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Gospel Reminders
Tim Challies says about it…

“Here is a new site that offers “Christ-Centered Quotes for the Renewing of Your Mind.” “The aim of Gospel Reminders is to provide daily, Christ-centered quotes from throughout Christian history which stir you to continually renew your mind for the glory of God.” ”

Yes, please.
I cruised around and was totally encouraged and challenged and loved that they were short, powerful zingers that you could chew on all day (and longer).

And, a hearty thank you to GoogleReader… Thank you GoogleReader, for being a tool to help me keep my mind focused on Christ.  🙂  You’re sweet.



Soooo, as you know, I’ve been getting back in the reading saddle.
I have a big list (always) and little time.
BUT, I do have more time than the President of the United States and somehow he managed to run the most powerful country in the world (through 9/11 fallout, controversial war, a ‘recession’, immense criticism and scrutiny, a bajillion meetings scheduled down to the minute, married off a daughter, etc.) AND read 186 books in the past 3 years.  I think I read 10-15ish.  Wow.  I’m lame.
Here’s an article about the reading competition between old friends President George Bush and Karl Roves.
I am cheerfully warmed by President Bush’s spirit and kindness and have always loved the fact that, though people are unspeakably rude and malicious to him, he still continues with a smile, to do soul/mind enriching things… he seems to turn away from the option of bitterness.  And, I love that one way is to read…even in friendly competition.
Just my impression.  🙂


Just a little reminder, that my best friend Jennene will be taking her first hit of chemo on Monday at 9am.  CLICK HERE to read Sunday’s recap and Monday’s chemo schedule.  🙂

sj-anointed-time Sam & Jennene at the Taj Mahal in India March 2006




ok, sooo, the last couple of weeks have been pretty non-stop.  If you read this blog then you know that 2 weeks ago (the week before Christmas) was a week of extreme highs and lows.  This last week was filled other kinds of highs and lows and next week is sure to be filled with more highs and lows…we’re humans…thus highs and lows.


-was still sick enough all weekend.
-Had lunch w/Ona on Saturday 🙂
-Sunday, went to church for the ‘Candle Light Service’
-helped Adam Powell move all of his belongings to his new place where he & his new bride will reside upon their return from Thailand 🙂
-went with J&E and Gail down to Glendale for a family night at Steve & Debra’s…though the flat tire on the way down made for more adventure than expected.  Driving 50mph on LA freeways is AWESOME!
-On Monday, drove up to Hanford for some sweet love at the Harveys; filled with uniform, food, laughing, conversation, sickness, lively rounds of nerDs, hilarious Zach moments, Jennene’s blog updates, cool Christmas Eve Eve service :), food, laughing, tech issues, conversation, uniform…
-Drove home early on Christmas morn, showered, made my over to the Brocks for Christmas brunch, which was FANTASTIC!  Great company too…J&E, Jason & Steph, Mike, Gail (Js mom), Luke, Brad, Nadine.  Hilarious range of conversation topics too.  And, really great to get more than 2 minutes on Sunday am with the Beals!  🙂
-Spent the rest of the day in uniform at the Brocks with Mike (the Brocks went on to another family party); watching movies, reading dive magazines, planning dive destination trips and eating leftovers.  Honestly, does it get any better?
-Friday worked in the morning and then ran down to Huntington Beach on an errand and in the process met the nicest people in the world (aunt/uncle of one David Wolter), then dinner near LAX, then dropped Mike off for his trip to Thailand (for AP’s wedding and sweet sweet diving).
-Today…working, planning, communicating….booked flights to/from Denver for a funeral next Friday…I leave on Wednesday New Years Eve…Jennene starts chemo on Monday…life just keeps on rolling…


Soo, I’ve had this article open in a tab for a while, in hopes of reading it.
Turns out, it’s a pretty good article.  It’s called ‘Redeeming Social Life OnLine’

Here’s an excerpt
“Like most other new things, Christians tend to either embrace Facebook uncritically, or retreat from it and condemn its use. Embracing technology uncritically—the “bear hug,” as I call it—means using a technology without thinking through its impact on yourself and others.
The “cold shoulder”—ignoring/retreating from/condemning a technology—is often driven by misguided fears and shallow biblical interpretation. While the problems with embracing uncritically are more easily discerned, giving a technology like Facebook the cold shoulder also has its problems. . . ”

CLICK HERE for the whole article (which includes 9 ways to NOT use facebook and 6 ways TO use facebook.  🙂  )



Soo, I got this post from Tim Challies’s blog. I literally copy/pasted it.
I love Challies.com because he is a fair reviewer.  He’s discerning and is able to winnow through the glut of info and offer very relevant and intellectually and spiritually useful/engaging/nourishing food for thought.  This post, entitled THINGS VAGUELY UNDERSTOOD, is somewhat exposing.

“Earlier this year John Naish, a British journalist, released a book titled Enough (which does not seem to be widely available in the United States). He subtitled the book, “Breaking free from the world of more.” He uses the book to encourage people to stop when they have enough–enough stuff, enough food, enough work, enough information. There were parts of the book I thought were much better than others; one part I thoroughly enjoyed was his discussion about information and the incredible volume of information we are exposed to today. In one part of this chapter he writes about his approach to tackling information overload. I thought I’d share that with you.

It involves fighting–and here’s my own new word–infobesity, by restricting one’s data diet. There are compelling reasons. The glut of information is not only causing stress and confusion; it also makes us do irrational things such as ignore crucial health information. The British Government’s latest survey on our food-buying patterns shows that while we are given more information than ever about healthy eating, our consumption of fresh food has fallen. This is partly because we are too busy getting and spending to enjoy the simple pleasures of cooking. But Catherine Collins, of the British Dietetic Association, says that info-overload is often to blame for this food-choice paradox: “We are so informed that we can’t be bothered.” That’s a fantastic slogan for the twenty-first century. We are so wired to gather information that often we no longer do anything useful with it. Instead of pausing to sift our intake for relevance and quality, the daily diet of prurient, profound, confusing and conflict information gets chucked on to a mental ash-heap of things vaguely comprehended. Then we rush to try to make sense of it all…by getting more.

As I read this, I thought of the Golden Labrador Retriever (i.e. Golden Lab), that ridiculous (but family-friendly) breed of dog that has a far bigger stomach than brain. The Lab, or at least the Labs I’ve known, cannot be trusted around food. They will eat until they are sick, throw up, and eat some more. Indefinitely. Some dogs have more common sense; they will eat for a while and save a portion of their food for another time. Not so the Lab. It will eat, and eat, and eat.

I do wonder if we are this way with information today–we eat and eat and eat, never pausing to digest, rarely showing any sensible moderation.”


It’s been an interesting week.
It’s been filled with joys and sorrow.
Seems like you can’t know one very well without knowing the other.
Joy is sweeter when you know sorrows.
And sorrows are endurable when you know joys.

This week
-My best friend was diagnosed with cancer
-Other friends prepare for their exciting and beautiful wedding that is next week
-Another friend’s young dad just died unexpectedly this afternoon (12/19/08)
-Another friend will wed her love tomorrow
Job seems to be the guy whose story we all turn to when it all seems too weighty… so, I do again…

” ‘He said,
“Naked I came from my mother’s womb,
And naked I shall return there
The LORD gave and the LORD has taken away.
Blessed be the name of the LORD.”

Through all this Job did not sin nor did he blame God.’ ”

When Job’s wife had had enough of the adversity, she appealed to Job…here’s how it went…

” ‘Then his wife said to him, “Do you still hold fast your integrity? Curse God and die!”
But he said to her, “You speak as one of the foolish women speaks. Shall we indeed accept good from God and not accept adversity?” In all this, Job did not sin with his lips.’ ”

Job eventually questions God.  God brings down the smack down.  Job shudders and responds with…

” ‘Then Job answered the LORD and said,
“I know that You can do all things,
And that no purpose of Yours can be thwarted.

‘Who is this that hides counsel without knowledge?’
“Therefore I have declared that which I did not understand,
Things too wonderful for me, which I did not know.”
‘Hear, now, and I will speak;
I will ask You, and You instruct me.’
“I have heard of You by the hearing of the ear;
But now my eye sees You;
Therefore I retract, And I repent in dust and ashes.”‘ “