Physical Evidence


Jules writes,

Because bloggers sometimes need a comic boost and a nudge, here’s a meme which demands physical evidence:

1.  What could serve as physical evidence that you sometimes lose focus?

My flickr account, my Spanish notebook, my piles of half-read and unread books, my stack of photographs on empty frames, two bags of clothing supposed to be delivered to goodwill over a week ago STILL in the back of my van.

That’s just a list of items off the top of my head. I’m sure that if I thought about it for a few minutes, I could add a few more.

2.  What could serve as physical evidence that you are loved?

A husband who likes to come home at the end of his workday.

3.  What could serve as physical evidence that you’re from wherever you’re from?

My accent, y’all. Just one word from this mouth is all you need.

4.  What could serve as physical evidence that you went anywhere this past week?

The overflowing bag of library books leaning against the schoolroom wall.

5.  What could serve as physical evidence that you recently caved in to temptation?

Can a smile and pleading the 5th count as evidence? I can’t think of a single thing I want to confess to the internet then pretend like it isn’t my death sentence.

I tried to think of something that I could at least spin into something funny, but none of today’s “cave-ins” are funny to me right now.

This morning, I read, “The Secret of Sanctification,” a weekend article in this month’s Tabletalk magazine. Unfortunately, as Nicholas Batzig describes, my lack of focus (see #1) does not manifest itself when it comes to my sin.

It is far easier to fixate on the problem than to focus on the solution. It is actually quite easy to focus on sin and quite difficult to keep our eyes steadfastly fixed on Jesus (Hebrews 12:1-2). Consequently, it often seems expedient to offer pragmatic — dare I say it, even biblical — advice that does not actually give the power to overcome sin (Col. 2:20-23). In order to progress in Christian living, we must remember that sin’s dominion was broken when Christ died for us at the cross.

Remember that sin’s dominion was broken when Christ died for us at the cross.” Prone to wander, Lord, I feel it.

On a lighter note, I was able to write and publish this post in one sitting. I haven’t accomplished that in quite a while. Thanks for tagging me, Jules!

No meme is complete without tagging some other bloggers. I tag Lynn, Chrissy, and Molly. Y’all don’t have to participate, but I’d love it if you would.

Unknowns


My friend Molly tagged me for a meme. I’m supposed to list 7 unknown facts about myself. It’s much too difficult to think of 7 different things that I haven’t already shared on this blog, so I’m going share 7 things that I don’t even know about myself. You may wonder how it’s possible to share 7 things about me that are unknown even to myself, but I assure you it can be done.

Begin with a word or an idea or an event. Write. Discover a new thing about yourself.

Thanks to Molly, I’m going to uncover 7 things about myself tonight. This will be very stream-of-conscious. Here goes nothing!

1) Tuesday is coming to an end. I wish I had some new poetry to share, but I did not read any this past week.

Instead of poems, I picked up a bit of…hmmm, I’m not sure of the genre. I know it’s fiction, but I don’t know if I should classify it as fan fiction or science fiction. Library Science Fiction, maybe? I read The Eyre Affair by Jasper Fforde. The word play is fun, the premise is fun, the references to other classics is fun, but there isn’t anything particularly beautiful about the story or the language. It was just OK. I didn’t love it. I don’t know if I’ll read any more Thursday Next novels. If I just want to read something without using many CPUs, to simply feel my eyes tracking a page, then I might. But I genuinely long for a sentence that carries me away, a moving turn of phrase, bound beauty.

2) I’m tired. Karl is already snoring. He boasts about the invisible switch inside his brain. When he decides it is time for sleep, the eyelids move to the “off” position, and he is in dreamland. When he has need to be awake for long periods of time (those long weekends when it’s time for server upgrades and whatnot), then he can stay awake. I, on the other hand, must complete the routine. The routine can vary depending on the lateness of the hour, but it always includes reading and praying. I don’t always have to wash my face. I can sleep without moisturizing my hands and legs. I can even forget to brush my teeth. But I have to read and talk to God.

3) My favorite moment is after the kids are asleep, the house is quiet except for the hum of the dishwasher, and Karl and I are reading, propped against a mountain of pillows.

4) Life was almost sucked out of me earlier today in an hour-long battle of wills with one of my precious angel baby sweetie lamb chop sugar pie children. I won. Parenting is hard work. And today I earned every single one of those pennies that I’ll never see. I wore an immovable mask, but inside I questioned my every thought and word and begged God for help. Motherhood was so much easier when they were smaller and only spoke in mispronounced two-word phrases.

5) Sometimes I think I’d rather spend my time doing something else. Something that impresses others, something that brings with it a check that can be deposited in a real bank, something that doesn’t hurt as much, something that doesn’t mean the end of me…but no. I love my people.

6) My pastor says that the opposite of love isn’t hate, it’s selfishness. If that’s true, and I think it is, then I never even began to love until I reached that point of refusing to ask, “What about me?” I start loving others the moment I refuse to demand my “rights.” It is when I think I do not have anything left to give, but realize that denying myself yields more love. What is the most loving thing I can do at this moment? (Answer: end this post and go to bed.)

7) Strange noises outside send my imagination into fits and my heart to palpitating. I think the movement I heard at the door was one of our stupid cats, but, except for my home row fingers, I’m frozen. Will there be another “bump” in the night? YIKES! I’m going to jump under the covers and pretend I didn’t hear anything. (And maybe “accidentally” wake Karl in the process. Just kidding!)

If you’d like to do this meme, consider yourself tagged!!

Our very own cake challenge


Lisa tagged all of her willing readers to a photo meme. I have been working on a post for today, but it just keeps going and I can’t seem to make it end. I’ll fix it up tonight and post it tomorrow. In the mean time, I’m going to take Lisa’s photo meme challenge.

Here are the rules:
1) Go to your photo files… Select the 6th photo folder or album.
2) Select the 6th photo in that folder/album.
3) Post that photo along with the story behind it.
4) Then challenge some blog friends to do the same!

I’m not going to tag any specific bloggers. Feel free to participate or not.

We love to watch The Food Network. Our favorite programs include the cake challenge shows and Ace of Cakes. One afternoon the kids held a cake challenge using modeling clay. They created a bridge, a tall cake, a button, a cupcake, and a treasure chest. Abbey played the judge. It was great fun that kept them occupied for hours!

5, 56 Book meme


Kim tagged me for a new book meme that is going around. It’s called the 5, 56 book meme, I think.

Here are the instructions:

Take ten books, and transcribe the fifth sentence from page fifty six.

In keeping with the 5, 56 thing, Make sure that at least five books are fiction, provide five hints, and pass the meme on to six other bloggers.

Here goes:
1. “You do an’ I’ll wake up Atticus.”

2. “I looked around.” I’ll give line 6 as well: “Most of the remaining women were now having fights with men said to be their husbands.”

3. “You don’t have to spin a web.”

4. “Trouble was, they didn’t nobody walk n’more; seem like every dadjing one of ’em had a vehicle, which they drove aroun’ th’ monument like they was goin’ to a Democrat barbecue.”

5. “The young man drew up his slim stature to its full height and looked very enthusiastic, very proud, and very hot as he gazed at six foot odd of gorgeousness, as represented by Sir Percy Blakeney, Bart.”

6. “For Paul, all of life is to be lived out in the presence of God with an eye to pleasing Him.”

7. “And they would be transformed as well, from self-confident men into humble servants who would live to serve others with the gospel for the glory of God.”

8. “Yet the African-American preacher brought with him a perceived integrity and trustworthiness rare among the white preachers.”

9. “Wisdom is more than merely attaining or collecting facts.”

10. “When the Spirit comes, it is the Lord himself fulfilling the promise to build his church.”

Hints:
1. This author only wrote one book. And it’s still paying her bills.
2. This author coined “the Jazz Age.”
3. This author is often called the “Christian uber-blogger.”
4. Looney Tunes created a parody of this story, starring Daffy Duck.
5. This book is considered an essential book on missions.

And now I must tag 6 bloggers.
1. Lisa
2. Shawnda
3. Jane
4. Kelly
5. Loraena
6. Shannon

I’ll share the answers tonight.

And here they are:

1. To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
2. The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
3. Charlotte’s Web by E.B. White
4. Shepherds Abiding by Jan Karon
5. The Scarlet Pimpernel by Baroness Orczy
6. Respectable Sins by Jerry Bridges
7. Humility by C.J. Mahaney
8. On Being Black and Reformed by Anthony Carter
9. The Discipline of Spiritual Discernment by Tim Challies
10. Let the Nations be Glad by John Piper.

A Hubby Meme


I can’t remember where I first read this meme. I think it’s perfect fun for Friday.

1. He’s sitting in front of the TV; what is on the screen?
News or sports.

2. You’re out to eat; what kind of dressing does he get on his salad?
Ranch.

3. What’s one food he doesn’t like?
Asparagus.

4. You go out to the bar. What does he order?
Mt. Dew

5. Where did he go to high school?
Tallassee, AL

6. What size shoe does he wear?
13

7. If he was to collect anything, what would it be?
If? No ifs here. My hubby is a collector: caps, stamps, coins, action figures, comic books, wiring/cables, CDs, DVDs

8. What is his favorite type of sandwich?
Subway’s Sweet Onion Teriyaki

9. What would this person eat every day if he could?
My man likes variety. If we have left overs, then he’ll wait to eat them on their third day so that he doesn’t eat the same thing two days in a row.

10. What is his favorite cereal?
He doesn’t have one.

11. What would he never wear?
Women’s clothing.

12. What is his favorite sports team?
College football: Alabama
Pro football: Miami

13. Who will he vote for?
McCain/Palin, with his teeth clenched.

14. Who is his best friend?
I am. And I’m using “I am” to refer to me, not God.

15. What is something you do that he wishes you wouldn’t do?
Karl wishes that I wouldn’t leave hair in the shower. It just comes out by the handfuls and most days I forget to scoop it out and put it in the garbage can. It even grosses me out.

16. How many states has he lived in?
1

17. What is his heritage?
I’m only familiar with his dad’s mother’s side of the family, and they hail from England…more stuff I should have paid attention to….something about slaves and a castle in Ireland. This is important because my heritage includes Irish ancestry. So, my people could have been owned by his people. We like to joke about it.

18. You bake him a cake for his birthday; what kind of cake?
Red Velvet, but one year he asked for strawberry.

19. Did he play sports in high school?
Scholar Bowl

20. What could he spend hours doing?
Wouldn’t you like to know…;)

It took me ten years to learn all this and you got it in the time it took you to read this meme. Aren’t you glad you know all this now?