Monthly Archives: January 2015

OBOY Challenge Update

Goodbye, friend.

Goodbye, friend.

I have sad news, dear internet friends. My beautiful Cambridge has been damaged… First, I marked with pencil which tore and blurred some pages, but to add insult to injury, it also got wet! Sigh. I suppose I just can’t have nice things. Really, the damage isn’t awful, but I have problems with these sorts of things, so the Cambridge is going on the shelf until I can bear to look at it again. (Which may be never.) Perhaps it’s a psychological thing. I don’t know.

In all seriousness, I did have trouble using the Reference as an everyday Bible. It’s a beautiful book; the text size is perfect, the center-column cross-references are just right, and the paper is good quality. Still, the Bible was pretty large and difficult to carry. Because I’m handicapped, I couldn’t carry it in-hand, and I certainly don’t trust it in a backpack or bag. The only solution was to carry it in the slipcase. It works, but it’s cumbersome and usually stays on a shelf.

With that in mind, I’ve purchased a compact version from Oxford. It was inexpensive and will probably get much more use than the Cambridge ever did. We’ll see. I can say that I’m more or less put off marking in my Bible now. I’m in the process of starting a Scripture journal; hopefully this will be a good compromise between note-taking and my peculiar “pretty Bible” syndrome. Maybe some day in the future I will get over this. I guess because I’ve always had difficulty writing, I find these “mess ups” annoying and stressful. Lord Jesus, help me not to!

But alas, facts are facts. A Bible is no good if it can’t be used, so I’m going the smaller route. I don’t have the best vision, but I should be able to swing it. If not, back to the drawing board. Let’s pray this works out so I can get the Challenge going again.

Psalm Saturday: Psalm 4

Psalm Saturday is here again! Today we compare Psalm 4, a “Confident Plea for Deliverance.” Interestingly, this psalm comes with instructions—this time David has written, “To the leader: with stringed instruments. A psalm of David.” In the RSV it says, “to the choirmaster.” I love seeing directions like this; sometimes I think we read the Psalms so much that we forget they’re music. This is just one way the Mass is so scriptural—we sing the Psalms. But enough of that. Onward to comparison!

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Sisterhood of the World Bloggers Award

image35The incredible Helen Elizabeth of the equally incredible blog Good Woman has nominated me for the Sisterhood of the World Bloggers Award. Thank you, Helen! As she herself says in her own Award post, blogging is all about building community, and I’m honored to join such a great one. Head on over to Good Woman and check out her beautiful photos, art projects, and writing pieces. Thank you again, Helen. God bless you!

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Psalm Saturday: Psalm 2

This week was my first week of school for the semester, so I’ve been very busy and unable to post as much as I would like. I’m working on creating a usable schedule; once I’ve worked out my time management, the posts should become more frequent. But you aren’t here about my scheduling troubles are you? Today we look at Psalm 2.  Continue reading

Psalm Saturday: Psalm 1

Since I’ve never used the NRSV extensively before, I thought it would be interesting to compare the translation against my usual favorite, the RSV-2CE. I’ve decided to use the Psalms and call it “Psalm Saturday.” I will do my best to keep up with it each week. I hope you enjoy this series! So without further ado, I present to you Psalm 1, courtesy of Bible Gateway. I apologize for my badly-done table; I wanted to show them side-by-side. Continue reading