Sunday, November 30, 2008

Delighting in God

"God is glorified in the way we experience him, not merely by the way we think about him. Indeed the devil thinks more true thoughts about God in one day than a saint does in his lifetime, and God is not honored by it. The problem with the devil is not his theology, but his desires. Our chief end is to glorify God, the great Object. We do so must fully when we treasure him, desire him, delight in him so supremely that we let goods and kindred go and display his love to the poor and the lost."

--John Piper, When I Don't Desire God, pg. 30-31.

Thursday, November 27, 2008

US maternal mortality rate info

http://www.reuters.com/article/topNews/idUSN1339620220071013

U.S. has 2nd worst newborn death rate in modern world

http://www.cnn.com/2006/HEALTH/parenting/05/08/mothers.index/

I Wandered Lonely as a Cloud by Wordsworth

I WANDERED lonely as a cloud
That floats on high o'er vales and hills,
When all at once I saw a crowd,
A host, of golden daffodils;
Beside the lake, beneath the trees,
Fluttering and dancing in the breeze.

Continuous as the stars that shine
And twinkle on the milky way,
They stretched in never-ending line
Along the margin of a bay:
Ten thousand saw I at a glance,
Tossing their heads in sprightly dance.

The waves beside them danced; but they
Out-did the sparkling waves in glee:
A poet could not but be gay,
In such a jocund company:
I gazed--and gazed--but little thought
What wealth the show to me had brought:

For oft, when on my couch I lie
In vacant or in pensive mood,
They flash upon that inward eye
Which is the bliss of solitude;
And then my heart with pleasure fills,
And dances with the daffodils.

Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Splendour in the Grass by Wordsworth

What though the radiance
which was once so bright
Be now for ever taken from my sight,
Though nothing can bring back the hour
Of splendour in the grass,
of glory in the flower,
We will grieve not, rather find
Strength in what remains behind;
In the primal sympathy
Which having been must ever be;
In the soothing thoughts that spring
Out of human suffering;
In the faith that looks through death,
In years that bring the philosophic mind.

Thursday, November 13, 2008

Well said

"The will of God will never take you where the grace of God will not protect you."



--source unknown

Dessert time

I made a few chocolate cake rolls this morning for a bake sale for charity. Mmm ...