Friday, July 28, 2006

"Mental Obesity is the Curse of the Information Age"

Though this article at "The Rebelution" is long it is well worth the read. Very thought provoking and convicting. One quote from the article stuck out to me....as Christians "We are not to be people of escape". Hope you enjoy and are challenged.

Wednesday, July 26, 2006

Reading

"Perhaps the greatest gift any father can bestow upon his children, apart from the covenant blessings of parish life and a comprehension of the doctrines of grace, is a passion for reading. It is cheap, it consoles, it distracts, it excites, it gives a knowledge of the world, and it offers experience of a wide kind. Indeed, it is nothing less than a moral illumination."

Thomas Chalmers

Thursday, July 20, 2006

Celebration 2006

Tomorrow our whole family takes off to Celebration 2006. Our whole church plus a few other churches who are interested in being apart of Sovereign Grace Ministries are heading off to a college campus to be together. To worship, learn and have biblical fellowship together. I count it a huge privilege to be able to attend my church and be apart of what God is doing there..... and with such amazing people.

So see you next week!

While I am off fellowshipping (is that really a word) check out this article on Heather's blog.

Monday, July 17, 2006

What I am reading.

I just wrote out the books I am currently reading on the comment page of a friends blog..... so thought since I already had it typed out I would post it here.

Teach Them Diligently by Lou Priolo

Little Women by L.M. Alcott

The Insulin Resistance Diet by Cheryle Hart

The Busy Mom's Guide to Simple Living by Jackie Greenwood

Home Comfort -The Art and Science of Keeping Home (this is not a cover to cover read...more referencing it) by Cheryl Mendelson

The Excellent Wife by Martha Peace

Read alouds to my daughter:
Rainbow Garden by Patricia St. John

The Life of Our Lord by Charles Dickens

"Rule the World by Rocking the Cradle"

I love the fact the I get to have such an influence on the world by staying at home and rocking the cradle. It is where I want to be and where I can most make a difference.

Check out this article at Preschoolers and Peace.

Saturday, July 15, 2006

Jonah Ethan

Tonight I have been thinking much of my little guy in heaven. He would have been 4 this past April. It's not that I wish he were here because I truly believe if he should have been....he would be. It's more the moments of not knowing what would make him laugh or cry. What little funny quirks he has or what his favorite food would be. Is his hair red like his siblings with fair skin? Would he have been into music, trucks, baseball or hockey? Would he love to read?

Really at the end of the day these things do not matter because Jonah is the most satisfied he could ever be, where he is right now. He has never known sin, suffering or pain. His lullabies have been nothing but heavenly perfection. He doesn't miss this world like I long for his. Thank you Jesus for my son whom you hold. Thank you that you died on the cross so he would go straight from my arms to yours. Because of the cross my son is not dead but very much alive with you.

I think of the little girl we lost to miscarriage March 2005 too. I never got to hold her warm little body and say goodbye but she too will be waiting. What treasures I have in heaven on top of seeing my Lord!

"But we do not want to be uninformed, brothers about those who are asleep, that you may not grieve as others do, who have no hope. For since we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so, through Jesus, God will bring with him those who have fallen asleep. For this we declare to you by a word from the Lord, that we who are alive, who are left until the coming of the Lord, will not precede those who have fallen asleep. For the Lord himself will descend from heaven with a cry of command, with the sound of the trumpet of God. And the dead in Christ will rise first. Then we who are alive, who are left, will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air and so we will always be with the Lord. Therefore encourage one another with these words.

1 Thessalonians 4:13-18

See you later sweet Jonah

One of these days I will post the whole story until then take a peek below for pictures...he really is a cutie.

Friday, July 14, 2006

Playing Butterfly

This morning my 6 yr old and 3 yr old (in 4 weeks) came sliding in the kitchen on their bellies. I asked what they were doing and my 6 yr old said "playing butterfly". They were being caterpillars, then found a place to attach (the bookcase) to become a chrysalis (using that exact word) and then went flying all over the house. Then at snack my 6 yr old was pretending her watermelon was pollen in a flower.

I love being a stay at home, homeschooling mom whose children "play butterfly"! I think I have the best life in the world.

Wednesday, July 12, 2006

Sovereignty and Simplicity

I have been basking in God's sovereignty lately. Reading it, listening to it, memorizing it and thinking on it. Then I go to church and the whole message is about Joseph and how it was God's doing that his brothers sold him to slavery for His purposes and own glory and their good. What they intended for evil God intended for good. What a mystery! What a blessing! What a place to rest your head and heart!
There is much simplicity that comes to life and all its challenges when you can embrace God's sovereignty. There is nothing that is out of His hand or control. When I go to bed at night that is the last thing I say to Him and myself. Thank you that all I faced today was from your mighty and caring hand, for my good and ultimately for your glory. This is true rest!

The below is a quote by Spurgeon I have been meditating on lately:

"Believer...you should be satisfied with your earthly portion; for you may rest assured that it is the fittest for you. Unerring wisdom ordained your lot, and selected for you the safest and best condition....Remember this, had any other condition been better for you then the one in which you are, divine love would have put you there. You are placed by God in the most suitable circumstances....Be content with such things as you have, since the Lord ordered all things for your good. Take up your own daily cross; it is the burden best suited for your shoulder, and will prove most effective to make you perfect in every good word and work to the glory of God.

Trials must and will befall
But with humble faith to see
Love inscribed upon them all;
This is happiness to me."

Lord you have assigned me my portion and my cup; you have made my lot secure. Psalm 16:5

Saturday, July 08, 2006

Your Name, O Lord, Endures Forever

Psalm 135:1 Praise the Lord!Praise the name of the Lord,give praise, O servants of the Lord,2 who stand in the house of the Lord,in the courts of the house of our God!3 Praise the Lord, for the Lord is good;sing to his name, for it is pleasant! [1]4 For the Lord has chosen Jacob for himself,Israel as his own possession.
5 For I know that the Lord is great,and that our Lord is above all gods.6 Whatever the Lord pleases, he does,in heaven and on earth,in the seas and all deeps.7 He it is who makes the clouds rise at the end of the earth,who makes lightnings for the rain and brings forth the wind from his storehouses.

Thursday, July 06, 2006

"We do not package up the Prince of Peace"

In the midst of preschoolers, we do not package up the Prince of Peace, only to take Him down in fleeting moments of quiet… but we invite Him to be the center of our milieu, the axis of our days, the Son around which we all—babies, preschoolers, Mamas, and Papas, children and teens—revolve. His word is not confined only to a quiet time for “they are not just idle words for you—they are your life.”( Deuteronomy 32:47) In the midst of diapers and dishes, crayons and construction paper, life is our liturgy, life is our communing time with the Lover of our Souls."

written by Ann

Tuesday, July 04, 2006

Wait for the Lord.

Wait for the Lord; be strong and take heart and wait for the Lord.
Psalm 27:14

I have been reading "Keep a Quiet Heart" by Elisabeth Elliot. It has been just what my soul needed in light of a few recent circumstances.

"Waiting requires patience - a willingness calmy to accept what we have or have not, where we are or where we wish we were, whomever we live or work with.

To want what we don't have is impatience, for one thing, and it is to mistrust God. Is he not in complete control of all circumstances, events, and conditions? If some are beyond His control, He is not God.

A spirit of resistance cannot wait on God. I believe it is this spirit which is the reason for some of our greatest sufferings. Opposing the workings of the Lord in and through our "problems" only exacerbates them. It is the here and now that we must win our victories and suffer defeats. Spiritual victories are won in the quiet acceptance of ordinary events, which are God's "bright servants" standing all around us."

Elisabeth Elliot