So, About That Rest. . .

I don’t really do “new year’s resolutions.” But I guess you could say that mine this year is to learn to accept life’s happenings as ordained by the LORD. To realize that there’s a time for everything, the good things and the bad, and to not stress when hard times came.

Ha. That’s easy for me to say.

Our littlest Calf, just over two years old, has had various tests over the past few months to find out why she coughed so much last year. We ruled out cystic fibrosis and many other diseases, but found that her lungs had bled–recently and substantially. So then our question changed from “Why is she coughing?” to “Why was she bleeding?”

(Because lung bleeding, I’ve learned, is a reeeeeally serious thing and can damage my poor baby’s lungs or heart. Or cause, you know, a quick death, since you can’t live long if you can’t breathe and lungs filling with blood can seriously impede a child’s ability to breathe. 😛 )

We have not yet found an answer to this question. We got home Friday from yet another trip to the Big City where yet another expensive and serious test shows no solid answers. We have ruled out a lot of diseases and conditions–the less serious and easier to treat ones. Unfortunately, because this leaves the more serious and harder to treat ones.

After the test, the doctor gave us three possible courses of action: a lung biopsy, systemic steroids, or some other unknown treatment. He wanted to talk with yet another specialist before making his decision. We hope to hear this week.


Today I realize that I’m in over my head with this new mindset thingey. Time to call out the big dogs. I think I need to memorize a new Psalm.

I love Psalms, ya know? Chock full of the full range of human emotions, from highs to lows. And we’re kinda low right now.

Inspired by this song that we sang at church two weeks ago,

I bring you Psalm 121. In the Revised Standard Version after RSV, a terrible disease that gave this precious little girl an emergency room visit last year. (Oh, the irony.)

So when I’m anxious about my baby’s health or upcoming medical treatments or procedures, I’m going to be going over these verses.

Interestingly enough, I read a few weeks ago that this verse is often used as a traditional Jewish blessing for women in labor and for children. Cool, huh?

I feel better already. Truly.


Ultimate Blog Partyin’ Scripture In The Brain!

Ultimate Blog Party 2009

A quick WELCOME to all who are visiting from5 Minutes for Moms’ Ultimate Blog Party!!  Hope your stop at my blog is a fun one!

Now, If only I had balloons. . .


Ah yes! Great!  Now we’re ready to party!

So when I heard about the blog party I thought it would be FUN!  But I didn’t know what to write about.  Blog writer’s block I guess.  (Do they have a technical term for that?)

And a few days ago I thought, wouldn’t it be fun to memorize Scripture together? I’d seen it done here and here and have participated in both.

Well, sure, why not?  Yeah, what’s one more thing to put in our brains?

Well actually. . . we ARE surrounded by a lot of un-pretty things that go into our brains anyway.  Maybe we should even the score by putting some good stuff in our brains?

Thus, my challenge.  I’m calling it “Scripture in teh Brain” because . . . I couldn’t think of anything else to call it and that seemed as good a title as any.  (Sometimes I’m not so good with the putting the words together and their coming out, good thing.)

So.  Here’s what we do.  Let’s all commit to memorizing one verse, one passage of Scripture.  Something meaningful to us.  From any version of the Bible.  I’m currently working on Psalm 46, you can certainly join me if you like.  I do intend to memorize the whole chapter (11 verses) but . . . it’s gonna take me a while, friends.   Maybe until July.  Here it is, in its entirety, from the NIV:

  1. God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble.
  2. Therefore we will not fear, though the earth give way and the mountains fall into the heart of the sea,
  3. though its waters roar and foam and the mountains quake with their surging. Selah.
  4. There is a river whose streams make glad the city of God, the holy place where the Most High dwells.
  5. God is within her, she will not fall; God will help her at break of day.
  6. Nations are in uproar, kingdoms fall; he lifts his voice, the earth melts.
  7. The Lord Almighty is with us; the God of Jacob is our fortress. Selah.
  8. Come and see the works of the Lord, the desolations he has brought on the earth.
  9. He makes wars cease to the ends of the earth; he breaks the bow and shatters the spear, he burns the shields [chariots] with fire.
  10. “Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth.”
  11. The Lord Almighty is with us; the God of Jacob is our fortress.  Selah.

See why I picked this one?  I so need this in my brain right now.  Besides, verse 7 and 11 are the same, so really there are only 10 verses to memorize.  🙂

So leave a comment and tell us what you are memorizing.  And hey, if you are one of those who has trouble memorizing and/or doesn’t want to memorize, that’s ok, just say “Hi.”  But, please consider doing this, even if you don’t usually do this kinda thing.

Oh, I’ll also give ya a few of my favorite memorization tips:

  • Write the verse down.  A lot.  This way you are seeing the verse and doing it.  Bethmoore recommends purchasing a spiral-bound set of 3×5 cards and writing each verse on a new card.  (By the way, my spell chequer wanted to change “Bethmoore” to Bethought, Bethlehem, Bethesda, or Betrothed.  I’m bewildered!)
  • Read it out loud.  This way you are seeing it and hearing it.  I have heard it said that we retain more of what we hear, see, and do than just what we see.
  • Sing it to music.  Hearing it again.
  • Print several copies on the computer (or write it 😀 ) and place them in key locations: the fridge, the bathroom mirror, the computer desk, the steering wheel. . . well maybe not the steering wheel as that might not be safe.

Thanks for joining us!  Party on, dude!

Oh yeah, forgot about the prizes. . . how could I forget? I love to win stuff.  There are lots of neat prizes available!  In the U S list, here are my top three choices:

Goat milk soap from Goat Milk Stuff (#20)

Surprise Box of Art Supplies from KV Creative Designs (#56)

Kernal Seasons Popcorn Prize Pak from Mom Maven (#95)

And if those are already taken, these ones look really neat too:  #69, #5, #11, #38, #105, #17, or #106.  Or any of the kids’ things!  Thanks!

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