Posted in Wonderments

Wednesday Wonderment: What’s Your Translation?

Ready for today’s wonderment?

What’s your favorite Bible translation and why?

This thought came to me earlier this week when I was reading in NLT rather than my standard NASB. A verse jumped off the page at me because of the way it was worded. It made me look at that verse in a way I had never seen it before.

I immediately pulled out my NASB to compare.

The meaning was relatively the same. It was just that the unfamiliar wording made me stop and think twice about the verse.

I love my NASB because it is so literal. I know that even the most literal translators have to make judgment calls, but more literal translations have fewer of those than some of the more reader-friendly translations.

Even so, it is always neat to switch translations for reading purposes. I find myself truly reading verses I might have otherwise skimmed over because of familiarity.

So, what about you? Do you have a favorite? Do you switch around?

And do you remember to be thankful for the fact that you not only have a Bible in your own language, but have multiple versions, translations, and copies?

I am thankful for all of the above. The ability to explore God’s Word is such an incredible blessing and delight!

Posted in Wonderments

Wednesday Wonderments: Cold-Weather Recipes

I’m having a hard time with Wednesday blog posts.

I want to make a commitment to posting here three days a week. But, I do much better when I have a general theme for each day. Marriage on Mondays. Faith on Fridays. (Alliteration – isn’t it grand?)

The original idea was to make Wednesdays my “around the web” day. Yeah, that hasn’t worked so well.

So, here is the newest idea: Wednesday Wonderments. (I love that word – wonderment. I don’t know why. Can you tell I’m feeling a little random and scatterbrained right now?)

Anyway, I am going to try to post whatever my most recent wonderment is. It might be organizational. It could be homeschool or work related. Maybe it will be something from a Scripture reading that has not quite formulated enough to hash out in a blog post. Or, maybe I will share something I have thought through but want your ideas, too.

Here’s the catch. I need your input! Will you comment? I have no idea how many readers I have. I don’t know if I know you or if you are a stranger. But, I woudl love to interact with you. And, I would love for some of you to get to know each other. I have met some fantastic people through dialog in blog comments!

Let’s start with an easy one.

The weather is getting cooler, and I need new recipe ideas. So, what are your favorite cold weather recipes?

Here is one of ours: pasta e fagioli soup (Even better than Olive Garden, in my opinion!)

Your turn!

Posted in Perspective

God’s Sunday Reminders

As the thunder rolls with great power this morning, I think only these words truly describe what is running through my mind…

Oh Lord my God

When I in awesome wonder

Consider all the worlds Thy hands have made

I see the stars

I hear the rolling thunder

Thy power throughout the universe displayed

Then sings my soul, my Savior God to Thee

How great Thou art!

How great Thou art!

Then sings my soul, my Savior God to Thee

How great Thou art!

How great Thou art!

Posted in Perspective, Thoughts from Life

Standards

Last weekend I was working on a printing project. Part of it involved trimming some unwanted white edging from around the edges of pictures. So, I sat comfortably on the couch with the pictures in my lap, trimming away the excess.

I worked on the project off and on for a couple of days, including Sunday afternoon. I had changed out of my church dress into a cool white skirt. So, there I sat on the couch holding the pictures in my white lap, trimming off the white when the inevitable happened. I looked beside me at my stack of supposedly trimmed pictures only to notice that several of them still had white edges! I picked one of them up to trim it, but suddenly couldn’t see the white anymore. It disappeared against the white of my skirt, immediately clarifying how I’d missed the offensive edge in the first place. I changed tactics and held the pictures against the background of untrimmed pages and easily discarded the unwanted white.

It’s amazing what a change of perspective does. I thought my pictures were good, but when I held them against the colored background of the couch instead of my skirt, I immediately saw they were nowhere near good. They were still flawed. They still needed work.

The same is true of lives. It is so easy to hold ourselves up to the wrong standards. I do it frequently. I compare my spiritual growth to that of others. I compare my parenting, my actions as a wife in general and a pastor’s wife specifically, my housekeeping, my cooking, my schedule, my homeschooling, my writing, and so on and so forth.

It’s such a simple idea, really, that is brought again and again to my attention: it’s all about perspective. In fact, I now have a blog category devoted entirely to the idea of perspective. And yet, I so easily forget.

Who are you comparing yourself to today? Once you have that answer, ask yourself this one: Who should you be comparing yourself to today?

Holding my pictures up against the white background of my skirt hid an unacceptable flaw and made the pictures seem perfect. But, they weren’t. Holding our own actions up to the standards of one another can leave us feeling completely inadequate or beautifully successful. And both can be total lies.

When we hold ourselves up to the brilliant perfection of God, we will always fail to measure up. Always. But, when we are reminded that we are already made perfect in Christ, suddenly our whole perspective changes. We are once again reminded of the awesome price paid for our perfection, and we hunger to live out the righteousness that God already sees in us. Suddenly, our decisions are not made based on how someone else would do it. Suddenly, our adjustments of behavior aren’t brought on by guilt trips or the craving to keep up with the Joneses. Instead, every action taken is done in the delight of living Christ’s righteousness.

May we hold ourselves up against the standard of Christ and nothing else.