Passion is a gritty kind of love, tough and

optimistic enthusiasm that overcomes negativity and inconvenience to make it

through to the end. (10,000 Reasons Overflow)

Friday, October 15, 2010

Last couple days... and a few days ahead

I’m tired.

TI-RED! Its Friday, thank the Lord!

Its been busy at work, thankfully manageable but busy.

Its been crazy with Phyllis, thankfully, while inconvenient, she just has a fractured 2nd metatorasal. On crutches for the next month. Hopefully people will start hanging out at my house since she can’t go anywhere. Visitors are always better when you’re off your feet.

Since today is Friday, then obviously, yesterday was Thursday, I came home, cooked dinner, then realized the avocados that I was going to use for guacamole were not ripe, so I went up to Meijer while our Mexican casserole was cooking walked in the door with two minutes on the timer, served dinner, then cleaned up (how on earth do two people have so many dishes!!), cleaned, wet-swiffered the floors, wiped down the steps to the basement, two loads of laundry, straightened up Phyllis’s closet, folded two loads of laundry, baked choc peanut butter cookies, then chocolate chip (PRAISE GOD for three ovens), made chocolate covered strawberries, did more dishes (from baking), and then finally fell out. I think I was sleeping BEFORE my head hit the pillow.

I am thankful that tonight is bible study, I love the book of Luke, I love my friends, we are having dinner for EJ’s b-day, bible study, and a movie, if I can make it that long.

Tomorrow is a crazy day, polish change, pick up running packet, check in at hotel (praying the room assignment gets changed – long story on how I screwed that up!), and a fun night with friends. Sunday is the race. I’m excited for it, and for it to be over.

Leave for Brazil on Tuesday! I’m flying First/Business Class, which I’ve never done before and I’m excited for that! Anyway, hoping to be able to pack one bag not to be checked for my trip, its only three days, don’t need much.

Hope things are well in your neck of the woods! Lovetoyou!

Luke 15
The Parable of the Lost Sheep
1Now the tax collectors and "sinners" were all gathering around to hear him. 2But the Pharisees and the teachers of the law muttered, "This man welcomes sinners and eats with them."
3Then Jesus told them this parable: 4"Suppose one of you has a hundred sheep and loses one of them. Does he not leave the ninety-nine in the open country and go after the lost sheep until he finds it? 5And when he finds it, he joyfully puts it on his shoulders 6and goes home. Then he calls his friends and neighbors together and says, 'Rejoice with me; I have found my lost sheep.' 7I tell you that in the same way there will be more rejoicing in heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine righteous persons who do not need to repent.
The Parable of the Lost Coin
8"Or suppose a woman has ten silver coins[a] and loses one. Does she not light a lamp, sweep the house and search carefully until she finds it? 9And when she finds it, she calls her friends and neighbors together and says, 'Rejoice with me; I have found my lost coin.' 10In the same way, I tell you, there is rejoicing in the presence of the angels of God over one sinner who repents."
The Parable of the Lost Son
11Jesus continued: "There was a man who had two sons. 12The younger one said to his father, 'Father, give me my share of the estate.' So he divided his property between them.
13"Not long after that, the younger son got together all he had, set off for a distant country and there squandered his wealth in wild living. 14After he had spent everything, there was a severe famine in that whole country, and he began to be in need. 15So he went and hired himself out to a citizen of that country, who sent him to his fields to feed pigs. 16He longed to fill his stomach with the pods that the pigs were eating, but no one gave him anything.
17"When he came to his senses, he said, 'How many of my father's hired men have food to spare, and here I am starving to death! 18I will set out and go back to my father and say to him: Father, I have sinned against heaven and against you. 19I am no longer worthy to be called your son; make me like one of your hired men.' 20So he got up and went to his father.
"But while he was still a long way off, his father saw him and was filled with compassion for him; he ran to his son, threw his arms around him and kissed him.
21"The son said to him, 'Father, I have sinned against heaven and against you. I am no longer worthy to be called your son.[b]'
22"But the father said to his servants, 'Quick! Bring the best robe and put it on him. Put a ring on his finger and sandals on his feet. 23Bring the fattened calf and kill it. Let's have a feast and celebrate. 24For this son of mine was dead and is alive again; he was lost and is found.' So they began to celebrate.
25"Meanwhile, the older son was in the field. When he came near the house, he heard music and dancing. 26So he called one of the servants and asked him what was going on. 27'Your brother has come,' he replied, 'and your father has killed the fattened calf because he has him back safe and sound.'
28"The older brother became angry and refused to go in. So his father went out and pleaded with him. 29But he answered his father, 'Look! All these years I've been slaving for you and never disobeyed your orders. Yet you never gave me even a young goat so I could celebrate with my friends. 30But when this son of yours who has squandered your property with prostitutes comes home, you kill the fattened calf for him!'
31" 'My son,' the father said, 'you are always with me, and everything I have is yours. 32But we had to celebrate and be glad, because this brother of yours was dead and is alive again; he was lost and is found.' "

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