The Great I Am

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Genuine Love

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This was a crazy week of studying for me, and it does seem to be true that a cup of tea, chocolate, colorful sharpies, and possibly a movie are great studying aids! Since I’ve made it through the first rush of tests, I know all sorts of fun facts that I can share with people! Just let me know if you need to know the difference between nerves and tracts or if you feel like chatting about aphasia, apraxia, ataxia, anomia, and agnosia (so many A’s!)! Now, it’s time for more textbook reading!

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The Library

Reasons why the Br-Fe aisle in the library is the best:

  • Bronte
  • Collins
  • Dickens
  • Dostoevsky
  • Doyle
  • Dumas
  • Eliot

It’s a beautiful thing. The past two days, I’ve been to the library three times–simply splendid! I’m trying to make the most of the last few weeks of summer reading!

Right now I’m finishing up the last few chapters of “The Three Musketeers.” I’m extremely furious with Milady and disappointed with Felton! Those of you who have read the book understand…or at least know what I’m talking about.

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I happen to be one of the few people loving this 100 degree weather!

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Sleep Late


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Psalm 138

I will praise you, Lord, with all my heart;
    before the “gods” I will sing your praise.
I will bow down toward your holy temple
    and will praise your name
    for your unfailing love and your faithfulness,
for you have exalted above all things
    your name and your word.
When I called, you answered me;
    you made me bold and stouthearted.

May all the kings of the earth praise you, Lord,
    when they hear the words of your mouth.
May they sing of the ways of the Lord,
    for the glory of the Lord is great.

Though the Lord is on high, he looks upon the lowly;
    but the proud he knows from afar.
Though I walk in the midst of trouble,
    you preserve my life.
You stretch out your hand against the anger of my foes;
    with your right hand you save me.
The Lord will fulfill his purpose for me;
    your love, O Lord, endures forever —
    do not abandon the works of your hands.

This is one of my favorite psalms! There is so much truth packed into these 8 verses, and God has used them so many times to encourage me! One of my favorite things about these verses is how they describe how God strengthens us to be bold and stouthearted. Yet while we are called to be bold for Him, these verses also remind us that humility is better than pride. C. S. Lewis said, “Humility is not thinking less of yourself but thinking of yourself less” which reminds us that humility isn’t beating ourselves up over our flaws or mistakes; humility is switching our focus from ourselves to others. When we think about ourselves, we hesitate to exert the energy to go to the extra mile or do something outside of our comfort zone. I want to strive to live humbly–to think less about me and more about God. And then, as a result, take action to live boldly according to His plan for my life (which is always better than my own, prideful plan!).

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“So long as the human spirit thrives on this planet, music in some living form will accompany and sustain it and give it expressive meaning.”

~Aaron Copland

One of my goals for this summer is to spend more time making music. This past week it has been amazing to see the several musical opportunities God has given me! I’ll be playing on another worship team and in a quartet. I’m excited to get my rusty fingers playing again!

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