” …people are haunted by the idea from the intellectual heights that life is, in reality, absurd.” p. 10 The Divine Conspiracy by Dallas Willard
Loving this book and definitely have felt like that before. Like life is boring, not purposeful, the same thing over and over. But not today and for that I’m thankful. I’m thankful for dreaming, realistic planning, being able to run 5 miles, a camera, good talks after Core Team (even if I went to bed WAY too late), exciting plans, achieving goals, friends home from Australia (above! with yummy fruit), biking, Kutless (I love their songs “Strong Tower” and “Take Me In”–can we say, repeat), and that tomorrow is Friday!
Yay. I ran 5 miles. Sorry if the slideshow doesn’t show up unless you click on the view all images. I’m being technologically challenged–boo.
p.s. The title of this post makes sense when you know that I want to read this
and review it on my blog!
That’s how fast I run, of course…
I tried…and then realized that if I’m going to bake I need more sugar than I had and that I don’t own a food processor and that well let’s be honest I don’t own a lot of baking tools. Although, a while before I tried a previous challenge and that turned out so I forgo the “disaster–aka the hazelnuts are too big” pictures and give you these instead. heh. enjoy 🙂
This fun little article informed me that the FDA has no definition of “all natural.” So, when you hear on that advertisement that the chicken or beef or what have you is “all natural” run. They might be lying! I’ve heard the book contains fun, disappointing little facts about what menu items may be deceiving and appear to be healthy when in fact they can be over 1000 calories. Yikes, kind of makes me not want to eat out ever again! But…let’s be honest, that won’t happen. Eating out can be fun. I’ll just make sure not to order the Outback Aussie Cheesefries coming in at 2,900 calories 🙂
I’m overflowing with thoughts, ideas, words, sentences, and creativity. I wish I could throw all of them on the page right now, but I know I need to process. Sorry this is a teaser post. Tomorrow is another day.
Sunday: 30 minute run/walk
Monday: 50 minutes of Biggest Loser Cardio
Tuesday: 10 minutes of Biggest Loser Body Sculpt, 1 hour of tennis, 50 minute walk
Wednesday: 10 minutes of Pilates, 45 minute bike ride
Thursday: Walked 45 minutes
Friday: Drove home 🙂
Saturday: Biked 45 minutes
Sunday: Biked 40 minutes, Ran 21 minutes, swam 1 minute haha
Monday: Run/walk 25 minutes, walked and talked a lot more…hour? longer?
Thoughts: A bit late, but better than never. 🙂 I got nothing else.
When I wander through the desert
And I’m longing for my home
All my dreams have gone astray
When I’m stranded in the valley
And I’m tired and all alone
It seems like I’ve lost my way
I go running to Your mountain
Where Your mercy sets me free
Take me past the outer courts
Into the Holy Place
Past the brazen altar
Lord, I want to see Your face
Go here and look at the second to last picture! So much fun 🙂 I love how she wore cowgirl boots too!
“Everyone approaches God with a set of preconceptions gleaned from many sources: church, Sunday school lessons, books, movies, sermons by television evangelists, stray comments by believers and skeptics alike. These tend to linger, as afterimages burned into the mind. … I spend time with my closest friends not because of what they can do for me but for the pleasure of their company. How can I do that with God?”
Philip Yancy quote from this post.
I listened to Andy Stanley’s podcast about God’s Will today and found myself left with a heap of questions. Retrospective thinking brings up even more questions! So here are some of my notes and quotes from the podcast:
- God does not give us direction so that we can take it into consideration
- Do I only want to trust Him with part of my heart so that I can keep my options open in case I don’t like His so much?
- “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make your paths straight.” Proverbs 3:5-6
- I weigh option after option and look at the issue from all sides. Giving up control is a big stumbling block for me. I like big-picture plans. I can be flexible, but I don’t like change.
- I lean on my own finances, abilities, intelligence, and experience more often than not.
- Am I ready to acknowledge Him in all ways and let go of my own understanding? I pray that my heart would be willing.
- Are God’s plans just taken “into consideration” in my life or are they the only way?
Sorry for the questions over thoughts, but here’s to wrestling through the written word. Blog readers beware. I’m hoping to listen to Part 2 of the series tomorrow. More thoughts and questions, I’m sure, to come!