Friday, January 22, 2010

January 22, 2010

This week I went full time at work. Today was sort of a snow day. We went in to work for part of the day, though. Since Monday night, we've gotten about 3 feet of snow.

Church is canceled tomorrow due to the quantity of snow, I'm assuming. Olin was going to be teaching Sabbath School on the fruit of the Spirit: Peace. I was looking forward to it.

Now I'm looking forward to a relaxing time at home with plenty of time to read the Bible & get caught up in Patriarchs & Prophets. I've been trying to stay in the same place in both the Bible & PP, but it's not practical, so I'm just going to continue on in PP since I'm having a hard time keeping up in the Bible. I am happy to have finished Deuteronomy this morning, though. Also, will probably spend a bit of time watching 3ABN, as we are right now. It might clear off tomorrow, so there's also a possibly good opportunity for snow shoeing. Whatever tomorrow brings, I pray it will bring us all closer to our beloved Creator.

Had chili & corn muffins for supper. Yummmm... I didn't exactly measure out the recipe, just threw in the "right" ingredients. It called for some sugar, so I poured in a little bit of maple syrup since I don't like to use refinded sugar, but apparently I put a tad bit too much of it. It was still really tasty, though & Olin & I each had two bowls & had 2 1/2 corn muffins each. The corn muffins were also a little interesting, but still good. I used ground up flax seeds instead of an egg, but didn't measure those either (got quite of a lot in there). That & the whole wheat pastry flour that I used instead of all purpose, made them look kind of brown & speckled instead of bright yellow, but the taste was yummy & they rose just fine too.

It's been a rough couple of weeks in that I've lost 3 people that I knew. One was a boy that I knew growing up. He was a boy that I actually loved & dated for a short time in junior high. He died at age 28. His funeral was last Friday. I wish I could have been there for the family. I don't feel comfortable discussing all the circumstances surrounding his death & what caused it as some information should be kept private for the sake of the grieving family. However, I will say I was encouraged to hear that his brother spoke with him the day before he died & says he had made his peace with God. He was a tender-hearted soul in a lot of ways. He loved animals. I realize as much as anyone that he wasn't perfect, but none of us are.

Actually I am going to discuss a sensitive topic in case there's anyone that might be sobered up by reading it. Drugs kill. They destroyed his kidneys & his heart & made him look like death itself. I've bailed him out of jail, I've watched him throw drugs out the window while following the cops to the jail. I would like to wring the neck of the person who led him into that lifestyle. His loss is tragic & disgusting. Sin is ugly & it makes me look forward to the day when we will live in a world anew that is free of it.

An elementary schoolteacher (Mrs. Inman) died in the last couple of weeks also. I did not have any classes from her, but I know she was a kind & beloved teacher.

Also, my high school chemistry & physics teacher (Mr. Hopkins) died this week from Parkinson's. His funeral was today. I wanted to watch it online but I was at work. Broadcasting funerals on the Internet is a new concept to me. I did not know people did that. It's an interesting concept. I loved chemistry, but I hated physics. I tried to drop physics, but Mr. Hopkins wouldn't let me. I am grieving especially for my classmate Heather Hopkins, who should not have to lose a parent at such a young age.

I am grieving for Mrs. Inman's family.

I am grieving for Matthew's family. The only pictures I have of him are before we even knew each other. We met once when we were kids, before I even remembered meeting him. When I did get to know him, he hated to have his picture taken. I looked through every single picture I could find & found nothing beyond the age of about 5.

I was in a good mood when I started this blog & now it's depressing me. I think I need to go to bed. Again, I hope tomorrow will bring peace, as given by Jesus himself, & comfort to the grieving, as comes from God's Holy Spirit (the Comforter). God bless you & good night.


  1. Beautiful post, Alilia. May you enjoy your quiet Sabbath and find peace again amidst the sadness. Matt was a sad testimony of the devastation that a life lived apart from God can bring. We are all grieving for his family. But I believe we will see him again. God knew his heart even better than we did. Remember this life is just a wink of time and the next thing Matt will see is Jesus'

  2. I'm sorry you've had to face so much loss in such a short time. :(