Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Owl Obsession

Ok, so today I learned that I really, really, really like owls. Also cute little birds that are in simple shapes and pastel colors.

Here's some stuff I found I like!

Saturday, July 25, 2009

Blue Like Jazz

Has anyone read this thing?!

I don't really understand all the hype about it. For a couple years now, a bunch of my friends have recommended it to me, but I never really wanted to read it... I don't even know why, I just didn't. Well, my aunt had a copy lying around, so I picked it up.

All I have to say is, "really?!"

...This is what all the hype is about?

Ok. I find Donald Miller's attitude refreshing, in that he comes at the whole Christianity thing from his own perspective, and no one else's. However. The only truly insightful thing he manages to say throughout the entire book, really, is that he is a selfish person. He sort of figures out that life isn't about him, but he never really changes.

He goes on through life slowly realizing that the universe doesn't revolve around him, but he never does anything about it; he never finds out what the real Christian walk is all about.

Why? Well, all Miller does is figure out that he can't do it on his own, the whole "become unselfish thing."

Well DUH!!

No one can do it on his own, that's why we have to have Christ living and operating in our spirit. He does all the loving, undoes all the selfishness- and not us. We just can't.

But does Mr. Miller ever mention that? No! He just sort of lamely concludes that he believes in God and wants to be a better person, and... that's it.

Sorry, I found that highly disappointing. He has all these grand ideas about how the world would be a better place if we all lived for each other, and yeah- he has a point. But then he realizes that he can't even fix his own selfishness, never mind the whole world.

It would have been a much better book if he had written the solution to it all, instead of leaving us all sort of depressed and unsatisfied. I know, I'm being kinda harsh. But that's my opinion.

Poor Donald Miller! He is so missing out!

Wednesday, July 22, 2009


So, today at my torture appointment, there was this new assistant helping out. He couldn't have been much older than me, or maybe he was younger- I don't know. But he TOTALLY has a crush on me.

Dr: "Ryan, can you massage Hannah's knee?"

Ryan: "What?! Yeah sure!" *sheepish grin

Me *groans inwardly*

Dr: "Ryan, can you put those sticky pads on her back and shock her?"

Ryan: "Yeah, cool!" *blushes crimson, doctor laughs

Me: thinking *don't touch me there don't touch me there don't touch me there THAT'S TOO LOW!! ... you're not the DOCTOR!"

Oh, the joy.

I can't wait till this is over.

Monday, July 20, 2009

Woes and Matthew 23

Today in church, we talked about Matthew 23 and the Seven Woes Jesus declares to the Scribes and Pharisees. Peter Putney shared today, and he pointed out that the seven woes are all components of man- made religion! Jesus goes on this tirade about how they outwardly appear to be such fine religious law- keepers, but neglect the most important commands: to love God and to love your neighbor. They (the Pharisees and Rabbis) would make great showings of wearing their phylacteries (those are small boxes containing bits of Scripture tied onto the arm or forehead), and loved being greeted and esteemed in the marketplace. There's this bit about taking advantage of widows, because when someone's husband died back then they would send a scribe to take an account of and put the estate in order, and often they would charge exorbitant amounts for the service. They remembered to tithe spices, like cumin, dill, and mint; but neglected the weightier things of the law: justice, mercy, and faithfulness. There's my favorite verse, about them being like whitewashed toms on the outside but full of dead men's bones and unclean things on the inside. I never paid much attention to the whitewashing part before, but I guess that for passover the religious elite would whitewash the tombs so that they wouldn't accidentally touch or bump one during passover and therefore become "unclean." Whoa.

Joseph Conrad eludes to this imagery in his book Heart of Darkness when he tells of his journey to the Belgian Congo and sees the slavery and oppression there. He notes that Brussels, the most beautiful city in the world because of all it's ivory (similar to a whitewash color ironically), was founded and made possible by the backs of slaves in the sweltering heat of the Congo jungle. So beautiful on the outside. And yet it carries a mortifying, shameful secret on the inside.

Anyway, Peter also pointed out that the Greek word for hate, or "maseo," means more than what we typically think of as merely a strong feeling. In the Greek sense, it covers being unfriendly, preferring one over another (or showing favoritism, like how Jacob preferred Rachel over Leah), and treating people unkindly. It isn't just showing or feeling contempt. Wow.

Also, Peter shared that the word "woe" means, along with being a warning, a deep distressing cry of grief.

Let me repeat that. A deep, distressing, cry. Of grief.

Good Lord. Jesus had compassion on the Scribes and Pharisees too, and wanted them in His kingdom as well. He was deeply grieving for them, and wasn't telling them this diatribe merely to yell at them for their injustices. He was showing them what was wrong so that they could see and fix it. Jesus even calls them blind, and he tries to open their eyes (yeah, I think calling them a brood of vipers got their attention too haha). But ultimately, God wants everyone in His kingdom.

One final thought. The very first thing Jesus mentions to open this speech is that the Scribes and Pharisees and Rabbis put heavy burdens on people and do nothing to lift them off. How insightful- that is exactly what religion does to man. Religion is a heavy weight, one that burdens, crushes, and torments one with guilt and a feeling of never measuring up. But thank God Almighty that He lifts our burdens from us! That is not what the Christian life is about, being heavy. Heaviness comes from from God, but from man and his self- imposed rules.

Ok, last thought. Well maybe lol. I think it was Gary L. who mentioned that these woes are not just matters that we can leave with a religious group of Hebrews from 2,000 years ago. Rather, they are the conditions from man apart from God that he sets upon himself when he chooses to leave God's presence. it started when Cain killed Abel, and when Cain talked to God face- to- face (can you even imagine?!), he chose to leave God's presence. And that's where we get when we choose to leave His presence- empty rules.

Friday, July 10, 2009

Physical Therapy :(

Well, I went for the first time yesterday- and OW!! So painful.

Man, I am messed up. My knee isn't going to get better without fixing other problems I have, so I guess the good news is that things can be fixed; the bad news is it will take some time. Great. can't wait.

Wednesday, July 8, 2009


Daniel now has a Facebook. Why am I commenting on this? Because I'm realizing more and more that I have an amazing brother. I mean, that sounds kind of lame, but he really is. He is smart, thoughtful, has a great sense of humor, and does all he can to help others. Who could ask for a better brother? He keeps me rolling on the floor with his quirky impressions of woody woodpecker and Mrs. Potatohead, and gives me back rubs and foot rubs whenever I want them. Spoiled? Yes, yes I am. Granted, he gets paid sometimes but still. How lucky am I! He reads his Bible, pays attention in church, and is trying to become the young man God wants him to be. Awww. He gets me drink refills at restaurants. Lets me sit up fromt even though now, he's taller than me. He holds doors, and even does my chores sometimes without complaining. He's a leader- for ASU's Prime the Pipeline project, he was the leader of Team Dan and did an awesome job.


I love him so much. And now that he has his own Facebook, I am seeing even more that he has tons of friends who care about him and who he cares for. Awesome! :)