"We write to taste life twice - once in the moment and in introspection."

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Words of Wisdom Wednesday

Again and again, as we pursue spiritual life, we must do battle with hurry. For many of us the great danger is not that we will renounce our faith. It is that we will become so distracted and rushed and preoccupied that we will settle for a mediocre version of it. We will just skim our lives instead of actually living them.

Monday, June 17, 2013

Monday Musings - "Worthless Things"

Much water has passed under the bridge since I blogged about the passage in Psalm 101 about setting no worthless things before our eyes and it's been busy water. But now I get to revisit the idea of those "worthless things."

Here are some ideas of what those things could be:

  • Flat-out sinful stuff - ie. pornography, anti-God stuff, things that expressly disobey God's commands, things that don't follow Philippians 4:8-9.
  • Stuff that disobeys God's commands and retards our growth and our fellowship with fellow believers - ie. gossip, slander, nursing our frustrations or hurts.
  • Useless time wasters - ie. things that waste time better spent on other things, like too much time at hobbies, computer games, TV or movies. These things may all be fine for some relaxation and merriment, but too much becomes foolishness.
  • Silly or disagreeable or discourteous stuff - ie. the belching and farting stuff that has become commonplace; crass, if not offensive, language; constant silly talk and actions; flirtatiousness.
I'll leave it to each of us to come up with examples of these things that might be found in our own lives and may God help us to be discerning and disciplined.

Friday, June 14, 2013

Happy Anniversary to Us!

Wednesday was our 31st wedding anniversary. I don't know how people as young as we are could have been married for so long. :) But God has been gracious and merciful and here we still are!

So, to celebrate we drove up to the old Victorian city of Manistee and spent the night at the Ramsdell Hotel, built during the lumbering years.
We stayed on the fourth floor in the Ramsdell Suite and our little breakfast nook was in the round turret looking thing.

The check-in booth and old safe definitely had character, as did the character signing us in. :) I like how the gift shop is now in the old safe and that there's a big wall mural built over it.

 We enjoyed strolling through the downtown, popping in to various shops and walking along the river and watching the drawbridge go up. Supper on the riverbank was very nice. And watching the Tigers beat the Royals was nice, too.

All in all, a very relaxing and pleasant time, which was just what we needed!

Thursday, June 13, 2013

Gift Basket Fun

This is the results of my fun playing this afternoon. I'm not sure why it uploaded sideways, but there ya have it.

Based on some recent fun finds, I made a gift basket for my nephew's wedding this weekend.

Hannah had found this lovely plate and we decided to put together a Tea for Two kind of basket.

The stagecoach sign says "Stratford Stage" and the plate is  a Royal Staffordshire.
I bought two small blue mugs that looked like they'd play nicely with the plate, a hazelnut flavored candle, some locally made blueberry jam, and a glass sugar bowl and creamer set. Then I wrapped each item individually in two colors of tissue paper just for the joy of being colorful. 

Then I went to Cindy at Skip to My Lou to print up some beautiful recipe cards for scones and teas.

The cards are tucked in front of the plate to encourage them to put some scones on the plate, brew some fresh tea, light the candle, and have some quiet time together during the busyness of moving into a new life. I plan to add a copy of the book Men are Like Waffles Women are Like Spaghetti that we have been enjoying.

Gift baskets are fun and creative things to put together. Have you made any? If so, what have you put in yours?

Monday, June 3, 2013

Monday Musings - Psalm 101

I will walk with integrity of heart within my house; I will not set before my eyes anything that is worthless. Psalm 101:2b-3a

The obvious thought that comes to mind when I read this part of Psalm 101 is about being careful about what TV or movies or computer stuff or books I allow to enter my mind and/or worthlessly use my time. But I want to suggest that we look a little deeper at these thoughts.

Integrity of heart = truthfulness, dependability, consistency of who you are on the inside with who you are on the outside. Besides not letting wrong stuff into my thinking and heart, I must not conjure up nor dwell on ungodly thoughts and attitudes which come from my very own sinful self. How about attitudes or criticism or disrespect or even disgust toward people while knowing that God calls us to love the unlovely? How about impatience with kids who've been told things literally hundreds of times while I expect them to be patient with each other and I expect God to be patient with me? 

And I notice the the psalmist says "integrity of heart within my house." We have an everpresent battle to fight against being more godly toward others than we are toward our own family in our home. Hypocrisy is strong when it comes to the tones of voice, the table manners, the sharing the preferred seating or toy, the polite words used for "just" family versus guests and friends.

Very convicting stuff. Are we true to God and to ourselves when we're putting on a front to please others, but being rude and pushy and lazy when it's "just" family? Is that integrity of the heart?

Next Monday, I hope to look a little more into what the "worthless" things could include.