Writing blog posts has, alas, been about the lowest thing on the priority list with classes, work and being kind of under the weather. In about two weeks the semester will be over, about which I'm quite excited.
Today is great...today is lazy and wonderful. We sat around the kitchen table drinking coffee and eating cinnamony pie crust things this morning, and then cooked a bit, and had a great meal with the fam, and we've been watching movies all day! This one and this one too. Now, my cheeks are warm, outside it smells like someone his their fireplace lit. The dog came back inside and brought the cold with her. I've been reading beautiful artsy craft blogs that have cool stuff like this, and will probably make a turkey sandwich in about two hours. Gobble.
I've been loving classes and am particularly sad that my Old Testament Prophets class is finished meeting. The website of my prof has all kids of cool free downloadable classes, if anybody's intereste. It's here: Thirdmill.org.
I'm looking into trying to find a way to visit this MTW ministry in Ethiopia and would love to be able to do some sort of counseling internship related to this type of thing. Read the article and it's enough to make you want to hop on a plane right now.
Court is coming home soon, which is good!! It's been rather quiet, creepy, and conversationless around the homefront since she left last weekend.
When I am "free" again from papers and projects, I'm looking forward to (thanks Jess) listening to this (hoorah, hoorah!!!!) and music from Grey Reverend and Mindy Smith's beautiful Christmas album. Oooh la la. And perhaps making some ornaments again!! Happy.
In the meantime, I'm thankful. Cause this is where it's at:
1 Praise the LORD, O my soul;
all my inmost being, praise his holy name.
2 Praise the LORD, O my soul,
and forget not all his benefits-
3 who forgives all your sins
and heals all your diseases,
4 who redeems your life from the pit
and crowns you with love and compassion,
5 who satisfies your desires with good things
so that your youth is renewed like the eagle's.
6 The LORD works righteousness
and justice for all the oppressed.
7 He made known his ways to Moses,
his deeds to the people of Israel:
8 The LORD is compassionate and gracious,
slow to anger, abounding in love.
9 He will not always accuse,
nor will he harbor his anger forever;
10 he does not treat us as our sins deserve
or repay us according to our iniquities.
11 For as high as the heavens are above the earth,
so great is his love for those who fear him;
12 as far as the east is from the west,
so far has he removed our transgressions from us.
13 As a father has compassion on his children,
so the LORD has compassion on those who fear him;
14 for he knows how we are formed,
he remembers that we are dust.
15 As for man, his days are like grass,
he flourishes like a flower of the field;
16 the wind blows over it and it is gone,
and its place remembers it no more.
17 But from everlasting to everlasting
the LORD's love is with those who fear him,
and his righteousness with their children's children-
18 with those who keep his covenant
and remember to obey his precepts.
19 The LORD has established his throne in heaven,
and his kingdom rules over all.
20 Praise the LORD, you his angels,
you mighty ones who do his bidding,
who obey his word.
21 Praise the LORD, all his heavenly hosts,
you his servants who do his will.
22 Praise the LORD, all his works
everywhere in his dominion.
Praise the LORD, O my soul.