3.16.2013

Weekend Links, Sage Writings, and Poetic Thoughts

 
Oh, the thinks you can think
Think and wonder and dream
Far and wide as you dare
When your thinks have run dry
In the blink of an eye
There's another world there

If you open your mind
Oh, the thinks you will find
Lining up to get loose

Read more at http://www.songlyrics.com/seussical-the-musical/oh-the-thinks-you-can-think-lyrics/#OI3HmHcBVxeHIe24.99
 
     I love simplicity, decluttering, organizing, low-maintenance, classics, and the everyday things that prompt a wide grin! These are the thoughts I have been thinking the past few days.
 
     Lately I have been:
  • Skipping stones in a creek
  • Flipping pancakes
  • Swinging in the sunshine
  • Reading a good book about Hudson Taylor
  • Drinking lots of cool, clear water
  • Playing volleyball (just for fun, not actually the team sport)
  • Munching popcorn
  • Laboring over math books
  • Singing with my Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious Pandora station
     What an enjoyable week! (It wasn't even my spring break!) I am attempting to treasure every moment whether I happen to be laboring over math books or singing. When I am thankful for life's teeny joys, my world gets brighter.
 
     I am working on reading through my Bible for the third time. I love Tyndale's The One Year Bible, and this year I am reading The Living Bible translation. During this morning's quiet time, I read one of my favorite Bible stories, which inspires me more than any blog, Pin, or magazine ever could. Here is an excerpt in the NIV, but please look it up and read it all in Numbers 22-24.
 

Numbers 24:1-14

New International Version (NIV)
24 Now when Balaam saw that it pleased the Lord to bless Israel, he did not resort to divination as at other times, but turned his face toward the wilderness. 2 When Balaam looked out and saw Israel encamped tribe by tribe, the Spirit of God came on him 3 and he spoke his message:
“The prophecy of Balaam son of Beor,
the prophecy of one whose eye sees clearly,
4 the prophecy of one who hears the words of God,
who sees a vision from the Almighty,
    who falls prostrate, and whose eyes are opened:
5 “How beautiful are your tents, Jacob,
your dwelling places, Israel!
6 “Like valleys they spread out,
like gardens beside a river,
like aloes planted by the Lord,
like cedars beside the waters.
7 Water will flow from their buckets;
their seed will have abundant water.
“Their king will be greater than Agag;
their kingdom will be exalted.
8 “God brought them out of Egypt;
they have the strength of a wild ox.
They devour hostile nations
and break their bones in pieces;
with their arrows they pierce them.
9 Like a lion they crouch and lie down,
like a lioness—who dares to rouse them?
“May those who bless you be blessed
and those who curse you be cursed!”
10 Then Balak’s anger burned against Balaam. He struck his hands together and said to him, “I summoned you to curse my enemies, but you have blessed them these three times. 11 Now leave at once and go home! I said I would reward you handsomely, but the Lord has kept you from being rewarded.”
12 Balaam answered Balak, “Did I not tell the messengers you sent me, 13 ‘Even if Balak gave me all the silver and gold in his palace, I could not do anything of my own accord, good or bad, to go beyond the command of the Lord—and I must say only what the Lord says’? 14 Now I am going back to my people, but come, let me warn you of what this people will do to your people in days to come.”
 
More on living simply and enjoying each moment:
 
"That day I witnessed the glory of God in watching spring flowers bob in the breeze...in savoring the taste of dark chocolate...in smelling the fragrance of Earl Grey tea...in listening to an elderly saint pray...and of discovering new insights in God's Word. All because I lived the day at Corrie [ten Boom]'s pace.
Someone has pushed the fast-forward button on our days. As the microwave heats our morning Danish, we pay bills online, listen for the chime on the dryer, all the while eavesdropping on Dr. Dobson on Christian radio. Little wonder we feel stressed out. Galatians 5:25 says, 'Let us keep in step with the Spirit.' Often the Spirit takes very slow steps. Push the pause button, and find a way you can slow down today. Enjoy God's glory in every small thing."
 
     ~Joni Eareckson Tada, Pearls of Great Price, March 16
 
(By the way, even if you think you could NEVER give up television, read this post. It gives wonderful insight into connecting with your family members!)
 
     Put down the laptop, iTouch, iPad, phone, or whatever device you are reading this on. Walk outside. Sing. Give a hug. Pray. Connect with others verbally and face-to-face, not face-to-device.
 
     If you think about it, pray for my family as we will be going on a mission trip to the Amazon this year. Pray for our preperations and time there. May it all be blessed. May God provide and amaze us with His glorious deeds.
 
     Thanks for reading this lengthy post. I hope it encouraged you in some way.
 
~Madeline


1 comment:

  1. I totally agree with you. My husband and I gave up watching TV about 5 years ago and it turned out to be one of the best decisions in our lives! We feel that we visit more, read more, and enjoy each others company much better. We do watch movies or a show sometimes, but that's it.
    We'll be praying for your trip to the Amazon...
    God Bless!

    ReplyDelete

Thank you for reading! Also, thank you for making my day brighter with your encouraging words. I cherish each and every comment. If you check back in a day or two, I should have responded to your note. Thanks for dropping me a line!

~Madeline