In the name of God, here's looking forward to a single, unified Orthodox Church of the United States.

Saturday, June 28, 2008

A Case Study in Culture

My dad hosted a party today for all of the hospital residents in his particular group. About 50 people came and it was a really fun time. Most of them had young children and it was great to see them swimming in our pond and playing on our playscape so many years after my brothers and I abandoned it. I'm not really a people person (in any way, shape, or form), but it was just a nice day. =)

It was also a day of hardening. I was asked by two different women where I went to school (there was no question in their minds as to whether or not I attended college) and, when I told them I was studying History and German, their next question inevitably was what did I want to do with my degree. Now, not so long ago I would've halfheartedly suggested teaching, which I have no desire to do in the scenario most commonly promoted, but, thankfully, I no longer hide behind my fear (in this matter) and I proudly told them I wanted to be a housewife and mother.

I have to chuckle here, because one of the women was unable to hide her shock for a moment before she recovered and managed to get out the usual, "Oh, that's nice," before quickly changing the subject. The other woman, however, without missing a beat, replied, "And when you're tired of being a mother, what are you going to do?"

>.< When I'm tired of being a mother, lady, I'll pray to God for more strength.

I didn't say that, though, because she smugly related her own experience, "Once I got tired of being a mother, I pursued my own dreams." (Just about then I was praying to Jesus to restrain me from choking her. We're not all goody-two shoes all the time.) So then she began asking about EJ and I cooled down, but, seriously, selfish much? If you bring children into the world, it is your responsibility to see that they're brought up in a way pleasing to God - you no longer exist solely for yourself.

Thankfully, as my title implies, this is only a case study of what can happen in these types of situations. Yesterday a woman at work asked me "the question" and she sincerely praised my decision, going through some of the reasons why it's right.

So, with today's culture, one can pretty much get a person's reaction: they'll think I'm silly, naive, or just plain stupid. Sometimes, however, you find those who agree with you and it is like a breath of fresh air in a fetid swamp.

Peace.

Friday, June 27, 2008

Whoa.

I just finished watching "The Roaring Twenties"

That was an amazing movie. I'm still kind of in awe even as the credits finish rolling.

Monday, June 23, 2008

oh my gosh

ohmygosh ohmygosh ohmygosh

FINALLY!!!!!

I did it! I did it! I did it!!

I KNIT!!!

I cast on 10 stitches, then knit 3 rows! (Still don't know how to finish it off, though.) At long last! Mwahaahaa. Victory is mine!

Sunday, June 22, 2008

A Little Humor

I'm not a baseball fan, but I couldn't help reading this when I opened the website.

"Ambidextrous Pitcher's Pro Debut Brings Game to a Standstill"

=P

Saturday, June 21, 2008

...Let us now fear the LORD our God... (Jeremiah 5:24)

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"Bible Citation Costs Couple Jobs, Home"

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This isn't the first evidence of religious persecution in America that I've come across, it's just the most recent. I've noticed a steady increase in reports of anti-Christian activity in the U.S. and a few months ago an article like this would have frightened me beyond belief. Thankfully, I've come to realize that God really is in control of absolutely everything and I have nothing to fear.

Consider this: Romans 8 - (27) and He who searches the hearts knows what the mind of the Spirit is, because He intercedes for the saints according to the will of God. (28) And we know that God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose.

(31)
What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who is against us? (32) He who did not spare His own Son, but delivered Him over for us all, how will He not also with Him freely give us all things? (33) Who will bring a charge against God's elect? God is the one who justifies; (34) who is the one who condemns? Christ Jesus is He who died, yes, rather who was raised, who is at the right hand of God, who also intercedes for us. (35) Who will separate us from the love of Christ? Will tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword? (36) Just as it is written,

"FOR YOUR SAKE WE ARE BEING PUT TO DEATH ALL DAY LONG;
WE WERE CONSIDERED AS SHEEP TO BE SLAUGHTERED."

(37) But in all these things we overwhelmingly conquer through Him who loved us. (38) For I am convinced that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers, (39) nor height, nor depth, nor any other created thing, will be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord. (NASB)

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Halleluia! Jesus has conquered all! Though they may kill our flesh, we will rise once more on the glorious Day of Judgment, when all knees will bow in reverence and fear, including those of our persecutors!

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*ahem* Sorry, sometimes I get overly excited. =)

(This doesn't mean that I don't dread physical or emotional pain, now, when I've lived in comfort all my life - I'm only a fallen human, after all - but God never puts us through more than we can handle.)

Wednesday, June 11, 2008

Score!

Hot dang! =D

84

As a 1930s wife, I am
Very Superior

Take the test!



And I tried to put myself in EJ's shoes when I took the husband's portion of the test. If I know him as well as I think I do, lookie lookie:

122

As a 1930s husband, I am
Very Superior

Take the test!



Ish teh happeez. ^_^