Beautiful

Tonight someone told me that I am beautiful.  Perhaps it hit my vanity.  Perhaps it hit me where I needed to be hit.  I have to be honest.  It’s been a long time since someone told me that I’m beautiful. 

I was very flattered.  But there is something empty about it when it is not someone that you love.  That is all I have to say about that subject.

I bought a Message Bible tonight.  I’ve heard several sermons in which pastors quoted the same scripture out of the Message.  Eugene Peterson, seriously, you are awesome.  I love reading the Bible in the KJV because of its lyricism.  Being an English major, that makes me want to sing.  But reading the Bible in modern vernacular, being an English major…that does something special to the Word as well.  Recently I read a blog (surprise) in which the author said that he tends to skip around the NIV version because it’s familiar.  I recently realized that I do the same thing, unconsciously.  The Message version will be fresh, so I can’t wait to dive in.

Before you pounce–I know that it is the Holy Spirit who guides me through scripture reading.  I hunger and thirst for the Word of God.  But I need the freshness of the Message. 

Well, I have to get some sleep.  There is so much that I want to say, but I can’t right now.  I’ll leave you with some things for which I am thankful.

  • Jesus
  • Chemistry
  • Friends
  • Philadelphia
  • iPods
  • podcasts
  • tee ball
  • my family
  • undereye concealer
  • coffee
  • my new Ethiopian coffee house
  • Google Reader
  • Life
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2 Responses to Beautiful

  1. chill pastor says:

    Two things…

    1. Good observation on the translations…reading a different, not better, can allow you to look at a passage with new and excited energy…thanks for that!!!

    2. What is an Ethiopian coffee house??? We don’t get that in Georgia!!!

    chill

  2. deneenwhite says:

    Well, you’ll have to bring your family to Philly to experience some Ethiopian food and coffee and hospitality. Good stuff…good stuff 🙂

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