Day 151: May

If you’ve been reading my blog all month you should know this hasn’t been an easy month for me. Has it really been less than a month since that day? I’ve made it through, and I’m looking forward to what will happen next.

May is such a beautiful month. Flowers are blooming, my allergies are going crazy, the weather’s getting warmer, but it’s usually not too hot like summer. I think it’s so appropriate that we celebrate Mothers in May because they are just as beautiful and wonderful as the month itself.

Day 151: Thank you Lord for the beautiful month of May. Thank you for helping me through this May, just like you always do.

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Day 150: Getting Lost in a Good Book

I read a lot, and I’m rarely happier than when I have my nose stuck in a good book. I love it when I get so caught up in a story that I lose track of time, and have to force myself to look at the clock every time I turn a page so I don’t get in trouble. Books take you to a whole different world, and good books make you feel like you’re really there and you don’t want to leave.

Day 150: Thank you Lord for good books that I get lost in. It’s such a wonderful experience!

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Day 149: Memorizing the Books of the Bible

When I was in elementary school at my church they had us memorize the books of the Bible in order, and if we did they gave us a Bible of our own. I still remember them and I’m so glad I still can, because it makes looking up verses SO much easier! I can’t remember the last time I had to look in the table of contents in my Bible to find a particular book. I’m so familiar with the Bible that I can open it to around where I think the book I’m looking for is, and while I rarely hit the exact book, I can see where I am and because I have them memorized I know which way to flip and often about how far I need to flip. With the major books of the Bible, it’s easier to remember what books come next, but I must admit it can be hard when it comes to the minor prophets and I often have to stop and think about it for a minute. It’s a very useful skill to have and I recommend it for everyone who wants to study the Bible more.

Don’t believe I still remember all 66 books in order? Tell you what, I’m going to type them out right here from memory and I won’t check before I post, then I’ll check and see if I got it right and post a Comment. I promise I won’t go back later and change it either. Deal? Here we go:

Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers, Deuteronomy, Joshua, Judges, Ruth, 1 Samuel, 2 Samuel, 1 Kings, 2 Kings, 1 Chronicles, 2 Chronicles, Ezra, Nehemiah, Ester, Job, Psalms, Proverbs, Ecclesiastes, Song of Solomon, Isaiah, Jeremiah, Lamentations, Ezekiel, Daniel, Hosea, Joel, Amos, Obadiah, Micah, Nahum, Habakkuk, Zechariah, Haggai, Zephaniah, Malachi, Matthew, Mark, Luke, John, Acts, Romans, 1 Corinthians, 2 Corinthians, Galatians, Ephesians, Philippians, Colossians, 1 Thessalonians, 2 Thessalonians, 1 Timothy, 2 Timothy, Titus, Philemon, Hebrews, James, 1 Peter, 2 Peter, 1 John, 2 John, 3 John, Jude, Revelation.

Ok, I know that’s only 65, and believe me I really tried to remember it, but I know exactly where the last one goes, at the end of the Old Testament, around Zephaniah. I will admit I wrote them all out except 3 of the minor prophets which I couldn’t remember at all and had to think about; once I did remember them I played around with the order a bit. But still I think I did pretty well almost 2 decades after I memorized them! And like I said I’ve always had problems remembering the minor prophets.

Day 149: Thank you Lord that I was able to memorize the books of the Bible at such a young age, it’s certainly been useful over the years!

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Day 148: My First Name

I didn’t have anything in particular in mind to write about today, then I read the Daily Prompt and decided to write about that. I have very mixed feelings about my first name “Christin”, I don’t like it that much, especially spelled differently than I do. I’ve tried to get people to call me nicknames over the years and a few people do, but I’ve never been able to get them to catch on. I was impressed when I actually convinced one of my professors in college to call me “Chrissy” the nickname I prefer the most, but since I had other classes with most of my classmates it never caught on. (If you’re reading this and you know me, I give you permission to start calling me “Chrissy”. Let’s see if it catches on, please tell me first though)

People mispronounce my name a lot. I get called “Christine” quite a bit especially when I go to the doctor because my middle initial is “E.” I’ve come to the point that if someone needs to write down my name and spelling matters I go ahead and spell it out, because they almost always spell it wrong. One of my biggest pet peeves is when people who know how to spell my name spell it wrong. I’ve only met one person who spells my name the same way, though I have heard of other people, and I have decided if I ever have children not to give them unusual names or unusual spellings because it’s too much trouble.

Ok now that I’ve gotten all the things that annoy me about my name off my chest, I can get on to the good thing, which believe it or not there is. My parents’ chose this spelling of my name because it says “Christ in” and that’s what they wanted me to remember, that Christ is in me as a Christian. For me that is worth all the bother of having my name spelled the way it is, because it’s a wonderful reminder, and a witness to everyone around me.

Day 148: Thank you Lord for my name and the way it’s spelled, thank you for the wonderful reminder of who I am in you.

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Day 147: The US Armed Forces

Happy Memorial Day! A lot of people seem to think Memorial Day is just a day off from work, to have a cookout or whatever, but it’s SO much more than that! Today we are to remember and honor the men and women who gave their lives for our freedom in the United States. I don’t even want to think about what our country would be like today without the men and women of our armed forces throughout history. They work every single day to keep us safe, and are willing to give up their lives for us!

Day 147: Thank you Lord for the men and women of the US Armed Forces, thank you for what they do to keep our country safe, now and throughout our history.

My favorite Christian singing group is Avalon. Here’s a video of their song “For Freedom” which honors the men and women in the Armed Forces

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Day 146: New Attitude/Next Conference

This is the first Memorial Day weekend in seven years that I don’t had any plans. For the past six years I’ve been at the New Attitude or Next conference, which isn’t being held this year. New Attitude was started by Josh Harris, probably best known as the author of I Kissed Dating Good-bye among other books, as a conference for Christian singles and young marrieds. (it was later renamed Next)

I can’t tell you how much this conference helped me grow in my Christian faith. I learned so much about God and my faith, that each year I knew I would not be the same afterwards. There were so many amazing speakers, worship was always incredible, and it was awesome to be with so many other believers. I wish the conference was still going on, but I understand why it’s stopped. I know I’ll never forget the conferences I attended and will reap the benefits of what I learned there for years to come.

Day 146: Thank you Lord for the New Attitude/Next Conference. Thank you that I was able to attend for so many years and the growth I experienced as a result.

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Day 145: The Dentist

Like most people I don’t enjoy going to the dentist very much, but I’m not one of those people who’s afraid of going. I know going to the dentist is important for mouth and teeth health, so I’m glad to go. I had to go to the dentist today for my bi-yearly check-up, and was very glad I didn’t have any cavities, because the last few times I’ve gone I’ve had to come back for something.

For more than five years whenever I ate meat, especially steak, pieces of it would get caught between my back molers and I would be in pain, at times close to agony so bad I couldn’t eat anymore. I’d tried many different things over the years, but I was told nothing would alleviate it except getting braces again, and I considered that an absolute last resort. Fortunately as time passed the pain became less and didn’t happen EVERY time I ate meat and eventually steak, but it never completely went away. Last year my dentist retired and when I had my first appointment with his replacement I mentioned this problem and he suggested a new solution. I was willing to try anything by then, and had the procedure. I am happy to report that it worked! Since I had the procedure more than 6 months ago, I haven’t had any pain in those teeth.

Day 145: Thank you Lord for the dentist to keep my mouth and teeth healthy. Thank you specifically for my new dentist who was able to fix the problem with my teeth.

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