Tuesday, May 24, 2011

I Know the Feeling...



-Natasha W.

Reading with Greg's Coffee Bar Sumatra Dark Brewed Coffee, and Freshly Baked Cappuccino Muffins

An Excerpt from

Just Do Something:
A Liberating Approach to Finding God's Will
(Or How to Make a Decision Without Dreams, Visions, Fleeces, Impressions, Open Doors, Random Bible Verses, Casting Lots, Liver Shivers, Writing in the Sky, Etc.)
by Kevin DeYoung



"In general, he [God] guides and directs his people by affording them, in answer to prayer, the light of his Holy Spirit, which enables them to understand and to love the Scriptures. The Word of God is not to be used as a lottery; nor is it designed to instruct us by shreds and scraps, which detached from their proper places have no determinative import; but it is to furnish us with just principles, right apprehensions to regulate our judgments and affections, and thereby to influence and direct our conduct.” -John Newton
There's a word for this approach to guidance and the will of God- Wisdom. It's not sexy, and it requires no secret decoder ring. But it is the way to "understand righteousness and justice and equity, every good path.” (Proverbs 2:9)
- Kevin DeYoung

-Natasha W.

Thursday, May 19, 2011

Levin, in the Field, Fifteen Miles from Pokrovskoe, Part 3 Chapter 12

"He could not have been mistaken. There were no other eyes in the world like those. There was no other being in the world capable of concentrating for him all the light and meaning of life. It was she. It was Kitty. He realized that she was driving to Yergushovo from the railway station. And all that had troubled Levin during that sleepless night, all the decisions he had taken, all of it suddenly vanished. "

I am utterly, euphorically, enchanted and swept up in the world of Anna Karenina and the incredible web of lives interwoven by Leo Tolstoy.

I love the extravagant use of names.

For instance, Kitty, is: Shcherbatsky, Princess Ekaterina Alexandrovna, also known as Katerina, Kitty, Katia, and Katenka.

Stiva is: Oblonsky, Prince Stepan Arkadyich. 


Dolly is: Oblonsky, Princess Darya Alexandrovna, also known as Dasha, Dashenka, and Dollenka.

I just love it. I am thinking up about ten different names for one of my future children. They may need a doctorate degree before they can spell their whole name, but by Jeeves, it shall be elegant!


Love,
Natasha W.


Wednesday, May 11, 2011

I Love...


Building friendships over authentic Italian Margherita pizza...
Exploring scene-esque coffee house atmospheres in foreign cities...
Discovering and sharing new profound, gripping, and giftedly artistic music outside the typical radio waves...
Memories out on the "Relaxation Grotto" with family and a large, storm-a-phobic Lacy named Watson...
Discovering a song called Natasha by Rufus Wainwright...
Poring over the riveting Anna Karenina late at night... 
The convenience of glancing down at my navy blue and white watch for the time instead of my phone...
Finding myself right in the heart of yet another character-testing adventure...
Playing Lauren's copy of Sherlock Holme's classics on my tv when I am alone...
Being happy for friends and family who are having babies and naming them beautiful names...
Feeling that for the first time in my life, I have some pretty great things to put on a resume´ (thanks be to God!)...



C’est la vie. 
Natasha W.