Yesterday was a non-stop day, and today has a long way to go until I can turn in. Tomorrow is the last day before my 650 final and 690 presentation and I am beginning to wonder if I will have a high enough grade to pass safely. For graduate school, we need a B or above in the core classes to continue our studies. I am sure it will be all right, but I got some grades back that were a bit disappointing. The professor was very kind in informing me on what I did wrong. Unfortunately, after probably 15+ hours of work, I never got that fact. It's slightly discouraging. Thankfully, I have a lot going for me, and so I can't complain! I will work harder next time. Or maybe I will simply ignore my grades next time ^__~
I had a tasty dinner today of over-easy eggs and potatoes in cheese. Afterwards, I got to ask dad some questions I had been wondering about with regards to today's verse from Isaiah 7:9b. The translation of the verse was very different in NIV/NKJV, but it seems to be a difficulty with a verb seemingly comparable to the Japanese しっかり. Then dad cleared up some general Israeli history that had confused me. I still haven't worked out which period the different prophets are from...but I am working on it.
I discovered that mom sent a bag of mini-snickers along last time she came...Temptation!
Christmas celebration plans are set for this coming Tuesday night, I believe. My roommate and I will take a break from studying to put up a small tree and watch Christmas videos. :D The church Christmas skit is a week from today. My campus-Bible study group will be going to dinner some night this week, but I am not sure when. And I still haven't sent out Christmas cards... I simply can't think straight with all these finals! Once Wednesday is past, I will have my mind back again.
"'"If you will not believe,
Surely you shall not be established."'"
"'"If you do not stand firm in your faith,
you will not stand at all.'"
The icon is meant to be a reminder of the precious words of God.
"Blessed be the LORD, who has given rest to His people Israel, according to all that He promised. There has not failed one word of all His good promise, which He promised through His servant Moses." I Kings 8:56
"For assuredly, I say to you, till heaven and earth pass away, one jot or one tittle will by no means pass from the law till all is fulfilled." Matthew 24:35
The icon text is taken from Psalms 12:6, which reads:
"And the words of the LORD are flawless,
like silver refined in a furnace of clay,
purified seven times."
The layers in the background are meant to represent the foundations of the New Jerusalem. I couldn't fit them all, but I got as far as the seventh, chrysolite. Of course, it is a poor representation, but...it's a little I can do with the tools provided :)