David Cook and “Hello”

I just found this song on Sonific and had to add it, even though it isn’t sung by David (or anyone for that matter). It was the best I could do. 😦

I absolutely LOVE David Cook singing that song. The funny thing is, I wasn’t a fan of his at all before Tuesday night. But he was incredible; and totally deserves to be recognized for his talent. I was sitting there through his performance, at war with myself. My mind was saying that, on one hand, I was a fan of Micheal Johns, Jason Castro, and David Archuleta; that was enough for me. No, no, no. David Cook is at the top for me now. 🙂 I can’t wait till Tuesday to see him perform again. And, as soon as I have cash, I’m going to be buying his performance from I-Tunes.

I just hope all this doesn’t make him into one of those unbearable celebrities. But for now, he’s going to be getting my votes.

Sisters; The Perfect Ingredient For Happiness

“I will not say that your mulberry trees are dead, but I am afraid they are not alive.” Jane Austen, in a letter to her sister, Cassandra

I love reading the, albeit meager, correspondence between Jane and Cassandra. It reminds me of the relationship between my own sisters and me. This is exactly one of the many sarcastic, dry attempts at humour that come out of one of the four of us!

What a great blessing it is to have sisters! And twice the blessing to be best friends! I have met many girls who cannot stand their sisters; and it always makes me sad. What wonderful happiness they are missing out on! They do not enjoy the companionship of sisters trekking through pastures and woods, streams and meadows. Of shopping together, being as goofy as possible, trying on a million different outfits (or in some cases, forcing a sister to try them on with you!). Of lying awake into the early hours of the morning, either laughing, or expounding on beliefs and theories; ‘philosophying’ as sis’ Christi and I like to call it. 🙂

I have been separated from my own sisters for more than a week now; and I miss them terribly. I cannot wait to get back to them; share all our ups and downs of the past week; our joys and sorrows; our successes, and our laughable failures!

My sisters, my best friends; I love and miss you. I look forward to the time we can once more do all these things together!

The Understanding of Women

“No one can think more highly of the understanding of women than I do…nature has given them so much, that they never find it necessary to use more than half.” Henry Tilney, Northanger Abbey

No, I am not reading Northanger Abbey at this time; I have a book of quotes taken from Jane Austen’s works, and am putting it to good use. Henry Tilney is quickly becoming one of my favorite male characters from Miss Austen’s masterpieces; and he has easily made it into my top quoted.

I love the above quote; and can just see his smiling face as Henry teases Catherine.

Continuation on Excellence Divided: Fragility

So, how do we find that strength? What is, essentially, the strength of fragility?

I am enthralled by the very thought of strength found in weakness. It captures my attention and holds me there, transfixed, eager to learn more. One of my favorite books that touches on the subject of fragile strength is John and Stasi Eldredge’s ‘Captivating’.

Women are described, in I Peter 3:7, as ”someone weaker, since she is a woman…”. Now I don’t think that Peter is saying women are weak, but weaker. And I don’t think anyone can say that women do not contain strength. Think of Mother Teressa, Joan of Arc, Moses’ mother, Ruth, Esther, and one of my personal favorites: Mary the mother of Jesus.

What made each of these women strong? I believe it was their fragility. Christ said; “My grace is sufficient for you, for power (or strength) is perfected in weakness.”

Paul went on to say “Most gladly, therefore, I will rather boast about my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may dwell in me. I am well content with (my) weaknesses…”. II Cor. 12:9, 10.

Weakness, just like fear (a subject I will touch upon at a later date), is not something to be ashamed of. You cannot be strong, unless you are first weak.

“For consider your calling, brethren, that there were not many wise according to the flesh, not many mighty, not many noble; but God has chosen the foolish things of the world to shame the wise, and God has chosen the weak things of the world to shame the things which are strong, and the base things of the world and the despised God has chosen, the things that are not, so that He may nullify the things that are, so that no man may boast before God. But by His doing you are in Christ Jesus, who became to us wisdom from God, and righteousness and sanctification, and redemption, so that, just as it is written, “Let him who boasts, boast in the Lord.”  I Cor. 1:26-31                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             

Excellence Divided

“I should no more lay it down as a general rule that women write better letters than men, than that they sing better duets, or draw better landscapes. In every power, of which taste is the foundation, excellence is pretty fairly divided between the sexes.” Henry Tilney: Northanger Abbey

Why do we insist, as women, that we are superior to men? That we can do anything they can, and better?

Why can we not recognize that we have different functions, capabilities, and strengths?

One of the beauties of womanhood is fragility. And in that fragility, is found strength to match none.

“Those who tell their own story must be listened to with caution…[for] seldom, very seldom, does complete truth belong to any human disclosure; seldom can it happen that something is not disguised, or a little mistaken.” Jane Austen. Sift what you hear, determine the truth in it; only then may I hope to inspire you.