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Mr. Bennet

I hope to get a more thorough article from a guest blogger about Pride and Prejudice soon. I confess I have not actually read the book. I have watched the A & E production featuring Colin Firth as Mr. Darcy and Jennifer Ehle as Miss Elizabeth Bennet. The father, Mr. Bennet was acted by Benjamin Withrow. Mr Bennet said something toward end of movie which caught my attention and I quote: "I'm heartily ashamed of myself, Lizzie. But don't despair. It shall pass and no doubt more quickly than it should." This is a true confession of our human nature that we would be ashamed of ourselves (our words, actions, lack of words, lack of action). This seems to reflect God's discipline and grace. That we should be ashamed is right. We should feel the shame of our shortcomings and sin and benefit from God's discipline. We often feel this for quite awhile as we live with the consequences. On the other hand, there are times when we let it "pass more quickly than it …

Marcail on My Mind

Two faces of Marcail!

Christine taking it from Marcail!

I box in such a way, as not beating the air;... 1 Corinthians 9:26b

Herding Cats

Olivia and I were talking recently about the "emerging church" movement and what it is. The more I talked the more I realized that I could not quite define it. Most likely my ignorance got in the way again.However, I thought this quote was appropriate:“Trying to define the Emerging church is a bit like herding cats.”-Todd L. Miles, “A Kingdom without a King? Evaluating the Kingdom Ethic(s) of the Emerging Church,” SBJT (Spring, 2008 ) p. 88.

Curious George and Friends

My friend, Jill, has the gift of helps or gift giving or both. And she is a great shopper. Lately she's been a great "Swap Shopper". Swap Shop is the name of a local radio call-in show where callers can either tell about items they have for sale or call in with an item they'd like to buy. Lately she's been a seller as she has been going through their basement storage area. But today she was a buyer, not on Swap Shop, but at a nice thrift shop and since she knows our grandson, Sean, loves Curious George she bought this big George and left it on our patio while we were gone! How sweet is that?
Kinda irresistible, huh?!... Jill and Curious George!

George!!!

I tossed George over a dining chair after his outdoor photo shoot. He must have fallen onto the floor! When I came back into the kitchen this is the scene that met me. We need Adrian Monk (Private Consultant) on this case! Actually, Mike is the culprit. Mike is not a crime scene investigator, but he is a comedian! Ha!

Miss Steed's 4th Grade Class

Here is Miss Steed's 4th grade class. She was one of the best grade school teachers I had. The man in the back row was our principal. 
I am in the front row (2nd from left) between Jimmy and Debbie. 
The art displayed on the chalk board was done using crayon, then painting black over it. That was fun! 
It must have been the day for Girl Scout and Boy Scout meetings judging by the uniforms worn by Tammy, Rod, Debbie, Fred and Mike. Was Miss Steed wearing a Girl Scout leader uniform and tie or maybe the dress was "girl scout" green?  I also went to high school with many of my grade school classmates, yet I've lost track of most. I know of one boy and girl from this class who are now married to each other. So many sweet memories and some bittersweet. Several classmates have since died.
I do wonder if the boy in the 2nd row (3rd from right) whose head is hidden behind Karolyn S. bought this class picture. And what's with the chair in the foreground?
This year marks the 30t…

Soul Tattoo

My friend recently surprisingly and bravely got a tattoo. Believe it or not, I suffer a little O.C.D. about editing this blog. That is not because I'm a perfectionist and need everything to be just so, obviously, but because I lack confidence! So my choice in a tattoo would most likely need to be improved on by getting a new better one to the point of my becoming a side-show attraction as the tattooed woman. (That's not much of an attraction these days!) These lyrics are from a song written by Miss Margaret Becker. Oh yeah. I love the idea of a "soul tattoo. " I hadn't thought of our having the "seal" of the Holy Spirit in our hearts as a tattoo, but I like the comparison. Skin tattoos can be removed, but the seal of the Holy Spirit and God's love will never fade away. His love is forever and ever and ever. Amen. Soul Tattoo Don't want nobody to save me From this divine romance Don't want nobody to wake me From this mysterious trance Don…

Remember Squirt?

Remembering Mountain Dew started me thinking of Squirt soda pop and the little Squirt used for advertisements! Squirt is still available, but without the cuteness.

Yahoo, Mountain Dew!

This is the glass bottled Mountain Dew I remember from my childhood summer days at Kanopolis Lake. In between boating, water skiing, running barefoot around the rocky beach, exploring as far as we dared to wander and playing in the lake water we would come back to the ice chest full of various kinds of pop, shake the sand from our hands and reach in for an ice cold one! Some fun memories!Green Label Art from an aluminum Mountain Dew bottle.These are the new Mountain Dew bottles...aluminum. Cool.I don't even actually like Mountain Dew that much, but the art of the bottles caught my attention as I walked by the display at Scott's, our hometown food store. Christine and I each chose one. I was caught in that advertising scheme, huh?!

The blessing of peaceful sleep

Grandbaby Eleanor sleeping peacefully Birth Date 3/28/07 In peace I will both lie down and sleep, For You alone, O LORD, make me to dwell in safety. Psalm 4:8O God, make us children of quietnessand heirs of peace.AmenSt. Clement

Mr. Bean's Holiday

We watched Mr. Bean's Holiday the other day and between laughing I kept saying, "Oh man, He is such an idiot!" I felt embarrassed for him, irritated at him and humored by him. What anidiot!. I like him because he is an idiot. 
We were taught to "Stop staring!" when we were kids. Now, when I watch Mr. Bean, I can stare at him, laugh at him and even call him an idiot without having to feel bad for staring and laughing. There are some crazy funny scenes n this movie: The street performance scene, the "begging money in the airport scene", the restaurant scene and the scene where he is dressed in military garb and thinks he is going to be in a movie. I like the drive- at- night scene, the scene when he is wanting the boy's Papa to take his picture, when he spills and re-pours his drink on the train, the lottery trip ticket scene... I don't know why I'm going on and on. If you haven't seen it you should and if it's been awhile and you wa…

Authentic Mexican Food

Jalisco Mexican Restaurant in Little Sweden on two separate visits!

The Grasshopper's always greener on the other side?

This grasshopper had an appetite for my tropical plant and he ate a few chunks out of the leaves. We know a biology professor who loves entomology. He thinks wolf spiders are quite marvelous and that each one has a personality. What do I know because I haven't considered any spider long enough to discern a personality. Grasshoppers seem a tad bit more considerable than spiders, but maybe not. Proverbs 6 tells us to consider the ant and her industrious ways. Grasshoppers are mentioned as a plague. Nonetheless as a single insect, the grasshopper is...handsome (for an insect)... or one of the more interesting looking insects that God designed. This is my opinion and Jiminy Cricket may have something to do with it. However, as an army or in a crop they would be dreadful, devastating and frightful. This single grasshopper was destructive no doubt and I should have squashed him, but the crunch of a "hard bodied bug" is one of the grossest sounds, so Christine and I shooed h…
“Honest prayer unmasks your real need and puts you in the presence of a rich Christ who wants to meet you as you really are — ‘wretched, and miserable, and poor, and blind, and naked’ (Rev. 3:17).” - C. John Miller, Repentance and 21st Century Man (Fort Washington, Pa.: CLC Publications, 1980), 103.Borrowed from Of First Importance

Elmo disguise!

I am not a techie. I don't know embed from a hole in my head. I think HTML could be a language from H**L. I have wasted much time editing and re-editing and lost more posts than I'd like to think about with a click of the mouse. It is a wonder that I have ever even gotten a photo uploaded or downloaded. This is no real disguise. It's just me saying sometimes my ignorance is as annoying as Elmo!

I can breathe in a small town

There is nothing more sad or glorious than generations changing hands. Recently I was at the home of some friends and was delighted to look through a stack of albums they are getting rid of. When I saw Scarecrow by John Mellencamp, I quickly looked to find it still had the paper record liner. I wanted to see the quote which my friend generously wrote on a little paper for me: "There is nothing more sad or glorious than generations changing hands." I am able to think of things more sad, but there is truth in this sentiment. We owned the album Scarecrow and we have a VHS home movie of Tabitha and Olivia dancing to Rain on the Scarecrow and Small Town. I have not personally posted anything on Youtube, but Here is a youtube video of Rain on the Scarecrow by Mellencamp. It is so 80s that it is embarrassing! And here is Small Town. Small Town. Now that's a song I can relate to! I unashamedly admit that I am so small town! This afternoon after spending too long driving downtown…

"I forget faster than most of you remember."

Every Sunday morning I meet with a group of believers as a church to remember the Lord. That we are gathered to remember Him is stated every Sunday, but this past Sunday two brothers spoke of remembering the Lord in a very deliberate way and one spoke of remembering the Lord and specifically not forgetting the Lord. He spoke of how forgetful we are, how we so often forget Him, and how we need reminded. (Oh, it is true.) He reminded us of some verses in 2nd Peter. This also reminded me of something George said once. (George is an elder at a church we attended at one time.) He is surely in his late 70s or older. George said, “I forget faster than most of you remember.” George had a way about him. He shared with emotion and conviction and in his lovable quirky way. I remember sitting in the meeting where he said, “I forget faster than most of you remember”, I remember the way he looked almost as perplexed about hearing himself say it and knowing it made perfect sense as I was about heari…

Sisters

Sisters... Sisters...There were never such devoted sisters...

WELCOME FRIENDS

FRONT ENTRYWAY MOSAICSWe're still working on a mosaic for the back patioand cooler weather will surely provide the push to get it finishedsince the work table is outside!

Save more. Live better.

It happens often when I go to Wal-Mart, sometimes even before I'm out of the parking lot heading in to shop or have my hands on a shopping cart. Usually at Wal-Mart I am reminded of the depravity of man; the Total depravity of man, (which is the 't' in tulip). My love-hate relationship with Wal-Mart has a way of reminding me. In the parking lot other shoppers and I clamor to find a good parking spot so we can hurry into the store that has "Save more. Live better." as the slogan. Do I actually believe this slogan? I'd like to save more, but somehow get the idea that Wal-Mart counts on their customers already having bought into "the more you buy, the more you save" slogan.
The second half of Wal-Mart's slogan is, "Live better."
Live better than who or what?
Live better than those who don't shop at Wal-Mart?
Live better because I'm saving more?
Live better because I'm saving more ... specifically at Wal-Mart? What part of &quo…

Around the Yard Toward Summer's End

"not worthy to be compared"

Since His Sovereignty has been on my mind recently, I think these next few posts will (if God wills) have God's sovereignty as the theme plus some "random" tangents on the side. Sovereignty in Salvation"But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, even to those who believe in His name, who were born not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God." John 1:12,13 For God has not destined us for wrath, but for obtaining salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ, who died for us, so that whether we are awake or asleep, we will live together with Him. 1 Thessalonians 5:9,10 "He predestined us to adoption as sons through Jesus Christ to Himself, according to the kind intention of His will." Ephesians 1:5 "For to you it has been granted for Christ’s sake, not only to believe in Him, but also to suffer for His sake." Philippians 1:29 Ugh. Suffering.~Suffering tangent~ No, I cannot …

Maverick Molecules?

Here is the quote by R.C. Sproul that I was looking for. It is from the book CHOSEN BY GOD."For if there is one maverick molecule, it would mean that God is not sovereign. If God is not sovereign, then God is not God." and "If there is any element of the universe that is outside of his authority, then he no longer is God over all. In other words, sovereignty belongs to deity. Sovereignty is a natural attribute of the Creator. God owns what he makes, and he rules what he owns."

Spongerific Eye Care Tip!

"LOOK AWAY FROM YOUR COMPUTER SCREEN OR TVEVERY 15-20 MINUTES TO GIVE YOUR EYES A BREAK." Good idea. What a great tip from SpongeBob SquarePants! I know my eyes would thank me! I can't wait to color this!I felt it was time to be a good citizen and post a public service announcement on my blog.

Christ our Renovater and Preparer

My husband is a builder and architect, from idea to blueprint to the details and nails, so I love Bible references and writings about God being the true Architect and Builder and He seems to enjoy using this image in His Word to us. Hebrews 11:9,10 By faith he (Abraham) lived as an alien in the land of promise, as in a foreign land, dwelling in tents with Isaac and Jacob, fellow heirs of the same promise; for he was looking for the city which has foundations, whose architect and builder is God. Hebrew 3:4 For every house is built by someone, but the builder of all things is God. This quote from C.S. Lewis (Mere Christianity) is a lovely reminder concerning God's building project in us: “Imagine yourself as a living house. God comes in to rebuild that house. At first, perhaps, you understand what He is doing. He is getting the drains right, and stopping the leaks in the roof, and so on: you knew that those jobs needed doing and you are not surprised. But presently He starts kno…