אֵל שִׂמְחַ֪ת גִּ֫ילִ֥י

I am indwelled by joy.

I am exhausted. I am under-rested. I am ridiculously behind in my final class. I am scraping together my shekels to last through my first paycheck of my upcoming job. I cannot decide whether my love of the classroom and library is greater than my burnt-out will to study. I grieve for the mental illness of a beloved, aged relative. I fear that I am insufficient. I live outside my well-rehearsed plans.

and I am indwelled by joy.

My parents led a total of 31 Christians, mostly teenagers, through the streets of a Texan town yesterday. 1,300 families were invited to participate in a fresh ministry and a loving church family. 31 people reached 1,300 families. 1,300.

My friends each stand at the precipice of new life-points. They each face, in different ways, those points at which they are choosing to move forward and surrender to the future in spite of their fears.

My fellow patriots spend their waking hours calling for liberty and denouncing tyranny. We are succeeding. We will not cease.

In two days I collect the keys to my new home. In five days I watch a friend complete one of her dreams. In ten days I begin the most important job of my career thus far and will spend the next six months striving to unseat an agent of tyranny. In thirteen days I graduate from seminary.

In this moment I am in a forest with laptop and books, very tired and busily working, and I am indwelled by joy.

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2 Responses to “אֵל שִׂמְחַ֪ת גִּ֫ילִ֥י”

  1. blimpwood November 2, 2012 at 8:16 pm #

    It was interesting. I, too am at the precipice at a new life point. Had my 4th back surgery & now fused 7 levels. 12 screws and 6 rods. Never out of pain. My doc has restricted me to lifting 10lbs. No:bending lifting twisting, riding a lawnmower, golfing, jumping.No riding in a vehicle for more than 1 hour.Am a novice on the internet. I had typing in HS on manual typewriters. Were you at Dallas Theological seminary? Southern Baptist? You sound like an intellegent energetic young lady who took LESS time to get the 1st degree of many compared to my son who took 7 years to obtain his 1st probably last and flaunts it over those who spent their retirement to see him succeed and in 2 years has not gotten a job because he is too good to start at the bottom learning all that he can on the way up. I REALLY admire folks of your stripe. I digress. My apologies we were on "blessed" with only one angel. If I may be of any assistance, don't hesitate to call. bmill151@bellsouth.net. Also have a loose blog. Have been a life member of the NRA since '71 or '72. Haven't recieved a National Rifleman in over a year. Do they still mail them?

  2. Lorien November 14, 2012 at 12:47 pm #

    Thank you for stopping by to say hello! I hope you heal swiftly and the pain decreases.

    I actually took several years to earn my degrees. I was overseas. My M.A.R. in Biblical Studies is from Liberty Baptist Theological Seminary (Liberty University). I'm an independent Baptist.

    Since you're a life member you shouldn't have any problems with your Rifleman. Call customer service at 1-877-NRA-2000 to get it sorted out.

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