Tuesday, 28 June 2016

A + A // When Does the Library Close?

- Being early for a violin lesson so you decide to go for a walk along some unfamiliar streets. As you walk along a car slows behind you and you are startled by the driver of the car calling to you, "Excuse me!! Do you know where **** Street is?" You are slightly startled and also a bit disappointed because you're a helpful person but you can't help because you don't know the area and have only been walking for like five minutes. So you tell her you can't help and she drives off. A little later you turn around and walk back the way you came... to come across the very street that the lady had been looking for. Of course she's long gone, and you discover the reason neither of you had seen it was because a large tree had been blocking the sign so it was impossible to see from the other direction.
- Missing one step at the top and falling down the rest of the entire flight of stairs.
- Arriving at the library expecting to spend a period of time there working on a project before I was due at work... to discover they were busy closing the library (turns out I neglected to check what time they close on a Saturday) and so I sat outside on a random bench in the wind doing my project with the wind trying to sneakily blow away all my papers until it was eventually time for me to start work.
- Your mind being completely filled with other things and stopping you from hearing what people are saying. Frustrating. To say the least.
- Starting conversations then not being able to finish them for various reasons.
- Discovering that you follow a massive amount of blogs and deciding to trim down your blog reading list to a more manageable 42 blogs (many of which don't post very often, but still...)
- Grabbing the hot part of a curling iron in an extremely magnificent display of stupidity. Like seriously, Bonnie, how many times have you burnt your poor fingers with that thing?!

- The classic movie "Around the World in 80 Days"- so funny. We recently re-watched it as a family.
- Writing a poem and having it all come together nicely.
- This random little mathematical gymnastic operation:
 111,111,111 x 111,111,111 = 12,345,678,987,654,321
- Having a major spring clean and go-through of all your stuff. Ends up with siblings getting lots of things you don't need/want anymore! Feels soooo good to have things a bit more orderly. It was getting ridiculous. However, let's be real here:

Can anyone relate? :P

- Searching the bookshelves for a particular book and discovering in doing so another book you'd been wanting to read... even going to the extent of looking it up on the Internet longingly... but thought you'd never get to read it! Turns out that even after packing all our books and unpacking them again you don't actually even know the full extent of our book library. (It's 'Mountains of Spices by Hannah Hurnand, in case you were wondering!)
- Great quotes. I love this A.W Tozer quote:
Christianity takes for granted the absence of any self-help and offers a power which is nothing less than the power of God.
and this C.S Lewis one:
I have found a desire within myself that no experience in this world can satisfy; the most probable explanation is that I was made for another world.
- Those late night conversations with your sister when you share a room with her. Literally every night is a sleepover!
- Coming across interesting little peculiarities in the Bible that you have to research. Things like in Habakkuk 3:19, discovering in the ESV version it says "God, the Lord, is my strength; he makes my feet like the deer's; he makes me tread on my high places" whereas you'd only known it in the NIV - "The Sovereign Lord is my strength; he makes my feet like the feet of a deer, he enables me to tread on the heights." And the difference between the 'my heights' and 'the heights' just strikes you. And you wonder about the meaning of those differences for ages. Different translations are so interesting.

Do you share a bedroom?
Which translation of the Bible do you read/is your favourite? Why?
Do you have a favourite quote you'd like to share?
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  1. I quite like the KJV since my Dad always read that (or Luther), so I read that or ISV in MySword. One KJV version in MySword has dictionary links by every word, making it super easy to look up the original words! The Word for Today app has the Soulfood readings in NIV, so I get that one too :P

    I share a bedroom with Tobias (well, not at the moment), and it's also the LEGO room.

    1. I like the KJV too. It can be tricky to understand sometimes. ISV - that's an interesting one! Not so common. After a quick google I've discovered that it's a literal translation. I must research it a bit. The different translations interest me. :)

      That's the room up in the loft, right?

    2. Also I forgot to say that I really like the Blue Letter Bible app. You can look up commentaries and meanings etc right there in the app. Wide range of translations you can get, too. Great app.

    3. Yes, the loft. I'd use niv instead of isv if it wasn't under copyright and require paying!

  2. I share a bedroom with Philip. I read NIV translation. Recently Dad has been reading the message. It is quite nice to listen to the message because it is so different.

    1. Oh, that's interesting! :) Eugene Peterson has quite a cool way of putting things sometimes.
      Bear in mind that the Message is a paraphrase.

  3. I share a room with my 2 just younger sisters and I am the one who likes everything clean I really enjoyed this post, I like A+A posts

    1. Haha, I know the feeling. :) Thank you for your comment! I enjoy them too. God bless

  4. Your posts are always fun to read, Bonnie. :)
    To answer your questions, I do share a bedroom with my sister, who's 10 years younger than me. :P And I like the ESV Bible the best- it's easy to read and a reliable translation.

    1. Thanks, Emily! :)
      How many siblings do you have?
      The ESV is a great translation. My Journaling Bible is an ESV one. I'm quite enjoying reading it.

    2. I'm the oldest of six-- there's me, then three boys, then two girls, so there's quite a space between me and my sisters. ;)

    3. Wow! :) That's cool. Must be lots of fun and games at your house.

  5. Hiya!
    Awkward:writing a comment on this post, and then accidentally deleting it when it was ready to post and having to start all over again :(
    The ESV is a brilliant translation...my pastor uses it, and so do most of the congregation. I have an niv, so I'm getting pretty good at doing mental gymnastics (making sense of what I see compared to what I hear), particularly during our home group/Bible study, when we're reading aloud.... I would love to get an esv study Bible, but I got given a really nice niv and I just started marking it. Maybe when I'm no longer a poor Uni student I'll get one...
    A random (un-)inspiring quote: "All of the corpses in Mount Everest were once highly motivated people" - unknown

    1. Haha, I like that quote! It sounds like something from http://reddit.com/r/showerthoughts/

    2. Yep http://www.reddit.com/r/showerthoughts/comments/4nlkao/_/
      But that person might have copied it from the same place as you.

    3. Hey Laura! :) Thanks for your comment. Interesting. I probably prefer the NIV over the ESV. The funny thing is we had two pastors who each preferred the different one. One always made little plugs for the ESV in his sermons and the other one would always be like, "This is from the NIV version because it's a better translation for this reason". So funny. The congregation thought it was hilarious.

    4. @Michael: Haha, you do like Reddit don't you. :P Interesting. Shower thoughts. Hmmm.

    5. @Bonnie: What's quite funny is that my pastor has found two verses that are phrased better in the niv than the esv...so most of the time he makes little plugs for the esv, but then it kinda backfires when it comes to those verses...
      @Michael: I have no idea about Reddit :P. All I know is that a friend of mine found the quote somewhere and then told me about it...

  6. I share a room with my sister. I am a clean freak, but my room does get a little unorganized, and I say that I'm NEVER going to get it unorganized again...

    I love these posts!

    Allie D.

    1. Hi Allie! :) Hahahaha, I can relate! Those convictions.... lol

      Wow, you have a lot of blogs.

  7. I like the KJV. And I share a room with three Brothers

    1. The KJV is fantastic! Thanks for your comment, Jonny. :)


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