Let's be reasonable with one another, shall we?

Monday, June 30, 2008

YouTube - Almost Famous - I'm Glad We Spoke

YouTube - Almost Famous - I'm Glad We Spoke

"It's not too late for you to become a person of substance."

One of my favorite movie quotes. You have to watch the clip to see the context. (Or ask me if you can't get youtube)

Sunday, June 22, 2008

Going Away

We are leaving on a 6 day vacation this morning.
(We have left a gargoyle in our house for protection it so if you are local and reading this: don't think about robbing us.)

We would appreciate your prayers as we ae going to a cottage on a lake and we have a very active 18 month old. It will be fun for the older kids but it may be a challenge for mom and dad.


God bless you and have a good week.

Friday, June 20, 2008

Unashamed of Grace

My posting has been sparse and I posted on my group blog today so I thought I better tell people who only visit this blog that I posted over there. :~)

Wednesday, June 18, 2008

Affirming Words

Kids thrive on them.

Tell them "You're a pretty little girl" or "You are such a strong boy" or "I am glad you are my daughter" and it is just good for their soul.

Teenagers need them.

They need them from their parents and their friends.

"I value your friendsip" does wonders... or "I care about you" or "It is nice to know you" are all mild ways of afffirming that people in your circle of family or friends are different to you than just any old people driving past in a car.

Something teenagers (and other people who may be insecure in their interaction with you for whatever reason) sometimes do to get affirmation that they may need (so they don't feel like just a fly buzzing around your head) is to say something like this: "I don't want to bother you" or "You don't care about me" (Actually my daughter does this when I scold her.) I think you call this a slow pitch... or maybe fishing. She could just as easily ask me straight out "Do you care about me?" But slow pitches and fishing are OK. She is revealing to me a vulnerability that she has about my affection for her. What kind of cruelty would I be inadvertantly displaying to her if I did not answer such a plea for my reassurance that she is someone worthy of my time?

Adults aren't any different.


Thursday, June 12, 2008


We are going to the Creation Museum today. John and I and our four kids: 1, 8, 10 and 12 will be leaving for the three hour drive in just a little while. I am pretty excited. John has been there twice but I haven't seen it yet. Two of the kids went wth him last summer. I hope the baby is manageable!

Wednesday, June 11, 2008


Our power was out for over two days. It is amazing how much can pile up in your inbox over such a brief period. Now I feel behind on what is going on in the blogosphere, but this might be a good thing?

Friday, June 06, 2008

Does the Devil Ever Get His Own Way?

23 But avoid foolish and ignorant disputes, knowing that they generate strife. 24 And a servant of the Lord must not quarrel but be gentle to all, able to teach, patient, 25 in humility correcting those who are in opposition, if God perhaps will grant them repentance, so that they may know the truth, 26 and that they may come to their senses and escape the snare of the devil, having been held captive by him to do his will. (2 Tim. 2)

What does it mean that people have been held captive by the Devil to do his will? If God is in complete control of everything - what sense does this kind of a statement make from the apostle Paul?

Just asking.


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