Walk Bible. I’m up to Genesis 15, and it’s really cool to see some themes start to emerge:

  • Yesterday we studied the building of the Tower of Babel, when God noticed the power of man’s UNITY and pride and decided to disperse them and confuse their languages (Genesis 11). It was interesting to ponder how we are still in a state of confusion and dispersion today, which leads to a lot of worldwide misunderstanding and conflict. The most fascinating part is recognizing that we have greater unity in Christ than we’d ever have in human unity. God’s plan all along is for a more perfect unity through Himself.
  • Today we studied God’s call to Abram to pick up his family and his possessions and move to a land that God would show him (Genesis 12). What?! This proposition would never fly in Lisa Land. I’ve noticed that I am far less TRUSTing than Abram. I am a planner through and through, and the idea of starting something so revolutionary while only knowing the first step throws me because it is so counter-intuitive to me. However, this is the FAITH God calls us to have! “…Without faith it is impossible to please God…” (Hebrews 11:6). Will I recognize my lack of faith and move forward in complete trust in God? I could think of one major area in particular where I struggle with this: our search for a house. I was thankful for the opportunity to talk this through with Dayne tonight, especially because he’s reading the same passages each day with me. I think we have a fresh perspective on our house hunt in 2012, and I think I have the motivation to be more calm and at peace and patient with wherever God leads us.

After work, Dayne was supposed to be out til 7, so I actually summoned the energy to go run some errands! I read a great article today entitled, “You Never Marry the Right Person“, and was so excited about it that I decided to buy the book at Barnes & Noble: The Meaning of Marriage by Tim Keller. CANNOT. WAIT. to read it. I also picked up The Tiger’s Wife by Téa Obreht, because I read great reviews of it and have been wanting to read a new novel. And I bought a new journal for notetaking during sermons, prayer requests, etc. for 2012. I write everything down.

I *also* ran to Target and finished buying my husband’s surprise birthday presents!! His birthday is February 6th.

…Feel free to leave him love notes, as long as they’re not too lovey.

The day settled with cheeseburgers and corn for dinner, made by my hubby, with our conversation on what we’ve been reading in the Bible and the catch-up of our days. In case you’re wondering, Dayne had a good day, too. I’m proud of the fantastic job he does at work and thrilled that he is such a great provider. I’m a blessed lady.

Well, my blog friends, that is about all I wanted to say. I needed an encouraging day pretty badly, and God gave me one. I am thankful for my many blessings tonight, and I even have the energy to stay up a little later so that I can write this blog and start my new journal.

I hope you’re all feeling some peace and joy today, too — though those words are often on Christmas cards, I am feeling them ever-so-strongly tonight.

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T-55 Minutes Until Dayne Comes Home

Hello, blog. I am so sorry I have been carrying on this fake, one-sided relationship with you for the last few weeks. And by one-sided, I mean, you are all over me and I have just about zero interest in you. Maybe I’ll come crawling back when I’m lonely and have nothing else to do, but, for now, get a hold of yourself.

Seriously. Blogging was so much easier when I worked part-time. Now it is just about the last thing I want to do… in the same realm of desire on the to-do list as going to the dentist to have my fillings checked, calling around to figure out where my veil went, figuring out how to work my external hard drive, cleaning out the humidifier with vinegar, and doing yet one more load of laundry.

I’m a married woman with a full-time job that wakes me up at 5:30am everyday who is just trying to maybe prioritize going for regular walks and holding down at least two friendships. Which is why today, when I knew Dayne was coming home late from work, I got home around 4:30 and – after making 2 (count them, 2) important phone calls – I immediately changed into sweatpants, poured myself a glass of wine, lit a nice candle, pulled out my laptop, and started snacking on nachos and brownies.

I’m not kidding.

Blog, I do miss you. But my life is filled with so many other nagging and somewhat important things on a daily basis. And let’s not forget to mention the holidays, which just about wrecked any sense of normalcy or routine in my life.

I’m feeling a little out of whack. Two things I’m doing right as of now: 1) answering the phone politely every single time that person calls our office during the day, even though it feels akin to Chinese Water Torture, and 2) reading my Daily Walk Bible everyday (which feels great).

Everything else is sort of on a learning curve.

Thank you for bearing with me, blog, and I’m very hopeful for 2012. Our calendar is the clearest it’s ever been, and I think I will soon rediscover the joy in writing and reflecting on a regular basis.