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Thursday, February 23, 2012

A book like no other

This book contains the mind of God, 
the state of man, the way of salvation, the doom of sinners and the happiness of believers. 
Its doctrines are holy, its precepts are binding, 
its histories are true, and its decisions are immutable. 
Read it to be wise, believe it to be safe, and practice it to be holy. 
It contains light to direct you, food to support you, and comfort to cheer you.
 It is the travelers map, the pilgrims staff, the pilots compass, 
the soldiers sword, and the Christians charter. 
Here paradise is restored, Heaven opened, and the gates of hell disclosed. 
Christ is its grand object, our good is its design, and the glory of God its end. 
It should fill the memory, rule the heart, and guide the feet. 
Read it slowly, frequently, and prayerfully.
 It is given you in life and will be opened in the judgement and will be remembered forever.
 It involves the highest responsibility, will reward the greatest labour, 
and will condemn all who trifle with its sacred contents.


Thursday, February 9, 2012

The Strong Silent Type

Sometimes in relationships, we find it is those same characteristics we fall in love with people FOR, that can become those things which we find ourselves MOST irritated by down the road aways. My husband of almost17 years, is no Chatty Cathy...not so much with the talky talky. While-initially this was very attractive to me - more room for me to run my mouth! - after awhile I found myself badgering him because he never talked to me, and actually becoming angry at him for behaving like himself  - I mean, how dare he?
Anyway, its taken awhile but I have actually learned to be grateful for my spouses careful consideration of words and direct manner of dialect, have come to admire it really.
My advice to those who have had enough---with whatever their spouse is making them crazy about--- find YOUR peace in it. If my husband would always talk to me on demand, hang on my every word, listen to all my stories- I would never write, I would have no need - I could just spill my guts to him and be done with it all. Instead I have to go through this process, which I gotta admit, I really enjoy. So, I am thankful and truly- still a sucker for the strong, silent type!