Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Last Day of NaBloPoMo and First Snow!!

Today is the last day of November and the last day of National Blog Posting Month!! I must say, much like last year, that I'm somewhat relieved. I managed to post at least once each day, but if you go back and look, you'll see that most of them were pretty sad. I must not have that much to say anymore!! Part of the reason is that I moved in the middle of it all and can't find the cord to get pictures off my camera, and then, lost my camera! I know it's somewhere in the house, but that's pretty much it. I know it's all excuses, but I can at least say I did it!!

I mentioned it on my last post, but we had our first snow on Sunday!!! I was SOOOOOOOO EXCITED!!!!! It started Sunday night, probably around 6 pm and snowed pretty consistently for a few hours. I had to go out and put a towel on my windshield so I could save time the next morning when I left for work. Which worked! (Yay!) We got several inches of snow (maybe 2-4 in places) and it was all fresh and sparkly and calm....LOVED IT!

So you may not hear from me again soon, since I might be taking a few days off from blogging to build up a good post! Have a good one!

Monday, November 29, 2010

Bad boots!

So a few weeks ago, my mom offered to get me some good "snow boots", that I could wear to work. Part of my job is to give tours of the property and I do a lot of walking outside. We found a great deal and although they aren't the nicest looking, they are SUPER comfortable!

For the first time this season, we had our first REAL snow yesterday! (YAY!!!) So today, I had to wear my boots for the first time, because as it turns out, I had a tour today (go figure). I wore them all day, and it was totally wonderful! But...

I got home, and went to take them off. I took off my left boot and the inside sole of the shoe came off with it! Apparently, I wore some of the material off of the bottom of the shoe, exposing the sticky stuff, and it stuck to my sock! So I took off the other boot and while it didn't stick to my sock, it was as worn down as the other one. I mean, I know I did a lot of walking and I wore them all day but ONE DAY?!?! Shoes shouldn't fall apart after one day!

I think we'll try to return them, but I don't know if they'd take back worn and ruined shoes. It's just not fair!!

Sunday, November 28, 2010

Christmas Music

I recently got a new cd of Christmas music, but all instrumental. It's a wonderful CD! Anyway, it happened to have my second favorite song (first is Carol of the Bells) on it, and it's a beautiful version. I tried to find audio but could not. So - Please enjoy these lyrics (and make sure if you haven't heard the song to go out and buy a CD with it on there!!). And if you can find it acapella - that's always the best!

One can hear the falling snow.
For all is hushed,
The world is sleeping,
Holy Star its vigil keeping.
Still, still, still,
One can hear the falling snow.

Sleep, sleep, sleep,
'Tis the eve of our Saviour's birth.
The night is peaceful all around you,
Close your eyes,
Let sleep surround you.
Sleep, sleep, sleep,
'Tis the eve of our Saviour's birth.

Dream, dream, dream,
Of the joyous day to come.
While guardian angels without number,
Watch you as you sweetly slumber.
Dream, dream, dream,
Of the joyous day to come.

Saturday, November 27, 2010

SNL Much?

So I realize it's Saturday, but thanks to Netflix, I've been watching "Saturday Night Live" all day.

Except, a few hours ago, I went over to David's (a co-worker) apartment, and we made turkey burgers and listened to music - SO FUN!!

Wow, I almost can't wait until November is over - my blogs are getting so pathetic!

Friday, November 26, 2010

The Office

NaBloPoMo is almost over...my sister is almost gone (she leaves tomorrow morning)...and I am watching The Office 1st Season on Netflix (the BEST invention in the world EVER!!). Enjoy some clips of Jim's Office pranks!!

Thursday, November 25, 2010

Happy Thanksgiving!

Had good food and fun with the family today! If only the Cowboys hadn't blown their lead...hah!

Didn't take any pictures, and I couldn't post any anyway...I still can't find my camera cord!

But, on a high note - I'll be in Dallas for Christmas in less than a month --- YAY!!! Annnnd...I can officially start playing Christmas music tomorrow without feeling bad about it!

Happy Thanksgiving!!!

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Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Thanksgiving tomorrow

It's a late night in my house, but it's been a nice day. Mostly because I don't have to work tomorrow, but also because I got to spend the nice with my family. We went to see Tangled!

It was VERY cute! It brought tears to my eyes at moments, and lots of good laughs. I could have done without the songs - they seemed a little forced - but then again, that's part of the Disney movies that I grew up with that I liked (Aladdin, Cinderella, Lion King, etc.) so I give them props for going back to that. Plus, I'm 26 now, and I'm sure I see those songs differently than I would if I was 5 or 6.

I recommend this movie!!

Tuesday, November 23, 2010


Since I have a new Bollywood crush on Imran Khan, I went ahead and got another one of his movies on my Netflix queue....this is from 2008 and was his first starring role. I guess they call it his "debut" movie. Whatever it is - I can't wait!!!!!!!!!! I'm supposed to get it in the mail tomorrow.

It's called "Jaane Tu...Ya Jaane Na" which means "Whether You Know it or Not". I've heard/seen a lot of good things about it online, so I'm really looking forward to it!

Monday, November 22, 2010

New Crush...

I have a new Bollywood crush, thanks to the movie "I Hate Luv Stories"...

Imran Khan - YUMMY!! And a good actor too!

Sunday, November 21, 2010

I am tired. It's been a long, uneventful day. Long, and boring, but very uneventful. I have nothing to report!

Saturday, November 20, 2010

Pretty interesting day...

So I took Bailey into the vet today to get his toenail checked on - a while back he split one of his toenails all the way open. Then, they didn't think it needed to be removed, so they told me to keep an eye on it.

I thought he was doing pretty well, so I thought today would be a fast and good checkup.

They came out and told me that as soon as the vet touched his foot, it oozed some puss. So they were draining it to see if they could look at the infection better.

Then, probably 20 minutes later he came out with a nub where his foot used to be. NO - they didn't amputate! But as it turns out, they just broke off his entire nail because it was just dead. Then they bandaged up his foot, sent me home with a couple different prescriptions for antibiotics and anti-inflamitories ($$$$$$$$$$) and said to bring him back on Tuesday for a check-up and to get rebandaged. Nice.

My poor puppy!! He's actually doing really well and it doesn't seem that the bandages bother him at all - he hasn't licked at it or tried to get it off. So I guess that's a good sign...more to come on Tuesday!!

(And no pictures because, as you can imagine, it's disgusting!!!)

Friday, November 19, 2010

Winter Thoughts

Prompt: What do you think or feel when you walk through freshly fallen snow?

Each time, when possible, I like to walk through the snow in silence. Especially if it's still snowing.
Everything is quiet. The snow is on the ground, soft and sparkling. I love hearing the crunch of the snow under my feet. And it's almost like I get to walk where no one else has walked. That's just me, making those markings.

Everthing is perfect. I love to walk in the snow, but I also like to walk in as few places as possible. The snow is just perfectly flat and even and it hasn't been disturbed. It's actually calming to look over a large field of fresh snow and see it untouched and perfect. It looks like velvet that I could run my hands over, but I wouldn't, because I would ruin it.

Fresh snow just gives off an essense of contemplation. I just want to be still when I see fresh snow. It's like, if I move or walk or talk, it will ruin the moment and it won't be the same as it was 5 seconds earlier.

I just like to walk, slowly, step by step, through the fresh, perfect snow and listen to it crunch, crunch, crunch, while breathing in the sharp, cold air. I actually feel most alive, and happy to be alive, when I'm walking through the snow.

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Weekend Plans

I normally don't like to talk about my weekend before it happens, because I usually don't have any plans or if I do, they happen in whatever order. In fact, my co-workers don't even ask me what I'm doing over the weekend anymore. They just ask me how my weekend was on Monday morning.

But I actually have a busy weekend ahead of me!

Tomorrow, I have to:
- Take Bailey to the vet to have them check-up on his broken toe nail and get a nail trim
- Clean up my room (I still have laundry to put away from last weekend!)
- Watch "Paa": A Hindi movie that I got from Netfix tonight. I've heard awesome things!!

- Laundry
- My sister and brother-in-law and their 3 kids are coming to visit for Thanksgiving, and I'm sure it will involve cleaning and organizing before their arrival!

Sunday I think I'm either going to re-visit a Baptist church I went to last week or I may just try out another one that's a little closer to me.

And of course, Netflix is not going to watch itself.

I leave you with this wonderful parting gift from The Office. (I'd apologize for the quality, but I didn't make this video and it was the best I could find on You Tube).

Wednesday, November 17, 2010


My biggest “weakness” is the fact that I have little to no patience with anything.  I feel very strongly that God is working with me on my patience issue.  

Every single morning, and every night driving home from work, I get stuck behind either the slowest driver in Colorado Springs or behind an 18-wheeler that somehow ended up in a residential neighborhood.  Don’t get me wrong – I think that I should be able to drive 35 in a 35 mph zone.  I just get extremely frustrated when I can’t! 

Then, every single day at work has been screaming busy.  I just want to take care of things myself, but most of what I do depends on other people.  I just want to scream at them “go faster!!”  

But, God knows I need to work on this and is sending these things deliberately.  I have to realize when I’m getting impatient or short with someone and take a step back.  And then gradually I will learn to just be patient!

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Better blogs!

I haven’t been feeling the creative juices flowing. Any one who has seen any of my blogs for the past two weeks can tell – there’s nothing here. It is partially because of the drastic turn my personal life has taken (for the better) and because we are screaming busy training 2 new staff members and approaching a 3rd new staff member!

But I really can’t blame anything other than myself. I just seem to be losing my touch! I mean, just reading through my blogs from this time a year ago – they were good! And I know it sounds like I’m tooting my own horn right now, but they were clever and creative and funny! So I’m wondering what’s happened to me?!?!

I want to get back to my very creative side so I’m forcing myself to look at blog post “prompts” online. Just a sentence or two to get the juices flowing. Writers do it all the time to keep themselves sharp! I just want to stay away from the normal “cliché” prompts – If you could invite 5 people to dinner, living or dead, who would it be and why? Or, what would you do with 1 million dollars? I want something different!

So stay tuned - I promise the blogs will get better!

Monday, November 15, 2010

The Office

Ever watch The Office on NBC? You should!! Especially before the end of this season and "Michael Scott" (Steve Carrell) leaves the show!

Sorry for the sorry excuse for the post - I'll do better tomorrow!!

Sunday, November 14, 2010

Snow? PLEASE?!?!?!?

Another pitiful post, but I want to make sure that I accomplish my one blog per day! I am really still waiting for our first real snow of the year!!! I can't believe it's already mid-November and we haven't had a snow STORM!! But to make myself feel better, here are some pictures from a storm last year that I can only hope will happen again soon!!

Saturday, November 13, 2010

Bachna Ae Haseeno

In English,"Bachna Ae Haseeno" means "Beware, ye beauties". I have seen it before but I am watching it again, it is THAT good! If you have a Netflix membership, I highly recommend it! It stars Ranbir Kapoor, who is becoming one of my favorite Hindi actors, and it is a wonderful story line! Please check it out!!

Friday, November 12, 2010


I went to Starbucks yesterday to get my Pumpkin Spice Latte and saw that they had....

Can NOT wait to try those! But I want to wait until at least after Thanksgiving. Then I planning on going each morning for one week and trying each!

Thursday, November 11, 2010

An answer to prayer - literally!

Several days ago, I expressed a thought that I struggle with prayer – how, when, where, etc.  Then I got my Daily Bread devotional in my e-mail (for free! Check it out here) and I had an answer!

Our Daily Bread Devotional for 11/11/2010:

In my distress I cried to the Lord, and He heard me. —Psalm 120:1

Several years ago, I was driving down the freeway when my car died. I pulled over to the side of the road, got out of the car, and opened the hood. As I looked at the engine I thought, A lot of good this does me. I know nothing about cars. I don’t even know where to start!

That’s how we might sometimes feel about prayer: Where do I start? That’s what the disciples wanted to know when they asked Jesus, “Teach us to pray” (Luke 11:1). The best place to look for instruction is in the example and teaching of Jesus. Two questions you may have are:

Where should we pray? Jesus prayed in the temple, in the wilderness (Luke 4), in quiet places (Matt. 14:22-23), in the Garden of Gethsemane (Luke 22), and on the cross (Luke 23:34,46). He prayed alone and with others. Look at His life, follow His example, and pray wherever you are.

What should we pray? In the Lord’s Prayer, Jesus taught us to ask that God’s name be honored and that His will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Ask Him for your daily provisions, for forgiveness of sin, and for deliverance from temptation and evil (Luke 11:2-4).

So if you’re looking for a good place to start, follow the example of the Lord’s Prayer. —Anne Cetas

The Lord has shown us we can pray
Wherever we may be;
And when we say, “Your will be done,”

His work on earth we’ll see. —Sper

If Jesus needed to pray, how can we do less?

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

I have a lack...

I have a strong lack of what I should blog about today. No good message from the Scriptures to share, at the moment, no funny family or dog stories....

Technically this counts as a post though!!

I do have an update on my toe - it is NOT broken!! I did not actually go to a doctor, but 3 days after the "incident", the toe no longer hurt and no longer appeared crooked. The bruises have actually even started to go away, and it happened one week ago yesterday. I haven't even taped it in 2 days. So I would deduce, that even though I've never broken a bone anymore, that the toe is no longer broken. Woo hoo!!!

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Humming for Peace and Contentment

As I was driving in to work this morning, the last song I heard before getting out of my car was “Come, Thou Fount of Every Blessing”. It was such a nice version of it that I sat in my car for an additional minute to listen to the end of it.

I then proceeded in to work to set my things down and get some yummy pumpkin spice creamer. As I was heating up my coffee and adding my additional ingredients, I couldn’t help but hum that song. I turned to leave the break room and saw the Sales Receptionist, a lady probably around my mom’s age, standing there in suspense, most likely waiting for me to turn around so she could identify me.

“Were you just humming that song?” she asked. I answered, “yes. Was I being too loud?” She said “No. I’ve heard that people that hum or whistle out loud are really happy.” I smiled and said “Well at the moment, yes I guess I’m happy.” She then added, “Yea, I’ve just heard that when people hum or whistle that they’re happy, and it’s a sign of peace and contentment.” I couldn’t help but think; I wonder if she knew what I was humming. And if she didn’t, if only she knew!

And then it got me thinking; I never realized that that could be a reason why I had that song stuck in my head. I always thought, like I’m sure most people do, that I was humming it simply because it was the last thing I’d heard and it was just stuck in my head.

But then I thought about it more – you get songs stuck in your head, but you don’t always sing them out loud. What would make you hum or whistle a song out loud? I guess she was right – I must have been so happy at that moment that I couldn’t keep the song inside anymore. I guess God is really working in mysterious ways!

On a side note – I heard a wonderfully moving song (for me, at least) on the radio yesterday and then I heard it again as I was driving home. It’s called “You are More” and it’s by a relatively new Christian group from Florida called Tenth Avenue North. Apparently it’s off their second album, and they only have 2, so I’m not so far behind that I have to get 12 albums or anything!

It really spoke to me, because, as I’ve mentioned, it’s been an emotional few weeks for me, personally and professionally. But it was so nice to hear the message of the song, that I actually cried in my car. And I knew that I needed to have the song. So I downloaded their album off of iTunes, and am looking forward to really listening to it. But in the meantime, please read through their lyrics, and hopefully you will take something from it:

Tenth Avenue North: “You Are More”
There's a girl in the corner
With tear stains on her eyes
From the places she's wandered
And the shame she can't hide
She says, "How did I get here?
I'm not who I once was.
And I'm crippled by the fear
That I've fallen too far to love"
But don't you know who you are,
What's been done for you?
Yeah don't you know who you are?

You are more than the choices that you've made,
You are more than the sum of your past mistakes,
You are more than the problems you create,
You've been remade.

Well she tries to believe it
That she's been given new life
But she can't shake the feeling
That it's not true tonight
She knows all the answers
And she's rehearsed all the lines
And so she'll try to do better
But then she's too weak to try
But don't you know who you are?

You are more than the choices that you've made,
You are more than the sum of your past mistakes,
You are more than the problems you create,
You've been remade.
(repeat Chorus)

'Cause this is not about what you've done,
But what's been done for you.
This is not about where you've been,
But where your brokenness brings you to
This is not about what you feel,
But what He felt to forgive you,
And what He felt to make you loved.

(Repeat Chorus X2)
You've been remade (repeat 4X)

Monday, November 8, 2010

Winter Forecast

This had SO better be the case, or I'm going to be very angry with the weatherman! It's November 8th for crying outloud - where's the winter weather?!!?!

Sunday, November 7, 2010

Broken toe?

Last week I stubbed my toe SO hard that I was sure I had broken it. But, it's only been 3 days and it doesn't hurt at all! Just a lot of yucky bruises. And by yucky, I mean really awesome!! So I don't think it's broken.

Also, I took some really awesome pictures of it (for memory/posterity) but I seem to have lost my cord to transfer pictures from my camera, so I can't share any!!

I feel sad about this vain attempt for a post, but I must keep NaBloPoMo alive!! See you all tomorrow!

Saturday, November 6, 2010

Work? On A Saturday?

I have to go into work today - A Saturday! My work week is supposed to end on a Friday! But that's ok I guess...It's only an hour and a half and I just have to give a tour of the property, which I could do in my sleep. So at least it's an easy day.

Plus, then a co-worked and I are going to his place to make homemade hummus and turkey burgers!! And he is an AMAZING cook! So I'm really excited to reward myself with food after going into work on a Saturday.

Sorry this is such a short, sad blog. But I have to go get ready for work! Have a good weekend!!

Friday, November 5, 2010

Memory lane...

Found my cd's from high school and college and had a great walk down memory lane! I didn't see a music video for this song, but I feel it could be my theme song for this moment in my life! Enjoy a walk down memory lane yourself, and check out this video!

Thursday, November 4, 2010

Missed the weekend devotionals

I accidentally left my devotional book at work last weekend, so I read through them yesterday. I love when a devotional speaks to me - it's amazing that no matter how many times I hear that God knows my heart and knows what I need, that each time I'm blown away by things that speak to me. It's like God is saying "duh!!" So here are my thoughts on my "missed" devotionals...and, if you read all the way through, some prayer requests.

October 30 - Hebrews 12:1 - Let us run with patience.

There are 2 kinds of patience. The kind where you are still and reflective. But, even stronger evidence, is the ability to cope with problems in the public eye, and continue on being "strong" in the presence of others and supporting them, giving them joy. You must really "run" with patience, because you still have to continue to function in the public eye while continuing to sort through your personal issues. Jesus did this on his time on earth - dealing with the immortal struggle of good versus evil, but in the meantime going out and creating joy for others, and helping them with their issues.

I pray that I will have that kind of patience. I do agree that it is hard to go through the daily motions while dealing with personal issues. But I have also realized recently that helping others actually does help me - not only does it make me feel better, but it puts things into perspective for me. I am not the only person in the world dealing with issues and trying to live "around" or "through" them. And there are people with bigger and harder problems that I have, and they don't have the support on earth that I do. So the patience that I want to pray for is the ability to perservere through my issues and problems, while being able to live my life to the fullest and to help others when possible. Patience will help me understand that my issues will be worked out and resolved over time, and I can't just sit around and wallow in self pity - that won't accomplish anything for anyone.

October 31 - Romans 8:26-27.

Sometimes I just don't know how to pray. I don't know what I should pray for, or if I should pray in a certain order, or "Should I thank God first, or should I come right out and ask for help?" or "Is it selfish for me to ask for things I want and need when I should really be praising God for what he's already done?" It's actually a big conflict for me. It's actually part of why I don't like to lead public prayers - I don't pray outloud in bible studies or before meals for example.

This verse talks about how it doesn't matter if you don't know what to say outloud, or even to yourself in your head. All that matters is that God knows the matters of your heart, and even things you don't even realize you're feeling, and he can see that and can act on that. The whole point is that you ask for help and thank Him for his help, in the past, present and future and he knows exactly what to do.

I struggle with control. I like to be in charge of things, and be able to control what happens to me and around me. That's a hard thing to let go for me. I want to control my job, my friends, my relationships, etc. But I need to pray for the ability to let go! I know that's my main issue, but I don't know what else I'm really feeling or thinking about it deep down inside. But God knows. And He knows that I am aware of my basic flaw, and he knows everything else and what needs to be done to help.

The devotional also gives an example of a mother and child seated next to each other, while busy with other things. They may not be speaking to each other, but there's a peace - the mother knows the child is there, and the child knows the mother is there. So they are in fellowship. And a calm that you are not alone. In the same way, a believer can be going through their day as normal, and even though there may not be a constant verbal communication with God, they can beleive and take comfort in the fact that God is always with them and has a hand in all that they are doing.

In Christ Alone

Heard about this great take on a great song by Owl City - the same group who sings the very famous song "Fireflies". Enjoy, fellow bloggers!!

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Writing Prompts

Since it’s NaBloPoMo, my goal is to write a least one blog a day for the entire month of November.  However, my life is not always that exciting.  Hardly ever, in fact.  So I thought I would turn to the web and Google “NaBloPoMo prompts” and it turns out that other people need help getting their creative juices flowing too!  Each day, someone posts a “prompt”, like a thought, suggestion or question, to get you to start thinking.  Some questions are like “where were you 10 years ago today?” or “what was your first Halloween costume?” and things like that.  

I just have a hard time with those kinds of questions – they have a “structure” (sort of) because they give you a place to start, but my mind is so busy that I have a hard time pinning a good starting place down, and if I do, I have a hard time getting it written.  I like the prompts that are usually more specific.  Like, “What 5 items would you want to have if you were stranded on a desert island?” or “If you could invite 5 people to dinner, alive or dead, who would they be and why?”  

I couldn’t find one that I really like for today, so I came up with my own.  I’m unfortunately a normally pessimistic person.  I need to start looking at the positive, especially if I want to turn a bad day into a good day.  So for today my prompt is:  Write down 3 things you may see as negative and say something positive about it. 

1. It’s not snowing.  Normally, by this point of the year in Colorado Springs, it’s snowed 4 or 5 times.  I am totally obsessed with snow.  I spent 22 years of my life with hardly any so now it’s an amazingly wonderful event for me to see snowfall, each time it happens.   

But – on the plus side, since it’s so nice outside, I don’t have to worry about road conditions, and I don’t have to worry about getting my car fixed or getting into an accident.

2. It’s only Wednesday.  It feels like such a long week, and it’s a hard week.  My boss is on vacation, it’s the week of our annual Benefits enrollment for 1,500 employees, we have Orientation this week (and I set for all the classes), we’re still training 2 new Training Managers, we’re almost done with revising our employee guidebook and I have to make all of the changes, and I have to cover some of our receptionist’s job duties while she’s on vacation while handling things that come up at the last minute.  AND still do MY job! 

But, on the plus side, the week is almost half over!  Plus, no one really knows how stressed out I am, so I can’t really get annoyed when someone asks me something.  It’s also one day closer to the weekend and Law and Order: SVU and Los Angeles should be new tonight!  I’m also in charge of planning and making dinner on Sunday and I’m looking forward to grocery shopping and then cooking!  The best news – next week we don’t have Orientation and there’s nothing extra planned, so I get a nice breather!  I just have to make it through Saturday afternoon!

3. My phone screen is broken.  A while back, Bailey knocked my phone off of the couch and the screen cracked.  It looks extremely tacky and I can’t quite see things on my screen very well. 

But – on the plus side, my phone still works just fine and I could easily switch back to an older phone that’s in good shape and possibly save money on my cell phone bill.  (If I could only get used to NOT having internet and Facebook on my phone!)  

So what about you?  Is there anything you’re looking at and thinking “well that sucks” that you could turn around and find a positive in?

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

NaBloPoMo - Year 2!

As some of you may know, November is National Blog Posting Month (NaBloPoMo)! Last year I was able to accomplish the feat of posting a blog at least once a day for the entire month! So here I am to repeat!

In honor of this blogging month, I've decided to post about one of my favorite things - the show "30 Rock" on NBC! I recently decided to sign up for my own Netflix account and the streaming video instantly on my computer has become ADDICTING!! So I just finished watching the entire 4th season and now am about halfway through the 3rd season (yes, I'm working my way backwards).

I now can not go without doing a little dance every time I hear the theme song, and have started to quote the show's lead character, Liz Lemon (played by Tina Fey) on a regular basis. So please enjoy some of my favorite "Liz Lemon catchphrases". (I tried to find funny images/icons but I found this video instead - SHE'S MY FAVORITE)

Monday, November 1, 2010

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Numbers 9:19

Yet another good devotional passage. “When the cloud remained…the Israelites…did not set out.” - Numbers 9:19

Yet another wonderful reminder that storms will come and it may seem like the smart thing to do to pack up and move away from the storm. Or, it may feel like a storm is approaching, and you’re stuck, and there’s nothing you can do but wait for it to hit you.

But it’s a great reminder, especially for me, that while I may either be in the middle of a storm, or see one approaching, that I am equipped to handle the storm. I may feel trapped in the storm, sure, and feel like I’d rather be anywhere else where I didn’t have to handle the brunt of the bad weather. But just like the metallurgist doesn’t leave the precious metal alone in the fire, God doesn’t leave you empty handed in the storm. That’s what the Bible and church and family and support is for – they’re your rain gear, to help protect you and get you through the storm!!

The devotional book starts off by saying it’s a test of obedience – rather than picking up and abandoning things, by staying put and sticking out the storm (with help), you’re showing God your obedience and trust that he has you there for a reason, and he has every intention of seeing you come out the other side safely, and a better person for it.

It’s also all about patience. It may be a long, tough storm. No one knows when the storms will end. Rather than praying for the storm to end, I need to work on being patient, and know that God has everything perfectly planned, and I should really be praying that he will give me the tools and equipment to get through it. That will be hard for me. I’m not naturally a patient person – I want it done right now.

So maybe, I should actually pray for patience. And maybe God has me going through this long storm so that I may actually learn patience. While it’s only been 2 weeks, I can actually look back at the last 2 weeks and see my change – while I’m still struggling with patience, I’ve seen a lot of things that I can put my trust in and ways that God has improved my patience. It’s just evidence that patience IS a virtue and there are benefits – I just have to keep reminding myself of that.