LIGHT!

My birthday presents arrived yesterday courtesy of FED EX Ground. Thanks to my sister for the gift certificate on buy.com, I have three new stylus for my Palm Vx, and a Rhino Skin (case) to protect said Palm Vx. Now I have a Palm that matches my Nokia, both pretty much the same silvery color 🙂

It’s useful to have those tools look similar. The darkness of that little leather flap on the Palm made it rather invisible to me most days. Wow what a difference to be clothed in LIGHT.

Hmmm. What a difference it’ll be someday to be clothed in LIGHT, when the Last Day arrives, and we, the Elect of God, become glorified.

Oh, the Christmas Wreath?

Yeah, it’s still hanging there, above the fireplace.

I did move the couch today though!

That’s how I do the best cleaning, or the only cleaning in some rooms. Move the furniture. It’s what I’ve done since I was about 8 years old. No, not just move it out of the way, clean, and then put it back. No. Reconfigure. Yeah, defrag. Move it to where it should be. Where it feels right. And clean up all the junk that is strewn here and there. Then all the FREE SPACE is clean and useable again! In a big chunk right where it’s best used.

Defragging is a computer term, for those who aren’t familiar with it. It’s a term that applies to my brain too, and spiritual life. Defragging is a good thing. It takes time and effort, but it’s worth it. It ends up being relaxing and refreshing, and energizing all at once. Yes, computers, brains, and spirits. All of them need defragging. Even Windows XP 😉 It works there, at least. Very efficiently too, I must add. Not at all how Win 98 SE just can’t seem to get past 10% defrag on that old machine most times. Weeks later, after numerous tries, voila! It works.

So, what am I, if I was a computer … I’d probably be that Win 98 SE computer. Yes, and I’m hoping to upgrade myself to Win XP soon. Seriously!

Sunflowers

I harvested three sunflower heads this afternoon. One is tiny, but bursting with seeds! I didn’t want the birds to start plucking the seeds out … so off the stalks they came. They were yellow behind, so ready to dry out. One of them has been attacked already, several zigzaggy rows missing seeds. It must be the House Finches, but COULD be that male Northern Cardinal that hangs around the front of the house, where the sunflowers are, and also where we have a hanging feeder full of sunflower seeds. Guess someone loves those fresh ones better.

There are plenty more sunflowers to harvest in the coming days. These all planted themselves via the birds at the bird feeder. I had the feeder on two sides of the porch at different times. Suddenly we had sunflowers growing on both sides of the enterance sidewalk. Wonderful effect it is/was! On the West side is a huge stalk, with a huge sunflower head, and at least 19 other heads coming from up and down the stalk. Most of these are squished looking heads, and they are nearly ready to pop off, but the centers have no seeds. Guess the bees and other insects didn’t like these as much as the other sunflowers. Up the row there are a few more that are singles, and very nice. But on the East side, there are at least 6 beautiful sunflowers. Gorgeous, rounded out in the center — protruding. And untouched so far. No birds have raided them. They will be beautiful in just another week, ready to take down and dry safely. They’ll be lovely to hang ouside this Winter!

Well, think for yourselves, there are spiritual applications in the above. Not any nice little pat theory or anything, but segments exist, of the truth God shows us in everything surrounding us. Nature cries out with His story. 🙂

Christmas in July

It’s mid-July, about time to take down the wreath above the fireplace. 😉

It’s looking rather dingy now, not as green as it did in June. Yes, it’s from December. We put a fresh wreath up and leave it until we are tired of it. Well, I am not tired of it, but I can see how someone coming in to our home might wonder about it. It will look stark and empty taking it down. But not to fret, a new one will be up in just a little over 4 months from today!

Covenant Children

What is SO annoying to me is how one side of the Reformed circle of Christians is saying how the “other side” disregards it’s children as second-class, not “full” in the covenant, or calls them Baptist Presbyterians. This is so NOT the case.

Just because we don’t give our small children admittance to the Lords Supper, which is known as paedocommunnion, does not mean we are treating our children in such a bad way.

My children are part of God’s New Covenant. They were born into a Christian family, and Baptised as the New Covenant with God requires. When they are able to take the Lord’s Supper, they will. The differences between some Paedocommunionists and non-paedocommunionitsts are just that the first set believes in giving small children Communion, and the other waits until a child shows readiness in understanding what it is. Some Reformed churches are guilty of setting legalist standards that a child must reach before admittance to The Table, but this is not an across the board way in the “other side”.

Our church, one that is spat upon by many these days, doesn’t withold the Table in such legalist ways. We catechize and teach and particularly accept the fact that are children are in the Covenant. We don’t lift our children ABOVE the Covenant though.

We are accused of pushing them out of the covenant, keeping them in the dark, treating them as “children of the devil”. How far fetched is THAT?!! That’s a fantasy of some peoples minds, but not reality.

Sin permeates us all. But the Christian has victory over sin, so that it does not have the hold on us, as it does on the unregenerate. Our children are born with the tendancy to sin, just as we all were. Being regenerate doesn’t mean we don’t sin, but neither does it mean that if we beleive our children were born into Original Sin, or Totally Depraved, that they will understand sin when they are very young, and know what it is to put it to death. Understanding Christ’s Atoning Work on the Cross is an important part of The Lord’s Supper.

My children are being taught what the Bible says, who Christ is, what He did. When they demonstrate that they understand this, then we will go to the Elders immediately. What’s so wrong with THAT?

We teach our children what truth is. We don’t with-hold the truth. They aren’t “starved”, any more than I was when I was a regnerate child at a very early age. I wasn’t baptized until I was 13. Outside of the Reformed Faith I was brought up. I have the testimony of a Covenant Believer. I was regenerate and just wansn’t baptised and admitted to the Table until I was much older. I sure didn’t starve or go down a rebellious road. Far from it, I search for the deeper truth, and found the Reformed faith.

Believe me when I say, if a child of mine is able to understand Christ’s work, I’ll recognize it.

Pooh Bear. He’s cute. What

Pooh Bear. He’s cute. What does he say when he’s upset?

“Oh bother”

I have been trying to make some changes to this template today, and I can’t get anything done, due to Blogger problems. How much is this REALLY a problem, or just a ploy to make the free bloggers get Blogger Pro? Hmmmm?

Oh bother.

Getting older, no way to get away from it!

It’s my dear husbands birthday today. He’s officially older than me by two years now, just for another week though. Edging closer to middle age is really coming to mind for me lately. I struggle with that “feeling young inside” but knowing I’m getting older, and that it won’t be too many years before 40 and beyond!

When I was a small child I thought anyone in their 30’s was old. Ha! That’s so funny now!

Well, having young children when you are in your 30’s tends to keep you younger. Others my age have teens to adults as children. Yikes! We still have diaper duty in the house, and hope for another round or two of them actually.

Speaking of diapers, we use cloth. We didn’t for our first, and I wanted to use them for his second year, just never got to it. Our second baby was over a year old when I finally started using cloth. I’ve never wanted to go back to disposables. Disgusting things.

I mostly use Mother-Ease snap on diapers. They are made from Terry-cloth and are a dream to use. I do have some prefolds, and some Aussie square nappies. These are really neat, but pins are needed and I am not so good at pinning. I don’t HAVE to pin, since we have snap diapers. An occassional pinned diaper takes 5 or 10 minutes to get right. I enjoy them once in awhile. Just once in a while, mind you.

Well baby is getting older and pinning a diaper on isn’t as fun as it used to be. He’ll be two in September. Time sure flies! Yep, back to the “I’m getting old!” ideas.

I’m not a morning person!

It’s no fun to wake up in the morning when you don’t want to. Oh for the days of summer, when it was only me I had to worry about!

Actually, I’d not like that either. I hated summer ending, and school beginning. The ONLY thing I like about that was getting brand new pencils, book covers, notebooks, filler paper, binders, pens, etc. I remember back in the late 70’s the MEAD corportation came out with these neat things with snaps and flaps and stuff … really blah notebooks compared to what’s out there today! LOL!

Well, I’m just not a morning person. Never have been, except in cases of something going on … like a trip, or planning to buy something new that morning, but if it’s an every-day-like-day I’m like a rock that is half- human-conscienceness, and slowly becoming a person for real. Coffee REALLY helps!