I’ve sat down to write something about 11 times over the past 2 days, and I just can’t gather any thoughts. I’d really like to start blogging more about something un-Marla-related. That would be a nice change of pace, eh?
I thought about adding some more links to fine folks whose blogs you’d like. I thought about sharing some great Scriptural insights from our pastor’s message on Sunday. I thought about asking some profound questions and asking you to weigh in.
Hmmm… Maybe it’s time for one of those Bloggy Breaks that a lot of you all are taking lately. This brain toot could be my cue. School will be starting soon, we’re planning a whirlwind zoo tour for next week (Lord willing), soccer starts here in a bit (the girls are on the same team, and I’m sooooo thrilled!).
I mentioned that I read C.J.Mahaney’s Living the Cross Centered Life. I’m reading it again. Reading C.S. Lewis’s Mere Christianity again too. And recently finished Christian George’s Sacred Travels for the second time. (love, love, love that book!) And the girls and I are devouring animal books from the library. Nina may have forgotten most of her states (ha!), but she can identify a tapir and an okapi from a mile away. 🙂
Notice I’m reading a lot, which means I’m writing not-a-lot. Hmmm…
I’ve caught Ava reading her Bible story book in her bed several times in the past few days. My prayer for my passionate, dramatic, amazing 2nd daughter (and my other 2 too) is that she will fall madly in love with Jesus and want to live for Him all of her days. She’s got quite a rebellious streak in her when it comes to talking about Jesus and reading God’s Word (and life in general). She can be a questioner, a skeptic, a…rebel. But when she does decide to believe something, wow. And the fact that she is reading at all (she says she hates to read), and reading the Bible is enough to make me cry. Praise you, Lord!
We hit the jackpot at the thrift store today. I got some Simple brand tennis shoes for $1.50. Ava got some really cool L.L. Bean tennis shoes for $3.00. The girls each got a Groovy Girl. I got a photo album, a Sandra Boynton board book and this amazing (brand-new) Klutz photo scrapbook for a quarter. I wanted to get the girls some school clothes, but I only had $2 (and had to borrow $5 from Livi). We may return tomorrow. If I never buy anything new (well, besides food and toiletries) again, I’ll be happy.
Did you hear the story about the little Chinese girl lip-syncing (sp?) at the opening ceremony? Check out Gabe’s blog for a link and commentary. And check out DerrickandKenny’s comment–he added a cool link to Milli Vanilli. 🙂
Some verses I’ve been meditating on since Sunday–2 Corinthians 5:11-21. Here are some bits and pieces of it:
Since, then, we know what it is to fear the Lord, we try to persuade men…For Christ’s love compels us…And he died for all, that those who live should no longer live for themselves but for him who died for them and was raised again. So from now on we regard no one from a worldly point of view…We are therefore Christ’s ambassadors, as though God were making his appeal through us…God made him who had no sin to be sin for us so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.
Have a great week!