YADA: To perceive, understand, acquire knowledge, know, discern, to be known, make oneself known, to be familiar, to distinguish between right & wrong.
YADAH: to acknowledge the nature & work of God - ie. praise, sing, give thanks, speak out, confess
Outside my window...Brrrr! It's dark and 24 degrees.
I am thankful...for Romans 15:12–13, "And again Isaiah says, 'The root of Jesse will come, even he who arises to rule the Gentiles; in him will the Gentiles hope.' May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that by the power of the Holy Spirit you may abound in hope."
In the kitchen...I should bake something later to cozy up the place.
From the learning rooms...I'm learning that Gluten Free living is not so bad or difficult....just different - and generally healthier overall. No more traditional Sunday morning cinnamon rolls :/ - but my daughter made some really yummy GF chocolate chip cookies last night! :)
I am looking forward to... wrapping up our year long 25th Anniversary Celebration next weekend. Hint: Where we're going and what we're doing begins with the letter "Z" :)
I am wondering...Whose birthday is it that we're celebrating anyway?! Well I know whose birthday we're celebrating - but - you may not know it if you didn't know it. This post caused me to (re)consider what I'm going to give Jesus for Christmas - and so - I'm creating a list (and checkin' it twice ;) .... of twelve unsuspecting people I want to bless in celebration of Advent and these, the Twelve Days of Christmas.
I'm hoping... for a snowday before Christmas. We like to celebrate them by doing anything other than what we normally do (Note: The only rule - No TV!) Could mean staying in our PJ's all day long - &/or working on a fun project - or bundling up and heading outdoors to build a jolly happy soul ...
I'm hopin' this fella will come back again someday soon!
I am reading... this book around the dinner table with our family.
Around the house...The kids finished decorating the Christmas tree last night. Good thing Big Mak doesn't have hands or he probably woulda un-decorated it :) ...or at least "adopted" any stuffed ornaments and searched them for squeakers! No worries.. Winnie the Pooh is in a safe spot :)
I am thinking... about how much fun each of the girls had shopping with their big brother this weekend. Spokes spent the weekend with us and took each of his sisters out Christmas shopping separately.
One of my favorite things... Oooohhh - this is much too good not to share...
I am pondering...something I heard this past week ... to the effect that:
beauty and seduction are nature's survival tools
because we protect that which we fall in love with.
Hmmm... well - it just seems so opposite of survival of the fittest if you ask me - and that this is yet another way that the nature of God is revealed in nature.
Let heaven and nature sing!
edit. Well - I DID say I'm pondering this - and as I do, well - more thoughts: in God's "upside down" kingdom and in His Word, love and beauty are defined quite differently than our society "defines" them. And I'm reminded of 1 Samuel 16:7b ... The LORD does not look at the things people look at. People look at the outward appearance, but the LORD looks at the heart.” And from 1 Corinthians 13, among other things we know about love, we do see that that love always protects.