August 31, 2006 at 1:00 am (Uncategorized)

i submitted a funny story to reader’s digest today. sometimes, i read their submissions and think “that was dumb” so, today i decided to submit my own. they like short funny stories…i used one from the hospital when i used to work there. i once had a blind patient (blind from birth, and so funny). i was in his room for something, and he was making me laugh. Dukes of Hazzard was on TV, and he started telling me that its his favorite show to “watch”. i told him i’d never seen an episode, and he was horrified. i got reamed by a blind man for not watching a TV show. i thought that was pretty funny…surely worth a little publication. i thought of some more, but didn’t have the energy to edit them down to a short story. i’m finding that i was a much better writer when i worked at the hospital. i went back and read all the funny stories i emailed april…seriously, what i life i led. it was a funny one…i don’t have very many funny stories anymore.

april, char, and i are going to birmingham this weekend for a wedding. i’m pretty sure we’ll come back with some funny stories. mostly because i will be drugged for the majority of the time. so maybe, they will come back with funny stories about me and i won’t remember them. it will be like going on this trip twice.

i don’t like road trips that much (i’m not a fan of cross-country riding)…but i think this will be fun. i will be drugged and we are stopping in graceland. and i get to wear a cute dress. seriously, what else could i ask for?

–edit–
actually, the future is not looking so bright for birmingham…it looks like i’ll be hanging out on the couch this weekend. at least i have the lortab to keep me company.

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August 29, 2006 at 10:30 am (Uncategorized)

have mercy on me…i just hiccuped. it hurt so bad i almost cried. last night, jeff made me laugh (jerk) and i did cry. it was awkward…it was all so funny i had a hard time stopping even when i was crying. i think my drugs make me emotional…i could cry just thinking about it.

i have never had so much free time. i am not really bored yet, i just don’t know what to do with myself. i have a feeling that this week will have a lot of piano-playing, song-writing, ah-ha journal moments. i suppose i’m looking forward to that. plus…i am loving the mass amount of sleep i am getting.

i told myself that i would learn 10 new, fun pieces on the piano. i just started my first one…and i love it. ragtime music rocks. i also have a jazz piece and a blues piece that i’m going to bust out.

i leave you with a book recommendation–Andy Stanley, the best question ever. read it, reread it, and then read it again. you can apply his wisdom to anything.

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August 27, 2006 at 5:15 pm (Uncategorized)

breathe out and breathe again
know that life is hard, but its worth the living

satan is clever…i have to hand it to him. he’s smart. as soon as he sees an opportunity to attack, he does. no questions asked. it seems like he always attacks in the same place, but somehow, i am still surprised everytime.

secondly, i’m all messed up so royally
i stumbled my way here, but wait, oh wait
grace has found me
shaken up my soul,
grace will follow
wherever you will go,

no matter where life takes me or what satan throws, i am constantly reminded of the goodness of God. He embodies grace…He is the ultimate Healer and truly desires for His children to be whole. if i will let Him, He will take all of the mistakes and He will complete me with His grace.

And God is able to make all grace abound to you, so that in all things at all times, having all that you need, you will abound in every good work. ~ 2 Corinthians 9:8

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August 23, 2006 at 5:45 pm (Uncategorized)

i tend to be easily distracted. it isn’t hard for me to lose my focus on something because of other things that are going on. today, i went to have some bloodwork before next week. i do not appreciate being stuck with a needle. he drew blood the old-school way (big needle, suctioned it himself) and it hurt a LOT. i came pretty close to punching his face…i’m not normally a violent person, but this brought out in me. however, it didn’t take much for the guy to distract me. all he had to do was ask a few questions.

the moral of the story; satan uses so many things to distract us from what God is calling us to. he uses good things, bad things, and everything in between. lately, i have found myself distracted by all of the things that have been going on. i have been reminded by one of my favorite verses:

whether you turn to the right or to the left
your ears will hear a voice behind you saying,
“this is the way, walk in it”
isaiah 30:21

it reminds me to ignore everyone and everything that causes a distraction, and focus on the only One that matters. sometimes, the most important voice is the one that is hardest to hear.

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August 20, 2006 at 1:20 am (Uncategorized)

it rained tonight….it seems fitting. we needed something to wash away the dust of the summer and prepare us for what lies ahead. the Lord has been teaching me so many things lately. it seems that the longer i ignore Him, the louder He gets. now, i have a headache from all the yelling.

tonight i am thinking of the Israelites. sometimes i laugh when i read about their stubbornness. hindsight is definitely 20/20. the Lord God had spoken to them and promised them a land of freedom. He was literally leading them to their promised home…a cloud by day and a pillar of fire by night. He was physically present within the Tabernacle, and He had created a way of access for His chosen people. in spite of all of those things, the Israelites were not willing to trust…they would have rather been enslaved to a land of bondage rather than move on to greater things on God’s terms.

life is funny…Jesus is funny. He works on His own time. He has been preparing me for these next steps, i just haven’t been paying attention. He knew it was time for the rain to come and wash away the dust of summer. and, He knows what the next season will bring. i just have to keep my eyes on Him and follow His lead.

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August 18, 2006 at 1:45 pm (Uncategorized)

so, i have been going thru the daily Bible. i like the idea that it is in chronological order and completely organized. however, i hate that the pages are dated….it freaks me out. it is way too much authority when a book tells me what to read and what day to read it. i’ve been skipping around…i guess it is my way of sticking it to Harvest House Publishing Co. at the moment, i technically should be in ezekiel. i’m not…i’m in exodus. take that.

i like productive days…fridays rock. i ran errands, cleaned stuff, did laundry (ironing too), made my bed, designed a t-shirt, mailed boxes and looked for car parts on ebay. it makes me feel happy inside when i accomplish so many things in one day.

i learned 3 very important things today.
1) i hate ugly shoes
2) i hate bad semi drivers
3) i’m a huge fan of new toothbrushes

oh, and my writer’s block is gone. it is of the devil and has been cast into the lake of fire.

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August 14, 2006 at 3:40 pm (Uncategorized)

i think have had writer’s block for 6 weeks. xanga/journaling/song-writing just hasn’t been something i have wanted to do lately. however, wikipedia says that writer’s block is considered to be part of a “natural ebb and flow of creativity.” i like that.

i recently finished a biography on Aaron (the first High Priest) and have fallen madly in love with his story. we have been going thru a series on the Tabernacle and the timing could not have been better. it was amazing to compare the building of the first Tabernacle and all that it entailed while studying why it’s components are still applicable. i love that God called a man with such weaknesses (he heard God’s voice and days later made a false idol…i mean, come on) and used him in such a powerful way. everytime he sacrificed a calf, he was reminded of his own shortcomings…it is an amazing story of grace. (perhaps when i am over my writer’s block i can explain better)

i found out last week that i am having surgery next week. they are taking out my gallbladder (the doctor’s exact words: “it isn’t worth a hoot”)…if i didn’t feel old before, i definitely do now. gallbladder issues tend to show up sometime after 50…not good, i’m supposed to be in my prime.

all that to say, i’m forcing the words out–writer’s block and all.

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