Thursday, August 27, 2009

Providence, Destiny, and Gratitude

I am studying Esther. The Queen who basically won a beauty contest in order to move out of the harem and into the queen's quarters. Only to find herself in the midst of a pending holocaust with the responsibility to stop it lying squarely on her shoulders. I am journeying through Esther verse by verse over a 9-10 week period. I'm on week 4 at the moment, and have studied much about God's timing, His providence, and His destiny for me. On the way to school this morning, this song came through my CD player; and I realized how fitting it was to my current study. I wanted to share the lyrics with you. May God's blessings be upon you!

Gratitude
Nichole Nordeman

"Send some rain, would you send some rain
Cause the earth is dry and needs to drink again
And the sun is high and we are sinking in the shade.
Would you send a cloud, thunder long and loud
Let the sky grow black and send some mercy down
Surely you can see that we are thirsty and afraid.
But maybe not, not today
Maybe you provide in other ways
And if that's the case

We'll give thanks to you with gratitude
For lessons learned in how to thirst for you
How to bless the very sun that warms our face
If you never send us rain.

Daily bread, give us daily bread
Bless our bodies, keep our children fed
Fill our cups and fill them up again tonight
Oh, wrap us up and warm us through
Tucked away beneath our sturdy roofs
Let us slumber safe from danger's view this time
Or maybe not, not today
Maybe you provide in other ways
And if that's the case

We'll give thanks to you, with gratitude
A lesson learned to hunger after you
That a starry sky offers a better view if no roof is over our head
And if we never taste that bread.

Oh that differences that often are between
Everything we want and what we really need

So, grant us peace, Jesus, grant us peace
Move our hearts to hear a single beat
Between alibis and enemies tonight
Or maybe not, not today
Peace might be another world away
And if that's the case

We'll give thanks to you with gratitude
For lessons learned in how to trust in you
That we are blessed beyond what we could ever dream
In abundance or in need
If you never grant us peace

But, Jesus, would you please?"

Sunday, August 9, 2009

Rori vs. The Vacuum

We were cleaning last weekend, and Rori attacked the vacuum. It wasn't running. I was just rolling it across the floor and this is what happened. She even bit it at one point, but that's hard to see on the video. She's just ferocious!

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