Friday, June 29, 2007
Thursday, June 28, 2007
"The reason for the title is because this award should make you reflect on five bloggers who have been an encouragement, a source of love, impacted you in some way, and have been a Godly example to you. Five Bloggers who when you reflect on them you get a sense of pride and joy... of knowing them and being blessed by them."
There's a hard, hard place nobody ever told me ofAll I ever heard about was peace and loveI was told that trouble couldn't touch a child of GodSo when the trials came furiouslyThey nearly sucked the life out of meUntil I prayedCarry me, through this worldLift me up, when I fallI am weakAnd You are strongAnd I'll be standing on my kneesFor only You, can carry me
"This I recall to my mind, therefore have I hope. It is of the LORD’S mercies that we are not consumed, because his compassions fail not. They are new every morning: great is thy faithfulness. The LORD is my portion, saith my soul; therefore will I hope in him. The LORD is good unto them that wait for him, to the soul that seeketh him." (Lamentations 3:21-25)
Wednesday, June 27, 2007
Tuesday, June 26, 2007
Today, I got to try it out when I stopped by Jennifer's with a bag of yummy cookies. You will note who is NOT present in the last picture.
Him that is weak in the faith receive ye, but not to doubtful disputations. For one believeth that he may eat all things: another, who is weak, eateth herbs. Let not him that eateth despise him that eateth not; and let not him which eateth not judge him that eateth: for God hath received him. Who art thou that judgest another man’s servant? To his own master he standeth or falleth. Yea, he shall be holden up: for God is able to make him stand. One man esteemeth one day above another: another esteemeth every day alike. Let every man be fully persuaded in his own mind. He that regardeth the day, regardeth it unto the Lord; and he that regardeth not the day, to the Lord he doth not regard it. He that eateth, eateth to the Lord, for he giveth God thanks; and he that eateth not, to the Lord he eateth not, and giveth God thanks. For none of us liveth to himself, and no man dieth to himself. For whether we live, we live unto the Lord; and whether we die, we die unto the Lord: whether we live therefore, or die, we are the Lord’s. For to this end Christ both died, and rose, and revived, that he might be Lord both of the dead and living. But why dost thou judge thy brother? Or why dost thou set at nought thy brother? For we shall all stand before the judgment seat of Christ. - Romans 14:1-10
"Paul tells the strong to "receive" the weak in faith. The Greek word translated "receive" means "to take to oneself," and is preceded by the preposition pros, which intensifies that meaning. Paul is commanding the strong to embrace the weak into their love and fellowship. Those with a clear understanding of Christian freedom should reach out and receive those with a lesser understanding... Paul says to receive the weak, "but not to doubtful disputations." The strong should not receive the weak to pass judgment on their opinions and argue with them. The purpose in receiving our weaker brothers is to love them."(source)
Monday, June 25, 2007
Or, alternately titled "This is where I am right now, literally". Since, this is in fact where I am right now, this very minute. In that chair at that desk.
They say a picture is worth 1,000 words and the funny thing is, when I looked at this picture that someone ruthlessly and mercilessly snapped of me the other day (after a long day and into day 2 of a 4 day long headache) I noticed everything else in the picture besides me. So, this is me, this is where I blog and this is where I do the work for my store, edit my photographs, email people & all that good stuff we all do on the pc. Here's a little slice of me in my world. It's not very exciting I assure you.
To my left on the wall is my US map. Doesn't every homeschooling mom have at least one map on the wall? We have a world map too, but it's over ----> there on the other wall out of range of this pic. On our US map we have colored pushpins in places where friends and family live so that the kids can get a better idea of direction, distance & a general geological layout of the US. Maps are one of the coolest inventions EVER, and I love them. I have several others too, rolled up and standing in the corner. I need more wall space.
On the wall directly in front of me are some of my mini-posters from way back when, that I used to sell in my first online store, many years ago. The verses on these posters are Col. 3:15, Psalm 104:1, Psalm 21:13 and Psalm 145:5. Look those up, you'll be glad you did. I still look up at them and read them every day.
Just below that on the top of my desk that I actually did clean off the other day, is a variety of items. Bottle of St.Ives Aloe Vera lotion (a must have for the summer), can of lavender scented air freshener, various scented candles, a family picture taken when Samuel was a baby (and my hair was down to my waist!), a miniature wooden rocking chair, and Mr. and Mrs. Victorian Era Bear standing guard on either side of my Christmas Memory box.
The shelf below that - just above my monitor - is filled with stuff that shouldn't even be there. Books, tapes, cds, dvds, a vaccuum cleaner appliance, bottle of cold & flu capsules, super glue, glitter glue, thumbtacks, electrical tape, dog tags, mosquito repellant, flash drive, safety pins, earrings, and who knows what all else. This is always the last shelf to be cleaned off.
Then on the main desk is my coffee mug warmer (you don't have one!?), another can of air freshener (I live with animals & have a heightened sense of smell, I need stuff that smells good or I go insane), more cds next to the printer. Wanna know what's on those cds? White Horse Inn - Celebrating 15 years, several blanks, one with pictures from a friend, various program install cds, 3 John MacArthur cds, Iona, and Steve Camp.
To my left, is Mom's Disaster Area. It's a mess that desperately needs a makeover and I'm usually too busy with more important things to tackle it. A collapsable tote bin (free with your oil change at Canadian Tire, a value worth $15.00 Canadian dollars! Hurry in, while supplies last!) filled with printer paper, photo paper, forms, binders, a duster and various other junk. A shelf with all sorts of stuff just jammed in there, and a box with my computer's speakers still in their original packaging, with my camera bag sitting on top. Who needs speakers when you have a perfectly good headset? Someday I might actually hook them up, but I doubt it. Also sitting there (hidden by the weird lady in the baggy t-shirt, sloppy sweatshorts with the ever fashionable Bride of Frankenstein hairdo and the get that camera away from me you dolt facial expression) is my UBER important summer issue of Kraft Canada's What's Cooking recipe magazine. I hate recipe magazines, but this one is different. Every recipe I've ever tried from this magazine is 1. amazingly delicious and everyone in my house loves it, which is a small miracle in itself, 2. easily adaptable for store brand items instead of name brand items for people with 900 kids and a tight budget and 3. easily changable so that I can do what I do with every recipe and tweak it to make it my own. I love this magazine & look forward to every issue (and have saved every issue for the last several years).
So there ya go. TIWIARN. Literally. But not for long, because I need a coffee. And I'm thinking... so that I don't feel like a complete spazz, everyone reading this should have someone take a shot of YOU at your desk, and post it this week at your blog so that we can all take a peek into your world too. I think that would be cool, don't you? I know I'd enjoy seeing you folks in your bloggy element, as it were. Okay, time for coffee.
Oh, and not including this sentence, it was only worth 882 words. Yes, I counted just for kicks.
Sunday, June 24, 2007
A wide variety of great evangelistic gear.
Including buttons, stickers, magnets & apparel in mens, womens & kids.
These kinds of t-shirts and various other wearable items are a great way to get a conversation started, and a great way to see doors opened to share your faith in Christ.
Saturday, June 23, 2007
If you will indulge me a moment here, I'm going to vent about YOU. Yes you, dear reader that is reading and never comments.
Last night Kev and I had our friends over (that we don't see nearly often enough!) and for some lame reason, my blog came up. Oddly enough, a member of the church that our friends go to, mentioned my blog to one of our friends. She's a reader but she's never commented.
OH I DON'T LIKE THAT!
While I never intended to write publicly to get a load of feedback, I do greatly appreciate the feedback - even if it's in disagreement with what I've said. You might be surprised at the stuff I've learned through commenters that had a differernt viewpoint, or insight to share that I hadn't even considered. In case you're wondering, YES, this is an attempt to get more people to comment because it bugs me that I can see how many people visit each day and how FEW of you ever say BOO about anything I've posted.
Most of my readers come over from TeamPyro, more than likely scratching their heads thinking "what in the world are they linking to this dipstick for?" Well, since you're here why not say hello or something?
Rounding out 3rd place is the Pulpit Magazine - you folks coming from there also probably wondering what mystical, incurable tropical disease has affected the reasoning skills of the brother that updates that blog roll and keeps me there every time. I suppose the rest of the visitors come in from an assortment of other blogs and folks hitting that random blog button and going "ugh, dumb girl blog" and clicking out as fast as their little ole mouse can take them.
Mission accomplished - so after 2 years & 300 posts, ENo is shutting down. If there is anything here you think you might want to save, feel free to do that over the weekend, because ENo will be deleted permanently on Monday, June 25.
If I have anything else to say about the ECM I'll say it at my main blog, and you all know where that is (and if not, it's Reflections).
Friday, June 22, 2007
"I've been reposting old Leviticus stuff because I'm too lazy to blog. My blog has simultaneously plumbed new lows in traffic. I am so discouraged. I don't know what I shall do... I think that the badminton shark should blogspot me, because she frightens me when holding a birdie and a racquet."
That "..." in the quote means he said a bunch of other stuff inbetween the ...'s but you get the gist of it. Poor Buggy actually thinks a blogspot from me would mean an increase in his traffic? Clearly this brother is delusional. Pffft and snort, yeah - I'm influential that way... sigh.
Well, be nice blog readers and go on over there and say hello to Buggy. Take some refreshments with you so everyone can have a nice time at his party. A pity party is no fun without refreshments.
I must confess though... I did enjoy being called a badminton shark. If only I could zip around the court and make those supernaturally astounding shots like the professionals do! Now that, would be youtube worthy, eh? It's wishful thinking, if I tried it I'd prolly slip in a hole dug by that wretched beagle and snap something that isn't supposed to snap. Oh well, I can pretend I'm a badminton shark, all the same.
Wednesday, June 20, 2007
Tuesday, June 19, 2007
I'm currently reading James White's Scripture Alone and I could paste all kinds of insightful quotes here that would be sure to not only grab your attention but in and of themselves be excellent representative quotes of the entire book. I could have done the same with the last two John MacArthur books as well.
"Brothers, it falls to us to be the initial risk takers in matters of the heart. Headship means being the one to go ahead and ask. It is ours as men to suffer the embarrassment of rejection if need be. It is our role to initiate. Get to it right merrily. We are the hunters. They are the quarry. It is for men to strike out into the forest and look. It is for women to crack the twigs and stir the leaves so we know where to find them." - John Ensor, Doing Things Right in Matters of the Heart
UPDATE: Thanks to Amanda in the comments, be sure to check this out:
"How does a woman appropriately, biblically, humbly, and submissively go about cracking the twigs and stirring the leaves?"
Counter cultural? Why yes, we are. When the culture falls in line with God's word and begins to place the proper value on the life of the unborn, there will no longer be a need for such a thing as this.
Monday, June 18, 2007
Sunday, June 17, 2007
Then I had one of those most pointless, bizarre dreams that I have. Mom and me were at the mall (something that is scary enough by itself, me at a mall) and we entered Penney’s. I don’t know what we were looking for but we noticed they had a candy counter inside. Apparently Penney’s did away with their candy counters decades ago, but this one had one. So of course I looked around for seafoam, and they didn’t have any. I was disappointed until I noticed something called a Raspberry Medley – Brazilian Garden Shoe. It was sort of like sponge toffee – but sort of like a pastry too. It was filled with a raspberry mixture, and when baked it took the shape of a shoe (apparently a Brazilian garden shoe, whatever that is). When cooled they dipped it in some sort of sticky/sweet syrup then rolled the lower half of it in a chocolate crumble mixture. It sort of resembled a high heel that was half covered in mud. Not that I go around eating muddy shoes as a normal part of my diet, but I had to try this thing – so I bought one.
We left the candy counter and as we walked away I took a bite of my garden shoe. It was hands down, the most delicious, fruity/chocolatey pastry/candy/thing I’ve ever tasted. I tried to get my mom to take a bite and see, but she refused since she was eating some lemon thing she bought and said shoes and lemon do not go together. I found her argument hard to ignore.
In any case, that was the end of the dream and then I woke up hungry. If I thought I could pull it off, I’d recreate that recipe and make it for dessert tonight. I might even try some kind of variation of it anyway, just to say I did.
It wouldn’t be the first time a brilliant idea came to me in a dream.
Now, Father's Day is for Kev, and this Father's Day I'm sick (nothing serious, just one of those things) and they're all off at church while I sit here in my slob-clothes trying to come up with a brilliant plan to make his day special. I'm running low in the brilliant plan department. Besides, he's on the midnight shift this week so after church he'll be sleeping the rest of the day away.
I'm not good with change, and it usually takes me years to adapt, but adapt we do and create new traditions and new celebrations.
I think I'll shlep into the kitchen and bake up a batch of cookies for him. Not that he needs them or anything, but since he does so much for this family, and since he takes his role of father so very seriously, maybe he just does need a plate of warm cookies waiting for him after church today?
Yeah, I think that's about as brilliant as I'm going to come up with.
Saturday, June 16, 2007
Want to waste even more time? Become a blogger.The mechanism is easy and it's cheap — free, in fact. While you are blogging you can check other blogs and create a network of the banal. This is a great use of your time, no? "Today I ate a cheese sandwich. No wait, it wasn't like the cheese sandwich that other blogger ate 10 years ago. Really, it wasn't." And, of course, the bane of the blogosphere is still cat pictures. For every picture of a human baby in the blogosphere, there are 10 pictures of cats. What does that tell you about the state of the world? There is something especially pathetic about 30-year-old women treating these cats like babies and essentially bragging about this on their blogs. (source)
As you may have suspected, I have a few things to say. Ahem...
First, the column itself was called Unplug the Computer, Sell the TV and Get a Life. Essentially it covered the various ways we waste monumental amounts of time, being electronically diverted/entertained. In all honesty, I agree with this. We are in fact a generation/culture of people that goes into a blind panic when the power goes out. I could write about this for days and still not cover all my rants about this subject. I wont do that, however.
A couple of years ago, if you will recall, there was some sort of power station flub-up somewhere in Michigan (or somewhere) that shut down the power to numerous eastern US states and Canadian provinces for several days. We were one of those provinces, and if memory serves it was on a VERY hot day in August.
My first concern and question was “was this an act of terrorism?” After that was “oh no, the stuff in the fridge is going to go bad”. I’m a mother, we think things like that. After that I think one of my first thoughts was along the lines of “man it’s hot, I want my fan” and somewhere way (WAY) down on my list was “I’d like to be on the internet”. While I enjoy being able to use this technology, it’s not a priority in my world. Even lower on my list of concerns, somewhere trailing “go moose hunting and kill it with your bare hands – skin it and cook part of it and eat lunch spot” was “watching TV”. I’d much rather be outdoors with my camera, or reading a great book, than watch TV. (Of course 24 is exempt from this statement, and I wish to make that perfectly clear).
Now obviously since I’m a time-wasting blogger that has in fact posted pictures of my cat(s), the above quote was sort of humorous to me, even though I’m not sure it was supposed to be taken that way. I like my cats, most of the time, and they’re a great subject for the camera. It just works, you know?
The thing that really struck me about this article and this quote (above) the most however, was the idea that bloggers create a network of the banal. Banal?
Obviously, writer of this piece has never met my blogging buddies. I know, every blogger that will read this will think the same thing, no matter who their blogging buddies are. What might be even more ironic though, is that the word banal implies a lack of originality – or nothing new under the sun, if you will. Well, I have a newsflash (which isn’t a newsflash at all), and you’ll find it in Ecclesiastes 1:9
The thing that hath been, it is that which shall be; and that which is done is that which shall be done: and there is no new thing under the sun.
While we all come across information or ideas at times that may be new to us, it doesn’t necessarily mean that they are brand new ideas or brand new information. It simply means it’s new to you, or to me.
That is actually one of the things I appreciate the most as it pertains to the Christian blogging community. There are some rather brilliant and articulate folks among us, and they’re a daily blessing. These are brothers and sisters that take Christian living as serious as it is and have chosen to stay on the old path, not veering to the left or the right. I love it that they do this and write about it, because what they have to say is an encouragement to me every time I read them. I have no desire for a “new thing” when it comes to Christian living – just gimme that old time religion, you know?
So if you’re looking for something new, something earthshattering or what have you, I seriously doubt you’ll ever find it here. Well, aside from the t-shirts I create, but I don’t think that counts.
Maybe I should do one of a cat, blogging, posting pictures of his people? (*snort)
Like many other bloggers (I will assume), I have quite a few blogs on my bloglines that I skim through each day. All of the blogs are there because at some point or another they've addressed issues that are close to my heart, and they addressed them so well I figured I'd go ahead and add them to my list of blogs to read. While not all of the blogs I have listed there post every day on topics that are of interest to me personally, all of them do on a fairly regular basis and I appreciate reading insights from various people on these topics.
So shall my word be that goeth forth out of my mouth: it shall not return unto me void, but it shall accomplish that which I please, and it shall prosper in the thing whereto I sent it.
• Roman 1:16 For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek.
• Romans 10:17 So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.
• 1Cor. 1:18 For the preaching of the cross is to them that perish foolishness; but unto us which are saved it is the power of God.
• 1Cor. 3:6 I have planted, Apollos watered; but God gave the increase.
• 1Thes. 2:13 For this cause also thank we God without ceasing, because, when ye received the word of God which ye heard of us, ye received it not as the word of men, but as it is in truth, the word of God, which effectually worketh also in you that believe.
• James 1:18 Of his own will begat he us with the word of truth, that we should be a kind of firstfruits of his creatures.
• 1Peter 1:23 Being born again, not of corruptible seed, but of incorruptible, by the word of God, which liveth and abideth for ever.
- It wasn't through being "culturally relevent" (although no one called it that at the time, and being involved in your local community is certainly a good thing to do)
- It wasn't because of them "seeing Jesus in you" (although when the lost see a hope in you that they know they don't have, it does intrigue them)
It also wasn't through "just take that step of faith" because apart from God enabling man to believe through the regenerating work of the Holy Spirit, not only can man not believe but man has no desire to believe, or persue a fellowship with the Father, through faith in the finished work of Christ on the cross. (See 1Cor.1:18 above, one more time - it is foolishness to those that do not believe)