Archive for : October, 2017

An incident with my cat.

I went to bed really early last night, like around 8 something. I ended up waking up around 1 for a bit then going back to sleep. What woke me up around
5:15 this morning, was the cat going absolutely crazy. I’d unfortunately forgot to close the bathroom door, (like I’ve started doing because he tracks
litter everywhere,) and the roll of TP was on the counter.
What woke me up was him unrolling a full roll of TP and wasting it. I was so not happy! I really don’t want to have anything to do with this cat anyway,
but mom wants me to keep him until my Aunt comes next summer. She says she’ll take him with her then, (well, we think.) After he did what he did, I took
him outside and dangled him over the rail of my balcony. I almost threw him over, then I thought better of it because there’s someone below me.
Yeah, I know I’m out of the Write 31 days challenge. I guess I need to choose a topic that’s more writing and less searching. I’ll also try to schedule a few posts ahead next year, for headache days. PS I’ve been spending a lot of time on Steemit, and Micro.blog. Simple blogging is fun!

day 19.

The song for day 19 is What A Beautiful Name, by Hillsong.

Lyrics:

You were the Word at the beginning
One With God the Lord Most High
Your hidden glory in creation
Now revealed in You our Christ

What a beautiful Name it is
What a beautiful Name it is
The Name of Jesus Christ my King

What a beautiful Name it is
Nothing compares to this
What a beautiful Name it is
The Name of Jesus

You didn’t want heaven without us
So Jesus, You brought heaven down
My sin was great, Your love was greater
What could separate us now

What a wonderful Name it is
What a wonderful Name it is
The Name of Jesus Christ my King

What a wonderful Name it is
Nothing compares to this
What a wonderful Name it is
The Name of Jesus
What a wonderful Name it is
The Name of Jesus

Death could not hold You, the veil tore before You
You silenced the boast, of sin and grave
The heavens are roaring, the praise of Your glory
For You are raised to life again

You have no rival, You have no equal
Now and forever, God You reign
Yours is the Kingdom, Yours is the glory
Yours is the Name, above all names

What a powerful Name it is
What a powerful Name it is
The Name of Jesus Christ my King

What a powerful Name it is
Nothing can stand against
What a powerful Name it is
The Name of Jesus

You have no rival, You have no equal
Now and forever, God You reign
Yours is the Kingdom, Yours is the glory
Yours is the Name, above all names

What a powerful Name it is
What a powerful Name it is
The Name of Jesus Christ my King

What a powerful Name it is
Nothing can stand against
What a powerful Name it is
The Name of Jesus

What a powerful Name it is
The Name of Jesus
What a powerful Name it is
The Name of Jesus

We sing this song every 2-3 weeks in church. It’s also one of my favorites from the past year. Mostly it’s because of the lyrics, but I do happen to like the singer as well.

day 18.

The song for day 18 is simply called “Jesus.” It’s a song by Chris Tomlin.

Lyrics:

There is a truth older than the ages
There is a promise of things yet to come
There is one, born for our salvation
Jesus

There is a light that overwhelms the darkness
There is a kingdom that forever reigns
There is freedom from the chains that bind us
Jesus, Jesus

Who walks on the waters
Who speaks to the sea
Who stands in the fire beside me
He roars like a lion
He bled as the lamb
He carries my healing in his hands
Jesus

There is a name I call in times of trouble
There is a song that comforts in the night
There is a voice that calms the storm that rages
He is Jesus, Jesus

Who walks on the waters
Who speaks to the sea
Who stands in the fire beside me
He roars like a lion
He bled as the lamb
He carries my healing in his hands
Jesus

Messiah, my Saviour
There is power in Your name
You’re my rock and, my redeemer
There is power in Your name
In Your name

You walk on the waters
You speak to the sea
You stand in the fire beside me
You roar like a lion
You bled as the lamb
You carry my healing in Your hands

God, you walk on the waters
You speak to the sea
You stand in the fire beside me
You roar like a lion
You bled as the lamb
You carry my healing in Your hands
Jesus

There is no one like you
Jesus
There is no one like you

Besides No Longer Slaves, this is one of my favorites from the last year. For some reason, I tend to like simple songs like this, with simple messages. Simple as in basic and/or foundational, not necessarily easy.

day 17.

I decided to post How Can I keep From singing. It’s a simple, quiet hymn, but it’s one of my favorites.

Lyrics:

My life flows on in endless song;
Above earth’s lamentation
I hear the sweet though far off hymn
That hails a new creation:
Through all the tumult and the strife
I hear the music ringing;
It finds an echo in my soul—
How can I keep from singing?

What though my joys and comforts die?
The Lord my Savior liveth;
What though the darkness gather round!
Songs in the night He giveth:
No storm can shake my inmost calm
While to that refuge clinging;
Since Christ is Lord of Heav’n and earth,
How can I keep from singing?

I lift mine eyes; the cloud grows thin;
I see the blue above it;
And day by day this pathway smoothes
Since first I learned to love it:
The peace of Christ makes fresh my heart,
A fountain ever springing:
All things are mine since I am His—
How can I keep from singing?

There’s actually a better version of this song, sung by a British singer, (no, I don’t remember who and I couldn’t find it on Youtube.) I used this song once when I went to share my testimony at a local women’s shelter. I remember singing it in church once, again as an offertory. We sang hymns for offertories at my old church.

31 songs day 16.

The song I’m posting for day 16 is a simple, yet familiar one. It’s 10000 Reasons,by Matt Redman.

Lyrics:

The sun comes up, it’s a new day dawning
It’s time to sing Your song again
Whatever may pass, and whatever lies before me
Let me be singing when the evening comes

[Chorus]
Bless the Lord, O my soul
O my soul
Worship His holy name
Sing like never before
O my soul
I’ll worship Your holy name

You’re rich in love, and You’re slow to anger
Your name is great, and Your heart is kind
For all Your goodness I will keep on singing
Ten thousand reasons for my heart to find

[Chorus]
Bless the Lord, O my soul
O my soul
Worship His holy name
Sing like never before
O my soul
I’ll worship Your holy name

And on that day when my strength is failing
The end draws near and my time has come
Still my soul will sing Your praise unending
Ten thousand years and then forevermore

[Chorus x2]
Bless the Lord, O my soul
O my soul
Worship His holy name
Sing like never before
O my soul
I’ll worship Your holy name

Jesus, I’ll worship Your holy name
Lord, I’ll worship Your holy name

Sing like never before
O my soul
I’ll worship Your holy name
Jesus, I’ll worship Your holy name
I’ll worship Your holy name

This is a song circa 2012. It reminds me of the hymn, “How Can I keep From singing?” because it talks about 10000 reasons to praise the Lord!

31 songs day 15

I don’t see myself catching up with 31 Days, but I’m going to post as many as I can until the month is over. The song I’m posting for day 15 is No Longer Slaves, by Bethel music, and sung by Jonathan David & Melissa Helser.

Lyrics:

You unravel me with a melody
You surround me with a song
Of deliverance from my enemies
‘Til all my fears are gone

[2x]
I’m no longer a slave to fear
I am a child of God

From my mother’s womb
You have chosen me
Love has called my name
I’ve been born again into your family
Your blood flows through my veins

[4x]
I’m no longer a slave to fear
I am a child of God

I am surrounded
By the arms of the father
I am surrounded
By songs of deliverance

We’ve been liberated
From our bondage
We’re the sons and the daughters
Let us sing our freedom

[2x]
You split the sea
So I could walk right through it
My fears were drowned in perfect love
You rescued me
And I will stand and sing
I am a child of God.

Yes, I am
I am a child of God
I am a child of God
Yes, I am
I am a child of God
Full of faith
Yes, I am a child of God
I am a child of God

[3x]
I’m no longer a slave to fear
I am a child of God

We started singing this song in church last year. I believe we first did it as an offertory. I really liked the song, because it reminded me of the journey I’ve taken over the past few years. I decided to post this song after the book I read yesterday. Both my faith and freedom were reaffirmed.

Mid event survey.

OK so this is actually my closing event survey.

  1. What are you reading right now? Just finished Skating on Air.
  2. How many books have you read so far? Lol only 2.
  3. What book are you most looking forward to for the second half of the Read-a-thon? I’m looking forward to sleep, I’ve had a headache all day, and making it to church tomorrow morning!
  4. Have you had many interruptions? How did you deal with those? Interruptions came via the cat in my life right now. I did take time to read on my couch with him and pet him so he wouldn’t be a total distraction, but he was still demanding.
  5. What surprises you most about the Read-a-thon, so far? Time flies when you’re having fun! OK OK not necessarily that, but time does go fast when you set aside a day for reading.

Status update.

I finished The Case for Christ shortly after I posted my last update. I was eating lunch while finishing the book. I’m now about 2 hours into my next book, Skating on Air. If you have, (or had at some point,) an interest in figure skating, this both helps you relive it’s best times, (the 90s,) and look deep into broadcast history. If you’re like me and you were born in the 80s, you probably only know about what took place about a decade later. This takes you through all the way up to around 2006 though, (I haven’t gotten there yet,) and looks back before TV existed.

Quick update.

I’m on the 11th of 13 interviews in The Case for Christ. This book has been absolutely epic! It had me from the beginning because the author, Lee Strobel, investigates Christianity like you would investigate a legal case. Not only that but he asks really deep questions, so that he can get to the bottom of whatever topic he’s interviewing the person about. The last one was about the crusifixion, and what medically happened when Jesus died. There was one about the archaeological discoveries and how they’ve proven the bible right. I’d recommend this book to anyone needing an affirmation of faith, because that’s what it’s done for me!

Opening event survey.

OK OK so I couldn’t do this early because I had a cat meowing at me at 4:30 something, which woke me up so I could start reading. After a quick email and Twitter check, I started, so now I’m taking time to do the survey.

  1. What fine part of the world are you reading from today? Oregon, United States.
  2. Which book in your stack are you most looking forward to? Is it weird to say I’m looking forward to them both equally? I’m reading The Case For Christ, which I’ve already started and has proven to be very interesting, and Skating On Air, about the broadcast history of figure skating.
  3. Which snack are you most looking forward to? Well I ended up getting lots of granola and Larabars yesterday when I was at the store. Probably looking forward to those the most.
  4. Tell us a little something about yourself! I’ve been a Christian since I was about 9 or 10, but never used to attend church as a kid. I only started in 2007 when I moved out of my parent’s house.
  5. If you participated in the last read-a-thon, what’s one thing you’ll do different today? If this is your first read-a-thon, what are you most looking
    forward to? Well I’m not going to read the entire 24 hours today, because I have plans to get to church tomorrow. Other than that, not doing anything different, except reading different books of course.