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Thankfulness

November 25, 2011 2 comments

“So then, just as you received Christ Jesus as Lord, continue to live your lives in Him, rooted and built up in Him, strengthened in the faith as you were taught, and overflowing with thankfulness.” – Colossians 2:6-7 (emphasis added)

Here’s a question for you, why is the day after Thanksgiving a day of coveting? Isn’t that pretty pathetic? When you are giving thanks, it would seem that you are content. How then does it follow that the day after giving thanks… is filled with so much discontentment and unthankfulness?

A few of the things I am thankful for are as follows:

  • God’s grace
  • The Bible from which I can learn
  • Family
  • Friendship
  • The warmth of the wood stove against my back
  • Mugs of tea
  • The traditional brown sugar cake
  • Cookies
  • Laughter and discussion around the dinner table
  • Music
  • Full bookshelves
  • Lots of food
  • The sound of boiling water
  • Clouds fleeing before the wind
  • Games played with siblings
  • And the list goes on…
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Disposable Children by Elisabeth Elliot

November 25, 2011 3 comments

A ruling of the Internal Revenue Service now allows parents a tax exemption if a child intended for abortion lives for any length of time. The breathtakingly fancy mental footwork necessary to justify such action goes something like this: what was meant to be discarded is not a child. It is called a “p.o.c.” (product of conception, which of course is what children and all the rest of us are). The bad news is that this disposable tissue turned out to be a child and (alas) was born. The good news is that you can get a tax exemption for a dependent child. The best news is that its dependence is only temporary. Call it a child, then, till you get your money. You need not go to the trouble of keeping it. You can call it tissue again and toss it out. Thus the abortionist’s mistake becomes the taxpayer’s windfall, and the doctor who orders the child abandoned (i.e., killed by neglect and sometimes by active means) is not charged with murder but paid for what is now called a postnatal abortion.

Will you stand up against the outrage called “prochoice“? Do you understand its implications?

“Because they have not seen fit to acknowledge God, he has given them up to their own depraved reason. This leads them to break all the rules of conduct. They are filled with every kind of injustice, mischief, rapacity, and malice…. They are without natural affection and without pity” (Romans 1:28, 29, 31, NEB).

Weekly Photo Challenge: Family

November 25, 2011 Leave a comment

Well, part of it anyway…

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A Few Quotes

November 20, 2011 3 comments

“If it is true that ‘a picture is worth a thousand words,’ than it is also true that ‘a living model is worth a million words.’”

“Our estimate of Christ is the best gauge of our spiritual condition; as the thermometer rises in proportion to the increased warmth of the air, so does our estimate of Jesus rise as our spiritual life increases in vigor and fervency. […] We are growing in grace when we grow in the knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Let everything else be gone, and let Christ fill up the entire space of our soul, then, and only then, are we rising out of the vanity of the flesh into the real life of God.”

“Great things have been effected by a few men well conducted.”

Weekly Photo Challenge: Wonder

November 15, 2011 1 comment
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What do you miss?

November 11, 2011 Leave a comment

I think it is quite fitting this morning that the wordpress topic of the day is “What do you miss?”. Why would it be fitting? Last night I got the bad news the my dog got hit by a logging truck. I think it is rather obvious what my answer to “What do you miss?” is. Well, the short answer is obvious anyway.

The longer answer has to do with all that I did with Trudy. Doing chores, working in the garden, picking blueberries and raspberries, feeding the pigs (she’d keep the occupied while I got in there with the bucket and got out), running around outside, kicking a ball around with her (she was a great soccer player!), sitting in the yard, doing summersaults with her chasing me, not sure what to do, or standing on my head and she’d bark at me until I fell and then she’d jump on me….

A constant companion…. Always waiting for me, always there.

I miss the sound of her padding along the deck, running up the stairs, or even scratching an itch while sitting on the rug by the door.

She would always be waiting for me in the yard when I would get home late and nobody else was awake.

I miss my puppy!

But at the same time as I am missing her, I am thankful for all of the memories and time I had with her. Although I miss her tons, if I hadn’t have had her for the time that I did, I would not have been able to grow up with her… or do all of those things (and tons more) with her that I wrote about above…

Also, I am thankful that the logging truck driver was not hurt in the process of doing everything he could to avoid the inevitable. With a full load, locking up breaks and swerving is not anywhere near safe.

There is so much more I could say, but I don’t know how.

“The LORD gave, and the LORD hath taken away; blessed be the name of the LORD.” – Job 1:21b

(Thanks to my younger sister and brother for the above pictures)

Weekly Photo Challenge: Windows

November 4, 2011 Leave a comment

All of these are of windows in the Old North Church in Boston, MA.

This one had two lanterns in it.

A small window in the church.

This one is the main window in a fairly large room after you go up some fairly steep stairs.