Monthly Archives: February 2007

Month: February 2007 the awesome task

It’s always hard to blog a post when it’s been some time since the previous.  It’s sort of like exercising.  There are a million and one excuses for not doing so or for avoiding the task, but once begun, it’s always a refreshing thing.  And, like exercise with many breaks between, blogging is awkward and probably painful to the reader of the flabby blogger. I marveled at this Spurgeon quote: We have come to a turning point in the road. If we turn to the right mayhap our children and our children’s children will go that way; but if we turn to the left, generations yet unborn will curse our names for having been unfaithful to God and to His Word.” Charles Spurgeon Well, that puts a whole new spin on tomorrow’s plans.  Have you ever thought that the decisions you are making today will affect the children’s children? Or, do you consider what you’re doing day by day in light of eternity?  It’s sort of silly, then, to fret over this covering or that plastic storage thing or what they were wearing at the Oscar’s, isn’t it.  For in our hand we hold the clay of the future.  We’re continue reading

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Month: February 2007 the dailies

It seems sometimes like the dailies get in the way of the dailies. That, or there are just too many dailies for one day. I think, then, that the best we can hope for sometimes is to have sort of a weekly, rather than a daily, perspective concerning most things. I mean, for example, it’s probably best to look at the children’s diet or food consumption that way. Consider that on any given day, they may or may not take in the proper amounts of food for particular food categories. They may be taking in more grains and breads one day, more fruits or veggies on another day, maybe a bit more protein one day and a bit more chocolate another day. When seen from the daily perspective, it might not look all that favourable… but from the weekly perspective, well… it’s all pretty okay. So… I guess that’s sort of the way housekeeping needs to be considered sometimes. There’s just more of a day than the day can hold sometimes and so sometimes we have to see things from the perspective of a bunch of days. I was thinking about this a bit this morning as I was working continue reading

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Month: February 2007 valentine’s day…

Did you miss it? I just received a link for making a cute valentine heart. Yep, a coupla days late. I like Necco sweethearts and I’m always disappointed when I taste a conversation heart that’s not a Necco heart. Anyway… too late for this year, but the Necco site‘s got a lot of fun things. In addition to conversation hearts, I think that brown necco’s were my favourite! O, and I loved Abba-Zaba and Violet Crumble… and Big Hunk and… of course, M&M’s. Why I am not diabetic is the 50,000 dollar question. Maybe it’s bcz dentistry vs. candy consumption has made a significant impact. Well, if you want to take a sticky stroll down memory lane, here’s a site for you: “candy you ate as a kid.”

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Month: February 2007 the illusive secret

What’s the going phrase? What’s the best read? What’s the best thing to be doing, seeing, saying, wearing, thinking? You’ll find out about it on Oprah. Everybody loves… Oprah. So… what’s the big deal about that? I’m treading perhaps into fiery territory, but I’ll tread… I know, I know… I don’t even watch TV. Today on Oprah, more of The Secret. You can take a look at the content by clicking the different links. If you look into The Secret, you’ll see that author of the book and creator of the DVD, The Secret, Rhonda Byrne, is a follower of Abraham… if you track that a bit, you’ll see that the Abraham she follows is from the creation of Esther Hicks. She and her husband have a huge following and have authored many books, etc., (The Law of Attraction and others) I’m not linking either one here, but a google turns up more links than you have time to see. The Secret is not to be confused with Brian McLaren’s book, “The Secret Message of Jesus – Uncovering the Truth That Could Change Everything.” Though you have to wonder… Why am I writing about this and why does it matter? continue reading

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Month: February 2007 Intersecting circles

As our friend visited with me in the kitchen yesterday, I was so profoundly touched by the way God uses incidents in people’s lives to touch the body, to move the body and to soften the body of Christ.  She was relating how the life of a fine young man in their church family was facing cancer surgery on Friday.  She had been looking after their little children and was so saddened by the trial this young family faced.   in addition, she was relating how another brother in the body was in grave condition with some sort of blood or intestinal infection that had so suddenly brought him to the brink of death.  I knew of the situation with the first and was so saddened to hear of the second. I was making cookies… Valentines.  I was lost in thoughts of sadness for my friend – for her family… whose boy died in a tragic auto accident a few years ago.  Her Valentine baby.  He would have been 25 yesterday.  I never forget that boy’s birthday and I will never forget the day he died… the calendar date happened to be our second son’s birthday.  They had been friends continue reading

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Month: February 2007 memories and slices

In the wintertime, the sun streams in our bedroom window… and it’s beautiful. Often, I’m transported back to another time — in my mind. When the sun streams in I’m reminded of the mornings in the weeks following the birth of Naomi – our ninth child, born on Christmas Day. I recall how I would have her there beside me, all snuggled up warm in the blankets and the glow of the sunshine filled the room. I try to remember the last time I carried her. I cannot. And I cannot remember. I should’ve said: I cannot remember carrying her or I cannot remember the last time I carried her or something like that. It was more than a slip to simply have said: I cannot remember. Truth is, more and more: I cannot remember. And then I see a photograph and a seeming flood of memories wash over me. What a precious gift she was – is. So, I am trying to look at more photographs lately. I am trying to remember not to forget. But each day has its sweet images, its sweet moments… sweet memories in the making. And much as I’d like to just hang out continue reading

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Month: February 2007 “The Message,” “The Voice” and The Truth.

Even so, Come LORD Jesus. Those who’ve followed the PDC or the PDL and are, were or have been interested in the “new conversation” of the quote, post-modern church, probably read from, or read in part, The Message. Now there’s another “project” in the works: The Voice. No conspiracy theories, no alarmist voices here…  just read a few quotes from The Voice site and draw your own conclusions from what you read: A NEW WAY TO PROCESS IDEAS THE VOICE: A SCRIPTURE PROJECT TO REDISCOVER THE STORY OF THE BIBLE Chris Seay’s vision for The Voice goes back 15 years to his early attempts to celebrate the beauty and truth of the biblical narrative. As western culture moved into what is now referred to as postmodernism, Chris struggled with a deep desire to preach the whole story of God. Much like the Hebrews at the time of the New Testament, emerging generations today connect with story rather than isolated facts. Too often, preaching is reduced to articulating truth statements somehow hidden in a complex, powerful, and redemptive story. Jesus taught through parables and metaphors; modern Christians have attempted to translate His teaching into a system of irrefutable fact statements and continue reading

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Month: February 2007 mothering from the sidelines

It’s a quiet day here in our home – not much different than any other day.  Oatmeal, dishes, laundry, scrubbing potties, sweeping, mopping and thinking.  I mull over the topics discussed at the monthly “Titus 2” meeting last night.  Like the blast of cold air that makes you gasp when you open the back door on a blustery winter day, I recognize over and over that I’m living in the margin. It’s wide, uncharted territory for me. Out of the game, I watch from the side lines – my mantra over and over:  I can’t believe how fast it all went.  I feel sort of like the Fabio commercial clip Samuel showed me on the computer following last year’s Superbowl game.  “Life comes at ya fast…” and you instantly see a startling image on the screen.  The once dashing man… scary. So, life in the margin.  Life on the sideline. Women were sharing the benefits of cloth diapering — showing and demonstrating the types of covers and diaper wraps.  And I realized yet another area where if you’re not in the game — if you’re not doing/using/needing it, then, man, are you “Sooooo last year.”  It’s sort of like talking continue reading

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Month: February 2007

No, I did not fall off this great big flat earth, nor did I get lost under the avalanche of laundry created over the weekend, nor did I drown in dishwater or a sea of tears when Timothy went back to school… or while watching Kathryn gather, sort and pack for Uganda. The thing about blogging is that it’s sort of like taking out the trash. If you do it, it doesn’t matter all that much to very many people and if you don’t do it, it doesn’t matter all that much to very many people. Either way, the task has little lasting impact.

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