Pondering...

Just stumbled upon this in my study this morning.  Becoming a Woman of Excellence by Cynthia Heald.  Might possibly be a review on this book, but I can't promise anything... =]

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Lord,
Open my ears!
So much of what I read in Your Word speaks
of the importance of hearing.
Wisdom demands it;
Righteousness requires it;
Understanding necessitates it.
I can see so much of selective hearing.
Am I a selective listener?
Do I only hear what I want to?
Oh, Father!
You know how I long to be
wise,
understanding,
discerning.
Teach me to hear from people,
experiences,
expressions,
tones of life...
With an openness of mind,
a totality of heart,
and an abandonment of my own preconceived ideas.
Help me to learn.
Teach me to open my ears and really hear.

Carole Mayhall






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For the Sake of Updating...

Yes.  For the sake of updating, I decided to do a random post... (another?!?)  You know, just to give you an idea of what's been going on 'round here.

Life at the house has been a little languid the past few days.  Spring-time sickness has come around and I have just now got over it.  Thank You, Lord!  But Ma, on the other hand, is still in bed with cold and a bit of the pink eye.  Nasty stuff, it is.  Please pray for fast recovery!  No one likes to be sick.

Some more cheerful news: 
I won second place in the Secret Story Contest!!!  Yay!  I so happy. ^ _ ^  To refresh your memory, you can click the pic at your right to see my entry or click this link, and it will take you to the final results where you can check out the other winner's and their great entries.  =]  Please do, I believe they were well earned.

Random fact:  right now I am staring out of the French doors of our dining room and watching millions of tiny snowflakes blur all around the house.  Yep.  Snow!  In Spring!  I can't tell you how much I wish the Spring weather would hurry on, but it still gives me a thrill to see our house looking as if we were in a snow-globe   Although the flakes are not laying on the ground, it is still a beauty to see them swirling all around.

And guess what??  Quite a while ago, we pre-ordered The Hobbit on 2-disc Special Edition (from Amazon) and just received it in the mail today!  I admit we were a bit disappointed that it didn't come on the date it would appear on DVD (March 19th), which kind of made it seem pointless to even pre-order... when we didn't get it by then... But anywho, some great friends of ours, who had also ordered it online and received it before, invited us and another family for a movie night this past Friday!  We watched it then and had a great time of fellowship and yummy food.  The movie was great, too, of course!  (My siblings and I just finished watching half of the Special Features on the making of The Hobbit, being as today is one of those lazy-to-cold-to-do-anything-outside-days...)


Also, hop on over to Maidens of Virtue to read my sister's first installment of an Easter short story she's written.  As of right now, she has no title for it, but it is really good.  And I'm not just saying that 'cause she's my sister... She has a great style of writing, one that draws you in.

Also, I've been mentioning, every now and then, about posting short stories on this here blog.  Well, I am pleased to announce Peder's story is nearly ready!  It is currently undergoing some serious editing, but I hope to have the first chapter posted by next week.  And yes, I did say chapter... I repeat, it is a short story, though it's turned out a bit longer than my first intention.  Don't forget to check back!

Thanks for the visit!

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What's in a Name?

"King Ahab Seeks Counsel" engraving by Otto Elliger
Micaiah
Gender:  Masculine & Feminine
Usage:  Biblical
Pronunciation:
mie-KAY-ǝ (English)

Meaning & History
Means "who is like YAHWEH?" in Hebrew.  This name appears in the Old Testament, belonging to both males and females.  (1 Kings 22)(2 Kings 22:12)(2 Chron. 13:2; 17:7; 18:7-8,12-14,16,18,23-25,27)(Nehemiah 12:35,41)(Jeremiah 36:11,13)

In the image to your right, the prophet Micaiah, son of Imlah, prophesies before King Ahab of Israel and King Jehoshaphat of Judah (1 Kings 22).


Parvati
Gender:  Feminine
Usage:  Indian, Hinduism
Pronunciation:  PAHR-vah-tee

Meaning & History
Means "daughter of the mountains" in Sanskrit.  Parvati is a Hindu goddess, the wife of Shiva - which means "benign, kind, auspicious" - the god of destruction and restoration.  She is also the mother of Ganesha (pro. ga-NAYSH) - which means "lord of hordes" - who is the god of wisdom and good luck.  Her son, Ganesha  is depicted as a stout man with the head of an elephant.  O _ o



General Omar Bradley (1950)
Omar
Gender:  Masculine
Usage:  Arabic, English, Biblical
Pronunciation:  O-mahr (English), O-mǝr (English)

Meaning & History
Means "speaker" in Hebrew.  In the Old Testament, this was the name of a son of Eliphaz.  (Genesis 36:11,15)(1 Chronicles 1:36)

In Arabic, it is a variant of the given name Umar meaning "populous, flourishing".  This is the usual English spelling of the 12th-century poet Umar Khayyam's name.  Another notable bearer is the American general Omar Bradley (1893-1981).









Lyric
Gender:  Feminine
Usage:  English (modern)
Pronunciation:  LIR-ik

Meaning & History
Simply means "lyric, song-like" from the English word, ultimately derived from the Greek lyrikos.






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Take & Edit: Photo Contest

Good gravy!  I've entered a lot of contests lately...  Ah, well.  Here's another!

Take & Edit Contest by Storyteller.

My entry:

Lilies of Spring

This particular photo has been edited.  But not much! I tweaked the coloring a bit as well as the saturation, just to give it more of a bright, Spring look.

Hope your week is going well!

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Passage to Ponder

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Lamentations 3:21-26

"Yet I call this to mind, and therefore have hope: Because of the Lord's faithful love we do not perish, for His mercies never end.  They are new every morning; great is Your faithfulness! I say: The Lord is my portion, therefore I will put my hope in Him.  The Lord is good to those who wait for Him, to the person who seeks Him.  It is good to wait quietly for deliverance from the Lord."











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Wind in the Willows

I thought I'd try this out, just for the sake of updating my post and maybe even for the fun of it.  =D

Also, I kind of felt sorry for the hostess.  This is for you, Storyteller!


1. What's the most traumatic (I don't care if it's a broken fingernail, whatever...) thing that's happened to you this past week?

A family member lost her unborn baby at 15 weeks.  Please remember her and her family in your prayers!

2. If you could choose somebody to be president, who would you pick?

Chuck Norris.  Actually, I would choose George Washington... that is, if he lived in our era...

3. Are you excited or sad for spring?

Super excited!  I don't like to be cold, so the next two seasons (Spring and Summer) are my favorite!

4. What's been your favorite post on this blog (Rubberboot Girl) so far?

The Quotes post.  You can say I'm a collector of sayings.  ^ _ ^

5. If you changed your blogger name, what would you change it to?

Ashar.  'Cuz it's an anagram of my name.  =]

6. Why'd you follow this blog?

I confess... because of the contests!  *heheh*

7. What would be more horrible--having pizza thrown on your beautiful new school clothes the first day of school, or get tripped down the stairs where you bump right into the most popular kid?

Having pizza destroy my brand new outfit.  Even though I LOVE pizza...

8. Have you ever had to use crutches before?

I can actually say, No.  Never broken a single bone.  *knocks on wood*

9. Picture in your mind the most epic blog design. What would it look like?

That's hard.  I love mine!

10. What kind of posts are you most likely to comment on?

Most anything... I love getting comments, so I assume others do, too!

Have a blessed day!

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Secret Story Contest

I am entering a contest hosted by Storyteller from Rubber Boot Girl!  This is a book cover design contest.  

Here is my entry:


I did not wish for royalty. I cringe at the attention. My heart's desire would be to remain at home with my books, or in the Library translating ancient scrolls along-side my brother, Coniah.
But the world cares not for my heart.

So writes Dassah, only daughter of the late Ecani.  Dassah is a Yoshanin of Makar.  And in the barbarous land of Ishad, being a believer of the One God has its... consequences.
When the king announces his quest to find a bride, Dassah could care less. The fewer people who knew her heritage, the better. She was happy dwelling in the relative safety of her humble home and working as a scribe for the Shadhin Library, while under the full protection and guidance of her older brother.
But it was not to be.
In a public show of his authority, the king decrees that all eligible young ladies be taken to the palace where they would undergo a series of beauty treatments, after which the king would then choose his new queen from among them.
She didn't stand a chance. 
Did she?

In this beautiful retelling of the biblical tale of Esther, up-and-coming, award winning author Samara Gamgee creates the story of a young Yoshan girl who becomes Queen Adhara of the Ishadi Empire. Little does she know, her purpose as queen of the pagan nation would set in motion a revolution for her people. The God of her family has a plan for her life, and that of her people.  
She need only trust Him.



What do you think?  Wanna enter?


Click here!

Oh, dear.  I'm going to have to write her story now...

The biblical account of Esther is my favorite tale from the Bible!  There's been so many different versions, whether it's movies or musical adaptions... Well, I might as well throw my 2-cents in, right?  Heheh... We'll see!

Thanks for reading!


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Snippets of March

Here's another round of Snippets!  The following are from Peder's story.  I believe it is finished, I just have a whole lot of editing to do...  Hang in there! I plan to post his story in parts as soon as it's complete.

Enjoy.

All in a Day's Work


For two years, I was in prison. And oddly, during that time, I gained a friend, though at first I ignored her presence.” At the mention of her, Peder's eyebrows raised, but Slannin paid no mind. “I wanted nothing to do with her. But her persistence, her patience... She opened my eyes to a Great Love, though, till now, I had yet to accept it.”

[Slannin]

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    “ ...she believes you are a troubled man, seeking refuge and purpose. Yet not a physical refuge. Rest for the spirit, as my father used to say.” Slannin looked away, but Peder continued. “In a sense, we are all searching for a purpose in this dark world. Some find it in wealth, others in family, and still others, maybe in labor or work they have a passion for.”
    “And you?”
    “My rest is in my God, Eliadan, the Master-maker. He alone gives me a purpose.  A hope to press on.”


[Peder]

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A phrase entered his mind and he nearly laughed despite himself.
Well, there goes my reputation.

[Slannin]

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Well met, Man-son, well met. One who denies himself is one of noble worth.”

[Lord Keighvyn, the white Dragon]

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"...Gondoa is reputed to be a strong nation. If she keeps to her founding roots - the belief and trust in the God who made her - then she will remain so.”

[Captain Jaron]


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These next two are from my much larger story, Safia, which I'm currently working on while editing Peder's All in a Day's Work. This scene takes place Safia's mother's home country of Charan (pro. sha-RAHN).  You get a peek of her cousins on the Rouseau side.  I'm not sure if you will ever see her father's family... They're a Viking style lot and tend to wander than stay in one place...

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It was mid-morning by the time the group of four arrived at the border of the Tuedor Forest. The trees that made up the Charian wood were tall and stately. From the first moment she allowed her horse's foot to step within its borders, Safia was amazed at the simply beauty. Each tree reached nearly one hundred feet tall, yet were not as ancient or as large as the giants of the Gondian or Ardish forests.

[from Safia]

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    “You are full of surprises today, aren't you? Is there anything else you can't tell me?” she said, looking from one to the other. They nodded cheerfully and Aldric gestured to Logan, who rode ahead.
    “Hey, Logan! Could we tell her–”
    “No.”
    The boys turned to her in mock sadness.
    “Sorry, lady. No telling of secrets. Lord Rouseau's orders.” They laughed and Logan turned around, pretending to be angry. He winked at Safia and she joined their laughter.
     A healing peace, she thought, grateful for her new family.  

[Logan and Payton Rouseau (brothers), Aldric Duval, and Safia Leifson - a group of cousins]

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Thanks for reading!



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Guest Post! In Neverland

Hello, everybody!  I apologize for the lack of activity... 

I just wanted to let you know, I've been featured as a guest author on Hannah's blog, In Neverland.  Pop on over to read my words of wisdom.  =]


Have a blessed day!


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What's in a Name?

This Name post centers on movie characters!

"Smile!"
Thor
Gender:  Masculine
Usage:  Norse Mythology, Danish, Swedish, Norwegian
Pronunciation:  THOR (English), TOR (Danish), TOOR (Swedish, Norwegian)

Meaning & History
From an Old Norse word meaning "thunder." Thor, son of Odin, was the Norse god of strength, thunder, and war - armed with the hammer Mjolnir and an enchanted belt that doubled his strength.

Note: you must know I despise mythology of any culture - Greek, Norse, etc.  I cannot begin to describe how much I loathe it.  They are so messed up!  I've always wondered why it was required in schools to learn the stories and backgrounds of mythology.  Where in the world are these kids going to use such knowledge?!?  It just shows what an evil and corrupt world we live in.  Those stories are full of murder, adultery, deception, and lust.  Seriously, it's not even historically correct --
BECAUSE


But, I wanted to do a Name post with two brothers and two sisters (different films), so I chose these guys.  Personally, Marvel's Avenger movies are some of my absolute favorites!



Loki
Gender:  Masculine
Usage:  Norse Mythology
Pronunciation:  LO-kee

Meaning & History
Meaning unknown - possibly from the Indo-European root leug meaning "to break." In Norse mythology, Loki was the god of mischief, associated with magic and fire.  Over time, he became more and more evil, and was eventually chained to a rock by the other "gods."


In my opinion, Tom Hiddleston did a great job portraying this evil character.  He had just the right amounts of evil and yet, he almost made you feel sorry for him.  If you ever get a chance to watch the Avengers blooper scene, you'll see this guy really isn't a villian.  Always has a smile!


Moving on to another set of characters from another of my favorite film series... NARNIA!

Susan
Gender:  Feminine
Usage:  English
Pronunciation:  SOO-zǝn 

Meaning & History
English variant of Susanna, which is derived from the Greek form of the Hebrew name Shoshannah meaning "lily" or, in modern Hebrew, "rose."  A well-known bearer of this name was the American feminist Susan B. Anthony (1820-1906).

Of course, what person comes first to my mind, is C.S. Lewis' character, Susan Pevensie, Queen of Narnia.  =]  The logical, practical, and sometimes annoying eldest sister of the Pevensie siblings.  She's the realist of the family.





Lucy
Gender:  Feminine
Usage:  English
Pronunciation:  LOO-see

Meaning & History

English form of Lucia, which is the feminine form of Lucius, derived from the Latin word lux meaning "light."  It has been in use as a given name since the Middle Ages.

Queen Lucy the Valiant.  A picture of child-like innocence and curiousity.  In a way, Lucy represents us as humans, displaying the innocence, strength, and weaknesses (as in Voyage of the Dawn Treader) of our fragile character.  Yet, with Aslan, who acts as the character of God, she could do anything.  




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