Tuesday, December 30, 2008

A Few of My Guiltiest Pleasures

I am creating this blog at 2 AM for several reasons. One, I fell asleep on top of the sheets and with my jeans on (I hate that), and woke up with a start. Two, I am now kept awake by my neighbors' shrieking infant. Three, my side-job as a blogger has been experiencing some major slackage. So, as I lay in bed, I think about my schedule for this (busy) upcoming week. My life is practically managed to the minute by my very detailed palm pilot. But luckily I also have some "guilty", but necessary pleasures that keep life sweet. Here's the inside scoop.

Trader Joe's Peppermint Jo-Jo's
The Grand Avenue hill
Coffeemate Creamer (I'm ashamed to say that I daily give into a few grams of hydrogenated fat to make my AM enjoyable)
Monthly mani/pedi treatments
Food & Wine magazines

The baby's cries have subsided, and it's now time to give in to my guiltiest pleasure- sleep!

Goodnight all. 

Monday, December 15, 2008

Martha or Mary?

This passage re-struck me this week:

Luke 10:38-42
As Jesus and disciples were on their way, He came to a village where a woman named Martha opened her home to Him. She had a sister called Mary, who sat at the Lord's feet listening to what He said. But Martha was distracted by all the preparations that had to be made. She came to Him and asked, "Lord, don't you care that my sister has left me to do the work by myself? Tell her to help me!"

"Martha, Martha," the Lord answered, "you are worried and upset about many things, but only one thing is needed. Mary has chosen what is better, and it will not be taken away from her."

Although I can identify with both women, I tend to exhibit the characteristics of Martha more prominently. I try to juggle the "ball" of Christianity with the countless other "balls" of responsibility I seek to balance in my life, rather than putting on the uniform of Christianity that will transform the way I play out on the court.*** This story is a much needed reminder to stop the hustle and bustle, and come kneel quietly at the feet of our Lord.

***This original metaphor was created by Sarah.

Friday, December 12, 2008

On the 12th Day of Christmas...

.... My true love gave to me....

12 drummers drumming
Did you know this refers to the 12 points of doctrine in the Apostle's Creed?

Friday, December 5, 2008

A Newly Discovered Comparison

"Ab mats at the gym are like sand at the beach". 

For clarification: 
Tonight, Sar and I went to the gym for a bit of exercise. After about 30 minutes of actually working out, we spent the rest of our time at the gym (probably another 30+ minutes) lying belly down on the ab mat, people watching, chit chatting, and giggling. That glorious 30 minutes truly felt like an afternoon of leisure at the beach, and I think our giggling gave my abdominal muscles a better workout than the actual sit-ups did.
Oh, the joys of friendship :)

Monday, December 1, 2008

The Sounds of the Season

Why isn't all our "praise and worship" music as jubilant as that of the Christmas season? I love listening to Christmas tunes all year round because of their praise-filled and glorious (i know, i'm nerdy) lyrics. Here is a compilation of my favorite Christmas song lyrics:

'God and sinners reconciled' ... 'For yonder breaks a new and glorious morn'... 'Born that man no more may die, born to raise the sons of earth, born to give them second birth'... 'Jesus, Lord at thy birth'... 'Rejoice! Emmanuel will come to thee O Israel!'... 'Glory to the newborn king'... 'He knows your need, O Praise His name forever!'... 'The King of Kings salvation brings, let loving hearts enthrone Him'... 'And at last our eyes shall see Him through His own redeeming love'... 'Gloria, in excelsis Deo!'

He's the reason for the season!