Saturday, June 30, 2007
Thursday, June 28, 2007
Tuesday, June 26, 2007
…that he would grant you, according to the riches of His glory, to be strengthened with might through His Spirit in the inner man…Ephesians 3:16
Out of curiosity, a little while ago I checked back to see how long it had been since I had become a blogger. Lo and behold, I saw that my very first blog post was made on Monday, June 26, 2006. Wow! It’s my blogging anniversary!! So, I’ve scrapped what I was about to do in order that I might celebrate the occasion. After all, various kinds of anniversaries, including birthdays, are the happier moments that we encounter on our earthly pilgrimage, right? The months of June and July bring several of these to our family, so this time period tends to be somewhat festive anyway. Well, now I can add yet another observance to the others.
My first post wasn’t made here at Blogger, BTW, because my initial effort was at a blog introduced by my business web server, Yahoo. It was a pretty pathetic technical situation there, so after about a month of stress I came here. That blog is still there, and I think they have it working better, but I only post now and then to let anyone who cares know where to find me. Now I have three active blogs as well as a Xanga, where I hang out with a bunch of young folks, including my fourteen year old daughter. It’s fun. I’ve enjoyed the whole thing from the beginning and I’m hooked. In fact, I have to be careful not to let it take up too much of my time.
In commemoration of this one year anniversary, I’ll list a few of the things that I like about blogging:
1. It’s a forum for talking about my family, especially our little Lena, and about the things of God. In fact, initially my primary topic was the anticipation of our first grandchild, while applying this great happening to the children’s catechism.
2. Now it’s become gratifying to write about so much more, so I changed my subtitle to what presently is. I know that most of you will agree that expressing ourselves about a variety of issues brings a lot of pleasure. It’s a release of sorts—if a hymn is on our hearts, we can lay it out for the world to see. It might be a poem, book review, puzzle, vacation photos, recipe, contest, and almost anything that is meaningful or fun.
3. It’s wonderful to have a place to engage in inspirational writings that others can read. And then, to peruse what fellow saints have written, words that often draw us upward to the Lord.
4. One of the sweetest blessings is the many folks (though I’ll probably never meet most of you face to face), that I have met online, exchanging our comments back and forth. It’s a real treat visiting other folks’ little corners of the web; each has its own personality and I’ve thoroughly enjoyed coming to see so many of you and love it that you come to see me!
All in all, it’s been a great experience this past year. It has been enriching and edifying and I’m thankful. I hope and pray that this is one activity on the web that God will continue to use to strengthen each and every one of us who are called by His name.
Thursday, June 21, 2007
Monday, June 18, 2007
We have a little chatterbox in our family, which results in a lot of fun for all of us. Selena, at nine and a half months, has developed quite a vocabulary. Of course, “Da-da” was first, as it usually is, but she’s quickly adding to her word repository. “Pop-Pop” was an early word, partly because that named individual has said the word over and over to her since her birth. Finally, recently we’ve recognized that she’s been saying “Mommy” for a while now—it was spoken with a “b” sound before, but now she’s beginning to master the “mmm” sound. Last week, I was a little disappointed when I discovered that what we were thinking was “Nanna” is really her pronunciation of “Auntie Nee.” Oh well, I THINK something was verbalized when she saw me at church yesterday, that was a reference to me—and it did start with an “n,” so we’re getting there. There are quite a few words more, but I won’t be a grandmother who subjects you to ALL the details, at least not about this particular topic.
But I will tell you about this, which has excited me enormously: I have been a firsthand witness to the reports that I’ve been getting for about a week now, that she has learned her first catechism answer. At my house yesterday, when asked by her mother the question “Who made you?” she answered clearly and distinctly “Gah-duh!” Of all the little achievements that I’ve seen over the past months, need I say, as those of you who have been following my blog over the past year would understand, this one causes me more joy than all of the others put together. Oh, I know that she has no clue whatsoever what she is saying, but is repeating something that has been impressed on her over and over. But aren’t various forms of indoctrination things that occur in all of life anyway, whether it be our daily home life or our schooling? I don’t care—she’s saying it and someday she’s going to know what it means. Praise the Lord!
I have been blogging for almost exactly one year now. I started off at Yahoo and moved over here to Blogger after a month or so. On June 30th of last year, I made my first official post, after my introductory one. This first post was entitled “Who Made You?” It was written while we were awaiting Selena’s birth. If you don’t mind, I’d like you to read a couple of excerpts from that post, which was rather long:
"That is where my first grandchild is now. [In the womb.]She is not a fetus, she is a child. And her name is Selena. Before she officially makes her entrance, I would like to ask her this one simple first catechism question that her PopPop and I taught her mommy more than twenty years ago. It is one of the most crucial issues she will need to come to grips with in all of her life that is now just beginning: Who made you, Selena? That is the question I’m addressing today, and the catechism answer is just one simple word. God. That is all the answer that it provides, and do you know what? That is really all the answer that is needed.
". . .Yes, there is just one answer to this catechism question. It is the only possible response that there could be. Selena can’t tell yet, but I hope someday she will know the answer to the question. But not only that. I hope someday she will know the One who is the answer. So I’ll repeat, once more, that first catechism question that I would pose to my first grandchild: Who made you? And I will repeat the answer with all of the exuberance I can muster from within me: GOD!!!"
So, do you see why it is that what I heard yesterday means so much to this Nanna, almost one year later? Don’t you think this is a good prayer for all of us grandmoms, by whatever name we’re called, that we beseech our heavenly Father for our grandchildren—that they will not just know the answer, but the One who IS the answer to the first catechism question?
(Btw, you can see a picture of the little catechism book that we use in our family—it’s on my sidebar.)
Saturday, June 16, 2007
Friday, June 15, 2007
Thursday, June 14, 2007
All you who claim the Name of Christ in truth: If you love our country as much as I do, and have the same concerns that I do, remember her in your prayers. As we proudly fly our flags, join with me in petitioning our heavenly Father to preserve her, protect her, and bring her back to Him.
Monday, June 11, 2007
So it was that a few years before, in a faraway territory of the country, this married couple had met a nice young man who was on tour with a minor league baseball team. It later happened that at the time of our tale, the man of the married couple became employed by a local soft drink company. Lo and behold, he was amazed and delighted to find the same young man working there whom he had met some time before as a baseball player in that faraway territory.
The married couple thought that it would be a good idea if this young neighbor lady, who loved baseball, could meet this young co-worker man, who once played baseball. So they asked the young lady, who said “okay.” Then they asked the young man, who said “okay.” A phone number was given to the young man, whereupon a phone call was made to the young lady, and forthwith a first date took place—to where else? A baseball game.
Time passed, and by and by, on the 12th day of June, in the year 1971, the young lady from the small town was taken as a bride by the young man who worked for the soft drink company. It was shortly thereafter that this young married couple officially began journeying together with the very One who had arranged and orchestrated all of the details of their lives in order that the aforementioned marriage might take place. This same kind Benefactor has kindly provided them with two daughters, a son-in-law, and a precious granddaughter. He also has bountifully supplied them with love, peace, and harmony.
The picture above is of the newly married couple as they were cutting their wedding cake. Thirty-six years have passed since the hot, humid day in June of that year; the couple is no longer considered young; they have continued to abide in humble dwelling places; and baseball is no longer an important factor in their lives. They are still together by the mercies of the same One who arranged the whole union in the first place. Even though they continue to be recipients of abundant blessings from His hand, it will not be until both of them reach their real home in a far better land, claiming their mansions there while living in the presence of their King, that this couple will live happily ever after.
From me, the once young lady, to my dear hubby, the once young man:
Friday, June 08, 2007
Oops, almost forgot to post my thoughts or lessons gleaned from this fable. As always, those who commented had slightly different twists on it, all good. It was applied to parenting, to the younger listening to the older, to heeding wise counsel in general, and to nipping problems in the bud. I guess the initial thoughts I had on Wednesday, when I posted, were closest to those of Susan (Penless Thoughts): If you've been warned of a threatening peril, especially if the warning comes from someone older and wiser, you should take heed and do what you can to eliminate the hazard before it develops into real harm. If you don't, that which you've been warned about could entrap you and even bring about your downfall.
Thursday, June 07, 2007
Then Jesus said to His disciples, "If anyone desires to come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross and follow Me. For whoever desires to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for My sake will find it. For what profit is it to a man if he gains the whole world, and loses his own soul? Or what will a man give in exchange for his soul?" Matthew 16:24-25.
Tuesday, June 05, 2007
Well, I think it's time for another of Aesop's Fables. As I said the last time, I am quite a fan of them and love to rewrite them for children, keeping out the violence and brutality. They have lessons, you know, and oftentimes there is more than one lesson that can be applied to a particular one. I think it's fun to look at them here from time to time and see what applications can be made by various people. The last time, I saw a particular message, but other people saw other things and no one was wrong. In fact, everyone--especially the teenagers--had wonderful words of wisdom. As is usually the case, various folks see various things and that's what makes them so interesting! So, here is the one I picked for today; it's not one of the more familiar ones. I like it that these fables are writings that you can "tamper" with and not worry about infringing anyone's copyright. After all, they've been passed down for generations and you can find multiple versions of most of them, anyway. So I altered it just a bit, but it's basically the same fable which I encountered in my resources.
See what morals, cautions, or words of wisdom you can glean from this one. I have a teaching that stands out to me, which I'm about to write down now. I'll post my "insights" on Friday, and I'm curious as to how many folks see what I'm seeing as a lesson. Here goes:
Remember, there is no right or wrong, and no winner. Any Scripture references which may apply are welcome too. Let me hear from you before Friday!
Saturday, June 02, 2007
I have loved you with an everlasting love. Jeremiah 31:3
I can't think of a more appropriate hymn for this week than this particular one. This is a week when I've heard of or talked to many dear folks who are undergoing one trial or another. Some of these people are burdened and weary, and I can think of no better hymn to give them than this lovely expression of truths found in Scriptures such as Jeremiah 31:3.
Some time ago (1999 to be exact), Speakable Gifts, our home business, published a cassette and accompanying journal, called "Verses and Hymns for the Weak and Weary." Of all the songs included, this one is close to being my top choice for hurting saints and as was pointed out in the journal, it is deeply moving and artistic, having been written by its author, George Matheson, as the "fruit of much mental suffering." (Now and then I put in a plug for one of our products, so please forgive me for that here.)
If you're not familiar with this hymn, I urge you to read its wonderful words at SermonAudio.com and then read the tragic, but triumphant, story of Mr. Matheson. Then, play its tune--it's beautiful.
This is by far my favorite stanza. Catch what's being said here, friends, because it's a fantastic piece of writing by a man who painted a picture of what our glorious Lord is to His loved ones in their weakness and weariness. The whole hymn if like that!