Monday, March 31, 2008

Little Pwincess

We are in love with this little girl. Here she is looking like a little pwincess on Easter morning.

Thursday, March 27, 2008

Book Review: Girl Talk

It is rare that I read an entire non-fiction book, unfortunately. I wish I read more. But in the past few weeks, I read the book Girl Talk by Carolyn Mahaney and her daughter Nicole Mahaney Witacre. The book is about the mother-daughter relationship, and is written to mothers and daughters specifically in the pre-teen/teen years. Hope and I are not quite there yet, but I still really enjoyed the book, and was challenged by it. There are many heartwarming and inspiring stories about Carolyn and her three daughters. The stories are true, and shows how a mother-daughter relationship based on God and His plan for that relationship can thrive and produce a youngwoman of godly character.

The book begins by explaining the "language of Biblical womanhood." Granted, because of our culture and time, the language of Biblical womanhood sounds outdated and much different than what our culture says a young woman should be. But I found the descriptions of Biblical womanhood, a Godly woman, to be beautiful. Here is an excerpt from the beginning of the book:

"We find this language scattered throughout the entire Bible. Tucked in Titus 2:3-5 is a summary of some of the qualities of a godly woman, such as purity, self-control, kindness, love for husband and children, skill in homemaking, and a heart of submission. But we find more traits in passages such as Proverbs 31:10-31, I Timothy 5:9-10, and I Peter 3:1-6 - steadfast faith, good works, strength, and wisdom, united with a gentle and quiet spirit.

Together theses characteristics comprise the language of biblical womanhood. They provide for us a composite sketch - to imitate and copy like an aspiring artist would copy a great masterpiece. Throughout this book we'll attempt to trace these lines, to discover what biblical womanhood looks like for a mother and daughter in the twenty-first century."

And then at the end of the book:

"This is why it is vital to forge strong mother-daughter relationships. Together we must prove that purity is possible and that homemaking is honorable. We must parade a beauty that does not rely on outward adornment. We must put good works on full display.

In so doing, we will silence the opponents of the gospel. Mothers and daughters, whose conduct is consistent with the message they profess, put the critics to shame. Scripture says they will have 'nothing evil to say about us' (Titus 2:8). We give them no opportunity to dismiss or ignore the gospel. By speaking the language of biblical womanhood, we disarm the enemies of God's Word.

And what's more, the language of biblical womanhood presents the gospel as attractive. It says to our hostile culture, 'Come and see the beauty of the gospel.' When the world catches a glimpse of a mother and daughter enjoying their friendship or gazes at a girl who dresses modestly and does not strive for attention, when they observe a young woman ambitious to serve in the home and do good works in the church, when they detect the heart of a true friend or the lovliness of purity, these qualities will provoke their curiosity."

The book is full of insights and encouragement for the mother-daughter relationship. So, if you have a daughter I would highly recommend this book. But even if you don't, it is still very worth the read, just to think on the qualities of biblical womanhood and their importance.

Tuesday, March 25, 2008

Exclamation Points!!?

I have observed that girls generally use exclamation points in emails much more than guys do. So, why do girls use more exclamation points than guys? Why and when do you use them? If you think my observation is way off, chime in on that to.

Sunday, March 23, 2008

And Can It Be?

And can it be that I should gain
An interest in the Savior's blood?
Died He for me who caused His pain!
For me who Him to death pursued?
Amazing love! How can it be
That Thou, my God, should die for me?

Chorus: Amazing love! How can it be
That Thou, my God, should die for me!
Amazing love! How can it be
That Thou, my God, should die for me!

He left His Father's throne above,
So free, so infinite His grace!
Emptied Himself of all but love,
And bled for Adam's helpless race.
'Tis mercy all, immense and free,
For O my God, it found out me!

Long my imprisoned spirit lay,
Fast bound in sin and nature's night;
Thine eye diffused a quickening ray;
I woke, the dungeon flamed with light;
My chains fell off, my heart was free,
I rose, went forth, and followed Thee.

No condemnation now I dread;
Jesus, and all in Him, is mine;
Alive in Him, my living Head,
And clothed in righteousness divine,
Bold I approach the eternal throne,
And claim the crown, through Christ my own!
We sang this song in church this morning and it was powerful. I love the imagery in the third verse - as Christians we were once enslaved and now we are free! How can it be?
Happy Easter

Saturday, March 15, 2008

Eating Well

I've never been a very good "healthy" eater. I like to eat a variety of things, and tasty things, but veggies and fruit are not my go to items. Chips and dip and a coke is my favorite snack. Don't worry - I'm getting better - its just a slow process. Honestly, sometimes I am pretty confused about what IS healthy eating. There is a lot of information out there, and many different theories about what our diets should consist of. What about organic? What about those 3-5 servings of vegetables DAILY? So, I'd like to know what you all think about healthy eating. How do you do it? Want to share any vegetable recipes? Do you healthy eaters like to eat healthy, or do you have to discipline yourselves?

Monday, March 10, 2008

C - B - U!

Who would have thought we'd move to Chicago and be a part of an alumni group for Cal Baptist? Well, I didn't. A couple of weeks ago, we were treated (yes, treated!) to an Applebees dinner by Cal Baptist, and then we went to a CBU men's volleyball game vs. Lewis University. It was a lot of fun. We even were sent via Melissa CBU crazies shirts. I brought out my dated Lancers foam finger. We got beat pretty badly, but it was fun to cheer for the team anyhow. Here we all are!

Isn't it funny how the babies are looking at each other?

Monday, March 03, 2008

Good Listening

I aspire to be a good listener. I appreciate good listeners, and hope that I can be the same kind of friend to others. So here's my question: What makes a good listener? Of the good listeners you know in your life, what makes them good?