Friday, May 26, 2006

Decoration Day

My mother told me a story today and I am proud it is my heritage. She said,

"When I was little Memorial Day was know as Decoration day. Every decoration day we would get up early and pick all the flowers in our yard. (just as an aside, my grandmother was a master gardener, so you can imagine) Then we would go to Aunt Effie's house and pick all the flowers in her yard. Then we would go to Aunt Ethel's house and pick all the flowers in her yard. By then it was all that we could haul and we would spend the day decorating graves."

When flow'ry Summer is at hand,
And Spring has gemm'd the earth with bloom,
We hither bring, with loving hand,
Bright flow'rs to deck our soldier's tomb.

Gentle birds above are sweetly singing
O'er the graves of heroes brave and true;
While the sweetest flow'rs we are bringing,
Wreath'd in garlands of red, white and blue.

With snowy hawthorn, clusters white,
Fair violets of heav'nly blue,
And early roses, fresh and bright,
We wreathe the red, and white, and blue.
"Soldier's Memorial Day," words by Mary B.C. Slade

Tuesday, May 23, 2006

Matthew Henry on Marriage

Genesis 6:2

Mixed marriages (v. 2): The sons of God (that is, the professors of religion, who were called by the name of the Lord, and called upon that name), married the daughters of men, that is, those that were profane, and strangers to God and godliness. The posterity of Seth did not keep by themselves, as they ought to have done, both for the preservation of their own purity and in detestation of the apostasy. They intermingled themselves with the excommunicated race of Cain: They took them wives of all that they chose. But what was amiss in these marriages? (1.) They chose only by the eye: They saw that they were fair, which was all they looked at. (2.) They followed the choice which their own corrupt affections made: they took all that they chose, without advice and consideration. But, (3.) That which proved of such bad consequence to them was that they married strange wives, were unequally yoked with unbelievers, 2 Co. 6:14. This was forbidden to Israel, Deu. 7:3, 4. It was the unhappy occasion of Solomon’s apostasy (1 Ki. 11:1-4), and was of bad consequence to the Jews after their return out of Babylon, Ezra 9:1, 2. Note, Professors of religion, in marrying both themselves and their children, should make conscience of keeping within the bounds of profession. The bad will sooner debauch the good than the good reform the bad. Those that profess themselves the children of God must not marry without his consent, which they have not if they join in affinity with his enemies.

Monday, May 22, 2006

The Dress of War

"...our culture today has a deplorable lack of ladies who give a biblical picture of modest femininity. I feel privileged to take part in the battle for godly womanhood by the way I dress. It is the dress of war: the war against feminism, a twisted view of woman, and a war for victorious maidenhood, proclaiming the Crown Rights of King Jesus. We are making His reign manifest in our lives........What an amazing banner we carry: to be modest, feminine, joyful woman of God. "
Read the rest here....

Tuesday, May 16, 2006

Kung-fu Day

Haaaaaaaaaaaaa Waaaaahhhhhhhhh...



Take that...

And that.....

I promise I'll clean my room!

Whoops! What happened?

Little ninja throws big karate master over head

and again....

the victory roll!

the cheerleaders

just a nice game of "kung fu" catch

we've got him on the run now

Kung fu duo to the rescue

tied in knots

Friday, May 05, 2006

Grandma's Scrapbook

Miss Andrea and I have been going through some of our Grandmother's old black and whites while planning a family project. We are putting together our family history and will eventually publish it. The idea was conceived by our father but it is not yet even in it's infancy stage. We had a delightful surprise however when we learned that our Grandmother had a very talented pet cat.

With a very interesting pasttime...

Monday, May 01, 2006

Book Review Darlene Deibler Rose

I highly recommend the autobiography of Darlene Deibler Rose as an excellent example of persevering faithfulness in severe tribulation. Mrs. Deibler was a missionary's wife and as missionary life often goes it was filled with great suffering. But her life saw more. While in the missionary field she was caught in a war and became prisoner of the Japanese enduring great afflictions by the gracious and merciful hand of God. She understood fully how to live faithfully surrendered to God and He provided for her again and again. I was greatly challenged by her life. God used her story to cause me to reevaluate my own. Would I be willing to suffer as she did? I realized it wasn't a choice but rather a calling.
Also, the story of Corrie Ten Boom's life, "The Hiding Place" is remarkable and challenging in the very same way. "Faithful until the end, Corrie publicly forgave her German tormentor realizing that all men are not good but can be forgiven."
Praise God for giving us these fine examples to follow. We owe Him gratitude for His mercy in preserving these stories for us who live in a world were such fortitude is rarely seen.