my amount of tumblr posts has finally caught up with the year. it’s my 2013th post. ok yeah anyways.
this contains a testimony of my personal spiritual growth in regard to relationships and celibacy and will hopefully edify and encourage those that choose to read it.
also the word testimony should clue you in that this post is very long
i am not going to spend the rest of my life in the states.
Owl City, Galaxies
it’s starting to become a really attractive option for me.
tonight we had a midweek church meeting at woodyroad instead of home group because the Severns returned from their last trip from Indonesia to announce that after 25 years, they finally completed the first translation of the new testament in Sahu.
and just hearing john and lois just go through the past 25 years and just the plain journey and all the ups and downs and doors opening and closing and losing friends along the way and just being there in the beginning all the way to now the very end.
you could tell just the joy and relief from this couple of just after all those years of labour, it was finished. just plain and simple finished.
and it just got me thinking about how much i really love my bible. like this book has carried me through so much and i just love reading it. the more i read it the more i love it. and i just couldn’t help but feel so much joy — how WONDERFUL it is that this people group now have the NT in their own language.
i mean john was just telling story after story about the excitement and delight of the people. and it was just such and joy and blessing to hear really. just how precious the word of GOD is to people when we really examine ourselves.
because i mean i don’t have the bible in the original languages. i dont read greek, hebrew, or aramaic. how precious it is to have my bible in english. my own language in which i understand.
it’s amazing! i mean i can only imagine! i love my bible so much but i definitely had to grow in my love for it. i cant only imagine what it’s like for these people who have been waiting for so long, 25 years for the process alone (that’s longer than i’ve been alive!), for the NT in their own language and now are about to receive it for the first time. the word of GOD in their hands in their own language. oh praise GOD that’s just so wonderful!
but not only that! but ohmygoodness this part is so exciting! right so the translation team was incredibly understaffed so all they could focus on was pure translation alone — they didn’t really focus on anything else. but because Sahu is such a minor language, it’s never been standardised and written down before. therefore, as john was telling me afterwards, what he was doing was not merely translating the bible but he realised that he was actually standardising it as a written form and determining the grammatical and semantic rules. therefore with the publication of the Sahu NT, the language will be now permanently standardised based on the NT and preserved within the community. the local Sahu government realised this and based on their own accord decided that Sahu, alongside the national indonesian, must be taught in all schools to their children in order to preserve their language and culture and they were going to use the NT publication as their standard text to teach from! i mean wow! it’s the gutenberg bible all over again for the Sahu.
it’s amazing. simply amazing.
tonight definitely tipped the scales in favour for wycliffe.
last sunday Andy preached GOD of Exodus as the GOD who knows. and he reminded us that whenever we bow our heads in prayer, before we even mutter a word, GOD knows.
he proceeded to say that so many of us, when we first hear about that, that GOD is a GOD who knows and understands, immediately think wow, goodness that’s so comforting.
but for the Israelites as well as it should be for us, the fact that GOD knows is actually frightening.
GOD knows of more than we’re even aware. while that’s so very comforting, it’s absolutely terrifying.
Try out a cool way to separate egg yolks from egg whites!
this is genius.
this is actually lifechanging
ladies and gentlemen the future
ohmygoodness, this just saved me so much effort for so many recipes.
i hate the fact that i keep having to shower. it’s like … i just washed myself the day before yesterday how am i so gross again. ugh.
like … can’t i just stay clean or something? but no. apparently i actually have to maintain a decent appearance.
and now i’m hungry … geez, why is biology so high maintenance?
glob i’m so lazy
glob i love her.
so i’ve been hanging out with my friend elita like a RIDICULOUS amount this term. we’ve had disney movie days together, babysat together, just had dinner together, she gave me her jumper to wear on the ride back, etc etc
anyway today we had that talk. you know the girly “dish on past relationships talk”. it was fantastic because we realised that we pretty much have no experience other than some stupid stuff in which you act like a couple but not really etc etc
she asked me about tim and i said yeah i like him but probably not going to go anywhere.
i asked her if she had anything on the horizon in which she responded not really and not looking
then we just kinda looked at each other and knew we felt the exact same way.
we’re still 21. that’s like … the baby of the adult world. we have so much time.
then she introduced me to this british sitcom called Miranda in which this 34 year old woman is struggling with her singleness. and we basically thought
yup. that’s when you start wondering.
elita, what a fantastic sister-in-Christ. just pure no-nonsense. glob i love her.
"The Lord lets us go in our own wisdom and strength until we are weak, worn and confused. A hard but worthy lesson learned over and over again."
The stages of an all-nighter
Determination and drive
Abject despair and misery
And then repeat all night until your deadline
truest statement in the world.