Wednesday, January 31, 2007

Christian Quips

"We are not built for ourselves, but for God. Not for service for God, but for God." ~Oswald Chambers

"Some people think God does not like to be troubled with our constant coming and asking. The way to trouble God is not to come at all." ~D.L. Moody

"God is most glorified in us when we are most satisfied in Him." ~John Piper

"The Christian does not think God will love us because we are good, but that God will make us good because He loves us; just as the roof of a sunhouse does not attract the sun because it is bright, but becomes bright because the sun shines on it." ~C.S. Lewis

"When you are arguing against Him, you are arguing against the very power that makes you able to argue at all." ~C.S. Lewis

"If Jesus Christ be God and died for me, then no sacrifice can be too great for me to make for Him." ~C.T. Studd

"Good works do not make a good man, but a good man does good works." ~Martin Luther

?"Christianity without discipleship is always Christianity without Christ." ~Dietrich Bonhoeffer

"One great power of sin is that it blinds men so that they do not recognize its true character." ~Andrew Murray

"God is not against us because of our sin. He is with us against our sin." ~Unknown

"One leak will sink a ship; and one sin will destroy a sinner." ~John Bunyan

When sin is your burden, Christ will be your delight." ~Thomas Watson

Wednesday, January 24, 2007

Words to Live By...


"Be always at war with your vices, at peace with your neighbors, and let each new year find you a better man." ~Benjamin Franklin

"You have become a mature person when keeping a secret gives you more satisfaction than passing it along." ~Unknown

"We are happier in many ways when we are old than when we were young. The young sow wild oats. The old grow sage." ~Winston Churchill

"The soul is healed by being with children." ~Fyodor Dostoevsky

"Children are innocent and love justice, while most adults are wicked and prefer mercy." ~G.K. Chesterton

"It is easier to build a boy than to mend a man." ~Unknown

"All roads lead to the judgment seat of Christ." ~Keith Green

"God knows our situation; He will not judge us as if we had no difficulties to overcome. What matters is the sincerity and perseverance of our will to overcome them." ~C.S. Lewis

"Lord, be pleased to shake my clay cottage before Thou throwest it down." ~Thomas Fuller

"The offender never pardons." ~George Herbert

"It is easier to forgive an enemy than to forgive a friend." ~William Blake

"Forgiveness is the fragrance the violet sheds on the heel that has crushed it." ~Mark Twain

"To err is human, to forgive, divine." ~Alexander Pope

"He who forgives ends the quarrel." ~Unknown

"Write injuries in sand, kindnesses in marble." ~Unknown

"He who cannot forgive others destroys the bridge over which he himself must pass." ~George Herbert


"God's whole employment is to lift up the humble and cast down the proud." ~Unknown

"Swallowing your pride seldom leads to indigestion." ~Unknown

"The greatest fault is to be conscious of none." ~Thomas Carlyle

"Pride makes us artificial and humility makes us real." ~Thomas Merton

"God sends no one away empty except those who are full of themselves." ~D.L. Moody

"The self-righteous never apologize." ~Leonard Ravenhill

"There is nothing progressive about being pig headed and refusing to admit a mistake." ~C.S. Lewis

"A man wrapped up in himself makes a very small package." ~Unknown

Sunday, January 21, 2007

Must-See Stickies

Wanna waste time and laugh - a lot?? Check out the Post-It Theater.? Mark Sinclair is hilarious!? The archives go back to 1997.? I've probably seen about half of them, and I've yet to find one that wasn't funny.

Free theater?? Works for me!

Friday, January 19, 2007

Average Schmaverage

I heard someone say the other day that in 1917 (or 77 or something) that the average woman was 5'4" and 130 pounds.

According to the National Center for Health Statistics, the average weight for an adult female in the United States is 162.9 pounds.? I weigh 165 clothed and shod on my scales here at home (for some reason I always weigh more on the doctor's scales).

Hey, I'm not fat; I'm above average!

Well at least it sounds better than saying I'm fluffy.

Thursday, January 18, 2007

Free Phone Folly

It seems cell phones are a necessity these days.? How did we ever live without them?? Typical of our society, convenience and instant gratification are the foundations of consumerism.? Not only do we "have" to have a cell phone, but we really want free cell phones. They are out there somewhere, but high-end, gadget-loaded phones and "free" are mutually exclusive in my experience.?

Just need a phone to call and say, "I'm leaving the city and I'll be home in a bit" or "Hey, get juice, too" -?get a pre-paid service.? Many plans offer a free phone with your first activation card, or free minutes with the purchase of a phone.? We use Tracfone, and with the introduction of their Net10 program, purchasing and planning usage is easy.? There's also a great coverage area and customer service is great.

Yeah, there are free cell phones?out there, but are they worth the mail-in rebate and other hoops you have to jump through to get them??

Nah - just stick with the basics.

Disclaimer:? This is a compensated post.? All opinions are my own and are not dictated.? Compensation is for participation, not content.

Not So Regrettable

By many comparisons, I am a frugal cheapskate.? Yes, I'm subscribed to Everyday Cheapskate, and I belong to a frugal moms group.? But ask my darling hubby and I'm a spendthrift.? I have to admit that I do engage in retail therapy.? Michael tends to be an all-or-nothing kind of guy.? Yeah, we have lots of those discussions.

With the holidays over, financial surgery is a big topic for everyone.? When I saw the title of this article, I thought, "Oh boy, what kind of hoo-ha is this gonna push?"? Even after the first couple of paragraphs I was confused.? It turns out to be one of the wisest articles on finances that I've read in quite a while.? Psychology of Regret?by Laura Rowley over at Yahoo Finance is a must read.

Go. Now!

Tuesday, January 9, 2007

Moratorium on Meltdowns

Ever wish you were just normal?? No drama, no depression, no overwhelming feelings and emotions and decisions?? Me, too.? My question is:? would we really be alive if there weren't all the drama, depression, etc?? I'm guessing not, since we all have them.?

Sometimes it'd be nice to have a boring spell, though.

Man, I gotta start taking my meds again.

Break-Up Shopgirl Blatherings

Last night I watched The Break-Up.? I felt like a fly on the wall?of my mind watching the fight scene after the dinner party.? Brooke's character seemed to say so many things that I have felt and never been able to say.? I've felt the longing to break it off, if just to attempt to make things better, but then being so terrified of it backfiring on?me.? I keep thinking?it has to be better than this, but then I can't figure out how to make it better.? Then I want to give up completely.? Her utter frustration and grasping at straws was completely relatable.? The ending was horrible, though.? I had hope for the alternate ending, but I think it might have actually been worse.?

The saddest part of the movie, I think, was the obvious fact that they both loved each other.? Way down inside, you know that they will always love each other.? It's made obvious by the looks and names of the new partners.

I don't want to settle for a look-alike, though.? I know that the real one is still there.? Somewhere, under all the hurt, and anger, and depression, and frustration, and lashing out, he is there.? I just want to know how to get him out.? How do I break him free from the dungy tower he's placed himself in?

Leaving seems to be a constant threat, but why is it, when we know that we still love each other?? I think it happens in every relationship.? It's a coping mechanism.? We seem to think that just saying it makes us stronger.? The delusion that we could leave and live without the other person?is a strong one, but a delusion nonetheless.? Maybe it's my codependency talking.? Maybe I'm onto something.? Only someone less confused than me could figure it out.?

Granted, there are couples that actually do end.? They are sad times.? I just somehow know that nomatter how many times, and how many ways, and nomatter who theatens it, neither of us will ever leave.? We just seem to be inextricably linked.? And yet as I write it, I pause, and sob a silent prayer? oh dear God, please let me be right.? Am I caught up in the emotions of Shopgirl?? Probably.? Am I a pathetic, sad, bored and boring woman?? Most likely.? There's just this little piece of me that says I know he loves me and that I am so much a part of him, that to not be together would be like trying to survive with half of your body missing.? Well, at least your heart and lungs.? He frustrates me no end; he makes me livid.? But children or no, I just want to stop breathing if I didn't know that he'd be there the next morning.? And I'm terrified of death.? But it would be a welcome option over living without him.? I didn't say alone.? Not with someone else.? Without him.

Should I be telling him this?? Probably.? Will I ever? No.? He'll have to read it here.? I don't have the guts.?

I've had these feelings before.? Being so overwhelmed by thoughts and feelings that I have to get them out somehow.? But how?? I don't even know where my pastels are.? It's been so long since I've sketched, I'm not sure I'd be able to do anything.? I relate to Mirabelle's character in Shopgirl - being up late sketching.? Has she awaked something in me?? Maybe.? I was just lamenting that I can't seem to write lately.? Maybe I should have whined sooner.? I've felt like this many times in the past.? But it was always at the demise of yet another relationship that I allowed myself to be too involved in.?

Is it of some consequence that it's been ten years?? Are such strong feelings after so long a good omen?? Is it some sign that it's finally the one that will last?? Or is it a warning, that this too is an overly long episode in a string of hurtful relationships?

I doubt it.? It's late at night, everyone's asleep, and in a few hours, the cold hard light of daybreak will shine on our three children bickering, runny-nosed, disobedient, and utterly frustrating.

Just like their father.
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