Thursday, February 28, 2013

Perceived Paths

If you have driven very long, you’ve encountered the “cone zone,” where hundreds of little orange cones with reflective strips guide you away from or through a construction site.  I have often wondered at how God created us to recognize a path that isn’t fully lined out.  A highway has an unbroken path of asphalt with clearly painted lines to stay within.  Cones have a perceived line, but the line is broken.

We encounter these perceived pathways everywhere we go.  From the pathways we create with furniture in our living rooms to the paths we follow in the wilderness that must be marked, lest we stray.  It is almost as though we finish or fill in the path in our own minds, and an invisible, yet binding, path lies before us.  

I am thankful that God created these perceived paths, for without them, navigation would be much more difficult (and costly).  I may have mentioned before that I am one of those “directionally challenged” people, so perceived paths really help to point me in the right direction.  If I stick to the perceived path, I won’t get lost - assuming I can determine the perceived path.

God has laid down individual paths for His children, and most often, they aren’t set in clear lines.  We have to perceive the path in between.  Yet, just as He gave us the ability to recognize perceived paths in the physical realm, He has given us His Holy Spirit and the Bible in order to recognize these spiritual perceived paths.  Sin clouds our perspective, and we get lost.  Yet God is in control even of that.  He is faithful to lead and guide us along His path.

I thank the Lord for His guidance along the perceived spiritual path He has set before me.  May I remain attentive to where the lines lead.

Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Movie Night

Who doesn’t look forward to movie night?  While I am learning “to be content in whatever circumstances I am...” as Paul spoke of in Philippians 4:11, it is always nice to have something short-term to look forward to.  A Double Date of dinner and a movie is just the ticket.

To share something with others (or even one other) that you all enjoy is a blessing.  There are few people out there with whom we cannot find something in common (perhaps whether we like it or not).  I am thankful that God created us with similarities so that we can share things like a movie night.  It was a great time of fun and laughter for all.

What do you enjoy sharing with others?

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

The Lake

There are many reasons to be thankful for a lake, not least of which is the water that it provides.  However, I enjoy this lake because it is within walking distance to provide a nice view and small bit of exercise during my lunch break.  It’s a great way for me to separate my thoughts from my work. It’s also a chance to get out into God’s Creation and to spend some more focused time with Him.

God has used my walk around the lake toward many ends besides these, as well, and I would never have considered it had He not put a lake there.  I am thankful for the lake, for how God uses it to help keep me healthy, both physically and spiritually.  May I use that health to serve Him better.

Monday, February 25, 2013


God gave me a love to dance.  It is similar to my love of Music (though I'm not as good at dancing as singing).  Dancing is a beautiful way that I can express my worship to Him.  Yet there is another reason that I am thankful for dancing:  it is a great metaphor for our walk with Him.

I saw a quote from Robert Brault:  

Someone who figures that taking a step backward after taking a step forward is not a disaster, it's the cha-cha.

I love this!  It is so like our walk with the Lord.  So often, what we perceive as a step backward in life, is just God bringing us through life according to our need and His glory.  It is part of our dance with Him.

The trouble comes when I try to take the lead, or become so self-focused that I forget to pay attention to His leading.  This leads to stumbling - on my part.  He is the partner who will never stumble, and will even catch me.  My favorite passage at the moment is Psalm 121, and in it the author writes:  “He will not allow your foot to slip; He who keeps you will not slumber.” (Verse 3)

He saves us from our own bumbling, and ever teaches us to be more like Christ.  The more we follow His lead, the more Christ-like we become.  May we see our lives through His eyes and see the footwork, not some perceived disaster.  Enjoy the dance!

Sunday, February 24, 2013

Weekly Impressions - Self-Focus vs Refreshment

Exodus 20:8
“Remember the sabbath day, to keep it holy.”

God has been impressing upon me the importance of differentiating between when I’m being self-focused and when I could use some refreshment.  On the one hand, I can see that someone in a difficult situation - say a slave - wouldn’t get much time to refresh and rejuvenate.  Yet, they are still called to always live as Christ would.  On the other hand, I know that a person needs refreshment.  Where do I get that knowledge?  And where is the line between self-focus and need of refreshment?

Refreshment is similar to rest.  Rest is commanded of us once every seven days - the Lord’s day.  So I can know that we do need rest and refreshment.  

It seems to me that the line between selfishness and actual need is focus.  Either way - whether I actually need rest, or am being self-focused - my focus needs to be on Christ, and His will and glory.  Why am I seeking rest?  If I am seeking rest because I am focused on needing rest, rather than on accomplishing God’s will, then my focus needs to change.  Then I can determine whether I truly need rest.  

Proverbs 3:7-8 says, “Do not be wise in your own eyes; fear the Lord and turn away from evil. It will be healing to your body and refreshment to your bones.”  Focus on Him - more specifically, being humble under Him and placing my fear upon Him - produces healing and refreshment.

Whenever I go on vacation seeking rest, I inevitably come back disappointed and still needing refreshment.  That’s because my focus is on myself.  My expectations and my needs and desires weren’t met.  In my self-focus, I am prideful, not humble.  Self-serving, not God-serving. 

When I go looking for what the Lord is going to do that day, I inevitably come back refreshed.  My focus is on His will, and what He would have me do.  God-serving, not self-serving.

It is for this reason (among others, I’m sure) that God made the commanded day of rest His day.  We achieve physical rest by resting physically, but we receive refreshment by exalting Him rather than ourselves.

To go back to the example of the slave:  were I that person, I may not get much rest.  Yet I can still get refreshment by my humility and fear of the Lord.  Physical rest may not be possible, but that simply means that God has determined that it isn’t best for me and/or those that I affect right now, else God would have made rest possible.  Talk about a test in faith, patience, humility, and endurance!  What a testimony of God’s glory to be refreshed without rest!

May I live in the constant awareness of my humble place under the mighty hand of God.  (1 Peter 5:6)

Saturday, February 23, 2013

My Massage Therapist

I have chronic musculoskeletal pain, and as such, often rely upon chiropractors and massage therapists.  My massage therapist isn't your average masseuse.  He utilizes acupressure, deep tissue massage, reflexology, and any other type of massage therapy he knows to help move your muscles back into place and relieve your pain.  Sometimes he is the only person or thing that can effectively relieve my pain.

He works at Art of Touch Massage, and here's my shout-out to Jorge Zerba.   I often go in limping and come out walking again.  I am so thankful that God revealed massage therapy to man, and that He showed me a man who could effectively use it on me.

I struggle with this pain because of when and where it puts me in life's circumstances:  right where God wants me.   I pray that God gives me the sight to seek His will - His Purpose - no matter where "life" leads. It is always Him leading me. May I have the humility and joy to follow.

Thursday, February 21, 2013


Kindle fiery flame in wick;
Watch the glimmering glow.
Light casts colors in courtly thrall,
Strains its lengthening limbs.

Mantle shining shimmering beam;
Pitch obscures our lamp.
Fear:  echoes emptying, etching self;
Talons veil visage of night.

Flickering flame or perennial pitch?
Slope scales toward one or the other?
Flames of faith pierce pitch of fear;
Not quenched, not hidden - but fueled.

As freely received, so freely given;
A light on a hill for all.
Thankful vessel humbly receives,
Humbleness freely gives.

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

The Holy Spirit

The Holy Spirit has been at work in my heart since I became a Christian at a young age.  For this, I am very thankful.  Without Him, I would lack any wisdom whatsoever.  Not that I possess a great deal, but He has certainly revealed some Truths to me.

More recently, He has opened my eyes to a whole new level of sin in my life - pride in particular.  It has not been an easy road, and I have been a bit discouraged at coming face-to-face with the sin that I previously had a general sense of.  Yet even my discouragement is my pride speaking that I should be better than I am; and the Holy Spirit continues to reveal my sin to me.

I was a bit unsure of what to do today, as anything I tried just seemed to fail miserably.  I couldn’t replace my self focus with Christ focus.  I had an intermittent conversation with the Holy Spirit today about the issue, and even though it didn’t feel like I was really getting anywhere, I was thankful to have Him to talk to.  It’s a bit encouraging to be able to approach the Creator of the universe with my measly little problems - which are sins and idolatries against Him, no less.

I am so thankful that, “...the Spirit also helps our weakness; for we do not know how to pray as we should, but the Spirit Himself intercedes for us with groanings too deep for words; and He who searches the hearts knows what the mind of the Spirit is, because He intercedes for the saints according to the will of God.” (Romans 8:26-27)  This - and the rest of the passage - greatly encouraged me tonight.

Even as God opens my spiritual Covered Trash Can, He also intercedes for me in my own weakness and floundering.  Jesus paid the price for my sin, accepted me as His own, and claims me as His child.  He is still working things together for my good, has still justified me, is still for me, and no one can condemn me because of His amazing love.  Nothing can separate me from His great love.

I am thankful that the Holy Spirit is alive and active within me.  Without Him, I would be lost.

Tuesday, February 19, 2013


I’ve been wanting to spend time with people and do a few things over the weekend, but no one else was really available and things just didn’t work out the way that I wanted.  I knew that I was struggling with pride and being self-centered, but I was having a hard time shifting my focus.

My husband asked me this morning if I was doing alright, and I exercised some discipline in myself to tell him about my struggles.  He immediately asked if I was following through with the steps I had set down for dealing with pride.  I told him that I was trying - I was going through my prayer with God:  

“God, please forgive me for being prideful.  Help me to know that You are in control and that everything is in Your hands.  Help me to submit to You and look out for Your interests.  Thank You for Answered Prayer and Trees.  Help me to be a useful tree.”

The trouble was, as soon as I was finished with the prayer, my mind would wander elsewhere and I’d be right back on myself again.  We discussed it a bit, and he just encouraged me and reminded me of what a right focus is:  being thankful to God, praising God, placing my fear upon God, and being obedient to God.

It’s surprising what a difference it makes when you talk about something as opposed to just trying to deal with it inwardly (even if it is between you and God).  Somehow, the act of working through it out loud helps to put things in perspective, and it’s even better when you have someone there to get feedback from.  My Husband did a beautiful job of loving me today, and the accountability he gave me was just one of the servant’s acts he did for me.

I am thankful for accountability, that God uses it to bring us alongside one another in our journey toward Christlikeness.  Do you have an accountability partner?  Are you intentionally sharing your struggles with them?

Monday, February 18, 2013


Previous to having gone through Financial Peace University (FPU), we had used Quicken, then, then Quicken Essentials (those last two might have been switched) on our Macintosh computers.  The FPU way of budgeting is a little different from these programs, and we were in search of a software that would accommodate budgeting with an envelope system.

My husband did some digging around and discovered MoneyWell by No Thirst Software.  I’m used to using accounting software, and thus, am used to the way that accounting programs “think.”  MoneyWell was completely different.  It was a little comical to see the way that my husband was frustrated with previous software that we had used while I was happy navigating it, and I was frustrated with MoneyWell while he was enamored with it’s navigation.  It was completely different from what I was used to.  

It took me awhile to understand how they were going about handling the money, but once I understood, I realized that it was really much easier.  I’m glad that we switched to it, because it helps us to spend our money ahead of time without having to do it on paper.  It’s one nice neat little package for all your money managing.  

Being on the same page with my husband financially is a true blessing.  We sit in front of our computer for about 10 minutes maximum when we get a paycheck, spend the money in the appropriate buckets (MoneyWell’s term for envelopes), and voila!  Done!  I am thankful that God gave us MoneyWell to facilitate this marital communication.

Saturday, February 16, 2013

Weekly Impressions - People Pleaser

I’m a people-pleaser.  I will go to great and varied lengths to “make someone happy.”  I had thought this was a form of humility, but in fact, it is a manifestation of my pride.  How is that?  I please people out of a fear that I will be seen in a bad light, or fear that things will go wrong, or fear of... you can almost fill in the blank.  Fear of anything but God.

I even made pleasing God an idol.  I knew that God loved me, but I needed to please Him, lest He be displeased with me.  I derived my worth from the ability to please Him.  To rationalize it, I told myself, “God is not a ‘safe’ God, so I must fear His displeasure.”  Every sin drove the point home that I had displeased Him yet again.  Talk about depressing!

Yet Jesus didn’t suffer and die on the cross and wash me clean from my sin so that I could live in fear and condemn myself.  “Perfect love casts out fear...” (1 John 4:18) and God is perfect love.  He isn’t safe... but He’s good.  He said it on the cross, and He meant it:  “It is finished.”  I am washed clean from my sin.

God’s pleasure in me does not increase or decrease and is never based on my actions; it is based in the fact that Jesus - God’s only Son - died for me.  He claims me.  That is where my worth is derived from, not how much I can please Him or anyone else.

When I place my fear on God (on all of God, not just one facet of Him, lest I idolize a piece of Him), it becomes apparent that He is far greater than anything that I could ever fear.  God is on His throne, and no one’s displeasure could ever change that.  My God is greater.  Period.

Friday, February 15, 2013


I am the secretary at My Church, and I am definitely thankful that we have a copier.  Handwriting is not my forte - I never would have survived as a monk (aside from the obvious issue of gender).  

We purchased a shiny new upgrade to our old copier last year, and now our copier offsets collated stacks, staples, punches holes, and prints in color.  I can also scan two pages of a book at once and it will automatically place each page on its own.  It’s a wonderful thing.  This not only saves me time, but office space, too, as I originally had a separate printer for our color printing.

Without a copier, our church couldn’t reach out to as many people as we do.  I am thankful that God created copiers so that we can do things like printing sermons for those in prison, copying handouts for lessons, copying homework for people that we counsel, and a myriad other things.  God truly makes His glory known through copiers. 

Thursday, February 14, 2013

French Braids

I haven’t tried to french braid my hair since I cut it short.  In growing it out, I feel like it has finally reached the length at which I can start to french braid it again.  I forgot how good it feels to have my hair up in a french braid.

There’s something about my hair being done firmly that feels like I’m ready to be productive.  A ponytail doesn’t have the same feel, because it’s all firm in one place.  A french braid is firm throughout your head, and thus seems as though it will hold better.  It’s also easier to move your head with the weight dispersed rather than in one place.

I am thankful for french braids, and the fun feeling that God has given me to associate with them.  Aside from the feeling, it really does help me to get physical things done, since I can trust that my hair isn’t going to impede my progress.  

What thing is God using in your life that you associate with the feeling of productivity or progress?

Wednesday, February 13, 2013


My husband and I have recently started attending regular D&D sessions with a group of our Friends.  If you haven’t heard of it before, it’s a game in which you have one person making up the story (scenario, really), and a number of “party members” (aka your friends) who role play different characters through an adventure.  It’s great fun, and an excuse to spend some time with your friends.

I know that some have questioned the ethicality of the game, but a game is what you make of it.  If you play with people who have questionable ethics, you will likely be playing a scenario that has questionable ethics.  If you play a game with people who uphold Christ’s standard, you will likely be playing a scenario that has the same.  We play with our Christian friends.

I love books, and D&D is a bit like being able to take part in a book along with your friends.  You and your friends can affect the outcome - and even create a bit of the story yourselves.  It has been a wonderful opportunity to share something that we enjoy with our friends, and they with us.  A session often lasts about five hours, and that time is spent laughing and observing one another’s thought patterns.

I am thankful for D&D, that God has used it in our lives to give us a regular source of connection with Friends, and a bit of fun time to mentally enter a different world for awhile.

Tuesday, February 12, 2013


I’m not very good about drinking enough water - mostly because I forget.  In an effort to drink more water, I try to keep a glass next to me as often as I think of it.  Fairly recently, I found out about the Camelbak water bottle, which has a bite valve on a straw.  

Drinking water is not a hard thing to do.  It just means that I have to stop what I’m doing for a moment to get up and refill my water.  Or perhaps, to pick up my cup to drink.  I think, “I’ll do it after I finish this.”  Then I get sidetracked and don’t remember.  I thought, “if it’s on a straw, I won’t have to use my hand.  I can drink while I work!”

I purchased myself the biggest Camelbak I found at the store (fewer trips to refill), which was 1 liter.  I love it!  I keep it at work, so that I don’t forget to drink during the day, but take it home with me on the weekends.  I really miss it if I forget it somewhere.  It’s great because it’s incredibly mobile.  I drink a little in the car, a little on the couch, a little while playing video games, etc.  It has served its purpose quite well.

I am thankful that God provided me with a Camelbak as a way to care for me.  I don't seem to be sick as often!

Monday, February 11, 2013


I like to wear pajamas when I’m sick.  I’m not terribly sick, but I am sick enough to infect others, so I stayed in.  My pajamas of choice to wear around the house have microfiber, and the soft cozy feeling helps to keep me in the mindset of resting rather than trying to get something done.

God is Teaching me - and I am slowly learning - how to not constantly feel as though I need to be getting something done.  He has shown me that this feeling in me is not derived from His will, but from placing my worth in what I do.  (See more on that in Weekly Impressions - Success and Failure.)  So as strange as it sounds, I am thankful that God even uses pajamas to help me keep in the proper perspective.

Saturday, February 9, 2013

Weekly Impressions - Obedience

Pride manifests itself in so many ways.  As a teenager, I didn’t think I was prideful.  I knew I struggled with it from time to time, but I wouldn’t have said that it was one of the major sins that I struggled with.  God has been doing some serious redefining of my definitions!

I thought of pride as someone who thought they were the best at something and lorded it over people.  God has redefined that to anything that puts me (my wants, my needs, my goals, etc.) on the throne of my heart rather than God Himself.  As long as God is not the center of my focus - which includes my thoughts and actions - then I am committing idolatry.  

What is the idol that I am worshipping, and why am I worshipping it?  Good things can become idols - time with my spouse, writing my book - but why do those idols become idols?  Because I am seeking to meet a need or desire through that idol instead of through God.  I am placing my hope in that thing rather than in God.  

Spending time with my husband meets my need for intimacy.  Writing my book fulfills me.  These are not bad things, but it is bad when I seek them over the will of God.  These things could very well be within God’s will, but I need to check in with Him first, and His eternal perspective.  Any time I am trying to meet my needs through something other than God and His will, I am being prideful.

That’s a lot of pride.

Thank God for His Grace!  I pray for His continued diligence in my life to not only point out my sin, but to help me overcome it.  For every don’t there’s a do.  (See Weekly Impressions - Do’s and Don’ts for more on that.)  

Paul says of Christ in Philippians 2:8, “Being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross.”  Instead of living in my pride, I am to humble myself in obedience to God.  The first step for this is Confession.

Lord, thank You that You help me to overcome my pride and walk in humility with You.

Friday, February 8, 2013


I love speakers (especially good ones!) because I love listening to music.  Headphones are great, but speakers make it much easier to enjoy Music with other people.  I have a soundtrack, of sorts, that plays in my head in the background throughout my day-to-day life, but it’s much nicer to be able to share what I’m listening to, and speakers do just that.

Left to my own devices, the soundtrack can get somewhat moody if I don’t “take every thought captive to the obedience of Christ[.]” (2 Corinthians 10:5b)  I mostly use speakers to either play K-Love or my Christian music playlist to keep my thoughts on Christ.  Focus on Him raises my spirits, rather than focus on myself, which leads to discontentment.  

I am thankful for speakers, that they can be a great tool to keep my mind stayed upon the Lord.

Thursday, February 7, 2013


Smiles can come out of nowhere and catch you by surprise.  Pleasant surprise.  

I often stay up a little while after my husband with the light on to read or some such in bed.  He graciously puts on a sleep mask and proceeds to enter the world of dreams.  Sometimes he will start “awake” and say something to me, or ask a question (which usually makes me smile).  And sometimes he’ll “wake,” smile at me, then turn over and go back to sleep.

Last night was such a night.  He even added a kiss in my direction.  There was no reason for it, nothing to precipitate it, he simply smiled at me.  That smile made me feel special (the kiss that followed also helped) and, in turn, made me smile, too.

God uses smiles like that in my life to remind me that He Loves and cares for me.  It could be a random stranger I walk past who flashes me a smile, or my one-year-old son’s grin as I walk into the room, or my husband starting from sleep to smile at me.  God knew that a smile right then would make me feel special.  I am thankful for how God works through smiles.

Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Safety Gates

When you have a small mobile child, one rather energy-saving item is a safety gate.  Our Son has been mobile since about five months, when he learned to crawl.  He is constantly on the go, and blocking his path to dangerous (or unsupervised) territory is so much easier than grabbing him every minute when he chooses to head that direction.

When I look back on my life as God’s child, I can see various safety gates that He has erected to keep me from going to dangerous places.  I am blessed that I cannot go anywhere apart from His supervision, but He does allow me to choose to either sin or to follow Him.  I don’t know about you, but I am finding more and more that I sin quite frequently, which can lead me to some pretty dangerous places - whether in my thought life, or in the physical world.

It is much like shutting a door, I think.  God closes Doors in our lives for many varying reasons.  Sometimes, though, it’s as though He puts up a safety gate that I can see through, but not go through.  And sometimes, I can see why He didn’t want me to go through that doorway.  

I am very thankful for safety gates, that they assist me in the care of Our Son, and that God uses them to sometimes clue me in on what He has saved me from.

Tuesday, February 5, 2013


Having known the wonderful benefits of plumbing, I would mourn were I not able to use it any longer.  Plumbing (while working properly, of course) makes life so much easier!  A nice hot Shower at the end of the day can serve to ease a multitude of ailments, and I truly appreciate the general lack of stench in the bathroom.

Raising a child without running water would be no picnic.  I often find myself holding my one-year-old - whether to keep him out of trouble, or because he likes it - and thus am limited to one hand.  Pouring water onto something requires a hand to pour and a hand to hold whatever you’re trying to pour the water into.  Thanks to God’s invention of plumbing, all I have to do is flip a lever with one hand and then hold the item under the faucet.  Not to mention, I don’t have to pump or draw the water and then haul it to my home.

We constantly talk about God being in all things, but with each new thankful thing, I just find myself praising Him because of the vastness of that statement.  When I consider each and every little thing that God has His hands in, I bring myself face-to-face with just how vast and infinite God really is.  He cannot be defined because there is no combination of words that would truly describe Him.

I am thankful for plumbing, that it is one more of those things that portrays His infiniteness.  May I see Him more and more and be humbled in praise and awe.

Monday, February 4, 2013

Toilet Paper

We almost ran out of toilet paper the other day - that made for a necessary shopping trip.  I was not about to be caught without toilet paper if I could help it.  Not only can it help prevent disease, but it’s just a nicer experience overall to the alternative.   

I am thankful that God created toilet paper.  It’s such a simple thing, and I think we often take it for granted, since it is so abundant.  Yet, without toilet paper, I am really not sure what our modern world would look like.  I find that God often uses the little things, the unnoticed things, the mundane things, to change the world.

Saturday, February 2, 2013

Weekly Impressions - Back to Basics

I have been enjoying seeking God in each of my thankful things.  However, I am rediscovering how best to be thankful and give God the glory.  I have a tendency to get a little too theological.  Being theological isn’t bad - it’s good to learn about and ponder the Creator.  However, when I let theology become the point rather than God Himself, I am placing theology on the throne instead of God.

Lord, please forgive me for committing idolatry.  Lead me to live Your Teaching rather than to simply dissect it.  As my pastor describes it so well, let what I learn about You flow from my head to my heart to my hands.  Show me how best to serve You and give me a willingness and desire to do what You have shown me.  Thank You for the Victory in Your Son, and that You always Answer Prayer.  May Your light shine through me, and not my own murky glimmer that I mistake for light.  Amen.

There is such a fine line to what I put on the throne when my own pride becomes involved.  I would venture to say that it’s one of the trickiest and most common pitfalls that we sinners encounter.  Yet, through Christ, I can repent and overcome my pride one bit at a time.  I often find that He will bring me back to the basics to accomplish just that.  

Confess, Pray, repent, and be thankful.  I get so caught up in the more advanced ideas that I forget these.  Thank You, Lord, that Your kindness leads me to repentance.  (Romans 2:4)

Friday, February 1, 2013


I love water.  I love to swim in it and feel the weight lifted a little, as well as the way that it spreads and showcases my hair.  I love to quench my thirst with it, to feel the Rain on my face, and even to watch what happens when you slosh it around in a water bottle.  I also love to chew on ice - sorry to those of you who can’t stand listening to those of us who do.  There are so many things about it that I love - including the ability to quickly warm myself with it.

Water is an incredibly versatile substance.  It is present in most, if not all, living organisms.  It expands when frozen, increases the air’s humidity when heated, disperses weight, cleanses your body, washes dirt off, provides power with its kinetic energy, and can even cut if applied correctly.  Many of our needs can be met by using water in some fashion.

God gave us water as one of the basics of life, and it’s no coincidence that it covers 75% of our earth.  He knew what He was doing when He spoke the world into existence, and He knows what He’s doing today.  I thank God that He chose to create one of the substances of our most basic makeup with such versatility.  He is so infinitely wise and knowledgeable in all that He does.  How can I do anything but praise Him?