Amusing rings

Through random links, I ended up on a site today that had a couple of kinda amusing wedding rings.

http://www.greenkarat.com/detail.asp?product_id=GW001
this one, you can write a message up to 20 letters and it is carved into the ring in binary code grooves.

http://www.greenkarat.com/detail.asp?product_id=GW002
And this one has messages written in amino acids engraved on it.

I had to laugh. Only online could these get to the people who would appreciate such things! I’m not a huge fan of either, but think they are a cute idea!

9/28, 9/29

(Starting from the digital today to just copy paste. lol)

isa 55
8 “My thoughts are nothing like your thoughts,” says the Lord.
“And my ways are far beyond anything you could imagine.
9 For just as the heavens are higher than the earth,
so my ways are higher than your ways
and my thoughts higher than your thoughts.

isa 57
18 I have seen what they do,
but I will heal them anyway!
I will lead them.
I will comfort those who mourn,
19 bringing words of praise to their lips.
May they have abundant peace, both near and far,”
says the Lord, who heals them.

phil 1
17 Those others do not have pure motives as they preach about Christ. They preach with selfish ambition, not sincerely, intending to make my chains more painful to me. 18 But that doesn’t matter. Whether their motives are false or genuine, the message about Christ is being preached either way, so I rejoice. And I will continue to rejoice.

Wireless digital x-ray

It’s been quite a while since I’ve had to have anything x-rayed.

Yesterday, I had xrays done at the major medical group in the area, and was surprised at how things have changed.

There was no film slid in under the table. Just a thing about the same size, placed on top of the table. The overhead machine looked about the same.

So they take the first pic, and have me change position, but they leave the thing on the table, not changing it. Only then did I notice that it wasn’t just a different type of film. It had LEDs along one side. No wires connecting it to anything… just a random non-descript object. I’m not even sure what to call it.

My daughter had been sitting back with the techs behind the little wall thing. When we leave the room after they finish the x-rays, she tells me about how she saw my bones on the computer. Apparently, they were already showing up as they were taken.

A few minutes later, the doc comes in with her laptop… x-rays on it… and shows them to me, zooming in and out a bit, flipping between them.

Gotta love cool technologies. I’d never even thought about x-rays been taken digitally, though I suppose it makes a lot of sense.

Though, I’ll admit, my wonder over the neat toy was dampered a bit by the memory of the fact that this company was the one who refused to work with me on a bill while I was unemployed, becoming a major pain over $300. A fortune to me at the time without income, and a drop in the bucket compared to some medical bills people have to work with them on I’m sure. So that’s what I get. Cool x-rays fast (probably costing more even without the film and processing cost I’d imagine), but complete jerks if you have anything unexpected happen financially.

I think I miss my excuse to do things like medical exams in the small rural town 45 minutes from here. The technology wasn’t nearly as impressive, but I think if I have to choose tech over having staff actually be human, my choice is with the “good ol’ days”.

9/23

Isaiah 43

1But now thus says the LORD, he who created you, O Jacob,
he who formed you, O Israel:
“Fear not, for I have redeemed you;
I have called you by name, you are mine.
2 When you pass through the waters, I will be with you;
and through the rivers, they shall not overwhelm you;
when you walk through fire you shall not be burned,
and the flame shall not consume you.
3For I am the LORD your God,
the Holy One of Israel, your Savior.
I give Egypt as your ransom,
Cush and Seba in exchange for you.
4Because you are precious in my eyes,
and honored, and I love you,
I give men in return for you,
peoples in exchange for your life.
5 Fear not, for I am with you;
I will bring your offspring from the east,
and from the west I will gather you.
6I will say to the north, Give up,
and to the south, Do not withhold;
bring my sons from afar
and my daughters from the end of the earth,
7everyone who is called by my name,
whom I created for my glory,
whom I formed and made.”

9/22

Isaiah 39:6-8
6 Behold, the days are coming, when all that is in your house, and that which your fathers have stored up till this day, shall be carried to Babylon. Nothing shall be left, says the LORD. 7 And some of your own sons, who will come from you, whom you will father, shall be taken away, and they shall be eunuchs in the palace of the king of Babylon.”

8 Then said Hezekiah to Isaiah, “The word of the LORD that you have spoken is good.” For he thought, “There will be peace and security in my days.”

I’m thinking Hez might have fit in well in this day and age. Sons will become slaves? Well, at least I won’t be around. After just last chapter or so he was so upset at something Isaiah had relayed to him that he convinced a change.

Isaiah 40:13-14
13 Who has understood the mind of the LORD,
or instructed him as his counselor?
14 Whom did the LORD consult to enlighten him,
and who taught him the right way?
Who was it that taught him knowledge
or showed him the path of understanding?

This one just made me smile thinking about how many have tried to tell God how it hould be. How many times I’ve been silly enough to try for that matter!

Isaiah 40:26-27
26 Look up into the heavens.
Who created all the stars?
He brings them out like an army, one after another,
calling each by its name.
Because of his great power and incomparable strength,
not a single one is missing.
27 O Jacob, how can you say the Lord does not see your troubles?
O Israel, how can you say God ignores your rights?
28 Have you never heard?
Have you never understood?
The Lord is the everlasting God,
the Creator of all the earth.
He never grows weak or weary.
No one can measure the depths of his understanding.
Nice reminder needed sometimes.

Isaiah 41:9-10 (NLT)
9 I have called you back from the ends of the earth,
saying, ‘You are my servant.’
For I have chosen you
and will not throw you away.
10 Don’t be afraid, for I am with you.
Don’t be discouraged, for I am your God.
I will strengthen you and help you.
I will hold you up with my victorious right hand.

This struck me as interesting with the use of the word discouraged vs the usual choice of dismayed. I guess I can relate more to discouraged… not that dismay isn’t something I know, but I suppose that I’d be much more likily to label a feeling I was having using the word discouraged. Just sort of hit my interest in the difference.

Dieting and Christianity

So, once again I have these big ambitions of how I’m going to use the cool weather to get into better shape, and be more healthy. The cycle goes round and round.

And I find myself having to frequently return to the basics.

The most frequent of the things I find myself thinking is a reminder about the importance of each moment. Many people set these diet goals, which is important. But then, the choices they make in each given moment don’t lead towards the goal.

My grand plans and expensive tools and best intentions mean nothing if I face north where I plan to go, but every step I take is towards the south.

But each small choice made adds together, and the total is more than all of my intentions.

Do I choose to step towards my goal, or back towards comfort, when I know that comfort to often be false? In this given moment, what direction do I step, however small the step may be? When I’ve gotten 5 steps off to the side, do I run further, or start walking back?

I can’t help but notice the similarity of this mentality to my outlook on living my life better spiritually.

Intentions and plans are good. But as each choice comes, what do I do with them? Which direction does each tiny step of daily choices take me?

The sum of these choices means more than goals and desires ever could, and yet each choice seems so tiny by itself.

Unfortunately, I think the proclaimed dieter who is having the legendary big mac, supersized fries, and a diet coke is all too often the appropriate equivilant. Has the tiny step of the diet coke helped? A bit on the calories anyway. In the same way 1 step forward with 2 steps back is an improvement of 2 steps over just taking 3 steps backwards.

But so many missed spots where my foot really should have gone the other way. On both the physical and the spiritual paths!

But tomorrow… brings new chances. New tiny choices to build into progress in whichever direction I choose, chosen not by my goals and desires, but by each individual decision as to how I will handle each small moment.