Monday, March 31, 2008

Trip to Beaufort, South Carolina

This weekend I met my friends Larry and Susie Bowersox, and their three greyhounds, Homer, Lexi, and Caesar, from Pennsylvania, in Beaufort, South Carolina. We stayed on Hunting Island.

I have posted a few more photos of the trip at http://timothydeanmillsphotos.blogspot.com/





Homer, Caesar, and Lexi



At the local antique books store in Beaufort



A cold, blustery day on the beach at Hunting Island, South Carolina



Saturday, March 29, 2008

One passion

“I have but one passion - it is He, it is He alone. The world is the field and the field is the world; and henceforth that country shall be my home where I can be most used in winning souls for Christ.”

--Count Zinzindorf

Thursday, March 27, 2008

Candle of life

“I have but one candle of life to burn, and I would rather burn it out in a land filled with darkness than in a land flooded with light”

--John Keith Falconer

Wednesday, March 26, 2008

Learning the foxtrot with Charlie Brown

His promise

"The LORD is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit."

--Ps. 34:18

The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face by Roberta Flack

The road to the promised land

"The road to the promised land runs past Sinai."

--C.S. Lewis, The Problem of Pain

Even if we never met

“I’d miss you even if we never met.”

--from the movie The Wedding Date

How to install a home security system in the South

HOW TO INSTALL A HOME SECURITY SYSTEM IN THE SOUTH:

1. Go to a secondhand store and buy a pair of men's used size 14-16 work boots.
2. Place them on your front porch, along with a copy of Guns & Ammo Magazine.
3. Put a few giant dog dishes next to the boots and magazine.
4. Leave a note on your door that reads:

Hey Bubba, Big Jim, Duke, and Slim,

I went for more shotgun shells. Back in an hour. Don't mess with the pit bulls-- don't know what got into them, but they attacked the mailman this morning and messed him up real bad. I don't think Killer took part in it, but it was hard to tell from all the blood. Anyway, I locked all four of 'em in the house. Better wait out here on the porch.

--Cooter

The endings God writes

"God is on our side and He does not write any truly sad endings."

--a kindred spirit.

Don't Leave Home by Dido

My little visitors

As I sit at my desk writing, I have the door open to my deck, and right outside the door I have a birdfeeder. Little birds vsit all day, just a few feet away from me, and peck at the seeds, then look at me, then go back to the seeds. I really enjoy their company.

Monday, March 24, 2008

Another beautiful day



Psalm 145 by Shane and Shane

Verdant


Writing a book by the fireplace

The dangers of not co-sleeping

Did you know that there is a lot of research showing co-sleeping (the baby sleeping with the mother) is safe but we have volumes of research showing that baby warmers and beds for babies are not as safe?

They traumatize babies. Doctors know this by measuring babies' vital signs and stress indicators. Babies taken away from their mothers are less able to stabilize their vital signs, and they have high levels of cortisol--high enough to cause brain damage.

Bach Violin partita no. 2 in D minor

Hope for our daughters

"I want my daughters to be beautiful, accomplished and good; to be admired, loved and respected; to have a happy youth, to be well and wisely married, and to lead useful, pleasant lives, with as little care and sorrow to try them as God sees fit to send. To be loved and chosen by a good man is the best and sweetest thing which can happen to a woman; and I sincerely hope my girls may know this beautiful experience. It is natural to think of it, Meg; right to hope and wait for it, wise to prepare for it; so that, when the happy time comes, you may feel ready for the duties and worthy of the joy. My dear girls, I am ambitious for you, but not to have you make a dash in the world,--marry rich men merely because they are rich, or have splendid houses, which are not homes because love is wanting...I'd rather see you poor men's wives, if you were happy, beloved, contented, than queens on thrones, without self-respect and peace ... Better be happy old maids than unhappy wives, or unmaidenly girls, running about to find husbands."

--Louisa May Alcott, Little Women

Sunday, March 23, 2008

The Business of Being Born

The Business of Being Born

You, Wonderful You

Prayer

"O God, early in the morning, I cry to You. Help me to pray and to concentrate my thoughts on You; I cannot do this alone. In me there is darkness, but with You there is light; I am lonely, but You never leave me; I am feeble in heart, but with You there is help; I am restless, but with You there is peace. In me there is bitterness, but with You there is patience; I do not understand Your ways, But You know the way for me. O Heavenly Father, I praise and thank You for the peace of the night; I praise and thank You for this new day; I praise and thank You for all Your goodness and faithfulness throughout my life."

--Dietrich Bonhoeffer

Saturday, March 22, 2008

Glorious


Jane Austen with My Immortal by Evanescence

Jabberwocky

’T WAS brillig, and the slithy toves
Did gyre and gimble in the wabe;
All mimsy were the borogoves,
And the mome raths outgrabe.

“Beware the Jabberwock, my son!
The jaws that bite, the claws that catch!
Beware the Jubjub bird, and shun
The frumious Bandersnatch!”

He took his vorpal sword in hand:
Long time the manxome foe he sought—
So rested he by the Tumtum tree,
And stood awhile in thought.

And as in uffish thought he stood,
The Jabberwock, with eyes of flame,
Came whiffling through the tulgey wood,
And burbled as it came!

One, two! One, two! And through and through
The vorpal blade went snicker-snack!
He left it dead, and with its head
He went galumphing back.

--Lewis Carroll

Songs from a Secret Garden

O Sacred Head, Now Wounded

"What Thou, my Lord, hast suffered
Was all for sinners’ gain;
Mine, mine was the transgression,
But Yours the deadly pain.
Lo, here I fall, my Savior,
It is I who deserve Your place;
Look on me with Your favor,
Promise to me Your grace."

--from O Sacred Head, Now Wounded, written by Bernard of Clairvaux (1091-1153)

Chasing Cars by Snow Patrol

Friday, March 21, 2008

Remember Me by Mark Schultz

Through the woods

Just finished reading: Rumors of Another World

I just finished reading Rumors of Another World: What on Earth are we Missing? by Philip Yancey. I highly recommend it.

A more perfect mode of possession

"The gift of ourselves in total submission to God is a sacrifice in which, far from losing anything, we gain everything and recover, in a more perfect mode of possession, even what we seem to have lost. For at the very moment when we give ourselves to God, God gives Himself to us."

--Thomas Merton

The Human Seasons

FOUR Seasons fill the measure of the year;
There are four seasons in the mind of man:

He has his lusty Spring, when fancy clear
Takes in all beauty with an easy span:

He has his Summer, when luxuriously
Spring’s honey’d cud of youthful thought he loves
To ruminate, and by such dreaming high
Is nearest unto heaven: quiet coves

His soul has in its Autumn, when his wings
He furleth close; contented so to look
On mists in idleness - to let fair things
Pass by unheeded as a threshold brook.

He has his Winter too of pale misfeature,
Or else he would forego his mortal nature.

--John Keats

Broken by Lifehouse

Thursday, March 20, 2008

Chopin "Fantasie" Impromptu, Op. 66

Sunshine!

Chopin Nocturne Op. 9 No. 2

Exquisite

Until we rest in Him

" ... even the most intimate human companionship cannot satisfy the deepest places of the heart. Our hearts are lonely ‘til they rest in Him."

--Elisabeth Elliot,
Loneliness

One of my favorites

When Jesus reigns

"When the heart submits, Jesus reigns; and when Jesus reigns, there is rest."

--J. Hudson Taylor

Almanzo loves Laura - Little House on the Prairie

The worst kind

"Waiting is painful. Forgetting is painful. But not knowing which to do is the worst kind of suffering."
--Paulo Coelho

The Quiet Man

Hear the cry

"May we who know Christ hear the cry of the damned as they hurtle headlong into the Christless night without ever a chance … May we shed tears of repentance for those we have failed to bring out of darkness."

--Jim Elliot

Tuesday, March 18, 2008

God's time

"God’s time for further revelations of the heart might come later. Tomorrow was not our business; it was His. Letting it rest with Him was the discipline for the day, and it was enough."

--Elisabeth Elliot

Carried to the Table by Leeland

These Inward Trials

I asked the Lord, that I might grow
In faith, and Love, and every grace;
Might more of His salvation know,
And seek more earnestly His face.

I hoped that in some favoured hour
At once He’d answer my request,
And by His love’s constraining power
Subdue my sins, and give me rest.

Instead of this, He made me feel
The hidden evils of my heart;
And let the angry powers of hell
Assault my soul in every part.

Yea more, with His own hand He seemed
Intent to aggravate my woe;
Crossed all the fair designs I schemed,
Blasted my gourds, and laid me low.

“Lord, why is this?” I trembling cried,
“Wilt thou pursue Thy worm to death?”
“‘Tis this way,” the Lord replied,
“I answer prayer for grace and faith.

“These inward trials I employ
From self and pride to set thee free;
And break the schemes of earthly joy
That thou may’st seek thy all in me.”

--John Newton

Tears of the Saints by Leeland

Forgiveness

“This is not saying, ‘It didn’t really matter’; it is not saying, ‘I probably deserved part of it anyway.’ Forgiveness says, ‘It was wrong, it mattered, and I release you.’”

--John Eldredge

Carry You Home by James Blunt

The sweetest thing

"The sweetest thing in all my life has been the longing ... to find the place where all the beauty came from."

--C.S. Lewis

Who Am I? by Casting Crowns with blacklight mime

Studying theology

“I do not believe that God intended the study of theology to be dry and boring. Theology is the study of God and all his works! Theology is meant to be lived and prayed and sung! All of the great doctrinal writings of the Bible (such as Paul’s epistle to the Romans) are full of praise to God and personal application to life. Nowhere in Scripture do we find doctrine studied for its own sake or in isolation from life. The more we know about God, about His Word, about His relationships to the world and mankind, the better we will trust Him, the more fully we will praise Him, and the more readily we will obey Him.”

--Wayne Grudem, Systematic Theology, pages 16, 23, 29.

Ghost of a Rose by Blackmores Night

Searching and hiding

"The Jesus who is is the one whom we search for even when we do not know that we are searching and hide from even when we do not know that we are hiding."

--Fredrick Buechner

Vaccines linked to autism

Persistent prayer

"The value in persistent prayer is not that he will hear us ... but that we will finally hear him."

--William McGill

But a breath

You have made my days few;
the span of my years is as nothing before you.
Each man’s life is but a breath.

Selah(pause and ponder this).

--Psalm 39:5

Same Mistake by James Blunt

When you leave this earth

"Remember that when you leave this earth, you can take with you nothing you have received, fading symbols of honor, trappings of power, but only what you have given; a full heart enriched by honest service, love, sacrifice, and courage."

--Francis of Assisi (1181-1226)

The bread that you store up

"The bread that you store up belongs to the hungry;
the coat that lies in your chest belongs to the naked;
the gold that you have hidden in the ground belongs to the poor."

--Saint Basil (329-379)

Monday, March 17, 2008

21 Things I Want in a Lover by Alanis Morissette

C-sections

What I love best

"I know what it is to live entirely for and with what I love best on earth. I hold myself supremely blest - blest beyond what language can express; because I am my husband's life as fully as he is mine. No woman was ever nearer to her mate than I am: ever more absolutely bone of his bone and flesh of his flesh. I know no weariness of my Edward's society: he knows none of mine, any more than we each do of the pulsation of the heart that beats in our separate bosoms; consequently we are ever together. To be together is for us to be at once as free as in solitude, as gay as in company."

--Charlotte Bronte, Jane Eyre

Absence

"How great love is, presence best trial makes,
But absence tries how long this love will be."

--John Donne

Jane Eyre proposal scene

Pick up your pen

"If you want to change the world, pick up your pen and write."

--Martin Luther

Scope for the imagination

"... she preferred to stay outside. 'There was more scope for imagination,' she said."

--L.M. Montgomery, Anne of Green Gables, chapter 2.

You Picked Me by a Fine Frenzy

Books

"If the crowns of all the kingdoms of Europe were laid down at my feet in exchange for my books and my love of reading, I would spurn them all."

--Francis Fenelon

Ashes and Wine

You get what you pay for

“I wanted to marry a man prepared to swim against the tide. I took it for granted that there must be a few men left in the world who had that kind of strength. I assumed that those men would also be looking for women of principle. I did not want to be among the marked-down goods on the bargain table, cheap because they’d been pawed over. Crowds collect there. It is only the few who will pay full price. ‘You get what you pay for.’”

--Elisabeth Elliot, Passion and Purity, p. 129.

What faith must be

“To hear with my heart
To see with my soul
To be guided by a hand I cannot hold
To trust in a way that I cannot see
That's what faith must be”

--Michael Card, from the song That's What Faith Must Be.

Plowing, sowing, and reaping

"Sow for yourselves righteousness,
reap the fruit of unfailing love,
and break up your unplowed ground;
for it is time to seek the Lord,
until He comes and showers righteousness upon you."

--Hosea 10:12

Sunday, March 16, 2008

Blossoms that make it look like its snowing



A Hymne To God The Father by John Donne

A Hymne To God The Father

I

Wilt thou forgive that sinne where I begunne,
Which is my sin, though it were done before?
Wilt thou forgive those sinnes, through which I runne,
And do run still: though still I do deplore?
When thou hast done, thou hast not done,
For, I have more.

II

Wilt thou forgive that sinne by which I'have wonne
Others to sinne? And, made my sinner their doore?
Wilt thou forgive that sinne which I did shunne
A yeare, or two: but wallowed in, a score?
When thou hast done, thou hast not done,
For I have more.

III

I have a sinne of fear, that when I have spunne
My last thred, I shall perish on the shore;
Sweare by thy selfe, that at my death thy sonne
Shall shine as he shines now, and heretofore;
And, having done that, Thou hast done,
I feare no more.

--John Donne

Swing Time with Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers

The beautiful

"Summing it all up, friends, I’d say you’ll do best by filling your minds and
meditating on things true, noble, reputable, authentic, compelling, gracious--the
best, not the worst; the beautiful, not the ugly; things to praise, not things to
curse. Put into practice what you learned from me, what you heard and saw and
realized. Do that, and God, who makes everything work together, will work you into
His most excellent harmonies."

--Philippians 4:8-9

Bach's 'Arioso in G' by Julian Lloyd Webber

Saturday, March 15, 2008

The theme of my song

"Thy mercy, my God, is the theme of my song--
The joy of my heart and the boast of my tongue.
Thy free grace alone, from the first to the last,
Hath won my affections, and bound my soul fast."

--John Stocker

You Made Me Love You by Judy Garland

Righteousness and peace will kiss

"Steadfast love and faithfulness will meet;
righteousness and peace will kiss each other.
Faithfulness will spring up from the ground,
and righteousness will look down from the sky…
righteousness will go before him,
and will make a path for his steps."

--Psalm 85:10-11,13

The sky after leaving church tonight



The fast that He chooses

"Is this not the fast that I choose
to loose the bonds of injustice,
to undo the thongs of the yoke,
to let the oppressed go free,
and to break every yoke?

Is it not to share your bread with the hungry,
and bring the homeless poor into your house;
when you see the naked, to cover them,
and not to hide your face from your own kin?

Then your light shall break forth like the dawn,
and your healing shall spring up quickly;
your vindicator shall go before you;
the glory of the Lord shall be your rear guard."

--Isaiah 58:6-8

Friday, March 14, 2008

This afternoon


Us-centred

"We raised the Shining Barrier against creeping separateness, which was, in the last analysis, self. We also raised it against a world of indecencies and decaying standards, the decline of courtesy, the whispering mockers of love. We would have our own standards. And, above all, we would be us-centred, not self-centred.... We saw self as the ultimate danger to love, which it is; we didn't see it as the ultimate evil of hell, which it also is. We saw only the danger to our love. Still, we turned away from it, turned away because we loved our love. And we were determined that it should endure."

--Sheldon Vanauken, A Severe Mercy, pg. 37.

Absolutely beautiful things

http://absolutelybeautifulthings.blogspot.com/

Church



Monday, March 10, 2008

A parable

"Now suppose you came to a country where you could fill a theatre by simply bringing a covered plate on to the stage and then slowly lifting the cover so as to let every one see, just before the lights went out, that it contained a mutton chop or a bit of bacon, would you not think that in that country something had gone wrong with the appetite for food? And would not anyone who had grown up in a different world think there was something equally queer about the state of the sex instinct among us?"

--C.S. Lewis

Wills Park, Alpharetta


Merely hints and symbols

"Perhaps, I thought, while her words still hung in the air between us like a wisp of tobacco smoke--a thought to fade and vanish like smoke without a trace--perhaps all our loves are merely hints and symbols; a hill of many invisible crests; doors that open as in a dream to reveal only a further stretch of carpet and another door; perhaps you and I are types and this sadness which sometimes falls between us springs from disappointment in our search, each straining through and beyond the other, snatching a glimpse now and then of the shadow which turns the corner always a pace or two ahead of us."

--Evelyn Waugh

Poems you would have written

God may reduce you
on Judgment Day
To tears of shame,
reciting by heart
The poems you would
have written, had
Your life been good.

--W.H. Auden

Ecclesiastes parody

"I saw that the meaning of life was to secure a livelihood, and that its goal was to attain a high position; that love's rich dream was marriage with an heiress; that friendship's blessing was help in financial difficulties; that wisdom was what the majority assumed it to be; that enthusiasm consisted in making a speech; that it was courage to risk the loss of ten dollars; that kindness consisted in saying, 'You are welcome,' at the dinner table; that piety consisted in going to communion once a year. This I saw, and I laughed."

--Søren Kierkegaard

Lunacy and sanity

"If the world is sane, then Jesus is mad as a hatter and the Last Supper is the Mad Tea Party. The world says, Mind your own business, and Jesus says, There is no such thing as your own business. The world says, Follow the wisest course and be a success, and Jesus says, Follow me and be crucified. The world says, Drive carefully--the life you save may be your own--and Jesus says, Whoever would save his life will lose it, and whoever loses his life for my sake will find it. The world says, Law and order, and Jesus says, Love. The world says, Get, and Jesus says, Give. In terms of the world's sanity, Jesus is crazy as a coot, and anybody who thinks he can follow him without being a little crazy too is laboring less under the cross than under a delusion. "We are fools for Christ's sake," Paul says, faith says--the faith that ultimately the foolishness of God is wiser than the wisdom of men, the lunacy of Jesus saner than the grim sanity of the world."

--Frederick Buechner

Saturday, March 8, 2008

Waltz

I was at a ballroom dance event all night tonight, and it was such a blessing. I learned a lot, had fun, caught up with friends, and made some new ones. Dancing is such a treat for me. It makes me feel so alive. We ended with a beautiful waltz, and I think I could have danced all night.

Northpoint Fusion ministry with Open Door

Today a group of us from Northpoint went to Open Hand in Atlanta to serve food to those in need.

Below is a video, and I also have pictures from the day at http://millsonamission.blogspot.com/

Saturday morning Atlanta