Wednesday, January 11, 2006

Bullet points

- I am reading Boltzmann's Atom, and it ROCKS. I am a total nerd and I love it! I could read the history of the development of atomic theory all day. I'm not kidding.

- My son correctly used the word "reddish" today.

- I am trying to decide if I want to do a post about the discipline of children, but I am not sure if I can do it without it turning into a rant.

- The ladies that I scrapbook with are beyond a blessing to me. These ladies are the real deal. Often we get very little scrapbooking done because we are too deep in conversation. What I appreciate the most is that there is a general understanding amongst us that we are all flawed and we all struggle... and nobody pretends otherwise. Refreshing. Haven't developed those kinds of relationships since college, sadly enough.

- I heart this picture:

- What's up with all the lurkers? I know who you are. Leave a comment already! (You can even make fun of me for still being in my pajamas after my kids are clearly ready for the day.)

- When it comes to transforming your housecleaning habits, I have found there is something strangely powerful about keeping the kitchen sink empty and clean. Who'd a thunk?

- I find it annoying when I hear Christians say that we are saved by faith. It seems clear from Ephesians 2 that we are saved by grace, not faith. But everyone thinks I am being nitpicky when I mention it. I don't think it's nitpicky. I think it makes a huge difference.

- I also find it annoying when people refer to the fruits of the Spirit rather than the fruit of the Spirit. I suppose I'd just be rehashing an old post if I get into that too much, but my position can be summed up thusly: if the Spirit dwells in you, then it makes sense that He bears His fruit in you, and HIS fruit encompasses ALL the good outworkings mentioned in Gal 5:22 (and then some.) Yeah, maybe I shouldn't have started down that road at all. But perhaps this will provide material for my lurkers to comment upon...

- I took a quiz at blogthings about what language I should learn. I about fell off my chair when it said Chinese. Does anyone else find that odd? Especially since I was already thinking about it...(You can take the quiz here.)

- I recently chatted with a friend I haven't talked to in a while. She is a stay-at-home mom too. I discovered that we feel very much the same about our jobs. And it was refreshing, because I don't think my feelings about it fit the general profile for SAHMs. Being a SAHM is not, for me, blissfully rewarding. Not regretting it. Not wishing I was doing something else. Definitely preferring it over putting my kids in day-care. ABSOLUTELY loving the benefits that my kids get out of it. But not getting utter fulfillment out of it. Result: I have to be purposeful about pursuing the things that "float my boat" and develop my talents/abilities. Anyway, it was just nice to hear another SAHM say the same thing, cuz that's not usually what you hear.

- I have three books checked out of the library right now. Clearly, I was on drugs when I did that, cuz there is no way I will be able to finish all of them before they are due back.

- Currently desiring to hear some Tears for Fears. Does this computer do that radio thing? Nevermind, it's too late for figuring it out...

Good night.



Blogger Heather said...


The picture is REALLY cute!

I agree that there is a difference between faith and grace. That is not nit picky.

And I understand the SHAM thing. That's why I plan time for me and me alone. It makes me a better (and less cranky) person.

Thu Jan 12, 01:01:00 AM  
Anonymous mom a said...

I took the quiz and should study Swedish . . . and, Heather, are you trtying to say that SAHM is a Sham?

Thu Jan 12, 02:43:00 AM  
Anonymous Cup-a-Joe said...

Ok, on the Grace/Faith issue...
We are saved by the grace of God (not works so that none may boast) through faith in Yeshua (Jesus) whose covenant faithfulness and sacrificial death was atonement for our failure to uphold our covenant responsibilities (I will be their God, they will be my people, generally speaking)

The focus on faith makes us the subject of salvation rather than the object of salvation and is not fitting with the verb to save (yasha in Hebrew).

It is the saving actions of God extended to us while we were still living in opposition to Him and His torah (instructions for living) which deserves the glory and praise, not our meager and stutter-step faith which is our covenant response to His saving actions.
In short: God acts, we respond. The focus should be on Him not us.
One more thing, I was skulking not lurking I will have you know;-)

Thu Jan 12, 06:42:00 AM  
Blogger PEZmama said...

Joe, I did not consider you a lurker.

Mom, what are you "trtying" to say?

Thu Jan 12, 10:09:00 AM  
Blogger Patti said...

Apparently i should learn French. Also, you've got yahoo, Launch Cast Radio in your messenger baby. Woohoo, It's free and you can tell it what to play.

I'll say nothing about the fruits vs fruit and grace vs faith issue. While I agree there is a difference, I don't think I know much more than that.

Thu Jan 12, 11:19:00 AM  
Blogger Addie said...

Did you know that this week is National De-lurking week in blogworld? You can get a little button to put on your blog to encourage the lurkers to reveal themselves. Not that it's worked for me. I have not given in on any of the blogs I lurk at. I WILL lurk and there is nothing they can do about it!!! :)

So cool on the chinese thing, you should do it! That would be cool for you to be able to teach Bethany some later.

I love it that you can post pictures now!

I'm curious about your discipline rant now. Do it!

Ok, well I don't want to leave a comment on your blog as long as the post so I'll stop here, but I pretty much agree with everything, except maybe for the book. Any book that has the words 'Atom' or 'Physics' in it, is probably not my bag! :) Even if it does have the word 'Debate' in it!

Have a GREAT day!

Thu Jan 12, 11:43:00 AM  
Blogger Heather said...

oops, well I did post at 2:40 am (which would have been 11:40 for me). Guess my hands got tired at the keys!

Thu Jan 12, 02:19:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dave has memorized the sermon on the mount; so if you want any tips, give him a call. Janice

Sun Jan 15, 09:24:00 PM  
Blogger Luisa Perkins said...

I agree: faith and grace are hugely different. I am a hugely biased nitpicker myself, but I also see a huge difference between 'fruit' and 'fruits.'

Thu Mar 15, 02:20:00 PM  

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