Archive for March, 2006

29
Mar
06

Why Christians Shouldn’t Pursue Prosperity

"In my experience, 95% of the believers who face the test of persecution pass it, while 95% who face the test of prosperity fail it."

-A Romanian pastor who survived the Iron Curtain 

(excerpted from Money, Possessions, and Eternity by Randy Alcorn p.46) 

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18
Mar
06

Stay-at-Home Moms Don’t eat Bon-bons

Since all of you know how much I completely adore my children and how thankful and happy I am that I get to stay home with them, I present today’s post:

National A.P.B. (All Points Bulletin) Alert

A woman has issued two APB alerts on things that seem to have been missing since early this morning.

Kat J. says she can’t remember the exact time, but she says it was sometime after Sesame Street that she lost her mind and her last nerve.

Kat’s last nerve is described as, “pretty shredded and short. There wasn’t much too it. It was really kind of a nub of a nerve, but I depended on it a lot and I’d like to have it back.”

Kat’s mind is described as, “a little bit scattered and prone to wander.”

It is not known whether they were together at the time of their disappearance.

If you see either of these items, please call for backup. DO NOT try to apprehend them on your own. They are on edge and may not respond to reasoning.

Thank you.

(Yes. It’s been one of those days.)

18
Mar
06

Dabble DB – A Seriously Cool Web App

This site is still in private alpha, but watch this video and let the drool fall. This web app looks incredible.

Here’s their main site.

17
Mar
06

Ecto Rocks

I often think of blogging ideas for my various blogs, but I’m not always up for surfing to all my various sites and having to log in to each one….

Enter Ecto. Ecto is a desktop program that allows you to write blog entries for multiple blogs from one interface – and a nice one at that. I can easily add photos:
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I’ll write a better review once I’ve played with it a bit more, but thus far, it’s very cool.

13
Mar
06

I Can’t Think of a Post Title

Here are a couple of lines from a Bethany Dillon song that have been stirring my heart. I hope you don’t mind me sharing with you.

“The Nations fall when You speak,
And You have spoken over me.”

Wow. Just let your soul marinate in that for a minute or two. Read it again. One more time.

“The Nations fall when You speak,
And You have spoken over me.”

What is it that God has spoken over you? The power of all eternity rests in the voice of God and He has spoken things and continues to speak things over each of us , if only we’ll listen to and believe Him.

If you don’t know what He loves about you, if you don’t know what He’s called you to, if you don’t know His encouragement, I challenge you this Spring Break to take some time away and listen.

“Shake off your dust;
Rise up, sit enthroned, O Jerusalem.
Free yourself from the chains on your neck,
O captive Daughter of Zion.”

–Isaiah 52:2

So go tell your family that you’ll be needing a couple hours to yourself this week. Ask God what He wants you to know. Listen. Then rise up and sit enthroned, Daughter of Zion.

Be free.

02
Mar
06

An Excerpt from My Daughter’s Bedtime Battle Plan…

The following entry was discovered in a book in my daughter’s room entitled, “My Bedtime Battle Plan” (ok, I’m being ficitious, but if 1 year olds could write, I’m sure she would write this as it’s her nightly strategy of late.)
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When bedtime is announced, strictly adhere to the following procedures as they have proven highly effective in delaying bedtime:

STEP 1: Daddy’s Girl Tactic
When Mommy tells me to go to bed, immediately bolt off in my cute little run (make sure to wave one hand in the air while running – Mommy thinks this is very adorable) and head for Daddy yelling, “Daaaddeee KISS – KISS – KISS!!!”

Of course Mommy can’t say no to that right? After all, it’s just one kiss, and Mommy would never deprive Daddy of that.

STEP 2: Sisterly Bond Strategy

When the second bedtime announcement is made yell, “Sissy – KISS – KISS!!!!”

Mommy would never want to squelch sisterly affection. Be sure to hug too. In clinical trials, a hug has been proven to delay bedtime by as much as 5 seconds.

STEP 3: Mommy Dearest – 100% Effective

When Mommy once again declares that it is bedtime, look up at Mommy with eyes open real big, raise arms and longingly say, “Hold me! Mommy! Mommy – KISS – KISS!!!!!”

This one is a surefire winner. After 1.75 years of testing this tactic has yet to fail.

STEP 4: Shake and Bake

At this point Mommy will carry me into my room and then put me down so that I can climb into my crib. After about 30 seconds of pretending like I can actually climb into my crib, Mommy will try to pick me up. WARNING!!! Do not let her succeed!!! If she is successful in apprehending me, there is no turning back from bedtime. Flail. Squirm. Whatever it takes. This is the time to throw in some shake and bake and out maneauver Mommy.

Fake left. Fake right. Go between the legs.

Mommy’s pretty quick, so watch out.

STEP 5: When all else fails.

If Mommy does manage to pick me up, be resigned to the fact that bedtime is inevitable. However, I can greatly delay bedtime by employing all available cuddle skills. Playing with Mommy’s hair and snuggling my face in her shoulder are excellent strategies. Singing along with Mommy (very loudly and off key is especially effective) works well also.

If I truly want to pull out all the stops, be sure to say, “I yuh you, Mommy” several times. This has been known to prolong bedtime by as much as 20 minutes.

STEP 6: Evaluate
Once Mommy has put me to bed, be sure to pull out my journal and make scientific notes regarding which tactics were effective and which ones weren’t. Be sure to review battle plans with LTC. Grandpa and LTC. Aunt Natalie, they may be able to provide valuable military strategy.

STEP 7: Rest
Get your rest. After all, tomorrow is another day and another Bedtime Battle.

02
Mar
06

Because All the Other Blogs We Read are Pointless…

If you read any blog today, read this one.

Here’s an excerpt:

“Visit Rebekah’s Page to get updates, read messages and send messages to Rebekah and her family through comments. Please be warned: This is a public “diary” of a family whose 3 year old is fighting inoperable cancer. You will get into their hearts, minds and souls as they share their joys and sorrows. It can sometimes be very difficult to read. Hopefully it can also be very rewarding and uplifting to you and others. It is their goal that others may find some peace in what they read here. “