It is Good!

Matthew 17:4. “Then answered Peter and said unto Jesus, Lord, it is good for us to be here: if Thou wilt, let us make here three tabernacles; one for Thee, and one for Moses, and one for Elias.”

Impetuous Peter once again doesn’t really get it at first. Looking at this glorious scene, he wants to build tabernacles for the three who converse together, enveloped in the light of Jesus. The problem with Peter’s attempt to intrude into that conversation is the same as it was when Jesus told the disciples of His coming trials and death in Jerusalem. Peter actually dared to rebuke Jesus then; now, he is suggesting that a memorial be made. 

First, Peter’s suggestion puts Jesus on the same level as Moses and Elijah. Second, his motive is the same as it was then; that is, to keep Jesus from the cross. He and the other two disciples would do the work, thus relieving Jesus of the need to labor, and thus keeping Jesus here, in His tabernacle, which the disciples would provide! 

Why a tabernacle?  Because it was in the tabernacle that the Israelites worshipped God for all the years before the Temple was built. Peter still didn’t get it that Jesus had come to earth on a mission, that nothing was going to deter Him from that mission, and that His mission would lead to the opportunity of salvation for all mankind. 

 

 

Bloopers Galore

While I learn how to navigate between my blogs, I’ve done some really dumb things. So if you’re looking for “Third-rate Romance” you’ll find it over here: lindaswritingblog.wordpress.com/2014/04/14/daily-post-third-rate-romance/

Sorry, folks.  It will get better.

Daily Post: When Will I be Loved?

(Have you dreamt of becoming famous? What would your claim to fame be? Comedy? Acting? Writing? Race car driving? Go!)

 

One of the nicest things about being old(er) is that you get over yourself!  At least, ideally you get past the delusion that you’re going to be world-famous, and you just settle in to appreciating what you have. 

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Back in the day, however, before this wonderful place of peace and contentment in which I now live ever existed, I certainly had my dreams of being acknowledged for my incredible talents.  Plural.  

Well, maybe not world-famous.  

Maybe not even famous in just my own country. 

Or state, 

Or town. 

Family, maybe? 

Here’s the truth:  Very few people rise to such a place of fame that they are remembered throughout the annals of history. 

So how about the “being loved” part? 

My family loves me, at least most of the time.  I have wonderful friends who love me.  I have clients and co-workers who while they may not love me, certainly respect me and appreciate what little wisdom I’ve gained over the years.  I’ve been privileged to touch many lives.  Somed would tell you it wasn’t a very positive touch.  I hope the damage wasn’t permanent, and I hope those people will learn to forgive me where I’ve been wrong.

I work in a profession that tries to adhere to the “do no harm” principle.  It would be good if we could apply that principle across the course of our entire lives. 

http://dailypost.wordpress.com/dp_prompt/when-will-i-be-loved/

Moses and Elias

Matthew 17:3.”And behold, there appeared unto them Moses and Elias talking with Him.”

What an amazing sight!  What an amazing moment these three disciples were privileged to share with Jesus!

Jesus stood between Moses and Elias (Elijah) as they talked of His coming trials, death, resurrection and return to heaven (Luke 9:28-39).  Jesus is always the center. 

Moses stood for the Law. He passed through death, alone with God on the mountain, before the Israelites crossed the Jordan into Canaan.  Elijah stood for the prophets.  He did not see death, but was transported to heaven in a chariot of fire.  Both the Law and the Prophets spoke of Jesus’ atoning death for the sin of all mankind.  So much meaning in this incident, and I wonder if the three disciples really “got it.”

New Blog

This is a quick one to let you know that I’m opening a new blog.  I’ve developed so many categories here that have nothing whatsoever to do with Bible study. It’s getting all  cluttered up. You can find my new blog here:  http://lindaswritingblog.wordpress.com/2014/04/13/a-new-endeavor/

I hope you’ll join me as I try to break some new ground. 

Daily Post: Can’t Get it Out of my Head

(Have you ever become obsessed with something? Tell us about something that captivates your attention like nothing else.)

For me, it’s almost always music. A melody replays on a continuous loop.  I hum it all day.  I drive people crazy all around me because I don’t even know I’m doing it.

Worst-case, though, is when just a couple of words or lines of a song elude my dismally failing memory. Last night Terry and I were in the car with some old friends, and we got to talking about old songs we all remember from when we were kids.  Lots of folk songs, like Clementine and I’ve Been Working’ On the Railroad. I started singing Jimmy Crack Corn, and the chorus is easy. But then I tried to remember the words to the verses, and that was a different story entirely.  No one does these songs any better than Burl Ives.

You can google the song and learn about its origins, supposed history and meaning.  Frankly, I think it’s a lot more fun just to sing it. And now that I’ve heard the verses again, I can let this one go and start figuring out all the words to Clementine  :)

http://dailypost.wordpress.com/dp_prompt/cant-get-it-out-of-my-head/

I HATE HOUSEWORK!

Really, really hate housecleaning.  Being so short complicates matters.  Not being able to get down on my knees complicates matters. So anything above eye-level or below knee-level tends to suffer.(I’m adding text here to see if I’ve learned anything about reformatting so my print stays where I want it.  So far, so good.  Now let’s try another one. )

 

I wish I could figure out how to put my words under, around, and between all these pictures.  Too much white space. (Yay! I think I understand !)

Seriously, haven’t you ever wished you were Samantha from Bewitched? Wiggle your nose, the dust is gone!  Waggle your fingers, the bathrooms are shiny! Circle your arms, all the rooms in the house neaten up and vacuum themselves! Wave your arms, the windows are washed, the curtains washed, dried, ironed and perfectly hung.  I don’t think that’s asking too much!

 

(Oh joy, oh happiness!  I love it when I learn something new and it actually WORKS! There’s this neat little gadget in the editing option that says “Add Media.”  When I use it, it lets me size the pictures that I’ve already posted; and, best of all, my text types around the pictures!  Doing a happy dance!)

 

 

I love it when my house is fresh and clean—–lasts for about five minutes. Bleagh. Grump. Snarl. Growl.

There.  Made you feel a lot better, right?  I aim to brighten your day. :)

And anyone who can tell me how to format a page will have my undying gratitude.  No housecleaning included.

(Until now, I’ve just been doing the cut/paste or copy/paste with pictures.  Works fine if you only want to use ONE. But if you want a whole bunch, and you want to type around them, cut/paste won’t let you do it.  Only the “add media” tool has given me what I wanted. I’m sure all you smartiepants people out there had this figured out.  And by the way, I didn’t have to delete any pictures to make this work. I just clicked on “add media,” then clicked on the picture in question, resized it, and kept typing. Woo hoo!  I could type all day.  State of euphoria here! )