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Tuesday, November 27, 2007

Zara's Quiet Time

Little Zara, aged 3, had gone outside to play and since she was being especially quiet, I thought I had better check on her.

I opened our front door, saw her shoes and socks on the steps, and there was Zara sitting very quietly, barefoot, knees to chest, peacefully gazing around.

"What are you doing, Dear-one?," I asked.

I left her gazing reverently around, my heart full and thankful.

For those who know us personally, doesn't this sweet print look so much like our Zara Hope.

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Saturday, November 17, 2007

Wynken, Blynken, and Nod

This delightful little poem is one my Mother would remember from her childhood. It was in the old Queensland school readers. It's still precious today with it's rich imagery, and soothing rhythms. Our girls love it too...
Wynken, Blynken and Nod one night
Sailed off in a wooden shoe-
Sailed on a river of crystal light
Into a sea of dew.
"Where are you going, and what do you wish?"
The old moon asked the three.
"We have come to fish for the herring-fish
That live in this beautiful sea;
Nets of silver and gold have we,"
Said Wynken,
And Nod.
The old moon laughed and sang a song,
As they rocked in the wooden shoe;
And the wind that sped them all night long
Ruffled the waves of dew;
The little stars were the herring-fish
That lived in the beautiful sea.
"Now cast your nets wherever you wish-
Never afeared we are!"
So cried the stars to the fishermen three,
And Nod.
All night long their nets they threw
To the stars in the twinkling foam-
Then down from the skies came the wooden shoe,
Bringing the fishermen home:
'Twas all so pretty a sail, it seemed
As if it could not be;
And some folk thought 'twas a dream they'd dreamed
Of sailing that beautiful sea;
But I shall name you the fishermen three:
And Nod.
Wynken and Blynken are two little eyes,
And Nod is a little head,
And the wooden shoe that sailed the skies
Is a wee one's trundle -bed;
So shut your eyes while Mother sings
Of wonderful sights that be,
And you shall see the beautiful things
As you rock on the misty sea
Where the old shoe rocked the fishermen three-
And Nod.
-Eugene Field

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Friday, November 16, 2007

The Faith of the Next Generation

In July, we began, with the Lord's leading, a small Church in the town where we live. (And God is blessing us mightily!).

The week after we began, our little girls built.... A CATHEDRAL!!!

Out of Duplo! And they played "Church" with it for a couple of weeks.

It is my earnest prayer, that our family's Faith in Christ would truly enlarge and deepen with every generation...

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Monday, November 12, 2007

How Then Should We Live?

For the grace of God that bringeth salvation hath appeared to all men,

Teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly, in this present world;

Looking for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of the great God and our Saviour Jesus Christ;

Who gave himself for us, that he might redeem us from all iniquity, and purify unto himself a peculiar people, zealous of good works.

-King James Bible

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Monday, November 05, 2007

To Speak Evil of No Man...

Titus 3:1-7 Put them in mind to be subject to principalities and powers, to obey magistrates, to be ready to every good work,
To speak evil of no man, to be no brawlers, but gentle, shewing all meekness unto all men.
For we ourselves also were sometimes foolish, disobedient, deceived, serving divers lusts and pleasures, living in malice and envy, hateful and hating one another.
But after that the kindness and love of God our Saviour toward man appeared,
Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to his mercy he saved us, by the washing of regeneration, and renewing of the Holy Ghost;
Which he shed on us abundantly through Jesus Christ our Saviour;
That being justified by his grace, we should be made heirs according to the hope of eternal life.
I was reading this the other morning and it came to me how easy it can be to "speak evil of men", even when we try hard to guard ourselves against gossip. It can come in such a way of discussing a fellow Christian's sad situation with your spouse, when someone has hurt them. In our empathy for our hurt Christian friend, we can find ourselves speaking evil as such of the person who hurt them. Another easy way to fall into this, is around election time. We are called to pray for all those in authority- not just the one's we like, and while obviously we will all favour one leader over another, we need to be very careful how we speak of the one or ones we hope don't get elected to power.
Someone once said, "There, but for the grace of God go I". We need to remember this and how priveledged we are to be saved by the grace of God. Some people aren't there yet, or maybe they are, and have backslidden. God may be ministering into their lives in ways we don't know about yet.
If in doubt, remember Thumper the Rabbit's famous quote from "Bambi" - "If you can't say somethin' nice, don't say nuthin' at all." We would do well to remember this...

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