I discovered the amazingness of Red (I know what y’all are thinking: where have you been all this time? ;)) and felt the need to share it with thee. =P
Without further ado…
Already Over. 😀
The past couple weeks for me have been… rather interesting, and reading this psalm has helped. A lot. It’s quickly becoming my favorite. 😀
1 Do not fret because of evil men
or be envious of those who do wrong;
2 for like the grass they will soon wither,
like green plants they will soon die away.
3 Trust in the LORD and do good;
dwell in the land and enjoy safe pasture.
4 Delight yourself in the LORD
and he will give you the desires of your heart.
5 Commit your way to the LORD;
trust in him and he will do this:
6 He will make your righteousness shine like the dawn,
the justice of your cause like the noonday sun.
7 Be still before the LORD and wait patiently for him;
do not fret when men succeed in their ways,
when they carry out their wicked schemes.
8 Refrain from anger and turn from wrath;
do not fret—it leads only to evil.
9 For evil men will be cut off,
but those who hope in the LORD will inherit the land.
10 A little while, and the wicked will be no more;
though you look for them, they will not be found.
11 But the meek will inherit the land
and enjoy great peace.
12 The wicked plot against the righteous
and gnash their teeth at them;
13 but the Lord laughs at the wicked,
for he knows their day is coming.
14 The wicked draw the sword
and bend the bow
to bring down the poor and needy,
to slay those whose ways are upright.
15 But their swords will pierce their own hearts,
and their bows will be broken.
16 Better the little that the righteous have
than the wealth of many wicked;
17 for the power of the wicked will be broken,
but the LORD upholds the righteous.
18 The days of the blameless are known to the LORD,
and their inheritance will endure forever.
19 In times of disaster they will not wither;
in days of famine they will enjoy plenty.
20 But the wicked will perish:
The LORD’s enemies will be like the beauty of the fields,
they will vanish—vanish like smoke.
21 The wicked borrow and do not repay,
but the righteous give generously;
22 those the LORD blesses will inherit the land,
but those he curses will be cut off.
23 If the LORD delights in a man’s way,
he makes his steps firm;
24 though he stumble, he will not fall,
for the LORD upholds him with his hand.
25 I was young and now I am old,
yet I have never seen the righteous forsaken
or their children begging bread.
26 They are always generous and lend freely;
their children will be blessed.
27 Turn from evil and do good;
then you will dwell in the land forever.
28 For the LORD loves the just
and will not forsake his faithful ones.
They will be protected forever,
but the offspring of the wicked will be cut off;
29 the righteous will inherit the land
and dwell in it forever.
30 The mouth of the righteous man utters wisdom,
and his tongue speaks what is just.
31 The law of his God is in his heart;
his feet do not slip.
32 The wicked lie in wait for the righteous,
seeking their very lives;
33 but the LORD will not leave them in their power
or let them be condemned when brought to trial.
34 Wait for the LORD
and keep his way.
He will exalt you to inherit the land;
when the wicked are cut off, you will see it.
35 I have seen a wicked and ruthless man
flourishing like a green tree in its native soil,
36 but he soon passed away and was no more;
though I looked for him, he could not be found.
37 Consider the blameless, observe the upright;
there is a future for the man of peace.
38 But all sinners will be destroyed;
the future of the wicked will be cut off.
39 The salvation of the righteous comes from the LORD;
he is their stronghold in time of trouble.
40 The LORD helps them and delivers them;
he delivers them from the wicked and saves them,
because they take refuge in him.
I hope this helps you today as much as it’s helped me.
Heeheehee. If you’re like me, and you actually WERE surprised (tsk tsk), you would’ve raised you hand, even though you know nobody can see you. =P Then again, if you were like me, you would’ve raised your hand anyway, even if you weren’t surprised. Cause you’re just awesome like that. 😉
*pauses frantic typing at the sound of the wind whistling through the trees outside my open window. The soft breeze brushes across my still fingers. The windchime sings in the distance…*
Wow. You have no idea how calming that is after the day I’ve just had…
….right! Blog tag.
1). The phone rings. Who do you want it to be?
First, it would totally make my day if the phone actually WAS for me. If it were, then I would be super jazzed if it was one of my friends. Just calling to say hi. 🙂
2). When shopping at a grocery store, do you return your cart?
Ha! When I go to a grocery store, I head straight for the book section. Any shopping I do only requires two hands. Thus I don’t need a cart.
3). In a social setting, are you the talker, or the listener?
Depends on the situation. If I’m with people I don’t know, I’m the listener. If it’s with people I’m comfortable with, then I’m the talker. Maybe too much of a talker. 😉
4). Do you take compliments well?
I get better every day. 🙂
5). Do you play Sudoku?
Whenever I feel like it, yeah.
6). Do you like riding horses?
Yes. 😀 My aunt has a horse, so whenever I visit her, I get to ride. It’s lots of fun. 😀 😀 😀
7). Did you ever go camping as a kid?
Depends on your definition of ‘camping’. 😉
8). What was your favorite game as a kid?
*tilts head* I’m not sure. Maybe Mancala. I was a Mancala genius in 2nd grade. 😉
9). If a good looking person was courting you, but you knew that he/she was married, would you play along?
*scoff* No! Probably a total loser. Speaks a lot to their perception of commitement. O.o
10). Could you date someone with different religious beliefs than you?
11). Do any songs make you cry?
Depends on the song. And the mood I’m in when listening to said song. 😉
12). Are you continuing your education?
Isn’t everyone? Everybody learns something new every day. 🙂
13). Do you know how to shoot a gun?
Yes. Not as well as I would like, but that’s what practice is for. 😉
14). If your house was on fire, what was the first thing you would grab?
Umm, my family? O.o
15). How often do you read books?
All ze time. 😉
16). Do you think more about the past, present, or future?
Depends on what I’m thinking about, doesn’t it? O.o
17). What was your favorite childrens book?
Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs (I’m so excited about the movie! ;)) and The Island of the Blue Dolphins.
18). What color are you eyes?
19). How tall are you?
Not as tall as I would like to be. 😉
20). Where is your dream house located?
Maui. Or somewhere in Colorado. 🙂
21). Do you have a secret fetish?
Depends on what you mean by ‘fetish’.
22). Have you ever tried sushi?
Yep. That stuff ain’t too bad. 😉
23). Have you ever taken pictures in a photo booth?
Uh huh. 🙂 I just wish the picture had come out better.
24). When was the last time when you were in an olive grove?
I’ve never been to an olive grove. 😦 *sigh*
25). When was the last time you were in church?
26). Where was the furthest place you traveled today?
Hmm…. probably the distance between my room and the office. Almost 50 feet. Wow…. =P
27). What was the job you loved most?
I’ll let you know when I figure it out. 😉
28). Do you like mustard?
You could say that. =P
29). Do you prefer to eat or sleep?
30). Do you look like your mom or dad?
People on my mom’s side say I look like her but people on my dad’s side say I look like him, so I’m thinking I look like me. =P
31). How long do you like to take a shower?
For as long as there’s hot water.
32). Can you do the splits?
Almost! 😀 😀 😀
33). What movie do you want to see right now?
New Moon. }:)
34). Would you fast forward your life if you could?
If you could fast forward your life, what would be the point of living?
35). What did you do for New Year’s Eve?
Read a book and watched a 3 Doors Down concert.
36). Do you eat fries with a fork?
No? Seriously, who does that? O.o
37). Can you identify with any of the characters in ‘Mean Girls?’
No. And I hope nobody else identifies me with one of the characters either…
38). Do you own a camera phone?
Yep yep. My phone embodies schweetness. 😉
39). Do you have an ‘ex box’ with pictures or letters from your former partners?
No…? What a weird question.
40). Was your mom a cheerleader?
No. She probably wanted to be though. I think she tried out for the drill team or something. *shrugs*
41). What’s the last letter of your middle name?
42). Do you like your middle name?
Oh yesh. 😀 My parents are excellent name pickers… or whatever you call that particular skill. 😉
42). How many hours of sleep do you get a night?
Depends on the night. 😉
43). Do you like Care Bears?
Care Bears are demonic. So no. But Beanie Babies are cool. =P
44). What do you buy at the movies?
Raisinets. 🙂 Or Reese’s Pieces. *thinks of Dane Cook*
45). Do you know how to play poker?
Yes. Not as well as I would like. =P
46). Do you wear your seatbelt?
47). What do you wear to sleep?
A Mickey Mouse Tshirt and the most comfortable sweatpants ever! They have pockets, no less. 😉
50). Anything big ever happen in your hometown?
Besides the fact that I was born there? 😉
51). How many meals do you eat a day?
Depends on the day. I’m more of a snack person.
52). Do you have a tongue piercing?
No. Heck, my ears aren’t even pierced!
53). Do you like funny people or serious people?
Funny, of course! Is this a rhetorical question?
54). Ever been to L.A?
Yep. Disneyland, hello? 😉
55). Did you eat a cookie today?
No, but I had a ridiculously strong craving for one this morning. But alas, I didn’t have one. The option was to actually make the cookies (le gasp) or go without. Baking is something my lazy nature won’t allow. So I had an apple. 😉
56). Do you steal or pay for your music downloads?
What kind of question is that?? Of course I pay for my music downloads. O.o
57). Do you hate chocolate?
O.O *scoff* NO! Do you even know me??
58). What do you and your parents fight most about?
Not sure. I don’t liking fighting with anyone. 😦
59). Are you a gullible person?
Depends. I might be a little, but not compared to some…
60). When was the last time you cried?
Idk, probably a month or so ago.
61). If you could have any job you want, what would it be?
A museum curator. 😀 Bet you didn’t see that one coming.
62). Are you easy to get along with?
I like to think so. Shouldn’t you ask my friends that question?
63). What’s your favorite time of day?
Between 9 p.m and midnight. 🙂
Now go forth and post these on your blog! 😀
P.S: Exactly one month from today is my birthday. Muahahaha!! 😉
So! Guess what I’ve been thinking about lately? Yep, that’s right. Patience.
I’ll just cut to the chase. What exactly is patience? From my limited experience, I’ve found that there might be 2 kinds of ‘patience’: ‘people’ patience, and ‘things’ patience.
People patience can be described best in my father. You know the saying “He has the patience of Job?” Yep. My dad embodies that saying. (Although I don’t understand the etymology of that phrase. Why on earth do people say Job was patient? Has anybody actually read Job? He wasn’t that patient. At all. But I digress.)
You know what people patience is. Patience when you tell someone for the 47th time to take out the trash. Patience with someone when, no matter how hard they’re trying, they just can’t seem to get what the heck polynomials are. Being patient with someone *coughcoughMEcoughcough* is complaining about what so-and-so did last week that wasn’t so sensitive…
For some, people patience is easier for them than others. Those who know me well might say I have good people patience. Ha. They don’t hear all the mental ranting I do. But I’m still thankful for their comments. 😀
Anyway! Then there’s ‘things’ patience. Patience while you’re waiting in line at the grocery store. While you’re waiting for you sister to get of the stupid phone that she’s been yaking on for OVER AN HOUR. Patience while you’re waiting for the new, absolutely-amazing-awesome-beyond-words, Skillet CD to FINALLY grace the Best Buy shelves…. *innocent look* 😉
Things patience constitute as patience while you wait for something to happen. Like the microwave to beep. Or the Baby Ruth bar to fall ever so slowly from the metal clutches of the vending machine. Or, if you’re like me, waiting in agony for, I don’t know, 26 seconds, as you wait for your crush to respond to one of your texts… *nervous chuckle*
It’s waiting for Christmas. Birthdays. The weekend. When Mom can get out of the shower. You get what I mean.
Bless my father, although he has good people patience, he has horrible things patience. A great example of this can be seen when we’re watching a DVD, for I have control of the DVD remote!! Muahahaha!!
Picture this: Dad and I are in the den, Dad sitting in his chair, and I sitting on the green leather sofa. A lamp and endtable is between said pieces of furniture. The TV is blinking as the DVD loads. The FBI warning label is filling the screen.
Dad: *as he waves his hands dramatically* “Can you make this go faster?”
Me: *sigh* “No, Dad, I can’t make it go faster. You’re gonna have to (insert gasp) sit through this part.”
Dad: “But I thought you figured out how to make it go faster!”
Me: “Just because I can make it go faster doesn’t mean I should make it go faster. We’re learning patience, remember?”
The anti-piracy label fills the screen.
Dad: “But we’ve already seen this! We don’t need to see it again.”
Me: “So? It’s only for 30 seconds! Look, the menu is already coming up.”
I press the Play button. Then press the Captions button. Scroll through to English captions. The opening credits fill the screen.
Dad: “Make the credits go away! Let’s get to the action!”
Me: *while staring incredulously at Dad* “But I want to see who’s stars in this movie!”
Opening music plays in the background
Dad: “You already know who stars in this movie! You’re you, remember?”
Dad’s eyebrows rise. Music gets louder
Me: *tilts head* “… true. But we had to sit through this at the theater, so we can sit through it here.
Dad: “But nothing happens here! This doesn’t add to the story! Get to the action!”
Me: *shakes head at guy logic* “You don’t know that! Something could happen in the opening credits. Remember True Lies? Or The Score? Or Deja Vu?
You can see where this is going. By the time we get to the end of this discussion (aka, Dad has ‘conceded’ to the fact that, yes, he needs to learn patience, by getting quiet), the credits are already over and the action has begun.
There. You can see that Dad has no things patience. While I apparently do. At least when it comes to movies. (I personally don’t believe I have things patience. I get all antsy and annoyed if someone doesn’t respond to my IMs within 30 seconds…)
So. If those are two kinds of patience (remember, this is just the definition I’m working with. I can be wrong), then how does God expect us to be patient? Which patience are we talking about? While searching for the answer, I came across references like this:
“I waited patiently for the LORD; he turned to me and heard my cry.” ~ Psalm 40:1.
“A man’s wisdom gives him patience; it is his glory to overlook an offense.” ~ Proverbs 19:11.
“I waited patiently till dawn, but like a lion he broke all my bones; day and night you made an end of me.” ~ Isaiah 38:13.
“The servant fell on his knees before him. ‘Be patient with me,’ he begged, ‘and I will pay back everything.’ ” ~ Matthew 18:26.
“What if God, choosing to show his wrath and make his power known, bore with great patience the objects of his wrath-prepared for destruction?” ~ Romans 9:22.
“Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud.” ~ 1 Cor. 13:4.
… I could go on and on. What I’ve gathered from those references is that 1). People patience is tied in with love. If the 2nd greatest command is to love your neighbor as yourself, would you want someone else to be patient with you? Of course. So being patient with others is, in a way, loving others.
2). Having ‘things’ patience, as in waiting for something to happen, is a form of submission and trust in God’s sovereignty. If you’re like me, waiting patiently for ‘The One’ *insert ominious voice* is a battle of patience every single day. I have to step back and go “Okay, God. I know You have this under control. I am going to be patient. Pining for this to happen is not gonna make it come any sooner.”
This philosophy of course applies to smaller things, like waiting for the Skillet CD to come out, or for Christmas to finally arrive. Complaining every day for it to come faster will not make it come faster. In fact, it only exaserbates the problem. Complaining about something is just a waste of your time and is annoying for anyone you’re complaining about it to. And that’s not loving, is it? *glares* 😉
And 3). We need both of these. I can’t use this as an excuse anymore. “Well, I’m sorta patient with people, so I don’t have to be patient about graduation, right?” Or “Well, I didn’t say a word about that new book coming out. So I’m not that bad if I blow up at so-and-so. Right?” No.
So, where does that leave us? Well, the question that I’ve been asking myself is this: How long?
Isn’t that the question we all ask? “You have to wait for your birthday to come for that.” We then immediately calculate, to the day, how long it is till the birthday. Or “You have to babysit your brother” We then think about how many minutes exactly it’ll be till the parents get home. So we can answer the question of how long?
Then, of course, you have the biggie question. How long are you willing to wait for ‘The One’?
When you ask those question, what is your response? You might find that the answers aren’t as pretty as you would like.
P.S. I make a new blogging law! If you’ve read up to this point in the post, you are now, and forevermore, under both the social and moral obligation to REPLY to this and subsequent posts. I really like knowing that someone is actually reading this stuff. I don’t care if I don’t know you from Adam. Say whatever the heck is on your mind! Posting=discussion. Even if you’re thinking “I like cheese”, comment! *glares at Max.* 😉 Seriously. If you did post something like that, I’ll laugh. And that’ll make my day. 😀 😀 😀
“Be still before the LORD and wait patiently for him; do not fret when men succeed in their ways, when they carry out their wicked schemes.” ~ Psalm 37:7.
Behold!! Awake and Alive from Skillet’s new album Awake.
IT’S ABSOLUTELY AWESOME!!! 😀 😀 😀
Even better than Hero and Monster.