Sunday, October 11, 2009

Day 9: 356 days left…98 books to go!

  On Thanksgiving holidays in Alberta and still completed my daily readings this morning...I am on a roll!  But I'm not quite half-finished "Charlotte's Web" yet and I intended to have it read yesterday, so I better get crackin' on that!
  • Genesis 29-30  Gorgeous love story between Jacob & Rachel, albeit completely unconventional & really, REALLY olde-fashioned!  Almost the moment Jacob sees Rachel, it's a steamy scene from a movie..."Then Jacob kissed Rachel and began to weep aloud."  Verse 11  Talk about an emotionally & chemistry-charged encounter!  Jacob then propositions Rachel's father to work for him for 7 years in order to receive his daughter in marriage..."So Jacob served seven years to get Rachel, but they seemed like only a few days to him because of his love for her."  Verse 20  Sigh!!!  But Jacob's father-in-law to be "tricked" him into marrying Leah, which he apparently didn't discover until the morning....not sure how sex was carried-out back then...either Jacob was heavily drunk or Leah was robed from head know....Who knows?  But Jacob was permitted to marry Rachel as well, "Jacob lay with Rachel also, and he loved Rachel more than Leah.  And he worked for Laban another seven years."  Verse 30  Tough break for both daughters if you ask me.....
    • When Leah's servant Zilpah bore Jacob a second son, I love her exclamation, "How happy I am!  The women will call be happy.  So she named him Asher."  Chapter 30 Verse 13  My cousin has a son named Asher, a gorgeous name in my opinion....I wonder if this verse was part of the reasoning....
  • Matthew 9:18-38  Jesus continues to miraculously heal in this chapter..."Take heart, daughter, your faith has healed you."  Verse 22  Then he raises a young girl to life while her family is hosting her wake....then He healed the eyes of two blind men....and sends a demon from out of a man that had been making him mute, "And when the demon was driven out, the man who had been mute spoke.  The crowd was amazed and said, 'Nothing like this has ever been seen in Israel."  Verse 34  I should think they hadn't!
    • At the end of the chapter, as Jesus was going through the crowds, "He had compassion on them, because they were harassed and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd.  Then he said to his disciples, 'The harvest is plentiful but the workers are few.  Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send out workers into his harvest field."  Verses 36-38  
  • Simple Abundance  It's Always Something  A saying that Gilda Radner's character Roseanne Roseannadanna on SNL was known for saying....talking about how we take time for granted and sometimes when tragedy strikes, we then start living each day to the fullest..."When you walk this earth on borrowed time, each day on the calendar is a beloved friend you know for only a short time."  Then Sarah tells us of a friend, "When she made the terrible discovery that she had breast cancer, she admitted to close friends that in a strange way, she was relieved.  Cancer meant she could start saying, 'No', create boundaries, and finally put down the school committee burden without guilt.  Now she could ransom back her life."  
  • The Love Dare  Love is unconditional  Talking about what great reasons we give for why we love our spouses...because of their character or that they're always there for you....but "The truth is this:  love is not determined by the one being loved but rather by the one chooseing to love."  Love is a choice.  To the one who says they've fallen out of love, what they're really saying is, "I never loved you unconditionally to begin with.' His love was  based on feelings or circumstances rather than committment."  Today I'm meant to go out of my way to do something for Jay....which will really be a challenge since we're away from home....but we'll see!
  • Charlotte's Web  Nearing the half-way mark!

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