Denise Day Spencer

January 26, 2007

The Night Before I Take the Red Pill

Filed under: Personal reflections — denisedayspencer @ 8:31 pm

Anyone who has seen “The Matrix” will remember the moment. Neo stands looking at two pills, one red, the other blue. Morpheus tells him, “You take the blue pill and the story ends. You wake in your bed and you believe whatever you want to believe. You take the red pill and you stay in Wonderland and I show you how deep the rabbit-hole goes.” It’s a moment of grave decision. Neo swallows the red and his life–even his understanding of reality itself–is forever changed.

And so it is that I now stand with the red pill in my hand. (more…)

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January 19, 2007

Children’s sermon: Jesus is God’s Son

Filed under: Children's sermons — denisedayspencer @ 8:24 pm

Another object lesson based on the doctrinal summaries in the Disciple’s Study Bible.

SCRIPTURES: John 1:1-2, John 14:8-9

OBJECT: a picture of a father and son

In our next three times together, I’m going to be talking about Jesus. Now we all know about Jesus, don’t we? You’ve probably sung songs like “Jesus Loves Me” since before you can remember. But not everyone in the world agrees on who Jesus really is. That’s what I’d like us to think about. (more…)

January 14, 2007

It’s creeping in

Filed under: Random ramblings — denisedayspencer @ 1:38 am

This afternoon I went to a bridal shower. All of the ladies older than me were talking about surgeries, colonoscopies and other disturbing medical procedures.

O.K. I am officially one step closer to post-birthday depression than I was yesterday.

January 13, 2007

Steel-cut oats

Filed under: Home Front — denisedayspencer @ 2:26 am

Well, I survived my special day noting half a century of life so far. Everyone was very good to me. No depression yet. But I do find myself wondering, nontheless, what the coming years will hold.

I’m speaking, of course, about oatmeal. (more…)

January 10, 2007

Happy birthday to me!

Filed under: Random ramblings — denisedayspencer @ 5:44 pm

Today is my birthday! Not just any birthday, mind you, but the big 5-0. Michael has been asking me for the past several days if I’m doing O.K. with this. So far, so good. Let’s hope I can keep up the positive attitude.

At present I’m just feeling special. I’ve already gotten a dinner at “Ruby Tuesday” with Michael and Clay, two really cool presents from Michael, e-cards from Clay and Noel, a happy birthday greeting in our daily school announcement sheet from Michael, three cards in the campus mail and several verbal birthday well-wishes. Michael’s promised me another small gift this evening, plus a birthday cake. Clay has e-mailed me directions for finding a hidden gift in his room that he put away for me before he went back to school yesterday. (This is like a treasure hunt!) And I’ve still got presents from my parents to open, too.

I’ll have more thoughts in a day or two. I trust I won’t be psychotically depressed by then.

January 7, 2007

Children’s sermon: Humanity–human nature

Filed under: Children's sermons — denisedayspencer @ 9:02 pm

Another object lesson based on the doctrinal summaries in the Disciple’s Study Bible.

SCRIPTURE: Romans 8:9

OBJECT: a piece of lettuce and a piece of meat

We talked last time about what it means to be human, made in the image of God. It’s a very good thing to be created in God’s likeness. But today I want to tell you about something else it means to be human. (more…)

January 4, 2007

Random Ramblings

Filed under: Random ramblings — denisedayspencer @ 5:03 pm

HAPPY BIRTHDAY, BLOG! This month marks the one-year anniversary of this little blog. I would like to thank both of my readers for making this possible. I especially thank my husband, Michael, for getting it going and for encouraging me to write. Hopefully, since we are no longer understaffed in my workplace, I’ll be able to post a bit more often this year.

Taking the lights off the Christmas tree can be just as frustrating as putting them on.

So far, my only New Year’s resolution is to take better care of myself emotionally and spiritually in 2007. Now if I can just figure out how to achieve that…

I’m trying to decide which is worse:

A friendship that dies (of natural circumstances, abuse or neglect.)

A perceived friendship that, upon its death, turns out never to have existed at all, except in the mind of one of the parties.

A potential friendship that can never be, or that expires, in stillborn fashion, before it ever begins.

Right now they all seem pretty sad to me.

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