19 May 2008

The Horoscope, The Bible, And Me - Monday

Today's Horoscope-Bible-Me has been all over the place! I've been wondering how to attack an interesting topic that affects so many stay-at-home parents.

Advice for Goats: Even though you know what you want in love, it's still challenging to get your needs met. Remember, Capricorn, there is a big difference between idealist love and the ongoing stress of being in a real relationship. It's easier to enjoy your friends for the next few days. Treat yourself the way you wish a lover would. By Rick Levine Monday, May 19, 2008

Advice for God's People: Having read that, I went to DailyBible.com. I read the passages that are given if you want to get through the Bible in a year, and these passages were the most interesting for me:

Ruth 3:7-10a CEV After Boaz finished eating and drinking and was feeling happy, he went over and fell asleep near the pile of grain. Ruth slipped over quietly. She lifted the cover and lay down near his feet. In the middle of the night, Boaz suddenly woke up and was shocked to see a woman lying at his feet. "Who are you?" he asked. "Sir, I am Ruth," she answered, "and you are the relative who is supposed to take care of me. So spread the edge of your cover over me." Boaz replied: The LORD bless you! This shows how truly loyal you are to your family."

Ruth 3:14 CEV Ruth ... got up before daylight.

Psalm 48:1-3 CEV The LORD God is wonderful! He deserves all praise in the city where he lives. His holy mountain, beautiful and majestic, brings joy to all on earth. Mount Zion, truly sacred, is home for the Great King. God is there to defend it and has proved to be its protector.

This was an interesting day, because the advice in the horoscope was commonsense advice for many of us who stay at home looking after children while our other halves are away. We often are left to put in twice the work with the kids, and lets face it, when there's nobody there whose job it is to love you, affirm you, compliment you and make sure you're okay, it gets desperately lonely.

I guess that if nobody else is there to give you love, affirmation, compliments and care, then you're okay to do it for yourself! (I must say, I'm looking reasonably good today!)

And also, I might just take the advice to enjoy my friends over the next few days.

So today, my horoscope was interesting but I don't think it was just for Capricorns, or just for today. (My quiche was great tonight - tasted really nice!)

I was glad to see some of Ruth's story in today's readings. She's quite an inspiring woman. You can't tell from the bit I picked out to post, but she had a need and instead of sitting back and waiting for things to fall into place, she went and took care of them (and God backed her up)! For her it was setting up a husband for herself (believe it or not) so she and her mother-in-law could be taken care of. For me, it's just -you know- keeping on track and boosting my own self-esteem. That's all. (I've done a great job with the kids the last few days, despite being knocked sideways by a wall of exhaustion. Well Done Me. I got through stressful times with not much outside help too.)

I was interested in the verse about Ruth waking before daylight because Sister, I know what that's like!

And the last verse from the Psalms reading reminded me that my petty problems are not what it's all about. It's not about me. If things aren't travelling well with me, it's okay! God is the important one and praising Him gives me more purpose than being affirmed myself!


Anonymous said...

I'm finding your little experiment interesting, but couldn't let one comment go without comment (despite my best efforts).

Can I just say that I believe that to say you're 'looking reasonable' is to damn with faint praise. I'm absolutely certain that you would be looking as bovine as you always do.

For those non-college people the term 'bovine' was ripped from its rural realm to describe those who were looking particularly gorgeous on a given day. (For example, it was often applied to Givinya due to her slender grace and snappy dressing.)

It comes from the fact that some of our friends were grudgingly called 'skinny cows' as a backhanded compliment when they looked good - particularly on a day when the complimenter was not at her best.

I am certain that Givinya is looking bovine today - even if half her clothes are being stored in cardboard boxes; she hasn't the funds to buy fancy make-up or the time to apply it if she did; the kids are painting sunscreen pictures; and the dog has eaten the neighbours' cat.

And Givinya, if you're going to argue I want photographic evidence - which must also include (by way of illustrating my point and giving some point of comparison) a photo of you in that svelte black number you wore to the Kings' ball. Jen.

As usual I lost my point amongst the words. You are a beautiful princess of God (no matter what you happen to look like on the outside today), and I won't allow you to say otherwise.

Anonymous said...

I hope I just didn't make the horoscope come true ('it's easier to enjoy your friends') by my comment above... Oh, hang on, it's Tuesday today... Phew. Jen.

Givinya De Elba said...

Oh Jen! You're funny. And there is no way I'd fit into that svelte black number I wore to the Kings Ball! Those were the days! We thought they weren't, but they were.

Am feeling particularly melancholy today, and am certainly nothing resembling bovine. Good thing there's nobody to appreciate/otherwise.

The house is decorated in Ransack Chic today and the laundry continues to work on a revolving-door basis. I did double the wasehing yesterday hoping that I wouldn't need to do any today - but still, there's the dirty clothes pile, as big as ever!

I've had my cry. Now I'm doing reports for work, then I'll get into my horoscope-Bible-me for today. I don't know what today's Bible says yet, but the horoscope was complete rubbish! Pah!

mommastantrum said...

"Rubbish Chic"

I really think that this could take off as a home decorating trend. Screw that Martha lady and all her neat and tidy stuff I am going "Rubbish Chic" You should probably write a book and get started on profiting on the trend. Since you coined the term.

Givinya De Elba said...

I'm sure we could get heaps of us to co-author and split the profits! Anyone else in with us?