Thursday, January 01, 2009

Blog Retrospective

I got this idea from Willa, who got it from UK Bookworm.


I asked myself, do I think to pray when I leave my room each morning? When I'm met with great temptation? When my heart is filled with anger? When sore trials come upon me?


How do we give our kids the freedom to choose right, along with the understanding that the way of transgressors is hard?


Very soon my Dad will be leaving on a trip to Kenya. An excerpt from his email on the subject:

"[One of the Kenyan brethren] has also arranged for us to visit one of the refugee camps to share the gospel with people who lost their homes during the post-election violence. This is particularly exciting since with the power sharing agreement many of these people will be able to return to their communities soon and hopefully, carry the truth of the doctrines of grace with them."

We hope that you will join us in praying that their trip is safe and edifying, and that you will pray for my family while my Dad is gone. We cannot keep from being somewhat anxious in an earthly way for his safety, but are so excited that he is being used by the Lord in this way.

(Dad is going back to Kenya near the end of this month. Please pray for his safety, as well as for the sharing of the beautiful gospel of Christ, and for the increase of health and comfort for the Kenyan people, many of whom work very hard just to survive each day.)


The Lord gave us a healthy, tall coreopsis for a present! It just came up in our front yard.

Count the Blooms!


"We miss the general principle that critical studies are out of place until the mind is so 'throughly furnished' with ideas that, of its own accord, it compares and examines critically."


'Random' means, well, random.

If you stare at it long enough, it looks like it doesn't mean anything.


"[Petrarch said] 'Everyone should write in his own style.' The theme to note here is Self-Consciousness. It is allied to Individualism but it differs from it in being not a social and political condition but a mental state. One can be in prison, individuality all but submerged, and yet be acutely self-conscious. Individualism has limits imposed by the coexistence of many other individuals; Self-Consciousness has none. Over the centuries it has dug ever deeper into the ego, with no boundary in sight."

(July was also the month we recommmitted ourselves to getting out of debt. You can find monthly updates under the Personal Finance label on our sidebar.)


"...the decisions of life are not simple, and to taboo knowledge is not to secure innocence... ignorance is the parent of insatiable curiosity."


"In the final analysis, the bipartisan group reasoned that as Ameri­cans, we failed to imagine such a thing happening, and so could not fathom it even as it happened. After hearing this conclusion during the prebriefing on the commission's findings, I exclaimed, 'Yes, it was a failure of imagina­tion, but it was caused by a failure of education.'"


"The sense that in this universe we are treated as strangers, the longing to be acknowledged, to meet with some response, to bridge some chasm that yawns between us and reality, is part of our inconsolable secret. And surely, from this point of view, the promise of glory, in the sense described, becomes highly relevant to our deep desire. For glory means good report with God, acceptance by God, response, acknowledgement, and welcome into the heart of things. The door on which we have been knocking all our lives will open at last."


"Well, I never could see but that my bread rose just as light when liberals were in as when they were not."

(More posts on the election process and decline of the markets can be found in the sidebar under the label, "Current Events".)


Our goal should be knowledge, wisdom and understanding. Not a job, not a dream. But a whole person, well-equipped to honor God and serve her fellow man in whatever capacity lies open to her.

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