Dreaming of Fireflies

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Our temporary dwelling place August 27, 2009

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along with some of its unique features…

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Urbana Welcomes You August 24, 2009

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Moving Mishaps August 23, 2009

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We are now in Urbana! I will write more about it and post pics soon, but for now I will just tell you about some little disasters I’ve had this week (not all to do with moving but still eventful)!

Mishap #1: Caught Red-Handed.

While unpacking kitchen items I unknowingly handled a poorly sealed bottle of red food coloring and got it on my hand. In an effort to clean it up, I died the other hand red as well. Ben then followed suit.

Mishap #2: Shower of Glass.

While preparing to take a shower, I moved the glass door the wrong way and the whole thing shattered to pieces. Luckily only my arms were under it when it fell from above me, so I escaped with only minor nicks on my hands and arms.

Mishap #3: Stolen Offering.

While dining at a corner table in a Thai restaurant, I noticed a plate on the floor beside my corner seat with a pile of whole garlic cloves on it. While trying to figure out why it was there (“Surely no one ordered it, and it looks pretty fresh. Maybe it is to ward off the smells or the heathen spirits of us customers…”) I picked up the plate to show the others at my table what I encountered. I quickly put it back when one of them told me it was an offering for the little shrine on the floor I had failed to notice! I tried to avoid being seen, but the waitress definitely saw me do it. The trespass may not have been a violation of my own beliefs, but it was certainly a cultural faux pas! Oops.

 

This week’s notable quotes August 7, 2009

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Little boy watching the Bears practice at training camp: “Who’s winning, Daddy?”
Dad: “The Bears.”
Boy: “Bears always win?”
Dad: “Yes.”
Boy: “And Packers lose, right?”
Dad: “Yup.”

Church Bulletin: “Next week’s service: ‘Help for Life’s Struggles: Controlling the Marital Urge'” (It was supposed to say “Controlling the Material Urge”. Whoops!)

Jenny: “Have you thought about trading in this car for the Cash for Clunkers program?”
Jen: “No.”

 

Patience August 3, 2009

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Patience by Bleach
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Patience only comes when you spend your time just waiting
You’re the only one that’s worth the wait, I think you’re great
And writing melodies
Sometimes seems to ease
All the junk that’s built up inside
~
Patience is what comes when you’re waiting all alone
Listening for the phone, hoping that you’ll get a call
Maybe from some friends
Wondering how I’ve been
Wondering if we all could hang out
~
Patience, won’t you come,
‘Cause oh I feel like life’s suspended
I have not become the thing that I have so intended
Put my mind at ease
And I’ll write melodies
And I’ll sing songs of hope that’s to come
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I won’t embrace the things that I have done
Because patience waits for what we will become
Oh, it’s so much more, I know
That it’s so worth waiting for


“My Lord Jesus, I beseech you, do not be far from me, but come quickly and help me, for vain thoughts have risen in my heart and wordly fears have troubled me sorely. How shall I break them down? How shall I go unhurt without your help? ‘I shall go before you,’ says our Lord; ‘I shall drive away the pride of your heart; then shall I set open to you the gates of spiritual knowledge and show you the privacy of my secrets.’ O Lord, do as you say, and then all wicked imaginings shall flee away from me. Truly, this is my hope and my only comfort- to fly to you in every trouble, to trust steadfastly in you, to call inwardly upon you, and to abide patiently your coming and your heavenly consolations which, I trust, will quickly come to me.” –The Imitation of Christ by Thomas a Kempis

“I do need thee, Lord. I need thee now. I know that I can do without many of the things that once I thought were necessities, but without thee I cannot live, and I dare not die… Speak to me, that I may hear thee giving me courage for hard times and strength for difficult places; giving me determination for challenging tasks. I ask of thee no easy way, but just thy grace that is sufficient for every need, so that no matter how hard the way, how challenging the hour, how dark the sky, I may be enabled to overcome.” –The Prayers of Peter Marshall


“Unless the Lord builds the house, its builders labor in vain…” -Psalm 127:1

David’s Prayer
Then King David went in and sat before the LORD, and he said:
“Who am I, O Sovereign LORD, and what is my family, that you have brought me this far? And as if this were not enough in your sight, O Sovereign LORD, you have also spoken about the future of the house of your servant. Is this your usual way of dealing with man, O Sovereign LORD ? What more can I say to you? For you know your servant, O Sovereign LORD. For the sake of your word and according to your will, you have done this great thing and made it known to your servant…

“And now, LORD God, keep forever the promise you have made concerning your servant and his house. Do as you promised, so that your name will be great forever. Then men will say, ‘The LORD Almighty is God over Israel!’ And the house of your servant David will be established before you.

“O LORD Almighty, God of Israel, you have revealed this to your servant, saying, ‘I will build a house for you.’ So your servant has found courage to offer you this prayer. O Sovereign LORD, you are God! Your words are trustworthy, and you have promised these good things to your servant. Now be pleased to bless the house of your servant, that it may continue forever in your sight; for you, O Sovereign LORD, have spoken, and with your blessing the house of your servant will be blessed forever.” -2 Samuel 7:18-29

 

Secrets of the Kingdom August 1, 2009

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In honor of the previous post, one of my poems…

June 2008

Secrets of the Kingdom

Before the eyes of youth could fade

You intrigued my heart

You captivated me with Your mystery

They said You turn the world upside-down

My mind did not yet understand

But my heart could feel the beauty

I wore it proudly

They said You are unchanging

The same yesterday and forever

But I could see…

The cross changes everything.

You made us to explore Your world

Identify, compartmentalize, label and master

You lead us in knowledge, let us come to think in black and white

Then you come in and teach us

That sometimes we must toss it all to the wind

You erase labels, break down walls

You teach us to think with the heart

And love with the will

You lay down your laws

Then you show us that some rules are meant to be broken

Because love trumps everything

You speak in simple stories the intelligent cannot understand

Yet You entrust your wisdom to little children

You crown paupers as royalty

You bestow inheritances on second-born sons

And daughters

And call us the firstfruits of Your creation

You care not for majestic cathedrals

Or thrones that are rightfully Yours

No, You would rather dine with sinners

Sit with the poor in the streets

Dance with the captives as they praise You in the fields

I can dance too

Because You whisper secrets to me

And more than ten thousand stars shimmering in the midnight sky

They are beautiful