Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Day 8 My favorite Quote

I'm not very good at documenting or remembering quotes that I really like, although you would think I would be that type of person.. I normally come across something, and I'll underline it if it's in a book. Or a phrase/quote will run through my mind for a few days if it's something I hear, and it's really good. Therefore, I can't exactly say that the following is my all time favorite, but I came across this recently and really liked it.

"Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won't feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine, as children do. We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It is not just in some of us; it is in everyone. And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others." 

Nelson Mandela inauguration speech, originally Marianne Williamson

Monday, November 29, 2010

A Musical Monday, Harry's Game

I think I'm going to try an experiment... I like the idea of regularly posting music that is inspiring to me as an artist and that I can create to and paint listening to. So, on Mondays, as often as I can remember, I am going to try to post music that is inspiring to me. This will also be good for me in that I'm going to have to look for things to inspire me... a very good part of disciplining myself in the creative process.
So, shall we give it a try?

Today's music is from Celtic Woman. I watched the PBS Celtic Woman Special tonight, I think they were doing their "Greatest Journey" tour. Since it was one of their old tour videos, it made me want to go back and listen to some of my old Celtic Woman. While listening to their self-title album, I came across Harry's Game, which is all in Gaelic. It is wonderful.... mystical and earthy....mysterious.
I also found some background info on the song itself: "The lyrics to the song were written to depict the story of The Troubles among all sides in Northern Ireland and the future of the sides (Nationalist, Republican, Unionist and Loyalist). The lyrics, derived from an ancient text from Galway, explain how in war and in violence, no side will win - that all lose." The lyrics and translation are included at the end of the post.
I'll let you have a listen, and you can tell me what you think...  

Harry's Game
Imtheochaidh soir is siar
A dtainig ariamh
An ghealach is an ghrian
Fol lol the doh fol the day
Fol the day fol the day
Imtheochaidh an ghealach’s an ghrian
An Daoine og is a chail ’na dhiadh
Fol lol the doh fol the day
Fol the day fol the day
Fol lol the doh fol the day
Fol the day fol the day
Imtheochaidh a dtainig ariamh
an duine og is a chail ne dhiadh
Fol lol the doh fol the day
Fol the day fol the day
I will go east and go west
From whence came
The moon and the sun

The moon and the sun will go
And the young man

With his reputation behind him
I will go wherever he came from -
The young man with his reputation behind him 

Day 7 A Picture of Me and the Person I Have Been Closest with the Longest

I think this is going to be a toss up among lots of people.... And I have to share that at this point, I feel that the rules of this entire all about me thing obviously went out the window a few days back, because while the title asks for the one person, I cannot choose because I am close to all of these people and have been almost all my life.

My sister, Rebekah

Brittany that I have known forever....
I need to find some pictures of us in the kindergarten era!
(The Brittany-Jenna combination rocked high school by the way!)

My lovely Monika
Old School Us :) .... Workcamp!
My brother, Joshua

My Mom

And now, just some pictures of my family and friends that I have always been very close to. Love you guys!

Jane Eyre

So excited about this! The trailer for the new Jane Eyre movie is out!

Obedience.... Or the Lack Thereof

As odd as I know this is about to sound, I think last night, God scolded me. Or maybe that doesn't sound odd at all. When God asked Israel to do something or when God asked one of his prophets to do something, and neither did it, God didn't just say well that's ok...maybe we'll find something else for you to do. Or, maybe next time we'll get it right. No, I'm pretty sure Jonah didn't have that luxury. Neither did Gideon, despite God having to reassure him with the fleece. And no matter how many excuses he had, neither did Moses.

God told me to do something. He told me the direction I should go. I stalled, doubted, got stressed, worried, became sick, and then just ignored God. But I am here to tell you, that probably won't work. Actually, I'm pretty sure that the scolding I just received is evidence enough that I am going to have to start doing what God asked.

I think the reason I have been so "dissatisfied" or "frustrated" with what I've been doing have been small words from God. I feel like he was gently trying to remind me that I still hadn't obeyed. Yet for whatever reason, I took my frustration to mean I should look for something else or try harder. Yesterday this all came to a screeching halt when I got so overwhelmed to the point of being plain angry. I don't normally get so worked up, and I don't get angry/annoyed this easily.... I knew we had a problem when I started biting at people I love. I never do that. Something in me just got so angry at where I am and what I have been doing. And then when I realized how I was acting, and that I was acting this way out of pure panic, I think God cleared the fog.

"....Ummm... hello Jenna? Really? You think everything is going to be A-OK when you disobey? Absolutely not! What have you been doing?? This is NOT what I asked you to do. You know what you were supposed to be doing. Why did you doubt me? Why do you still doubt me? Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. And I'm going to need to you to stop this other mess immediately..."

In other words, this is your final warning before I bring on a very large fish.... Catching on yet?

And here I thought that putting things off wasn't technically disobeying.... How very wrong I was.

Sunday, November 28, 2010

Day 6 My Favorite Book

Arggg... these favorite ones are too difficult to choose for! Reading is pretty much my favorite thing, Borders is my hang out spot, and you want me to choose my favorite book?!?

Well, if I must....

Actually, no. I'm just going to do another list of favorites :)

So I love love love reading Christian fiction, especially historical fiction, and this would be my all time favorite of that genre

But I also love just about ANYTHING from the authors of these...

I want to read....
(I know this wasn't exactly included in the question, but I can't help myself...)

(I know, I am such a girl....)

And I cannot forget to include some of my classic favorite books