Monday, November 27, 2006

Gloating, Glorifying and Giving

First, the Gloating

Being the huge geek that I am, I decided to cruise around to see how San Antonio's weather forecast for today stacks up against those cities where my blog friends/family live. Seems we have you all beat for warmth right now (I'm still wearing sandals and shorts most of the time, as is Jamie)...

San Antonio, TX 78/62
Goodyear, AZ 69/43
Madison, TN 68/47
Chattanooga, TN 68/46
Georgetown, KY 66/44
Brooklyn, NY 64/48
Vernon Hills, IN 58/50
Madison, WI 55/49

Tomorrow, San Antonio is supposed to be up in the 80s. Just doesn't feel like the Christmas season has begun. I've said it before and I'll say it again - I miss snow.

Then the Glorifying

Had a great church service yesterday. I really felt the Lord with us there in the church. I came away with a sense of peace that calmed my heart and stilled my soul. I had a mini-epiphany (epiphannette?), reinforcing that you have to have pain to have joy and dark to have light. I also realized that, although there's a lot of stuff that I consider to be troubling in my life right now, I have much more that I should be grateful for. So I gave many thanks to Him instead of whining. It felt good to praise and give glory rather than complaining.

And Now the Giving

Had fun doing some Internet Christmas browsing over the weekend. I didn't get to buy anything like I wanted to, but it was fun browsing around to see if I could find the perfect gifts for each person on my list. That's what I love best about Christmas - giving the people I care about and love presents. It's not so much about me getting anything from anyone else (although I do admit I like that, too!), but about the act of finding the present I think best suits the receiver. And one day, when I've gotten my bachelor's degree out of the way and wrap up my MLS, I'll REALLY get to have fun giving presents!

Hope you all had a nice Thanksgiving!


Suze said...

thing is, we consider 55 to be BALMY here in madison (wi)...sigh...i like picking out christmas gifts too!

Just Julez said...

My brother likes to torment me with e-mail updates about the weather in Texas (he lives in Austin). You and I are different in that I want to live where its warm and visit the snow. Odd, because now I'm stuck where it gets cold and you're stuck where it stays fairly warm.

I soooo agree with you about being thankful. It also feels pretty nice to give the bad stuff to God and thank Him for the good stuff. Besides, He is a lot better at dealing with the bad stuff than I am!

Jenn-Jenn, the Mother Hen said...

I've had four hours of sleep, and have not gotten much more than five hours on any given night in the last three weeks - so today I'm pulling a lot of strength from God and asking him to keep be from making any huge blunders. I'm on auto pilot right now.