Jan 19 2015

real time

Published by under Quotes

I think about how valuable it is to live the life in front of you,
regardless of how tempting it is
to press your face to the glass of other people’s lives online,
even though doing that is
so much safer and so entirely addictive.
~Shauna Niequist, Bread & Wine, p201~

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I know that this moment, the one I am currently in right now,
will become my past,
but seldom do I treat these precious minutes as I should.
I often fail to realize that if I use these mundane, ordinary passing seconds
engaging in something that matters,
they will eventually add up to a past that mattered.
For it is in the everyday moments, doing routine activities,
that we create the past.
~Rachel Macy Stafford, Hands Free Mama, p74~

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Write a novel in real time, without a glance back over your shoulder.
Shape children in real time, without a glance back.
This is terrifying.
~N.D. Wilson, Death by Living, p165~
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Jan 07 2015

Mingling the longing & the gratitude

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I want to cultivate a deep sense of gratitude,
of groundedness,
of enough,
even while I’m longing for something more.

The longing and the gratitude, both.

I’m practicing believing that God knows more than I know,
that He sees what I can’t,
that He’s weaving a future
I can’t even imagine from where I sit this morning.

~Shauna Niequist, Bread & Wine, p59~

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Jan 06 2015

Light!!

Jesus came as a light, The Light, to lighten the Gentiles! (Luke 2:32 and Acts 26:23) He came for His people, which come from every tongue, tribe, and nation according to His great sovereignty & grace. Even for me. Even for my children. What a glorious mercy! What dazzling light!

Isaiah 60:1-4
“Arise, shine; for thy light is come, and the glory of the Lord is risen upon thee.For, behold, the darkness shall cover the earth, and gross darkness the people: but the Lord shall arise upon thee, and His glory shall be seen upon thee.And the Gentiles shall come to thy light, and kings to the brightness of thy rising.Lift up thine eyes round about, and see: all they gather themselves together, they come to thee: thy sons shall come from far, and thy daughters shall be nursed at thy side.”

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“As with gladness men of old
Did the guiding star behold;
As with joy they hailed its light,
Leading onward, beaming bright;
So, most gracious Lord may we
Ever more your splendor seek.”

William C. Dix
1837-1898

Today is Epiphany, and we remember with joy the wisdom and obedience of the magi as they followed the star, found the child King, and worshiped Him with gifts beyond our understanding. So today my children and I have lit extra candles, and we talk about sharing the light of Jesus with all people, and we end the Christmas season with gladness and joy and dazzle ~ because Christ has come! He came for His people ~ He came for all peoples ~ and He came for us. Amen! Praise to Thee, Lord Christ! Amen!

And for a unique poetic take on the subject, read along with me what T. S. Eliot wrote from the perspective of the magi…

Journey Of The Magi by T. S. Eliot
‘A cold coming we had of it,
Just the worst time of the year
For a journey, and such a journey:
The ways deep and the weather sharp,
The very dead of winter.’
And the camels galled, sore-footed, refractory,
Lying down in the melting snow.
There were times we regretted
The summer palaces on slopes, the terraces,
And the silken girls bringing sherbet.

Then the camel men cursing and grumbling
And running away, and wanting their liquor and women,
And the night-fires going out, and the lack of shelters,
And the cities hostile and the towns unfriendly
And the villages dirty and charging highprices:
A hard time we had of it.
At the end we preferred to travel all night,
Sleeping in snatches,
With the voices singing in our ears, saying
That this was all folly.

Then at dawn we came down to a temperate valley,
Wet, below the snow line, smelling of vegetation;
With a running stream and a water-mill beating the darkness,
And three trees on the low sky,
And an old white horse galloped away in the meadow.
Then we came to a tavern with vine-leaves over the lintel,
Six hands at an open door dicing for pieces of silver,
And feet kicking the empty wine-skins.
But there was no information, and so we continued
And arrived at evening, not a moment too soon
Finding the place; it was (you may say) satisfactory.

All this was a long time ago, I remember,
And I would do it again, but set down
This: were we led all that way for
Birth or Death? There was a Birth, certainly,
We had evidence and no doubt. I had seen birth and death,
But had thought they were different; this Birth was
Hard and bitter agony for us, like Death, our death.
We returned to our places, these Kingdoms,
But no longer at ease here, in the old dispensation,
With an alien people clutching their gods.
I should be glad of another death.

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Jan 01 2015

Hope for 2015

Published by under Faith,Quotes,Reading

What gives me hope is the belief that God will be faithful,
because he has been faithful before,
to me and the people around me.

I need the reminders.

I need to be told that he was faithful then, and then, and then.
Just because I have forgotten how to see doesn’t mean it isn’t there.
His goodness is there.
His promises have been kept.
All I need to do is see.

~Shauna Niequist, Cold Tangerines, p128~

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Dec 25 2014

Glory to God in the Highest!!

Peace and goodwill to you!!

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Luke 1:46, 49-50

“My soul doth magnify the Lord,
…He that is mighty hath done to me great things; and holy is His name.

His mercy is on them that fear Him from generation to generation.”

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Dec 24 2014

She Delivered the Conquering Savior

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Mary overcame in the way women are called to conquer—
by giving birth to conquerors,
or by giving birth to daughters who will give birth to conquerors.

And this explains how the Magnificat can have been
composed by a woman
and still be so gloriously militant.

Godly child-bearing is militant.
The seed of the woman has crushed the dragon’s head.

~Douglas Wilson, God Rest Ye Merry, p26~

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Dec 23 2014

Needing Rescue

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The fall of man did not introduce evil; it placed us on the wrong side of it, under its rule, needing rescue.

~N.D. Wilson, Death by Living, p77~

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Dec 21 2014

Real story grip

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Mary knew she was a pregnant virgin,
Mary knew what Simeon told them here [in Luke 2:25-35],
she knew what the angel had said, and more.

So she knew that the cross was not the end of the story—
but it was true grief in the story nonetheless.

Knowing we are in a story does not prevent real story grip from happening.
A sword went straight through Mary’s soul—
and she knew that it was coming years in advance.

~Douglas Wilson, God Rest Ye Merry, p29~

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Dec 20 2014

Diligence & Fatness

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Proverbs 13:4
The soul of the sluggard desireth, and hath nothing: but the soul of the diligent shall be made fat.

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(Great)Grandparents, married in 1952
(Grand)Parents, married in 1975
Colin & Ashley, married in 2005
Steven & Melissa, married in 2007
(Great)(Grand)Children:
Gabriel (6 1/2), Noah (5 1/2), Hannah (5 1/2), Clara (3 1/2),
Asher (3), Evangeline (22mo), Lucy (4 1/2 mo)

Isaiah 55:2
…hearken diligently unto Me, and eat ye that which is good, and let your soul delight itself in fatness.

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Dec 19 2014

Grace & More Grace

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Grace is one of the most difficult things in the world for sinners to grasp.
~Douglas Wilson, God Rest Ye Merry, p33~

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God’s future grace in Christ is more real than all of the anxiety-ridden hypothetical situations
that threaten to keep us awake tonight.

~Gloria Furman, Treasuring Christ When Your Hands are Full, p122~

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