Tuesday, January 10, 2012

The Root of the Matter

Splanchnizomai and Splen are the roots of the Greek word from which compassion is derived. Most importantly they are the derivatives for the word that  was used all of twelve times when talking about Jesus.

Luke is said to have written the gospel that describes a compassionate savior. As I am reading through it, I thought it behooved me to look into this word, this characteristic of our greatest example.

"To feel sympathy, to have the bowels yearn , inward affection, tender mercy, be moved."
I found it interesting to note that the bowels were an important figurative example in the days in which the New testament was written . It depicted the very deepest part of a person. Thus when we are truly compassionate, we are going to be affected for them in sympathy.
It is so easy in today's culture to get hardened to the seeming mass of independent individuals. However, there is still a need for Christ's followers to have compassion. To truly take the time and often to forget the inconvenience,  in order to feel deeply, to be affected by/for those in our world.

Sunday, January 8, 2012

By the way..

I like to run

These just came in....I'm pretty excited, to say the least.

Three hours and fifty some- odd minutes later it was over.
I didn't think I would finish but Hebrews kept me going the last three miles.

This was one of the most amazing feelings... to be acting out one of the apostle Paul's greatest lessons.

1 Corinthians 9:24

Know ye not that they which run in a race run all, but one receiveth the prize? So run, that ye may obtain.

Philippians 3:14

I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus.

Hebrews 12:1-2
 Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset [us], and let us run with patience the race that is set before us, Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of [our] faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God.

The pre-semester posting spree
~ Anne of the Grey Submarine

Creating the "attitude of gratitude"

In this skewed world, there is a sense of ungrateful fairness that is unrealistic at best.
We often have the attitude that we are deserving of every good circumstance this life can afford...end of story, we win.
 And when circumstances are adverse or unsuitable to our desire,  the bitter tongue of complaint is readily willing to have her way.

However,  if our perspective is on target,  this fallacy is clearly dissolved. 
When we can approach every day with the consciousness of what Christ has done, then the materialistic fairness seems empty, and circumstantial joy slightly looses meaning.

The source of gratitude is not in our circumstances, it is in Jesus Christ our savior.
Action precedes emotion, and in this case, the by product of gratitude is allways joy.

Daily creating of the attitude of gratitude

Saturday, January 7, 2012

In which... a girl learns to drive, a birds nest is discovered, and the moon shines on skipping sisters

 Today has been like a cup of hot tea. You want to savor it,  smell it, and drink it a little at a time yet all at once.

Seventy degrees and sunshine...and jonquils peeping up from weathered soil.

Its official....My second to youngest sister got her drivers permit and did the traditional "daddy driving lessons" day.

The only comment  he gave after they both came into the house looking rather dazed and haggard was....... "She did pretty well....for a first timer"

                                My sisters and I found a birds nest in a large oak tree.  I looked on, as they looked for ingenious ways to pull it down. Using all manner of utensils....tree branches, trampolines, shoulders......I finally handed them a rake... :)

 We girls like to excercise together. And that sometimes includes skipping....and making rhythms while we do fun exercises.....and looking up at the stars when we do crunches....wondering why wreathes are not year round apparel for the house.( But that is another discussion, for another day, and for another post....try saying "another" ten times)

~ Faux Spring and seventy degrees
Yours truly - Anne of the Grey Submarine

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