Archive for January, 2009

January 29, 2009

There are days…

when you wish you could remember your life in Whoville.

morning hair, 29 Jan 2009
morning hair on 29 January 2009



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January 29, 2009

5 things to know about me

This all began on Facebook with a round robin game of “16 Random Things to Know About Me”, and I posted my original list on this blog. But as this game has progressed, I’ve thought more and more about my life and my passions and my hopes and dreams and fears, not to mention the completely random thoughts that just come and go from time to time. Thus, I am making this a weekly (at least) topic for This Girl’s Journey. When it plays itself out I hope to have an autobiographical list for family and friends that just might never have come up in normal conversation — the telling pieces of my life, if you will.

Random facts about me

1. I have a heart for the historical experience of both America’s and Australia’s indigenous peoples, and I’ve long held a dream of working in Africa one day. God hasn’t opened those doors just yet.

2. I can see myself as that old spinster woman in the very small town who is eccentric and odd but not quite Boo Radley. A good example of her is the woman who turned her home into the town library in Because of Winn Dixie (she was played by Eva Marie Saint in the film version). Yeah, I can see myself becoming that woman. And I’m starting to embrace it a little! (The small town aspect will be hardest for me, though. I like the noise of a city.)

3. I watch at least 100 movies per year, including 25-30 in actual cineplexes. It is due to the sheer volume that I began keeping a chronicle of these films and my opinions of them, which has now resulted in my pop culture blog. I see my journal as an autobiography of my life interests that, hopefully, will be of interest to my niece and nephews when I am old and senile.

4. This film obsession is wholly attributed to seeing Star Wars: A New Hope during its original theatrical release in 1977. Because I had not been wearing glasses for very long at that time, I forgot to put them on when my family piled in the station wagon to drive to the cinema in Dallas. My family still “thanks” me for forcing everyone to watch the film from the first row of the theater, necks craned high to see the screen above us. That movie experience defined the rest of my life and shaped my personality forever.

5. One of my biggest pet peeves is having a person ask a question but not pay attention to the answer. Seriously? Why even ask?

January 15, 2009

2009 Scripture Memory (2-3 of 24): PSALM 18: 30-36

As for God, his way is perfect; the word of the LORD is flawless. He is a shield for all who take refuge in Him. For who is God besides the LORD? And who is the Rock except our God?

It is God who arms me with strength and makes my way perfect. He makes my feet like the feet of a deer; He enables me to stand on the heights. He trains my hands for battle; my arms can bend a bow of bronze.

You give me your shield of victory, and Your right hand sustains me; You stoop down to make me great. You broaden the path beneath me, so that my ankles do not turn.

Psalm 18:30-36 (NIV)

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UPDATE: In order to more fully meditate on this passage and spend more time in focus than memorization, I am breaking it into sections and spending 4 2 weeks on the full passage.

January 14, 2009

reflections on 2009 Scripture #1

Cleanse me with hyssop and I will be clean; wash me and I will be whiter than snow. Let me hear joy and gladness; let the bones You have crushed rejoice. Hide your face from my sins and blot out all my iniquity. Create in me a pure heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me.

Do not cast me from your Presence or take your Holy Spirit from me. Restore to me the joy of your salvation and grant me a willing spirit, to sustain me.” — Psalm 51: 7-12

In choosing the first scripture to memorize in this new year, my heart was drawn to this song of David for many of the same reasons he wrote it: for restoration and renewal. I knew I could not begin a new year without feeling cleansed and refreshed, without resting in forgiveness and choosing hope and joy for the future. This segment of Psalm 51 speaks to me from its first words: “Cleanse me with hyssop”. My mind immediately reflects on the blood-dipped hyssop branches used by the Israelites to protect their homes and families from the Angel of Death during the Passover in Egypt. For me, the branches symbolize protection and salvation, the power of God to pass over my iniquity through the blood sacrifice of Jesus the Christ. I begin 2009 in need of this very reminder: I will be clean.

With this cleansing comes renewal, restoration of joy and gladness: “Let the bones You have crushed rejoice”. I have truly felt crushed for many months now, and I desire nothing more than to once again face each day with the sounds of joy and gladness. I know this is a choice, and my greatest desire is to choose that joy again and again. I begin this new year echoing King David, “Restore to me the joy of your salvation and grant me a willing spirit, to sustain me.” To sustain me. Those final words are my heart’s cry in this first month of the year. I long to be reminded each and every morning that my God sustains me with the joy of His salvation. And with this song, His Word, in my heart, I will look forward to each new day of 2009.

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