Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Pre-Christmas '09

I love this time of year. Everyone's scurrying around and even being rather genteel when you pass. One couple I saw in Rosauer's today had a frozen turkey sitting up-right in the basket like a child strapped in, may have even had the red belt around its waist.
The sun came out today and it was beautiful. Fat squirrels are running around the yard faster than Bella can catch them, and I'm sitting enjoying my afternoon cup of coffee. Gram Jean and I made cookies this morning and then Drew shared a monster burger with me, so I think I need to be walked before eating the rest of the week. Because I plan on eating the whole week! Starting with Friday then I'll follow it up with a tasty Tuesday and nibble on Sunday. I'm excited for this week. It'll be a good one filled with presents flying through the air, as well as people and food. And as the week rolls into another week so will I, fat and happy with rosy cheeks and curly hair!
I'm making a Croissant breakfast sandwich and hashbrown casserole for b-fast one morning at Jim and Shirlee's, and may share recipes if feeling generous. ;)
I love seeing family and can't wait to play with those kids and possibly take Ruth on a date. The thought galvanizes me, maybe even enough to get my butt upstairs to pack!

Love to all and to all a good night--on Christmas that is!
and May God Bless us every one!

Sunday, December 13, 2009

a wintery Sunday night

Well, I haven't written lately, so I thought I'd give a brief synopsis of the happ'nins goin on 'round here. I'm being serenaded at the moment by my husband, the smell of deliciously baked potatoes waft thru the air, the living room where I'm sitting at the moment is considerably cooler than the other living room with the lit fireplace, so I sit with a blanket wrapped around my sweater, leaving just my toes to be cold. It has considerably warmed up this weekend from the 7-15 degrees that it was last week. Now we have snow and 32 degree weather. Yesterday Drew warmed my heart with his patience as he took me shopping. Purchased a coat, jacket, long sleeves and a sweater. So now just need to warm the bottom half, but I'm good to go! and had a lot of fun ;) Today we drove around Moscow for a stint looking at houses checking out possibilities. Tomorrow I plan to go over to Drew's Grandma Jean's house to do some cleaning for her and possibly get some Christmas shopping done, only need a few more things. Now I think we are about to sit down to dinner, so toodle-oo.

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Breathe in-- breathe out

So amid all the bad news given to us by the press and my rantings thereof, let me take this next post onto a happier note. Lifting my head out of the gutter of humanity I get a breath of fresh air and catch a glimpse of the sun. Looking at the world Ecclesiastically-- which is sometimes rather hard to do-- all is "vanity." We are a mite hiding in this speck of a dust we call Earth. Our Maker and Provider swept the house until He found that mite and brought it up into His hand, where I will happily stay. We can smile that we do not make the world go round, nor that we have a say in it. If I were ruling the world, and I sometimes think this the better option, would it be better? Apparently not, because that is not God's plan for His world. I sometimes forget that: "His world," not mine.

Monday, October 26, 2009

a Halloween Note

Through our culture we are so desensitized by movies, radio, tv, video games, ads, mags, the list roles on. All can be crammed into the little word "media." I can't think of another such simple word packing a bigger punch, and everyday we are hit with it. Whether we like it or not. I remember the day when curse words and other such language was prohibited from radio, and I remember when that law was revoked, and that was only the beginning. Watching people have sex on screen is no longer something we're surprised at; seeing someone's head get bashed in by a man wielding a baseball bat is actually becoming quite popular. Need I go on. We no longer cringe. We've come to accept on-screen horrors and filth and even embrace it. Marriages fall apart before our eyes, rape, murder, deceit, anything to get what you want is all what I have come to expect out of TV. Anything is now open for topic on Dr. Phil, thanks to the pioneer Jerry Springer and the upcoming "Gossip Girl." (P.S. The latest 'Gossip' has teens having a threesome, with the message that "sexperimentation" is just something you do in college, broaden your horizons.) Like encouragement is really needed. Teen magazines talk about sex. And this is probably the only training some teens get (and then off to prom with ya).

Our great nation of America is pushing the limits of mental numbness, and all too well proving this at Halloween. The monstrosities enacted on screen are unspeakable. The yard decorations are becoming more and more unsightly that actual suicides have been mistaken for "yard decor." This is no joke, more cops are sent out to patrol this night, because people feel the need to accept their "dark side," let the evil in them flow, and they even get to wear a mask while doing it.
As a Christian I do not see the need to cover the children's eyes and act like there is no holiday happening. But use caution. Dress up, laugh at each other, laugh at the demons walking by thinking they're so scary, have fun, eat candy, I'm done ranting.

Doug Wilson debate

I believe that "Collision" coming out under the Obama reign is significant. America is in a stupor, and we are all hoping this diminution of sensibility caused by too many narcotics is short-lived.

Monday, October 19, 2009

A clump of Elvis' hair is worth more than my car.

"A clump of hair believed to have been trimmed from Elvis Presley’s head when he joined the Army in 1958 has sold for $15,000 at a Chicago auction house." ~MSNBC
WOW. Who would have saved this specific clump when he got a military haircut? Did they check the DNA? What kind of person would buy a clump of hair in the first place? Is that supposed to impress the ladies?

Monday, October 12, 2009

October's reading list

The Gray Wolf and Other Stories by George MacDonald



Don't Whistle in School: The History of America's Public Schools ~ Ruth Tenzer Feldman



Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows ~ J.K. Rowling

C.S. Lewis' Space Trilogy: Out of the Silent Planet, Perelandra

Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Prevailing Perversity can be depressing, but it doesn't have to be.

There are many who are not taught to live for God and please Him. So they live for themselves and please their bodies. I just heard a story and my ears felt violated, so I won't relay it, but in this Romanesque time of debauch, perverse acts that Hollywood and the media cling to, I find comfort in the words of Psalm 130:

Out of the depths I have cried to You, O Lord; Lord, hear my voice! Let Your ears be attentive to the voice of my supplications. If You, Lord, should mark iniquities, O Lord, who could stand? But there is forgiveness with you, that You may be feared. I wait for the Lord, my soul waits, and in His word I do hope. My soul waits for the Lord more than those who watch for the morning-- Yes, more than those who watch for the morning. O Israel, hope in the Lord; for with the Lord there is mercy, and with Him is abundant redemption. And He shall redeem Israel from all his iniquities.

And remember, "But for the grace of God, go I." We are human, just like they, and are capable of the same sins, physically speaking. But Christianly speaking why do we refrain from vile acts? In the words of Paul, "yet not I, but the grace of God which was with me." (1 Cor. 15:10)

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

How can you pass a "climate change law?" Passing it is the easy part, enforcing it...? What if the climate just refuses to change? You cannot penalize Mother Nature so you heavily tax paper mills, refineries, and the like. I'd say I'm all for watching your CO2 emission and taking care of our environment. But why does there have to be a law for EVERYTHING? SO here's a laugh for you of a few dumb laws:

Alabama: Incestuous marriages are legal.
You may not drive barefooted.
Dominoes may not be played on Sunday.
Anchorage, Alaska: Persons may not live in a trailer as it is being hauled across the city.
Arizona: Donkeys cannot sleep in bathtubs.
Tombstone: It is illegal for men and women over the age of 18 to have less than one missing tooth visible when smiling.
Arkansas: A man can legally beat his wife, but not more than once a month.
Alligators may not be kept in bathtubs.

It begs the question...what idiocy preceded the enactment of these laws? And why are they still around? And this is just the A's.

Ok, I have to do California: Animals are banned from mating publicly within 1,500 feet of a tavern, school, or place of worship.
It is a misdemeanor to shoot at any kind of game from a moving vehicle, unless the target is a whale.
Arcadia: Peacocks have the right of way to cross any street, including driveways.
Baldwin Park: Nobody is allowed to ride a bicycle in a swimming pool.
Blythe: You are not permitted to wear cowboy boots unless you already own at least two cows.
Burlingame: It is illegal to spit, except on baseball diamonds.
Dana Point: One may not use one’s own restroom if the window is open.
Eureka: Men who wear moustaches are forbidden from kissing women.
Lompoc: It is illegal to posses, own or raise roosters.
Los Angeles, CA: It is illegal to cry on the witness stand.
San Diego: The owners of houses with Christmas lights on them past February second may be fined up to $250.
San Francisco: Persons classified as “ugly” may not walk down any street.
Walnut: Males may not dress as a female unless a special permit is obtained from the sheriff.

I'd say CA tops them all off with their list of outrageous laws, but then again, I haven't gotten to the OR. ;)

Reference: http://www.dumblaws.com/laws/united-states

Monday, October 5, 2009

In today's news: Mom may not want to read this one

A 68 year old New Hampshire woman was sentenced to 35 years in prison for not paying taxes to what she believes to be a corrupt government. Roman Polanski was indicted on six felony counts, including rape by use of drugs, child molesting, sodomy, and then evading the country, yet only served a 42 DAY sentence. Why is this? Well, for starters, one is anti-American government, the other is a Hollywood producer. Forget the charges. Forget that this hard-working mother has no criminal history. Forget that Polanski has a repeated sexual offence history, and listen to the message our Judicial system sends out again. Listen to Hollywood: Corruption is the way of the future, embrace it. Also there is the popular argument that certain Presidents have tried: "That's my personal life."
This 68 y/o woman did not harm anybody and is in the slammer. This corrupt 76 y/o Hollywood producer has abused his position as a Hollywood producer and has left permanent scars on too many memories. Hmm, I'm beginning to side with the New Hampshire woman.

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Conspiracy Theory

The German idea of public schools was implemented in America, thanks to Thomas Jefferson. "Jefferson believed that education should be under the control of the government, free from religious biases, and available to all people irrespective of their status in society." This quote comes from an article entitled "A History of Public Education in the United States" by Deeptha Thattai http://www.servintfree.net/~aidmn-ejournal/publications/2001-11/PublicEducationInTheUnitedStates.html
This next quote makes me cringe. "The common-school reformers argued for the case on the belief that common schooling could create good citizens, unite society and prevent crime and poverty." Instead the issues public schools face today are crime and poverty. This is when the conspiracy part comes in: public schools were instituted to convert the masses. Shifting them from one class to another, conditioning them to this shuffling about with no direction except for the one the government gives them. Thus giving them a do-as-your-told attitude. They were not taught to think for themselves but rather to rely on their superiors.
"Dick, d'you ever wonder what's outside those walls?"
"Say now, that's dangerous thinking, Paul, you best stick to your work." (Family Guy S.1, V.1, Ep. 1)

A result from being taught to respond at a base level is to obey the basest instincts, and sexual problems ensue. As we all know, this is a problem enough without encouragement, blatantly seen in high schools everywhere. We are also encouraged to promote and love homosexuality. But how can we love what God hates? This issue was heavily imposed upon the nation via Hollywood. Every movie had to have "the gay friend," a lot of new ones still do.

Now that the masses are primed, used to believing what they are told, and ready to do what they are told, the fun begins. The government starts promoting its own propaganda and backing it with millions, if not billions, of the people's money with ideas such as Global Warming and Carbon Footprints, and that we are murdering this planet and it will die before those on it do. Instead of the Biblical idea that Jesus will comes back and end the earth. The government even backs its own made-up science, if it can be called a science, of evolution, promoting this whole-heartily with the hope that it will diminish Christianity. Now we are being told how bad oil/gas is, we are discouraged to buy gas by high prices, yet encouraged to rack up carbon credits through our airline credit cards. And so, we stay home and work instead of taking the family on a trip and revert back to letting the govm't run our lives. We watch food prices shoot up and are made to believe that any household cannot function without a dual income. We feel ourselves oppressed to the point that we believe that selling our Nation's soul to China is a good thing.
There are several other examples of this such as the over-population idea, followed by more abortion clinics opening. We have as a nation gotten to the point where we look to the government for the answers, if we are willing they are more than ready to say, "Yes, I have the answers, listen to me."

This tunnel-vision beginning with Socialistic thought has come full circle and we have elected a Socialistic president who is now trying to implement this "do as you're told" idea into our health care. And since people are used to choosing their own health care, he will use punishments such as heavy fines for not having health care. Coming from a background of "self-pay" this idea is monstrous. Today president Obama gave his U.N. address with a summary of how he wants to get out of a war that has been going on for the past 8 years and focus on more important things like global warming.

Conclusion: Brainwashing this country began with the public school system. A Socialistic idea I believe we got from Socialist Germany. The government utilized this to promote propaganda such as evolution, global warming, carbon footprints, and dissuading free thought. Now we are discouraged form purchasing oil and thus gas prices skyrocket, discouraging Americas from venturing too far from home. Thus making us less and less in control of our country and more subservient. We allow ourselves to be told what to believe, instead of telling others what we believe. We laugh at the Catholics for believing everything the Church tells them, but we don't even acknowledge when we do it ourselves.

More to come...watch out...

P.S. This is what I believe, I hope to read more on the various topics mentioned above and be better able to back them.

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

September's reading list

Imitation of Christ ~Thomas A'Kempis

Elephants Can Remember ~Agatha Christie

The Last Battle ~C.S. Lewis

I've lost track...

Wednesday, September 9, 2009

About Meself

I am not an avid runner, though I wish at times I was. I do not paint, draw, or play an instrument. I do not watch TV, but that's the way I like it-- just Netflix. I am not an avid anything really. There's a lot that I enjoy doing, things I've never really tried doing, and things I wish I could do, like dance, sing, mountain climb, live in a foreign country, to name a few. There's a lot that I enjoy, but nothing I can say that I've done to proficiency. I tend to express myself in negatives, which probably sounds demeaning, so I should find another way of doing it.

I like to cook, and in this I can be creative. I am limited though by the unwavering simplicity that is called selection around these here parts. Maybe I should go back and find that Filipino-Indian whatever it was store on 51st St. I like to write, as you see, and have thoughts in my head that I wish to turn into books. It makes me feel good to buy a new shirt, especially when Drew says, "That's a fun shirt." I found a bright turquoise one at TJ Maxx for $3, made my day. I like to read with the intention that it will help me be a better writer one day. I have fun doing hair, make-up, and the like, and want my talent in that to increase as well. I am thrilled at the prospect of starting a business. I would love to live in another country, learn their language and culture. My first choice was Paris, France. You know, follow in the footsteps of Sabrina, but I could just about settle for anywhere. I hear Albania's nice this time of year, or was it Prague?

Flight to Ohio

A Razorback hat in Tulsa, OK? That's not something I've seen yet. We're in the sky before the sun this morning with a full moon to greet us. The Razorback hat catches my eye again because of its constant up and down motion, flick, flick, flick, apparently with the intention of shielding this guy's eyes for 40 winks, and looking for that comfortable situation. The lady next to him, presumably his wife, leans over with an interjectory thought. The hat flicking continues as he needs his eyes to aid his response. The woman, presumably not his wife, or there would be no need for the casual cordiality, interjects another comment as she leans her hair-sprayed floof onto the headrest, and with another swift flick to cover the eyes, the Razorback cap does the same. Next to me Drew's already sleeping soundly and as cute as ever. It's a good morning.
The stewardess, who may be a distant cousin of Aunt Judy twice removed, has a habit of pressing her lips tightly together and twitching them from side to side as she meticulously pours the drinks. Oh, and I can't forget the hacking going on behind my head making me afraid of the Bubonic Plague and of smoking. And I've made it through the whole flight without having to crawl over someone to get into that tiny crawl space also know as the toilet.

Tuesday, September 1, 2009

Bearing with the faults of others: giving without begrudging

If you cannot make yourself what you would wish to be, how can you bend others to your will? We want them to be perfect, yet we do not correct our own faults. We wish then to be severely corrected, yet we will not correct ourselves. Their great liberty displeases us, yet we would not be denied what we ask. We would have them bound by laws, yet we will allow ourselves to be restrained in nothing. Hence, it is clear how seldom we think of others as we do ourselves.
Many, unawares, seek themselves in the things they do. They seem even to enjoy peace of mind when things happen according to their wish and liking, but if otherwise than they desire, they are soon disturbed and saddened. ~Thomas A'Kempis Imitation of Christ p. 14

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

another Kennedy gone

Ted Kennedy died last night?

Saturday, August 22, 2009

News

The CIA is under investigation for using "harsh interrogation methods." They are accused of simulating drowning, approaching a prisoner with a power drill, and firing a gunshot in the next room; but apparently threatening a prisoner with death violates US laws.
This seems to have been desperate measures taken in regards to Al Qaeda and the the man responsible for the attack on US destroyer Cole. Aside from dunking these men in water, intimidation methods were used, and in this report nothing else touched them. I get my info from the Los Angeles Times.
A federal judge has ordered the report containing the mentioned above to be made public in response to a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit filed by the American Civil Liberties Union. Sounds like the teacher saw you passing notes, Mr. President, and will now take it and read it before the class. Makes it kinda hard to have any secrets 'round here, and even harder to try to get one out of a terrorist.
A criminal investigation could present political problems for Pres. Obama. (aw, sad:)
The article displayed right above this states that the Taliban are going around cutting people's fingers off for having the gall to vote for their country.
Apparently caning is a common form of punishment in Malaysia, especially if you are an illegal alien. Beware the Islamic laws such as being in proximity to someone who is not your spouse, snacking during Ramadan, or drinking alcohol. One woman was sentenced to caning for drinking some beer. This all sounds a bit ridiculous to me, but what's new? They just call is news to try to catch your attention. Ok...and now we go to Jane with the traffic report.

Thursday, August 20, 2009

Money

It is only when money is transferred to others in the exercise of liberality and ceases to be possessed that it becomes valuable.

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

On the prowl, so they say...

I woke up this morning determined to dress up, put that make-up on, and apply for four or five jobs before noon. First was a vet, looked laid-back and hairy enough. The second was United Recovery Systems. Sounded medical to me, so I went to apply for receptionist.
Since reception was filled with a young gal and a sweet voice, she asked if I wanted to apply for the collections position instead.
Sure, I can call a few insurance companies and people about their medical bills. So I filled out the paperwork, then she handed me a test to do that was timed for 12 minutes with questions such as: "If all doctors are licensed. Laura is a doctor. Laura is licensed. Is this statement true?" It also had number sequences, math problems, and other unmentionable randomness. So with the twelve minutes up and only half of the test done, the sweet-voiced chick sits me in front of a computer that asks 150 MORE questions. I guess this computer supposed to evaluate my morality, competitiveness, and personality.
I felt like I was asking to be a cop or something, or maybe I'll just start handing it out to people before allowing them to be my friends. Apparently I'm not competitive, with a 0.3%. So I had a nice Inquisition with a fellow who looked like Jeff Baiza with curly hair and a beard. With application and test results at his finger tips he asked me questions like: "Do you think dishonesty is a part of human nature."
"Yes."
"A part of your nature."
"No."
"Just everybody else's." He said with a smile.
"As a Christian, I am of the belief that human nature must be overcome, I have worked to do this, therefore dishonesty is not a part of my nature."
He asked me what I would say to people on the phone, he seemed to like my response, but still hesitant about hiring someone who's goal was customer service instead of swimming in a shark tank. So after having an interview for collector and a rather jolly chat. We went our separate ways. I guess we all know where ass-u-ming gets you ;) And that was my morning.

Friday, August 14, 2009

another from Boethius

It is the accepted opinion that the nature of the mind is such that for every true belief it rejects, it assumes a false one from which the fog of distraction rises to blot out its true insight.

Thursday, August 6, 2009

August readings

All Hollow's Eve ~Charles Williams
Everything That Rises Must Converge ~Flannery O'Connor
1/2 of Radical Reformission ~Mark Driscoll

I read some of James Joyce's Dubliners as well as Jack London's Tales of the North, but I guess you could say it did not grasp me. So then on to...

The Gambler ~Fyodor Dostoevsky
The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes ~Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
The Hound of the Baskervilles ~Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
The Warden ~Anthony Trollope
Father Brown Mysteries ~G.K. Chesterton
Sir Gawain and the Green Knight ~ translated by J.R.R. Tolkien

Monday, August 3, 2009

Victories

But there are victories far worse than defeats; and to overcome an angel too gentle to put out all his strength, and ride away in triumph on the back of a devil, is one of the poorest.

Joshua

His demeanor never changed. You thought it would have by now, but no, he still smiles when you don't want to smile back, and his seriousness comes across as false and makes you want to laugh. His congregants did laugh. He lacked respect. I don't think he ever saw it, so it never bothered him. His children saw it, or more properly they initiated it by saying, "We don't have respect for you." This followed him, and therefore he lost the respect of others.
The preacher stood there in his tie and suit jacket, sweating in the summer heat, with a pulpit at his stomach and his hands slapping the air as he excited himself with his own speech. The text was on Joshua, from which he had named his second son. Son number two was bald and gangly, and acted as though both were a constant reminder. This young man sat in the isle pew twisting the hairs on his chin as he watched his father.
The preacher said, "Turn to Joshua 5" and then there was a long pause, lasting almost as long as the second son's patronizing smile. The preacher read his own thoughts as they coincided with Joshua 5. At Joshua's memorial for future generations, Joshua leans to his bald brother, and they share a snigger.
Does success merit respect, or respect lead to success? Respect is the success.
"God does not exist for us, we exist for God." The preacher was done. The lesson was over.

Friday, July 31, 2009

The Consolation of Philosophy

Lest we forget too... "And it is because you don't know the end and purpose of things that you think the wicked and the criminal have power and happiness. And because you have forgotten the means by which the world is governed you believe these ups and downs of fortune happen haphazardly."

Tuesday, July 28, 2009

The Wise Woman:

To be concieted of doing one's duty is then a sign of how little one does it, and how little one sees what a contemptible thing it is not to do it... Until our duty becomes to us common as breathing, we are poor creatures.

Cheesy Veggie Omelet for Two

2T olive oil
1/4 c onion (green onions are also good)
1/2 a zucchini
1/2 a squash
1/2-1 carrot
3 eggs
2-3 T cream
salt and pepper
grated cheese

Heat oil in pan. Chop onion, zucchini, squash into thin triangles. Shred carrot with peeler. Cook over medium heat until tender, and remove from skillet. Whisk together eggs, cream, salt, and pepper. Drizzle skillet with more oil and add eggs. Keep eggs from burning by lifting edges to let uncooked egg flow to bottom of pan. When cooked, sprinkle with cheese, add veggies, and Vwa-laa.

Monday, July 27, 2009

Eggplant Rounds with Balsamic Soaked Tomatos and Feta

Well Ruth, you talked me into it. Here is the first recipe!

1 eggplant
1 lg. tomato
Balsamic Vinaigrette
4 oz Feta cheese (I used Athenos chunk traditional)

Balsamic Vinaigrette:
1/4 c balsamic vinegar
1/3-1/2 c oil, blend of olive and canola
3T chopped red onion
salt and pepper
crushed garlic clove, optional

Marinate tomato slices overnight or for a few hours. Preheat oven to 450. Slice eggplant, baste with olive oil, sprinkle with salt, and stack with tomato slice, and Feta slice. Cook for 8 min, or until eggplant is tender. Better the next day after stack has had time to harmonize flavors, reheat at 450 until feta is sizzling.

P.S. The vinaigrette is a guess. I seem to make it different every time and never measure.

Mr. Raven:

"But indeed the business of the universe is to make such a fool of you that you will know yourself for one, and so begin to be wise."

Graham Greene's priest:

"I know-- from experience -- how much beauty Satan carried down with him when he fell. Nobody ever said the fallen angels were the ugly ones."

Friday, July 24, 2009

It was too easy to die for what was good or beautiful, for home or children, or a civilization-- it needed God to die for the half-hearted and corrupt.

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Books I've read since I've been married

1. Frankenstein by Mary Shelley
2. Scipio Africanus
3. The Power and the Glory by Graham Greene
4. Lilith by George MacDonald
5. Brother Bartholomew and the Apple Grove
6. Alice Through the Looking-Glass by Lewis Carroll
7. The Wise Woman and other Stories by George MacDonald
8. Boethius: The Consolation of Philosophy

Mom wanted to know what I was reading, and here is the summary. Makes it look like all I've done is read. But I assure you this is driving time, with an occassional night-time reading. I do do other things ;)

Thursday, July 9, 2009

Deep thoughts in Esther's living room

I was watching a mosquito fly to the South Pole and flap its wings at Brazil as it went. And when it flew back I killed it. Then my thoughts turned to: the politics of America, Phil, and traveling nurses. I liked lying on the carpet listening to Matthew and Susie talk.

Tuesday, May 5, 2009

Jackson

So I went and fed the donkey. And as he's eating his carrot like Huck Fin eating a corn cob, the thought of man's "animalistic tendencies" crossed my mind. He was very serious about his eating and I have seen people with teeth like that, so there are some resemblances. But can the animals really be blamed for what is man's choice? In some ways animals do resemble us and we, in turn, love our pets, but are they able to sin? If they are a body without a soul then there is no soul to be cast into Hell for their sins. Humans on the other hand know what they do, are made in the image of God, and choose their actions. We were given the ten commandments, and told "You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, soul, mind and strength." If this is the same for the animals where is there 10 commandments, or should they just read ours?

Baal

It seems I see a trend with Christians: when things start looking bad, better to get out rather than risk contamination. To stay is to get tainted and that would put the Christian reputation in question. So boy-cots occur after the problem becomes irreversible. But the problem for Disney is not that a few thousand Christians decided to boy-cot them, the problem was asking gays into their heart instead of Jesus. Deeper problems of morality exist and so the problems continue and even grow. Thanks for the warning by the way, Disney, that was great, just great!

As Christians it is also easy to get the "only" mentality. That you are the only Christian in a mile-wide radius. Elijah. So we get unmotivated and shy, passively giving our rights as Christians away one by one. So slowly we don't even realize it. I guess that's when we're relying on our own strength instead of God's. "And he said, I have been very jealous for the LORD God of hosts: because the children of Israel have forsaken thy covenant, thrown down thine altars, and slain thy prophets with the sword; and I, even I only, am left; and they seek my life, to take it away." ~Elijah "Yet I have left me seven thousand in Israel, all the knees which have not bowed unto Baal, and every mouth which hath not kissed him." ~God (I Kings 19:14,18)

And my thoughts turn to the movie industry. A place many people (myself included) look to for the really debauched. So we try not to associate ourselves with the like. "Instead of trying to influence Hollywood by becoming a part of it, Christians avoided it and told their children to do the same. The only time that Hollywood heard from Christians was when boycotts occurred." ~ Dallas Jenkins http://bighollywood.breitbart.com/djenkins/2009/04/29/why-are-christian-movies-so-bad/ You could say, "well, at least they heard from us." But that didn't last long, and that wasn't good enough. And since Hollywood and the whole West Coast has not detached and sank into the ocean yet, we still continue to be dissatisfied with the messages they are sending to a theater near you. So the Christians' response was to remove themselves from the scenario and start producing Christian movies.

As a defense, I would not want to raise my kids in Hollywood either. But how do we stay in the world and not of it? Make your own films! Tack a message to the end. Forget the acting and script part, that's not important. Yeah, kinda missing the point. Movies are made to be entertaining. I don't need a film with a "message" at the end every time. I already know the message. I'm seeking to be entertained! Nakedness and vulgarity do not entertain me either, nor does the gay and/or debased best friend that has to be in every movie as the side-show. I want a movie with a story line, good script, not one that disgusts me and I have to fast-forward through the sex scene,and put up with the vulgarity and cussing. It's a good thing I didn't grow up on this stuff. I might think that the "typical" couple is not married, but rolls out of the same bed in the morning, threatens to break up at lunch time, lives separate lives until dinner, meets up at a restaurant to get back together, and has nightmares about actually marrying each other.

So either route, Christian flicks or non, ya can't win. Do I feel like being bored or disgusted tonight, honey? I guess that's why I stick to comic book/action movies. Blood and guts don't bother me. Immorality disgusts me. So I have to remind myself quit often of Ecclesiastes and remember: Even in the midst of this, don't get discouraged, and do not envy the wicked. But remember to be strong. Be honest. Be morality when there is none. And pray that Christian story lines will prevail.

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

To that last post:

I think that first paragraph was pointing me in a much different direction, I just failed to heed. What I was feeling, but lost in words, is how blessed I am. I mentioned the whole "unconditional love" thing with a much broader picture in mind. God loved us while we were yet sinners. (Rom. 5:8) Reminds me of my parents who love me and sacrifice for me in this sinful state.
And now I have Drew, who I would say, loves me in spite of myself. That, although, is not wholly true, he loves me because of myself. No matter what I say, do, or look like, he loves me "unconditionally." In a marriage the husband resembles Christ and loves His bride just as Christ loves the Church and gave himself for her. (Eph. 5:25) In Drew I have seen the pursuit and persistance, and that is very comforting. I know he would do anything for me. He left what he knew and came down to Texarkana not sure of the end result. He didn't ask for an easy way out. I'm not saying this gives way to my own complacency. In fact, the opposite seems to happen. Since I can rest in his love for me I want to be better and continue to grow with him. I am so blessed to have this physical example of unconditional love in Drew. It's not just something I think about when reciting TULIP, but something I can see in his face.

Thursday, March 19, 2009

On men (a miserly portion of the great scheme)

God initiated the covenant with man. He spoke to us, we did not ask to make a covenant with God. He came down from Heaven and was made Man. As we know, this is not an easy task living as man and with man. We have our nasty habits, things we'd rather not mention, zits that pop up from nowhere, and yet we are loved in spite of this. Unconditionally. We can talk this point to death as we call ourselves sober Calvinists, but it's something that must be felt and acted upon daily. Not only are we loved, but we are able to resemble this kind of love. There is a power that goes along with this kind of love. Even Calvin felt this.
There are many who bear the name of love but do not bear the face of love. Like little Antichrists running around, there are many men acting as Christ being head of their marriages and households. But these relationships went wrong from the beginning, making covenants they never intended to keep. They jump the wall because it's too difficult to pass through the gate. They have not sacrificed themselves for their bride, thinking she should come easier than that. They don't want to change the world through their sacrifice they want the world to change for them. There is no security in this and love is given very selfishly.
Christ made a covenant with His Church through the sacrifice of Himself. This was through grotesque suffering to the point of death. Even when this act was finished, even after He breathed "It is finished." He is not finished. He who has started a good work will be faithful to complete it. He suffers long and endures much. His love knows no bounds. The Son of God was not above sacrificing Himself for a whore. This is the Bride He chose, relentlessly fought for, and loves. We are finite and so not able to understand the depth of Christ's love. All we can do as mirrors of Him is bear this resemblance of love.

Thursday, January 15, 2009

As a frail child of God I try to rely on my own strength. I can look through my life and see the little reminders of the previous oxymoronic statement. Find strength in God not yourself. When we are weak, He is strong. When we are strong, HE is stronger. No matter the trial and difficulty, it is from God, and He doesn't give us more than we can handle.

Friday Donna Borger was told she has cancer. She went to the doctor yesterday and this is what doc said, "I do not know what they (the radiologist) were looking at, but their report is a textbook description of gastric cancer...Donna has no cancer. I examined her carefully and completely and she is perfectly clean."

Last night I dreamed I got the church e-mail from Bill Izard and this is what it said, "Joshua went to Little Rock for his chemo and bone taps. The doctor ran the tests and found no cancer, not a trace." You may smile and say, oh that's a nice dream. But God showed me through this dream not to look through my own eyes. My eyes see the suffering and seeming hopelessness, God sees His plan. I see the immediate and God sees the future. I see suffering, God sees His plan. I don't like to see people despondent, but I must remember that God and I just have different definitions of what is best for people. I cannot sit here and state what another's fate will be. I can only pray and trust. The trials of this mortal body should not bring us down but lift us up. Lift us up to Christ. So when I sit here thinking, "that's just the way it's going to be, God will do what HE wants." Well, maybe what He wants is for us to pray without ceasing and trust without faltering.