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Altra Escalante

Altra Escalante

Today is Wednesday--thus, discipleship and home group took the win again. They're just the best parts of my day, particularly because this morning, I had a breakthrough. It's on the "too personal to share" level right now, but I'm sure someday I'll turn it into a book, and then I'll be asking you to buy it. (Sorry.)

Also cool about today/this morning: I finished memorizing Psalm 130. This is another one I've been meaning to learn. I thought of it recently because of something I read in a devotional. It was a reflection about what a "day" is, and it was a total paradigm shift for me. In Creation, there is always "evening and then there was morning," the first, second, third day.

What does that mean, evening and then morning = the first day? Scientifically, I understood it as chaos into order, which is opposite of nature. But what does evening into morning look like? This always confused me because I'm so dense that I only think of days as sun up to sun down. But this book* explained that if day leads to night, then everything goes from light to darkness. "We go from day to night, from youth to aging, from strength to weakness, and ultimately from life to death. Day to night. It's the way of the world, but it's not the way of God...the children of God live from night to day...You are to go from darkness to light, from weakness to strength, from despair to hope, from guilt to innocence, from tears to joy, and from death to life. And every night in your life will always lead to the dawn."

How awesome! And peripherally related to Psalm 130, which I'll post at the end.

*The Book of Mysteries

The unexpected Joyful Moment of the day came after--oh wait. I went for a run this morning, and THAT was really noteworthy, too. I had a second breakthrough! I'm calling it my "Hi"-dea (as in "idea"), but I will explain that on a different day.

Okay. SORRY. Discipleship. Run. Return. 

I got back to my apartment and saw a message from one of my friends/co-workers who told me The Today Show was having a sale on Altra shoes.

This is BIZARRE because just yesterday at a farewell for someone on our team, I spent the greater portion of our luncheon praising my shoes. (to be clear: we praised her first. I think she brought up the idea of running shoes, and I just jumped in with recommendations.)

I wrote a blog about them once. My Soul Shoes. We're MFEO. So yesterday I advocated for the shoes, and today on The Today Show, they're giving them away at a 70% discount.


Had I not talked about them yesterday at work, Hayley would have never texted me, and I would have never known about the sale because I don't watch the Today Show. This was too good to be true! So, of course I got online and bought another pair.

[Full disclosure: the Escalante, which are my shoes, were not the style that were on sale for 70% off. But I called the company and asked if there was anything they could do, and they gave me a 25% discount and free shipping.]


(cover photo: complements of the Altra website. I have the blue ones, but they currently have a "Boston" special, i.e., the word "Boston" is written on them. Perfect for my New England brethren!)

Here's Psalm 130.

Out of the depths I cry to you, Lord;
     Lord, hear my voice.
Let your ears be attentive
    to my cry for mercy.

 If you, Lord, kept a record of sins,
    Lord, who could stand?
 But with you there is forgiveness,
    so that we can, with reverence, serve you.

 I wait for the Lord, my whole being waits,
    and in his word I put my hope.
 I wait for the Lord
    more than watchmen wait for the morning,
    more than watchmen wait for the morning.

 Israel, put your hope in the Lord,
    for with the Lord is unfailing love
    and with him is full redemption.
 He himself will redeem Israel
    from all their sins.




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