Monday, October 21, 2013

In Silence I Sit

In silence I sit waiting.

Yet the noise is overwhelming.

When will Your voice be heard

above the din

above the noise

above the barking in my head?

The voice that calls from within,

calls to You

to be heard

to be recognized

to be healed.

Those around me tell me to be still-

be still and know You are God.

They offer prayers

and words of comfort,

Yet their words do not penetrate

through the noise.

For it is not hearing I lack.

It is my sight.

When will I see?

When will I see?

When will I see?

Your glory?

My eye is filled with mist

and I long to see Your face.

Therefore, in the noise of the silence

I will wait for Your glory

to be revealed in the fog.

Friday, October 04, 2013

Rubber Ducky, you're the make bathtime lots of fun....

For those not in the know...this is us with the World's Largest Rubber Ducky - currently afloat in the Ohio River in Pittsburgh. I think it's in the Ohio....Maybe it was in the Monongahela, or the Allegheny...can't remember cost a mere $20,000, so I doubt we will be purchasing one any time soon for our pond. :( I said to Randy, "so why exactly is this here anyway?" - to which he replied, "If you inflate it, they will come..." ha. And trust me..there were PLENTY of people on site buying souvenir duckies and t-shirts. As for us - we passed on the merchandise - and just enjoyed a nice leisurely stroll around Point State Park.

A giant footprint?...

The person we asked to take this photo cropped the head off the duck!!

To get a sense of the enormity of this is a photo of Olivia making friends with a woman and her dog. Wherever there is a dog to be will find Olivia!

Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Oh Glorious Day

Today I've been spending some time meditating on the glory of God. In fact, quite a bit lately I've had my focus on the glory of God. The former glory. The new glory. How He's changing me from glory to glory.

The fractal: Amidst the Presence of God
I was singing the chorus of an old hymn...."oh that will be, glory for me ...glory for me ...glory for me ...when by His grace I shall look on His face ...that will be glory, be glory for me."

What will it be like to behold the face of my Savior?....I cannot imagine. Moses could not behold His glory. God had to hide Moses in the cleft of the rock, to protect him from the glory of God as He passed by:

"And he said, I beseech thee, show me thy glory. And he said", God said, "I will make all my goodness pass before thee, and I will proclaim the name of the Lord before thee; and will be gracious to whom I will be gracious, and will show mercy on whom I will show mercy. And he said, Thou canst not see my face: for there shall no man see me, and live. And the Lord said, Behold, there is a place by me, and thou shalt stand up on a rock: And it shallcome to pass, while my glory passeth by, that I will put thee in a cleft of the rock, and will cover thee with my hand while I pass by: And I will take away mine hand, and thou shalt see my back parts: but my face shall not be seen." -Exodus 33:18

“For thus says the Lord of hosts: ‘Once more (it is a little while) I will shake heaven and earth, the sea and dry land and I will shake all nations, and they shall come to the Desire of All Nations, and I will fill this temple with glory,’ says the Lord of hosts. ‘The silver is Mine, and the gold is Mine,’ says the Lord of hosts. ‘The glory of this latter temple shall be greater than the former,’ says the Lord of hosts. ‘And in this place I will give peace,’ says the Lord of hosts.” - Haggai 2:6-9

The glory of the latter temple will be greater than the former....

He will fill the earth with His water the seas....

Come quickly me Your glory....

Thursday, January 31, 2013

It's all FACEBOOK's fault

I haven't blogged since October....

I'm overdue, to say the least.

Basically, that averages out to one post per quarter whenever I used to write here almost daily. Facebook, the demise of my blog.

Why have are we all migrating to Facebook? Perhaps it's the satisfaction of receiving instant notification whenever someone comments on your status update. Or perhaps it's the dozens of annoying ads which appear in the sidebar. Speaking of ads, I have noticed there is now an ad at the top of my blog page. How and why does this occur? I dislike the ads.

Maybe we're all on Facebook because we can look simultaneously look at the little space that tells us how many friends we have causing us to not feel lonely. I doubt that's it.

I know, it must be the games: Farmville, or Bingo, or Candy Crush. For what it's worth, I don't play the games on Facebook. Well, I do play Candy Crush on my phone - which is connected somehow to Facebook, but it doesn't count as technically playing a game on Facebook. By the way, I've been stuck on level 39 for two weeks. I can win, but only with a score high enough to achieve two stars. My need to excel requires that I win with a score high enough to achieve three stars. What is up with that?!

I'm the same way with my graduate courses. I MUST earn an "A" in every class. I must always reach the top.

Seriously. There must be some deep psychologically-rooted reason why I won't settle for a "B". Even my mentor has noticed (how could she not) and has suggested recently that my loss of a point on a recent assignment was due to the fact that my professor has me all figured out and is trying to teach me something about my need to succeed. The grade was accompanied by his comment which said he was "admittedly picky" about taking away the point. What?! So my perfect score is now imperfect. ....oh, yes, deep root reasons why that bothers me. Unfortunately, I don't have the time to process that to learn what those reasons may be, because it's already 8:39am and I have yet to check Facebook and get started on my school work.

If I ever figure it out, I'll let you know.