10 Things I Love.

on January 28, 2007 in Ze Bloggy Goodness with 2 comments by

1) My cell group.
It’s amazing to think that God put us together, five women and four men (four married couples + me), 2 little girls, 1 baby boy (the J man), many more little ones to come and maybe another guy someday. But it feels like home there. It feels long, if that makes sense. Like it’s not just a short investment we are making in each other.

2) Barnes & Noble.
There is something about such a HUGE collection of words that makes me breathe deeply when I enter. I spent about $30 there today, guaranteeing that I have to make dinner at home tonight, but it was totally worth it.

3) My parents.
I ate lunch with them today. And we talked seriously about the future. My future. My plans. What I want to do. And they talked about their thoughts and it is just nice to be in a place where I can see my parents whenever I want to and I enjoy it. They are good people to be around. I’m glad I live in Marietta.

4) Clementines.
My favorite fruit of any season. I wonder if I would love them as much if they were offered all year long. Probably not. Since they are a treat in the winter, I look forward to them; and around Christmas, I begin glancing around the produce section at the grocery store to see if the wooden crates have arrived. Now that they have, I am delighted.

5) Teenagers.
Again, something I sometimes forget. But I’ve been seeing on myspace (why did I learn something from myspace? Sad.) how these kids from East Paulding are grieving the loss of the 2 students who died in a car wreck this week. It makes me appreciate the teenagers I do have in my life and pricks my heart again as I remember how much I miss youth group.

6) God.
Brandon prayed at cell group this morning that God would increase our capacity to grasp who He is. And I remembered that there is so much more to Him than I even know. He is so good and so deep and so wise and so my everything.

7) Brand new books.
And I have 2 sitting on my bed (Soul Cravings by Erwin McManus and The Constant Princess by Philippa Gregory) and as hard as I try, I can not pick out which one to read now.

8) Sunday afternoons.
You just can’t beat this feeling of relaxing with nothing to do but decide which book to read and figure out other ways (besides blogging) to avoid folding laundry.

9) Song writers.
I saw Dave Barnes in concert this weekend (you may remember him from my favorite video ever). Not only was he a good musician, the lyrics he writes are fantastic. I have spent more time reading his lyrics than listening to his music this weekend. I’m a dork, I know. He may be climbing up there with Bebo Norman, but don’t tell Bebo- I don’t want to hurt his feelings.

10) Ice cream.
It’s true.

2 comments

  1. carolineb
    posted on Jan 29, 2007 at 5:07 PM  |  reply

    #7) Glad you picked mine!

  2. Leah
    posted on Jan 30, 2007 at 10:18 PM  |  reply

    I love clementines and teenagers too! And new books. But… can’t you just read both new books at the same time–then you don’t have to choose.

    So ENFP, huh? let’s talk about that. Are the descriptions below like you?

    They live in the world of possibilities, and can become very passionate and excited about things.

    Project-oriented, they may go through several different careers during their lifetime. To onlookers, the ENFP may seem directionless and without purpose, but ENFPs are actually quite consistent, in that they have a strong sense of values which they live with throughout their lives. Everything that they do must be in line with their values. An ENFP needs to feel that they are living their lives as their true Self, walking in step with what they believe is right. They see meaning in everything, and are on a continuous quest to adapt their lives and values to achieve inner peace. They’re constantly aware and somewhat fearful of losing touch with themselves.

    Because ENFPs live in the world of exciting possibilities, the details of everyday life are seen as trivial drudgery. They place no importance on detailed, maintenance-type tasks, and will frequently remain oblivous to these types of concerns. When they do have to perform these tasks, they do not enjoy themselves.

    ENFPs are pleasant, easygoing, and usually fun to work with. They come up with great ideas, and are a major asset in brainstorming sessions. Followthrough tends to be a problem, however; they tend to get bored quickly, especially if a newer, more interesting project comes along. They also tend to be procrastinators, both about meeting hard deadlines and about performing any small, uninteresting tasks that they’ve been assigned.

    ENFPs are global learners. Close enough is satisfactory to the ENFP

    Champions consider intense emotional experiences as being vital to a full life, although they can never quite shake the feeling that a part of themselves is split off, uninvolved in the experience.

    In the same vein, Champions strive toward a kind of spontaneous personal authenticity, and this intention always to “be themselves” is usually communicated nonverbally to others, who find it quite attractive. All too often, however, Champions fall short in their efforts to be authentic, and they tend to heap coals of fire on themselves, berating themselves for the slightest self-conscious role-playing.

    Because they see endless possibilities, to select one possibility appears to the ENFP to be too narrow a focus. They hate to be boxed into a career for life and therefore hesitate and resist making decisions.

    A motto that might describe the ENFP as a learner is “There’s always another way or another answer.”

    ENFPs often have a difficult time separating their work from their leisure. Because they like to have fun while they work and usually arrange their work lives to meet this need, the boundaries between their work and their leisure may not be as clear as they might be for some other types.

    Their leadership style is one of soliciting and recognizing others’ contributions and of evaluating the personal needs of their followers.

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