Happy Birthday, Ian!

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Day’s Verse:

“Peace I leave with you, My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.”

John 14:27

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I am amazed. Today a carpool from First Alliance Church picked me up (they said “Hi, Katie”, so that was good); when I got there and received the bulletin, what was the message titled but “Everyting Is OK.” After a terrible night last night fighting for hours with Ian, I don’t think I could have gone to a better place. God is truly guiding me these days. The message focused on Matthew 5:5, “Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth.” The pastor talked about a couple passages in 2 Samuel where King David was exiled and encountered a guy named Shimei who started cursing David and throwing rocks and dirt at him. Instead of taking his advisors’ advice – “this guy is a dead dog. Let me chop his head off” – David said, “No; if God has compelled this man to curse me, who am I to stop him? And one day, God will bless me for not killing this man.” So David took the cursing and in the end God blessed him by returning him to kinship of Israel. Then David met Shimei again, and Shimei begged for his life; David never mentioned Shimei’s prior behavior, but forgave him unconditionally. If David, a man after God’s own heart, could be cursed and forgive completely, never bringing up the cruelty of his persecutor, I can do the same thing. After church the pastor gave me a little new visitor’s present and asked if they could come visit some time – I said “sure!” because any visitors are welcome during this lonely term. Plus, how often do church people come visit?? We’ll see how that goes. Continue Reading >>

Ben, Marlene (Kathy), and Family

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Day’s Verse:

“I will sing of the mercies of the LORD forever; with my mouth will I make known Your faithfulness for all generations.”

Ps. 89:1

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Today I got a letter from the First Alliance Church that Jessica and I visited last Sunday. I had planned on calling them anyway, because it seemed friendly and welcoming, and I wanted to visit again but found myself car-less after Jess left on Wednesday. The letter was addressed to Mr. and Mrs. Fergason. I opened it and read, “Dear Ben, Marlene and Family, It was nice to have met you…” Ben and Marlene?! I swear I wrote clearly on their card “Katie Ferguson” and as spouse, “Ian Ferguson.” I called, then, amused; when the pastor answered I introduced myself as “Kathleen – Katie – Ferguson. I visited last Sunday…” When he said my name at one point, however, he called me Kathy (a reasonable nickname for Kathleen but one I can’t say I like much). I wonder what he’ll address me as when he calls back about my request for a ride? Continue Reading >>

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Day’s Verses:

“In the day when I cried out, You answered me, and made me bold with strength in my soul.”

Ps. 138:3

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“Beloved, do not think it strange concerning the fiery trial which is to try you, as though some strange thing happened to you; but rejoice to the extent that you partake of Christ’s sufferings, that when His glory is revealed, you may also be glad with exceeding joy.”

1 Peter 4:12-13

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Too Much Free Time Alone Breeds Multiple Long Blogs

Descartes “constructed” the existence of God from the one truth he could completely verify: Cogito, ergo sum. From that he managed to reconstruct the real world that he had earlier discarded as a possible deception of his senses: he said that if he was being deceived, there had to be something to be deceived, and that was him, a mind. He then somehow argued for a benevolent being (“God”) (here may I present the opposite thereof), and since such a benevolent being existed, why would it go about deceiving poor Descartes’ senses? This God would not, therefore what Descartes saw, smelled, touched; in a word, what he experienced, that had to all be true as well. Our professor strongly suggested that we didn’t go around doubting everything we experienced as Descartes did, but it just makes one begin wondering. Continue Reading >>

Keep Clam

Part of this song in Fuffle’s profile made me so happy (taking me back to actually honestly singing it at home!) that I just had to post the song here. Sadly there’s a verse missing because I can’t remember it or find it online. Mom, maybe you could dig out that book and find me the song we learned? Anyway, without further ado, here is:

Acres of Clams

I’ve traveled all over this country,
Prospecting and digging for gold,
I tunneled, hydraulicked and cradled,
And I have been frequently sold.
And I have been frequently sold,
And I have been frequently sold,
I tunneled, hydraulicked and cradled,
And I have been frequently sold. Continue Reading >>

Long Hard Night

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Day’s Verse:

“Let the words of my mouth and the meditations of my heart be acceptable in Your sight, O LORD, my strength and redeemer.”

Psalm 19:14

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…or day. Actually I mean day because though it’s only 11.19 I have been here at Clark forever and am ready to crawl back on the shuttle, slink into the apartment, and curl up on the bed to sleep away my day. Which I find odd, because I went to bed at 11.00 last night; on the other hand it’s not odd because all I’ve eaten today was an English muffin at 7.30, and my body doesn’t have much extra energy stored away for if I don’t eat for a few hours. I think food would help, but here I am trapped at Clark where they sell only the most outrageously priced items – and of course I neglected to bring money with me in any case. Oh well. Continue Reading >>

PARANOID 2

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Day’s Verse:

“The LORD also will be a refuge for the oppressed, a refuge in times of trouble. And those who know Your name will put their trust in You; for You, LORD, have not forsaken those who seek you.”

Psalm 9:9-10

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I’m making up for Ian’s lack of posting by doing twice a day, I guess. Normally I wouldn’t do this – haha, don’t believe me! – but I’m writing because actually a lot of stuff happened this afternoon. There was a brief moment of panic as I realized I’d committed to both going into Boston with Jess and talking to Kathleen that evening, but after much brief deliberation decided that we should be able to get back to Worcester in time. Accordingly, at 3:00 Jess and I left for Boston, and a car wash before hand. Continue Reading >>