Monthly Archives: January 2007

Month: January 2007 things never satisfied – post edited 2/6/07

There are three things that are never satisfied, yea, four things say not, It is enough: The grave; and the barren womb; the earth that is not filled with water; and the fire that saith not, It is enough. Proverbs 30.15-16 Month after month, year after year… on the other side of childbearing, I identify with those who watch and wait. And wait. They may think no one can identify… and, sure, no one can truly know the mind and emotion of another – but, identify: yes. And grieve the passing of years and the barren womb. I read a story of a woman who’d undergone IVF – and for whatever reason, God allowed the outcome. Hmmm. Ethics—the ethics of morality, the morality of ethics. Hmmm. The mother of twins by c-section. [[[[[[[[ post edited : I AM  SOOOOO SOOORRRRYYYY FOR THE HORRIFIC LINK THAT WAS HERE ALL WEEK.  IF YOU CLICKED IT, I VERY MUCH APOLOGIZE FOR THE HORRIBLE LINK.  THANK YOU TO THOSE WHO ALERTED ME TO IT ]]]]]]]] So a week before her 67th birthday a woman who’d never borne children before became the mother of twins by c-section. I marveled over her age. I’m guessing (yes, continue reading

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Month: January 2007 a glimpse of things to come

(I know… I’m going to change the colour scheme/image here… it’s just a little Valentine’s day indulgence.  It’s actually too much for me.) So… Bill Gates says the internet will revolutionize television in the next five years.  If we all get programing devoid of advertising and commentary, who’s going to show us what to buy, what to wear, how to think, where to shop, alert us of hunger or desires we didn’t even consider contemplating? But wait… consider the tremendous implications… what if advertising was targeted specifically to a particular user/viewer/potential consumer?  What if, through intelligent tracking, a viewer would suddenly only see advertising known to draw him or her in?  What if that viewer/user’s online purchases, preferences obtained through marketing research forms, etc., etc., were used to create an acceptable atmosphere to even the most strident opposition to “commercial television” or, those who, today, advocate *no* regular television viewing (and yet browse the net). Think of the marketing boon — if advertisers would work outside the Hollywood box, they’d see an incredible untapped market… wow, they might even have to consider the half of the country that doesn’t look, think, act like or even want to be like Hollywood.   continue reading

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Month: January 2007 The brief change of appearance? I’m thinking about…

anniversaries and valentine’s… flowers and chocolates… music and candlelight… these are a few of my favourite things…  I’m just remembering and looking forward to a few of my favourite things… ♪  Raindrops on roses and  —O, wait— I NEVER think of whiskers on kittens.

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Month: January 2007 revisting books

I think one of the problems with simply borrowing books from libraries instead of buying copies for our own libraries is that we can’t go back and revisit a chapter or even a meaningful sentence very easily. That, and it’s frowned upon to mark up borrowed books. =o) So I was browsing book availability (read: eBay, Half and Craig’sList) and a book title popped up – a book I’d read last year and found to be encouraging. Now, the trouble with books I read last year (or, rather, my memory of the content) is that I had had surgery and my consciousness was, early on, altered and therefore, my memory doesn’t serve me right or allow me to bring up specifics. But isn’t it interesting that I do remember all the names of the caregivers, docs and nurses who were attending to me. Well, that’s either good or bad. In most cases it was neither – but in a couple, it was the latter. So I read a book by Cheri Fuller: The Mom You’re Meant to Be, and just today I came across a “study guide” for that book. I guess I liked the book because it was a continue reading

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Month: January 2007 mulling over 31 Proverbs

I’m taking a break from writing – handwriting, that is – my husband has encouraged us, each one, to write out a copy of the Word—the Bible in our own hand—His Words, our writing.  We’ve begun in the New Testament and have set about writing – originally a chapter a day, but now have relaxed that to half for longer chapters or about 25 verses a day.  I didn’t quit writing simply to rest my hand, but because I wanted to continue to look into a matter that really captured my attention earlier today.  I was doing a bit of website updating and writing (rather, typing out a letter pertaining to the life of a faithful woman), and I began to mull over, again and again, 31 proverbs. I suppose that being a “list person” or needing lists as reminders or prompters has its drawbacks.  Sometimes this list-checking fuels the ‘works vs. grace’ tendencies I try to avoid.  But one of the advantages lists provide is the advantage of seeing progressions or seeing corollaries to each item or quality on that list.  Well, so it is with the “list” of the qualities of the “Proverbs 31 woman.” But it’s not continue reading

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Month: January 2007 a couple of links for you

I thought about titling this blog entry: cuff links – you know, as in hand cuffs.  But then I didn’t.  My husband sent me a couple of links that were of interest to me and might be to you, too.  In our case, clicking second link (convicted felons) proved to be very interesting as it revealed the presence of a convicted of rapist living in a home not too far from ours – not too far at all.   Uh, gulp. So, my husband writes: “In my research on the JWs, I’ve come across a site called: http://www.silentlambs.org/  …that is set to expose pedophiles, especially within religious groups (and they seem to have an abundance of listings regarding JWs) anyway, there’s a lot of info there, and again I would forward the link sent out some time ago, where you can look up a map of an area to see if any convicted felons are living near you, including links to their picture, crime and general location: http://www.familywatchdog.us/ too sad!!” Really sad.  The world without the Lord… so lost.

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Month: January 2007 Way more than a cuppa

A few years ago I was speaking at a retreat and was sharing some basic marriage “imperatives” and what it takes to be: married for keeps. Yes… that’s a title of a book I’m writing in my mind. It’ll probably end up being published there too. And be a best seller. Well, if nothing more, that book, or the writing of that book, will keep my marriage sweet and lasting. And my husband happy. During one of the retreat sessions I was sharing the need for wives to study their husbands — to be very, very attentive to their husbands — attentive to their needs, attentive to their words and attentive to their desires. It’s not so much that wives just be aware of those things but that they be attentive and actively anticipating and seeking to meet, supply and validate those needs and desires. I shared with the women how there are (out there in the world) women who are seeking out men—women who are looking for men… women who know what men want and are ready to meet those needs/desires. Just look around—what sells? What’s available? What gets attention? As I’ve said many times: Don’t be deceived, don’t continue reading

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Month: January 2007 sorting through the biggest problems

You know… when you try and quantify or attempt to qualify an issue, there inevitably comes a point when you have to retract a statement or further qualify it.  I muse the problems that face America.  I do this from time to time when I read an article about some new law or program or, worse, more government interference with either marriage and family-life, faith or “property rights.”  No, wait… that’s not all that should be on the list.  I start thinking along the lines of feminism and its incredible influence (read: damage) to homes and families -and more: to women all over the country -no, make that the world.  Consider that for awhile.  Consider that men are relegated to some lesser role (and many have no idea how that all happened and they don’t know who they are or what they’re supposed to do) and women are fighting for a greater role—totally missing that they already had the greatest role.  They didn’t need a greater role.  They needed and still need to acknowledge the most precious privilege ever given.  The role of a woman… created by God and all that that might mean.  What a privilege to be created continue reading

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Month: January 2007 And then I wondered…

Is all the cookie dough supposed to be baked into cookies? a few of our children make cookie dough for the sole purpose of tasting it (okay… eating it) by the fingerful handful. Still I wonder about cookies getting stale.  My husband reminded me that cookies do not stay more than a day or so and so we do not have the opportunity to test different methods of restoring stale cookies.  However… some of the over-baked firmer cookies make great dunkers for coffee.  I know… I know… this is why I’m continually plagued with the need to resume the umpteenth and one diet.

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Month: January 2007 A question I’ve never asked.

I’ve been a subscriber to an email list for many years… not really a participant except through occasional private mails but not a ‘regular’ poster. Anyway… as I usually do each day, I browsed the content list to scan the mail. I’m still laughing. O, not at the sister who posted the question and certainly, not even the question itself. I just didn’t know there was a need for an answer – no, wait – I didn’t even think to articulate such a question. When could that question possibly have come up? The question was in regards to stale cookies and what to do to help them remain fresh tasting longer. Like I said, it’s a question I’ve never asked… 😮

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