The Letter of Recommendation. Have you ever asked someone to write one for you before you left a position or a company? Have you ever been asked to write one for for a colleague?
Years ago, I asked some executives in upper management roles if they would be willing to write a Letter of Recommendation for me. They all said yes, but only one came through. At the end of the letter was written, “…if nothing else, Kris is good for a laugh.” Wow! I know I have a playful side and can goof around, but this does not sound professional. In my opinion this document was rendered useless.
Since we are not of this world, I asked Jesus if he was willing to write a Letter of Recommendation for me. He obliged and what I found interesting was He dated it way before I was born. What he wrote makes me smile everytime. My favorite line, “Kristine is someone I would die for.”
Romans 12:2 (NIV)
Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.
I have had it up to here (picture me with my right hand flat, palm down looking like I am going to saw my neck off) with all this snow this winter. I have been looking at it as a burden having to layer clothes, shovel and snow blow, scrape car windows, and maneuver through narrow car-parked streets freckled with potholes. I fret over the ice buildup on the roof that when the sun shines, it melts into my house rather than outside where it belongs.
And then, I went for a walk this evening.
I donned my snow pants, tall Patagonia boots, wool gloves inside my husband’s gloves, my long down-filled jacket with hood, and a ski mask exposing my eyes, nose and mouth. Every time I pulled the ski mask up over my nose, my glasses would steam. The snow that fell wasn’t the big flakes that make up a Christmas scene; they were ice pellets hitting my face.
Each snowy step sounded as if I were rubbing two pieces of Styrofoam together in a rhythmic fashion breaking into the silence of the winter evening. I passed a tree in a neighbor’s yard and I stopped and turned as if it called out to me. Its darkened bark and barren branches were beautifully outlined by the snowy background. I was reminded that it is barren for a season. Soon life will sprout forth and it will be a shelter for birds and squirrels as well as shade from the sun.
I sat in a snow bank and observed winter. I gave it my full attention and I take back what I said at the beginning about “having it up to here”. From where I was seated, I saw in the light that those weren’t ice pellets; they were diamonds falling from the sky. They glistened all around me and I felt like a celebrity and all the sparkles were paparazzi taking pictures of me.
During this time, I was reminded of all the fun I had as a kid playing in the snow with my friends. We built snow forts as temporary housing, sledded down hills that made us scream and played that dangerous game of crack-the-whip at the local ice rink. We used to play “King of the Mountain” on the tallest snow bank we could find. Oh, what great memories.
If you have had it up to here (picture me with my right hand flat, palm down looking like I am going to saw my neck off) with all this snow this winter, go take a walk and embrace the beauty.
Psalm 131:1-3 (NIV) A song of ascents. Of David.
1 My heart is not proud, Lord,
my eyes are not haughty;
I do not concern myself with great matters
or things too wonderful for me.
2 But I have calmed and quieted myself,
I am like a weaned child with its mother;
like a weaned child I am content.
3 Israel, put your hope in the Lord
both now and forevermore.
My name is Kristine and I am an addict.
I am addicted to the 26 letters of the alphabet. I manipulate them, string them together and sentence them to say what is in my heart and on my mind.
The way I have been spending my time with words has not been on this blog. I am addicted to an online word game called Words With Friends. What seemed like a harmless App on my phone has taken me away from this blog and you, my readers.
I am addicted to competition. Within Words With Friends is a leaderboard. I monitor this frequently hoping that my valuable time is not wasted. You see, the more points that a person can rack up in the games that are being played simultaneously, have the capability of pushing a person to the top of the leaderboard. Last I checked, I was in the number 1 spot and I was proud. But, the competition is a week long and positioning changes quite frequently. For me, precious minutes of sleep are lost in this addiction as well. My friends can see how many minutes and or hours have passed since I last played a turn in our individual game which I, most likely, have initiated. Clean laundry remains unfolded and not put away, my carpet needs vacuuming and, oh geez, I wonder if the cats have been fed yet today?
What’s the big deal with this type of addiction since a lot of people are doing it too? For me, it takes away from my quiet time with God. I shorten my devotions, centering prayer, and Bible reading time for nothing in return and I usually indulge in a heaping spoonful of personal guilt over wasted time. I realize that when I spend time with God I am nurturing my relationship with Him which is an important part of my faith. This relationship fosters a peace that surpasses my human understanding, I fear less about my life, I journal more, and I tend to write more blogs. In essence, I will engage in Words With Friends, but it will be in the form of this blog and other forms of writing that I plan to do in 2014.
John 1:1-3 (NIV)
The Word Became Flesh
In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was with God in the beginning. Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made.
May you be happy.
May you be well.
May you be safe.
May you be peaceful and at ease.
Happy New Year!
Think about the name you were given at birth. Does your name have a shortened version in which you are commonly called? Do you like your name? Have you changed your name in any way other than by marriage? Are you in a witness protection program and received a new name? Do you have a middle name? Are you commonly called by your middle name and nobody even realizes you have a first name? Are you a male with Senior, Junior or Roman Numerals after your name indicating family succession? Does your given first or last name have rhyming capabilities with not-so-nice words that may have made growing up just a little harder for you? Were you given nicknames by your family and friends that described your physical attributes, something funny you once said or did, or perhaps due to your skills and talents?
Luke 1: 26-33 NIV
In the sixth month of Elizabeth’s pregnancy, God sent the angel Gabriel to Nazareth, a town in Galilee, to a virgin pledged to be married to a man named Joseph, a descendant of David. The virgin’s name was Mary. The angel went to her and said, “Greetings, you who are highly favored! The Lord is with you.”
Mary was greatly troubled at his words and wondered what kind of greeting this might be. But the angel said to her, “Do not be afraid, Mary; you have found favor with God. You will conceive and give birth to a son, and you are to call him Jesus. He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High. The Lord God will give him the throne of his father David, and he will reign over Jacob’s descendants forever; his kingdom will never end.”
The angel Gabriel sent the message from God for Mary to call her son (His son) Jesus. No middle name, no Junior or Roman Numerals following, and interestingly there aren’t any not-so-nice words that rhyme with Jesus. Speaking of nicknames, boy does Jesus have the nicknames.
ADVOCATE: (1 John 2:1)
ALMIGHTY: (Revelation 1:8)
ALPHA AND OMEGA: (Revelation 1:8)
APOSTLE OF OUR PROFESSION: (Hebrews 3:1)
ARM OF THE LORD: (Isaiah 53:1)
AUTHOR AND FINISHER OF OUR FAITH: (Hebrews 12:2)
AUTHOR OF ETERNAL SALVATION: (Hebrews 5:9)
BEGINNING OF CREATION OF GOD: (Revelation 3:14)
BELOVED SON: (Matthew 12:18)
BLESSED AND ONLY POTENTATE: (1 Timothy 6:15)
BRANCH: (Isaiah 4:2)
BREAD OF LIFE: (John 6:32)
CAPTAIN OF SALVATION: (Hebrews 2:10)
CHIEF SHEPHERD: (1 Peter 5:4)
CHRIST OF GOD: (Luke 9:20)
CONSOLATION OF ISRAEL: (Luke 2:25)
CORNERSTONE: (Psalm 118:22)
COUNSELOR: (Isaiah 9:6)
CREATOR: (John 1:3)
DAYSPRING: (Luke 1:78)
DELIVERER: (Romans 11:26)
DESIRE OF THE NATIONS: (Haggai 2:7)
DOOR: (John 10:7)
ELECT OF GOD: (Isaiah 42:1)
EVERLASTING FATHER: (Isaiah 9:6)
FAITHFUL WITNESS: (Revelation 1:5)
FIRST AND LAST: (Revelation 1:17)
FIRST BEGOTTEN: (Revelation 1:5)
FORERUNNER: (Hebrews 6:20)
GLORY OF THE LORD: (Isaiah 40:5)
GOD: (Isaiah 40:3)
GOD BLESSED: (Romans 9:5)
GOOD SHEPHERD: (John 10:11)
GOVERNOR: (Matthew 2:6)
GREAT HIGH PRIEST: (Hebrews 4:14)
HEAD OF THE CHURCH: (Ephesians 1:22)
HEIR OF ALL THINGS: (Hebrews 1:2)
HOLY AND RIGHTEOUS ONE: (Acts 3:14)
HOLY ONE OF GOD: (Mark 1:24)
HOLY ONE OF ISRAEL: (Isaiah 41:14)
HORN OF SALVATION: (Luke 1:69)
I AM: (John 8:58)
IMAGE OF GOD: (2 Corinthians 4:4)
IMMANUEL: (Isaiah 7:14)
JESUS: (Matthew 1:21)
JESUS OF NAZARETH: (Matthew 21:11)
JUDGE OF ISRAEL: (Micah 5:1)
THE JUST ONE: (Acts 7:52)
KING: (Zechariah 9:9)
KING OF THE AGES: (1 Timothy 1:17)
KING OF THE JEWS: (Matthew 2:2)
KING OF KINGS: (1 Timothy 6:15)
KING OF SAINTS: (Revelation 15:3)
LAWGIVER: (Isaiah 33:22)
LAMB: (Revelation 13:8)
LAMB OF GOD: (John 1:29)
LEADER AND COMMANDER: (Isaiah 55:4)
THE LIFE: (John 14:6)
LIGHT OF THE WORLD: (John 8:12)
LION OF THE TRIBE OF JUDAH: (Revelation 5:5)
LORD OF ALL: (Acts 10:36)
LORD OF GLORY: (1 Corinthians 2:8)
LORD OF LORDS: (1 Timothy 6:15)
LORD OF OUR RIGHTEOUSNESS: (Jeremiah 23:6)
MAN OF SORROWS: (Isaiah 53:3)
MEDIATOR: (1 Timothy 2:5)
MESSENGER OF THE COVENANT: (Malachi 3:1)
MESSIAH: (Daniel 9:25) (John 1:41)
MIGHTY GOD: (Isaiah 9:6)
MIGHTY ONE: (Isaiah 60:16)
MORNING STAR: (Revelation 22:16)
NAZARENE: (Matthew 2:23)
ONLY BEGOTTEN SON: (John 1:18)
OUR PASSOVER: (1 Corinthians 5:7)
PRINCE OF LIFE: (Acts 3:15)
PRINCE OF PEACE: (Isaiah 9:6)
PROPHET: (Luke 24:19) (Acts 3:22)
REDEEMER: (Job 19:25)
RESURRECTION AND LIFE: (John 11:25)
ROCK: (1 Corinthians 10:4)
ROOT OF DAVID: (Revelation 22:16)
ROSE OF SHARON: (Song of Songs 2:1)
SAVIOR: (Luke 2:11)
SON OF THE BLESSED: (Mark 14:61)
SON OF DAVID: (Matthew 1:1)
SON OF GOD: (Matthew 2:15)
SON OF THE HIGHEST: (Luke 1:32)
SUN OF RIGHTEOUSNESS: (Malachi 4:2)
TRUE LIGHT: (John 1:9)
TRUE VINE: (John 15:1)
TRUTH: (John 1:14)
WITNESS: (Isaiah 55:4)
WORD: (John 1:1)
WORD OF GOD: (Revelation 19:13)
The name given to me at birth is Kristine Marie. For professional or business purposes, I will indicate or write my name as Kristine; however, I do prefer to be called Kris. Some of the nicknames I inherited are few, yet still have been associated with me: Krissy, Fish, Anna B, Kristine the Bean, Baker and Sweetness.
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