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

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

On Faithfulness

Sometimes we have a shallow idea of what faithfulness is. Having recently seen the effects of unfaithfulness, I want to explore some ideas of what it is and isn't.


Faithfulness must go on till the job is completed. 

In the Bible we see examples of people starting out, looking faithful, but not carrying on in the way of righteousness for the long term. Perhaps "well-begun is half-done," but staying at it till done is faithfulness. So, though you may not cheat on your spouse during the early years of your marriage, if you do cheat later, you're not faithful. Faithfulness is till death do you part. And faithfulness is more than just sexual - it is also loyalty, self-giving, total commitment.



Faithfulness is cultivated in the tiny, mundane things of life.

When the first seeds of discontentment arise, "nip them in the bud!" Give thanks instead. Because, it is in the nurturing of the little evils that the big evils have their start. Replace arguing and grumbling with kind thoughts and deeds; replace laziness with hard work; replace discontentment with gratitude. So frequently marriages break up (or are a living hell) in later years because wrong thinking, attitudes, actions have been nurtured and allowed to fester and grow over many years till they are the dominating feature of the marriage. Again, they usually start small, almost unnoticeable. 

Watch little things like your tone of voice, whether or not you're willing to do kind things for each other, whether or not you can read God's Word and pray together (which is actually not a little thing), how you talk about each other and/or tease each other.

These thoughts also carry into other areas, like your relationships to your siblings, friends, church elders, or other Christians. 


Be careful of the little things, and the big things will fall into place.

Be honest with yourself; don't try to justify sin.

Be humble and correctable. 

Be humble and not so eager to correct others.

Be vigilant and relying on the Holy Spirit. 

Be faithful.

Saturday, February 14, 2015

What's Happening Around Here

New Discoveries:

Fetch Brewery

A new place not too far away, in a remodeled ancient bank. 

                                     


The floor of the "vault room" is made of  pennies.




Though I'm not much a fan of beer, I sure enjoyed their custom-made Cream Soda as well as the fellowship of friends there.


A Homeschool Co-op 

Now the girls have a chance to do some dissecting, though they have eviscerated chickens before.


While the older kids are dissecting, the younger kids do a nature study on the same creature, having a different creature each week. Toward the end of class, the youngers come in with the olders and they each share what they've just learned. I love that they do that.




That we can possibly build a log bridge across a section of the swamp to back acres.

Around ten acres of our land is swamp (thanks to beavers), so it's never really useful to us till it freezes over, which is when we cut down the dead trees for firewood. This year my husband got the fun idea of building a bridge across it to some dry, wooded acreage in back.

So, for exercise and fun, we've been trying to get down there daily to work on it. I can't wait to see it when the ice melts.


That it's fun to have Dad do the science demonstrations while he's home.

Since my husband is currently unemployed, he's taken over teaching science and this week's discovery was that a liquid will not burn, but the vapors coming of the liquid (diesel fuel) will burn. You can't see it very well, but there's a coffee can with fuel in it and a fire burning nicely.


Things We Already Knew But Enjoyed Again:

We're weird homeschoolers.

This is how Faith and I did narration this week.



We have a strange and wonderful kitty.



We've been getting a lot of snow.


We're blessed with wonderful food.

Sarah once again created a marvel of sourdough bread this week.


Here's hoping that you have many great new discoveries and wonderful old things to enjoy, too.


Sunday, February 8, 2015

Musing on the End of This Life

Funerals have a way of making one think.



During the funeral of an older lady yesterday, the pastor was telling the story of an old man whose wife was just being ushered into the presence of her God. The grieving husband told his pastor,

I know more people in heaven than I know here on earth.


I'm sure that's the case for many older people whose family members and friends have passed on from this life to the next.

In one sense, I don't think I want to be able to say that.




I don't mean that I want to die before my family members or friends do.



I mean that I want to keep making friends here on earth 
of much younger ages than I so that I still know lots of people here on earth, too.


I'm sure this is more easily said than done because friendships are usually built on common likes, dislikes, and interests, and I'm sure that people who are 20-40 or 60 years younger than I will have vastly different interests than I will. So, I'll have to cultivate different interests. And I'll have to make my interests look appealing to younger people.


I don't desire to do this purely for selfish reasons, (See how many friends I have!), though that is a factor - I don't want to be lonely. (Note to self: while I'm only 54, I must cultivate friendships with older people so they're not lonely and so I can grow through them.)

But we do know that older people can add so much to our lives if we're open to them. And I want to add to others' lives. I want to "love them to Jesus," as a friend of mine put it.


And then go to the wonderful communion of saints with my Lord.



Tuesday, February 3, 2015

February's Finish Goal

Some time last year I cut out a queen-sized quilt intended for a wedding gift. Life happened and I ran out of time, so the pieces sat.

Then I figured out that I had cut things incorrectly and was going to have to piece it all differently to make it work, so I was discouraged.

Now I shall conquer and maybe have it done for another wedding.

A Lovely Year of Finishes