I Spy With My Little Eye

Day’s Verse:
Make a clean sweep of malice and pretense, envy and hurtful talk. You’ve had a taste of God. Now, like infants at the breast, drink deep of God’s pure kindness. Then you’ll grow up mature and whole in God.
1 Peter 2:1-3

On a pretty regular basis — when the weather is nasty, mainly (which, I’ll add is often: Today it is, once again, snowing. What part of the country are we in, again?!) — I ride my bike indoors, on a trainer. In case you don’t know, a trainer is a treadmill for a bike. The rear wheel is held off the ground, attached to a framework that presses it against a roller that has resistance on it to simulate riding on the road. My trainer set-up looks like this.
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No, Really, It Was Nothing

Day’s Verse:
So roll up your sleeves, put your mind in gear, be totally ready to receive the gift that’s coming when Jesus arrives. Don’t lazily slip back into those old grooves of evil, doing just what you feel like doing.
1 Peter 1:13

Yesterday marked a milestone in my life, but not one I’m thrilled to commemorate: I had my first cavity filled.

All these years, I go to the dentist every 6 months, they look in my mouth, exclaim over how lovely my teeth are, clean them, and send me on my way. Sometimes they commend me for my excellent flossing, despite the fact I’ve never been better than an irregular flosser, at best. (Interesting note: Pregnancy can have strange effects on your teeth and gums, so dental care is extra-important during that time; so I’ve had to become more consistent with flossing — probably not a bad habit to establish anyway.) Continue Reading >>

Political Showbiz

Day’s Verse:
I’ve written to warn you about those who are trying to deceive you. But they’re no match for what is embedded deeply within you—Christ’s anointing, no less! You don’t need any of their so-called teaching. Christ’s anointing teaches you the truth on everything you need to know about yourself and him, uncontaminated by a single lie. Live deeply in what you were taught.
1 John 2:26-27

Not having too much to do, I’ve been able to follow the Republican primary circus pretty closely, and generally found it to be a fabulous show. I’m an interested spectator: I’m not Republican, but I’m also not a dyed-in-the-wool registered Democrat; although I usually lean liberal, I try to vote based on the candidate’s positions, not his party. Continue Reading >>

The Glass Is Cleaner

Day’s Verse:
Summing up: Be agreeable, be sympathetic, be loving, be compassionate, be humble. That goes for all of you, no exceptions. No retaliation. No sharp-tongued sarcasm. Instead, bless—that’s your job, to bless. You’ll be a blessing and also get a blessing.
1 Peter 3:8-ish

The other day, Ben linked to a blog post that I found really interesting. Called “Start Every day as a Producer, Not a Consumer,” it seemed aimed at people who work from home, or have lots if discretionary time in which to achieve certain tasks. I found this article thought-provoking, since right now — and, with a few notable exceptions, as far into the future as I can anticipate (which, granted, isn’t very far) — I have lots of time on my hands. Continue Reading >>

A New Leaf

Day’s Verse:
If you don’t know what you’re doing, pray to the Father.
James 1:5

Okay, it’s true: I haven’t posted a blog for well over a week, and I don’t have any good excuses. Every time I sit down to and open up a blank post, I think, “What do I have to say? Nothing interesting has happened to me lately. I haven’t thought anything interesting lately. Better wait until I have an original thought or experience.”

As it turns out, that’s a ridiculous fallacy. If I decide to stay at home and wait for something to happen, or to come up with an original thought, I’ll be waiting for…ever, probably. Without engaging in the world, I’ll just end up a mental backwater, stagnant and boring. Continue Reading >>

Losing a Love

Day’s Verse:
This is my command: Love one another the way I loved you. This is the very best way to love. Put your life on the line for your friends.
John 15:12

Today I’m going to write about love: Losing a love, gaining a love. In short, I’m going to talk about bicycling and pregnancy, which is on my mind every day.

Since December, I’ve known that this year wasn’t going to be what I expected, athletically. In October I joined Team Group Health with the full intention of training hard, going out, and kicking butt. My main goal was to upgrade to Cat 3 by the end of the season, which would involve racing frequently and well. Riding with the team, I exulted in finding a group of strong, fast women who could push me to my limits. I eagerly anticipated a season of training hard, getting stronger and faster, learning new skills, and then really using them. And I really started enjoying the camaraderie of the team, getting to know these amazing athletes, working hard with them and then laughing with them. Continue Reading >>

Maui Vacation: Part 1 (Non-Biking)

Day’s Verse:
God spoke: “Light!”
And light appeared.
God saw that light was good
and separated light from dark.
God named the light Day,
he named the dark Night.

Genesis 1:3-4

I’ve decided to split my posts about our vacation to Maui up into to parts: Part 1 is everything non-biking; Part 2 will be all biking. Mostly I’m going to just put up pictures because lots of text narration is kind of boring.

We left Seattle at 5:00 pm on Friday. It was a gorgeous Seattle day, with Mt. Rainier very much in evidence.
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