Today was possibly my favourite Saturday of the year.
I know, it hasn't been a long run yet. But still. I slept in. I did laundry. I was creative (spurred on by my friends & a slight sense of envy, I am hoping to be more purposeful in doing some creative writing). I had a successful trip to the Metropolis at Metrotown.
Purchased: one specific sort of lightbulb for my new desk lamp. Two pairs of Costa Blanca pants for $10, regularly $40 each! One hoodie that has a nice design on it and won't pill in two months.
Wendy and I turned our trip into a full-day event, grabbing supper and watching 27 Dresses. A quite enjoyable chick-flick, although the theme of disastrous newspaper articles is a bit overdone.
The funniest moment of the day was on our way to the car in Metrotown's underground parkade. What's that on our left? There's someone sitting in the car? No wait! There are two people in that car. On the same seat? Oh wait...
And I couldn't really answer without being trite. But today I can.
What makes me sad?
Heath Ledger dead. Possibly of an overdose. Amy Winhouse filmed smoking crack. Britney Spears looking to get pregnant.
But it's not just a problem "out there" that makes me sad.
Someone answered, in the 'what-makes-you-sad' conversation, that they're saddened by the atrocities people commit against each other in situations like the Holocaust and genocides in Rwanda and other places. The way it was said, I thought it sounded like 'I can't believe people can do that to each other!' And it reminded me of two things.
I recently listened to Tim Keller talk (not in person) about our difficulty forgiving certain actions or sins of others. And the reason we can't forgive, he said, is that we imagine ourselves to be above that sort of sin. There is an Other - the sinful person - and there is Us - the person who woul…
I have been thinking a lot recently about family. I have had all manner of thoughts. Some good, some bad. Some that are neither morally right nor wrong. But I've been thinking.
And I've been reading. Specifically, the Bible. I'm reading through the Bible in a year, and so these past few weeks have brought me up to chapter 31, verse 16 of Genesis. And already, I'm noticing that Biblical families are highly dysfunctional. They are a far cry from the happy church family that I envision as a "godly" group of people. And the weirdest thing is that their inner turmoil was made public. I can't help but ask why. And I can't help but wonder how/where their righteousness comes from. It certainly wasn't from being morally upright. So why did God choose them? Why would God say, "This is the line I want to call my own."?
Abraham - lied about his wife, tried taking God's promises into his own hands (ie Hagar)
Maybe it was the jagged blue between the clouds. Maybe it was the fact that by 9am, I'd put in more than an hour of work. Maybe it was the way credit companies practically throw money at you. Maybe it was the good feeling of knowing my credit rating is perfect. Maybe it was the sound of the UK accent. Maybe it was knowing that today is Friday. Maybe it was wearing my amazing new MEC booties courtesy of the boys downstairs.
Some thing(s) told me that today is going to be better than yesterday.
I've left this one for a few days, as I don't particularly like resolutions. I don't like the fear of failure. And my resolutions will never be as grandiose, spiritual, and honest as Jonathan Edwards'.
Regardless. Here are my....let's call them hopes for the new year.
1. To read through the Bible. 2. To run at least one 5k (my attempts last year were thwarted). 3. To read a non-essential book every month. 4. To intentionally improve musically. Either learning a new instrument (jambe or blues harp) or going back to one I already 'know' (piano, guitar, or penny whistle). 5. To memorize James. I've started this a few times, and it would feel really good to finish it. 6. To be my sister's maid of honour. Ok, this isn't a resolution at all. It's just going to happen. CONGRATS, SARAH & LALO! 7. To intentionally improve my photography skills. 8. To pray more. 9. To do at least one thing that honestly frightens me. 10. To walk closely with God on a daily b…
I sometimes joke about having adult-onset ADD when it comes to books. For an English Lit major, I lack discipline in finishing books. Perhaps because I didn't always have to in school...Anyway, the result is that I own piles of unfinished or unstarted books. I would like to read at least a book a month this year. And I'd like to mix it up.
Of the books currently on my shelf, I want to read:
Simone Weil (a biography) by Francine du Plessix Gray The Invisible Bond by Barbara Wilson Eric Liddell: Pure Gold (a biography) by David McCasland The Book That Transforms Nations by Loren Cunningham God's Gravity (the upside-down life of selfless faith) by Craig Borlase Celebration of Discipline by Richard Foster (ironically I quit reading this in the middle of the chapter on fasting sometime during second year)
If I add these half-dozen outside books, I've got a book a month:
The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini Musicophilia: Tales of Music & the Brain by Oliver Sacks I am America (and So…
If your name is Mat(t) and you are a musician, I probably like your music. For example: Mat Kearney, Matt Walko, Matt Wertz, Matthew Good, Matt Costa.
But onto discoveries of 2007. I've deliberated much, and finalized the following songs as my best new finds:
Cold Water by Damien Rice Inevitable by Anberlin You Are Mine by Mutemath All The Way Down by Glen Hansard Giving Up by Ingrid Michaelson
Honourable mentions go to these songs I love, by bands I knew before '07: Look After You by The Fray To Be Alone With You by Sufjan Stevens Til Kingdom Come covered by Coldplay Song of Hope by Robbie Seay Band When I Was a Young Girl by Feist
I opened up my box of journals and organized them according to date. I'm actually pretty excited to read through some of them, although I won't make it through the whole series. I started keeping a (prayer) journal in 2001. I am currently on book #22.
I don't really keep daily logs of activities. I'm much more diary-like on here, more prayer-like on paper. Actually, I would like to someday line up my blog entries with the journal entries from the same dates. Or around the same dates. I think it would be telling, although I'm not sure what it would say, exactly.
Having typed out my entries from the past six years, I wonder if this actually is any sort of good idea. I'm not sure. But I've done all the typing, and I do believe in transparency. Judge how you will, here are the "highlights" of my prayers from Day 1.
2002 (gr. 12, spent with my friend, "F") Thank you for today. Thank you for a new year! Thank you for yesterday and the good time I …
It's been a long time since I've gone a week without posting anything on here. It actually felt good. It had nothing to do with the holidays, and I contemplated disbanding the blog altogether. Then last night, as I lay in a B-rate, courtesy-of-WestJet hotel in Leduc, trying to fall asleep so I could be up for my 5:55 shuttle to catch my flight home, I changed my mind. I came up with several "first blog of the year" ideas.
- my favourite 5 songs by artists I didn't know before 2007 - resolutions of some sort - entries from my journals at the start of previous years - reading list for the coming months
I think, in the next few days, I might do all of the above.