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What is selah?

You never realize that you’re tired and that you’ve been running on empty until you finally stop. Then when the closest of friends lovingly mentions how you look so tired at 9:30 pm and you insist you’re not that tired (as your days typically wind down at midnight), it makes you wonder if perhaps you’ve been running a little too long on overdrive. Well, perhaps its days like this where you really do need a selah from life–life that is but a crazy flurry of a whirlwind around you, and you’re deceived to think all is fine when you are really just in the eye of the storm for a moment. Good luck getting out of that one, right?

Well, I’ve heard selah defined as stop and think about it, or to take a pause. While a difficult word to translate, perhaps deep down we have a deep sense of the meaning and feeling behind the word–like a soft and gentle whisper inside that nudges you to just give yourself a moment to stop, rest, think, and ponder.

So find a way to take a selah whether it be a trip to the hot tub or aimlessly wandering around a Target or Costco (with no intention of purchasing anything) for a while to decompress from long days, or taking a stroll on a beach somewhere.

A perfect place to stroll...

If we plan to live as long as our tough farm-raised grandparents, we probably need to find more times to selah. How would you selah?

Good Morning, America!

A morning view of the Empire State Building (in the light, on the left)!

At least, this is what it looks like to wake up in NYC if you ever got to sleep that is. It really is a city that doesn’t sleep. The horns are honking all night long (it’s 11:24 pm). The fire truck sirens blare at night and in the morning. Your neighbors might see into your place from across the 14th floor. It’s definitely not a place to be if you’re noise and light sensitive (which I am). But after a full day of Bibles for America (BfA) distributions at the World Trade Center and Columbia University and an evening of Christian fellowship on The Economy of God by Witness Lee with 31 people squeezed into a little studio, and the all-fitting life (2 Corinthians 6:1, footnote 1), all I have to say is NYC is awesome!! :) It’d be so fun to live here…though I think my favorite place would be Central Park for some peace and calm away from the hustle and bustle of city life.

inspi(red)

There is a man who inspires me. I can’t say why or how exactly just yet….but he was someone who knew the secret of maintaining his joy in the most adverse of situations. Maybe I’ll have more to say after I re-read Watchman Nee – A Seer of the Divine Revelation in the Present Age by Witness Lee. But for now…I am happy to be inspired. What kinds of things inspire you?

An endurance test.

I was never one of those kids that could run. Swimming I was pretty decent with if it didn’t exceed 4 laps or 100 meters, but when it came to running, every time it felt like my lungs were going to either explode or implode from inefficient breathing. It’s been so long since I ran I can’t even remember the sensation enough to describe it, but let’s just say it was no fun.

However, when it comes to spiritual exercise, joining the church in Irvine in their truth pursuit program for the Life-Study of Exodus by Witness Lee has been a test of endurance to say the least. I wouldn’t say it’s painful on the lungs, as the reading has actually been healthy in terms of spiritual breathing, but it has been more like a disjointed sprinting, tripping, running off the track, finding the way back to the track, going at a steady pace, and jumping over hurdles, warming up, cooling down, and a 3-legged race kind of experience to get through the 185 chapters.

I’ve tried sequestering myself at coffee shops to carve out the time to read a chapter or catch up on a “few” missed chapters…

I’ve tried catching a page or two at yogurt shops while waiting to meet up with friends for lunch…

But the best help I’ve had so far is sticking to Thursday night readings with a couple other gals from my small group. This has definitely been most helpful in staying on schedule and being accountable. Thanks Cchu and P.Zo for being such faithful study buddies!! Only like 100 more chapters to go…well…according to the schedule, I don’t think we’ll finish until March 2012. Not too bad…since we’re in the 3rd volume of 4 for the greenbacks..and we just finished chapter 92 tonight out of the 185…almost 50% complete, minus the handful of chapters I have yet to make up in the 80s. Woohoo!! :)

An American Thanksgiving

There are so many things to be thankful for these days. Family, friends, health, every new day, every leg of safe travel to-throughout-from Ohio, food on the table, life itself (in zoe, psuche, and bios forms)…  In 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18, Paul reminds us to “Always rejoice, unceasingly pray, in everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.” Well, may every day be filled with just that and we’d be those in the perfect will of God by having our hearts turned to the Lord and receive the dispensing of zoe-life from our dear Lord Jesus Christ. As easy as it was to enjoy a nice plate of Thanksgiving fare with a whole lot of pie a la mode for bodily health, I’m reminded that it is just as easy to enjoy the Lord for spiritual health simply by calling on His name with three little words…”Oh Lord Jesus” as I walk and talk to Him throughout all the ups, downs, and in-betweens in the course of human life.