Friday, January 21, 2005

I've come to realize that: It is better to work at perfecting ones self than to try reforming others.
Shalom Y'all

Monday, January 17, 2005

I have finally understood that;
We must experience valleys to truly understand and enjoy mountaintops.
Shalom Y'all

Sunday, January 16, 2005

Excerpts from "When I Don't Desire God
“For there exists a delight that is not given to the wicked, but to those honoring Thee, O God, without desiring recompense, the joy of Thou art Thyself! And this is the blessed life, to rejoice towards thee, for Thy sake.”
Confessions X, 32 Augustine, Bishop of Hippo

The apostle Paul said, “If anyone has no love for the Lord, let him be accursed.” (1 Corinthians 16:22)

“Love is not a mere choice to move the body or the brain. Love is to be cherished, not just chosen. The alternative is to be cursed. Therefore life is serious.” John Piper

Heavy stuff, man

Shalom y'all


Friday, January 14, 2005


"But the only freedom that lasts is persueing what we want when we want what we ought.

John Piper from his book: "WHEN I DON'T DESIRE GOD"

“I was astonished that although I NOW LOVED YOU…….I did not persist in enjoyment of my God. Your beauty drew me to you, but soon I was dragged away from you by my own weight and in dismay I plunged again into the things of this world…as though I had sensed the fragrance of the fare but was not yet able to eat it.”
Augustine of Hippo in one of his prayers.
Shalom, Y'all

Thursday, January 13, 2005

Franklin Field

Whoever he was, Said:”
Hardening of the heart ages people more quickly than hardening of the arteries.”

Shalom Y’all
It's a beautiful day in the neighborhood.

Monday, January 10, 2005

I've figured out that: The best thing to do behind a person's back is pat it.
Shalom, Y'all

Sunday, January 09, 2005

Today after church I bought more plumbing "stuff" and did it again.
Who was it who said "If at first you don't secede.........?" Or something like that.

Now that I'm older I understand what the writer meant when he said:

"People who do something and fail are infinitely better than those who do nothing and succeed."

Shalom Y'all


"I long to accomplish a great and noble task, but it is my chief duty to accomplish humble tasks as though they were great and noble."
Helen Keller

Saturday, January 08, 2005

Today I am an auto repair person, plumber, yard person, cook, (fresh greens from the garden)
and baker (whole wheat bread.)

The remaining Hall "girls," both are sisters to my late mother and are celebrating their birthdays in Bowie Texas.

Fay is 83 and Dorothy is 91.
I called them and dear aunt Dorothy was too tired to talk.
Too much party for her ageing self.

Auntie Fay, on the other hand, has outlived two husbands. Both of them suffered log illnesses. She nursed each of them for many years.
She has had two recent marraige proposals, both from men who are not well.

I told her "To use the vernacular, you've been there and done that. Enjoy being single."
She already had come to the same conclusion.

If her trip to Texas were not enough,
She and her daughter will visit here next week!

Ain't that something?

God bless and Shalom Y'all


Sunday, January 02, 2005


I’m not sure exactly why there is a lava lamp in our spare bedroom, but it is there.
When the room is dark except for the lava light there is an eerie glow.
My favorite seven year-old enjoys watching the light when he visits, goes to bed, and is “not tired.”
Of course, he is usually asleep in five minutes or so, as he and his sister, (my favorite ten year old,) were last night.
The weekend began with the two of us journeying to Walmart in order that I may purchase a fishing license.
There was no one in attendance at the sporting goods department to help us. We waited several minutes, and finally, in desperation called the store from my mobile phone.
Nearly a half hour and four calls later an old man appeared. Believe me, if I call someone old, that person is OLD.
As I asked the ancient clerk about getting a license another customer pleaded “Can I ask him one question? Of course I told him. “Go ahead.”
The man asked: “Where can I find a compass?”
“What?” The ancient clerk asked.
“Where can I find a compass.”
“Where can I find a compass?”
"Where can I find a compass?"
I finally interjected: “You know, a compass to find your way when you’re on a boat.”
“Oh! You mean a compass.” The ancient clerk replied.”
“Yes, a compass.”
“Over there by the boat equipment.” He said.
He then left me, my favorite seven year-old, (his name is David,) and others standing at the counter while he went off to show the fellow the compasses.
David, I, and the other customers laughed and patiently waited.
I finally got my license and that, in its self, was another interesting experience.
I will share more about our weekend in days to come.

Shalom Y’all

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