Thursday, February 28, 2008

Current status: MIA

My faithful siestas who give grace to this unfaithful one!

I just wanted you to know why I'm pitiful as of lately! It's 8 degrees outside right now. And really, according to my southern genetic make-up, that alone is reason for me to be validly pitiful. (Not that I'm saying God isn't bigger than that! :) ).

Anyway, I want you to know that I think of you each throughout the week. I'm pretty sure the Lord calls nearly all of your crazy and fun blog names to my heart and mind as the days past, and I lift your sweet spirits before the Lord while He impresses a specific burden on my heart for you on occasion. I miss you like crazy. But you'll have to bear with me for a little while longer.

I'm taking 5 classes right now, and working nearly 20 hours a week. In case you haven't been to graduate school, four classes is a nice maximum without loosing your insanity. I've also finally been able to get back to the gym for some healthy exercise these days. (I say 'finally' because I broke my toe about 4 weeks ago. Yep - broke my toe. I've been so busy that I haven't even been able to give that one the blog it is so worthy of receiving. Oh but it is. Me, in a black opened-toe cast boot hobbling in the snow....picture it, and I am sure I don't need to say anything more! Don't even get me started on how it never matched any of my outfits). Throw in the fact that I have a long-distance phone-only relationship with my man, and try to throw in some good eating and sleeping during these times, I suppose you can conclude as to why my blog world is sadly empty these days.

Know that my heart is full to boast with you and hear your day to day stories. I am sure one day soon if I don't get to type what my heart is bursting forth to proclaim, some poor victim that I run into on campus one day is going to have to hear it all in one sitting. You are all so dear to me. In 3 more weeks, I'll be down to only 4 classes - so maybe I'll celebrate by posting a blog? :)

Press on...and don't give up girlfriends. He is our exceedingly great reward.

Wednesday, February 6, 2008

A fleeting moment to vent

I just needed a moment to say:

I'm at home mean the library, trying to familiarize myself (translation - study right up until the point where I fall asleep at the desk like the poor guy next to me did last night) with my NT Greek Bible. I'm taking an 'Interpretation of the NT' class this semester, which I could not be more pumped about. It's basically the background course for all my future exegesis classes, and teaches me how to write an exegesis paper, with the hopeful anticipation of my submitting one at the end of the semester.

Anyway...I'm getting my Greek on in Jesus' merciful Name...and going through an extremely technical book that explains some of the apparatuses of this Greek text (i.e. - notes in the inner margin, outer margin, abbreviations, parallel references, and signs for other various texts). They were so sweet to let me know that they included a small light blue card for me to keep in my new Greek Bible as a reference for all of those handy-dandy codes and abbreviations that I hadn't committed to memory yet.

Y'all...I've been staring at it wondering why I was struggling recognizing some things that I'd just spent over 4 hours reading about in detail. The 'handy-dandy' reference card is in GERMAN y'all! IT'S IN G-E-R-M-A-N. Y - to the stinkin' - ES! It is! The authors of the 400+ page book that are telling me how to read this NT Greek Bible are German, so in their translation of that book to English, they must've thought I'd be competent to handle the small card in their original language.

Two for the price of one...I get German and Greek all at the same time. Did I mention I didn't register for a course in the German language? Apparently, I'm to learn Greek through the German language (Okay...I'll quit being so dramatic, but seriously.) Y'all...I need some mercy! Mercy, mercy, mercy!

And PS - Any one of you siestas, miestas, and lurkers can learn Greek! It is amazing...I'm the clueless one that just keeps pushing through until the Lord decides to have mercy on me and hit me with his faithful Teaching skills ;)