Wednesday, September 29, 2010

A Thought From Becca

Becca put this up on her blog today...and I couldn't agree more...

I realized the other day how thankful I am that my family is not anxiously awaiting results from doctor appointments or CT scans anymore. That we’re not worried about which numbers are up or down. That we don’t lie in bed praying that my mom will stop coughing so she can get a little sleep. That she’s singing right now in the presence of God. I miss my mom a lot- every day, all the time. And it’s not easy. But I’m so thankful that she’s whole.

“The world and its desires pass away, but the man who does the will of God lives forever.” 1 John 2:17

Monday, September 20, 2010

Suffering Well

Have you ever had to go through something hard, something really tough? Are you going through it right now? Click here to read Psalm 42. This great Psalm was written by a man who was going through something hard. His transparency and honesty and his desire to go to God in the middle of it all is a lesson for us all.

I like how John Piper prayed about Psalm 42:

“Oh Father, I want us to be swallowed up in this Psalm. Not that it’s a happy place to be. But to learn how to be in an unhappy place is what we need. And this Psalmist does it so well. He is miserable so well. I want You to teach Your people how to be struck down, well. How to be in turmoil, well. How to be downcast, well. How to have waves break over them, well. And the Psalms, and this one in particular, is so well suited to help us. So grant that we would know how to feel and how to think with You in the Psalms. Through Christ I pray. Amen."

And if you haven't seen Piper's profound take on

Monday, September 6, 2010

How He Loves

Though David Crowder (and I guess Flyleaf) made the song "How He Loves" kind of  'famous' in the Christian music world, John Mark MacMillan wrote it and sings it with, I think, a little more heart.

I hadn't realized that the song came from

Friday, September 3, 2010

Happy All The Time

Naturally, I think about Heaven a lot these's Brooks Williams singing a simple, cheerful tune called "Happy All The Time" in a weirdly old-timey looking video......oh, come on, give it a chance, at least to hear the

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Great Big World

The puppies are now 6 months old, and are going to get 'fixed' today. Of course, by 'fixed' I mean 'broken' (as far as functionality of the parts they are 'fixing' is concerned)....and of course by 'broken' we usually mean correcting the problem of an animal peeing and pooping in our to correct it would be to 'fix' it, no? But 'fixing' means something else...the world of pets is counfounding is it not?

Anyway, the merry little 6 month-old weiner dogs discovered a while back that the great outdoors is far, far superior to being cooped up in a house. The contrast, when we took them outside for the first time, was quite remarkable. Previous to the expansion of their territory,