The Friday Diversion – Week XII

Derek Loux sings the Acronym Song to the IHOP-KC staff. (Please note that this is all in good fun — IHOP is famous for their acronyms).

UPDATE Dec. 2009:

Derek Loux was killed in an auto accident this month. He was the father of 10 children, several of which are adopted. If you would like to assist the family, they are asking for donations to their adoption ministry, The Josiah Fund.


The Friday Diversion – Week XI

***This is being posted 50 minutes into Saturday because my birthday is this weekend and I’ve been super busy…Sorry for the delay!***

Every Thursday night, I’m on an intercession set that prays for Israel. We study the Jewish people together and this year we’re celebrating the Jewish feasts. In light of that, I thought the poems below were amusing.
(Note: “goyim” = Gentiles)

How odd
Of God
To choose
The Jews

— William Norman Ewer

But not so odd
As those who choose
A Jewish God,
But spurn the Jews

— Retort by Cecil Browne

Not odd
Of God
The goyim
Annoy ‘im

— Retort by Leo Rosten

The Friday Diversion – Week X

Introvert (n): one whose personality is characterized by introversion ; broadly : a reserved or shy person

A friend recently drew my attention to an ironic list over at Shrinking Violet Promotions: the Introvert’s Bill of Rights. I am 60% introvert, 40% extrovert and can definitely relate to many on the list.

Give Shrinking Violet some traffic. Head over there and enjoy the list.

The Friday Diversion – Week VI

I have a secret love for folk and bluegrass, so imagine my excitement over finding a new band to love: First Aid Kit. They are two Swedish girls (my own heritage!), only 15 and 17. I have had a lot of vocal training, but these untrained voices and harmonies are inspiring.

Enjoy their cover of Fleet Foxes‘ Tiger Mountain Peasant Song:

The Friday Diversion – Week V

I had to re-take the Myers-Briggs Personality Test to figure out which one of these is me. I’m an ISFJ and, well, it fits me.

Prayers for Myers Briggs Types

ISTJ: Lord help me to relax about insignificant details beginning tomorrow at 11:41.23 am e.s.t.

ISTP: God help me to consider people’s feelings, even if most of them ARE hypersensitive.

ESTP: God help me to take responsibility for my own actions, even though they’re usually NOT my fault.

ESTJ: God, help me to not try to RUN everything. But, if You need some help, just ask.

ISFJ: Lord, help me to be more laid back and help me to do it EXACTLY right.

ISFP: Lord, help me to stand up for my rights (if you don’t mind my asking).

ESFP: God help me to take things more seriously, especially parties and dancing.

ESFJ: God give me patience, and I mean right NOW.

INFJ: Lord help me not be a perfectionist. (did I spell that correctly?)

INFP: God, help me to finish everything I sta

ENFP: God, help me to keep my mind on one th-Look a bird-ing at a time.

ENFJ: God help me to do only what I can and trust you for the rest. Do you mind putting that in writing?

INTJ: Lord keep me open to others’ ideas, WRONG though they may be.

INTP: Lord help me be less independent, but let me do it my way.

ENTP: Lord help me follow established procedures today. On second thought, I’ll settle for a few minutes.

ENTJ: Lord, help me slow downandnotrushthroughwhatIdo.


The Friday Diversion – Week IV

We have a funny custom in prayer rooms. As soon as you walk in to one, you will notice random people pacing between or beside rows of chairs. Some people find pacers distracting, although it’s one of the things about a prayer room that you get used to pretty quickly.

The question is — why?

  • Some people pace because they’re really into the prayer meeting
  • Some people (myself included) pace to stay focused
  • Some of us just need a break from sitting since we are in the prayer room for 6-8 hours at a time
  • Sometimes it’s simply to stay awake
  • I’ve heard some people pace because they’re bored and it makes time pass
  • Every once in a while, there will be a pacer who is just pacing to look spiritual and attract attention

Contrary to popular belief, pacers are no more spiritual than those sitting in the chairs. In fact, their reasons are usually quite practical. It’s just the way of a prayer room.

The Friday Diversion – Week III

I am an avid tea drinker. I’m no connoisseur since I only like black teas, but I have become known for my theory that whenever something’s wrong with someone, tea will help. (Well it works for me!) I think it’s a placebo — OK, I know it is — but still, tea helps me when I’m down, when I have a stomach ache, whatever.

So you can imagine that I instantly said, “I want!” when I saw this bag:

The Friday Diversion – Week II

Like I said last week (I’m still taking answers to my question, by the way!), I will try to keep these prayer room related even though they are small insignificant things.

I don’t have any deep — or not deep — questions for you today, just pictures of my new haircut.

My sad hair

My hair all prettified (doesn’t Katie work wonders?)

UPDATE: Josiah says he can’t tell the difference. Ach, oh well. I can tell.