Sunday Sunshine 05.03.09

Jack Black on American Idol

We went to this yesterday, but we missed most of everything.  Oh well.  No more taxes!

In the past, some pandemics have been mild, while others have been severe, notes WHO spokesman Gregory Hartl, adding that “people should act with common sense, not with panic.”

Well, it uses less water, so you would think at least the green people would want one.

And…don’t forget to enter my giveaway!  It ends this Thursday.

Evil in the Land

Through a book group I am in with my church, I have been studying Jeremiah, as well as other parts of the Old Testament.  The parallels that exist between Judah’s day and the current state of America (or most modern countries, for that matter) are astounding.  And worrisome.

“You shall say to them, Thus says the Lord:
When men fall, do they not rise again?
If one turns away, does he not return?
5 Why then has this people turned away
in perpetual backsliding?
They hold fast to deceit;
they refuse to return.
6 I have paid attention and listened,
but they have not spoken rightly;
no man relents of his evil,
saying, ‘What have I done?’
Everyone turns to his own course,
like a horse plunging headlong into battle.
7 Even the stork in the heavens
knows her times,
and the turtledove, swallow, and crane
keep the time of their coming,
but my people know not
the rules of the Lord.

8 “How can you say, ‘We are wise,
and the law of the Lord is with us’?
But behold, the lying pen of the scribes
has made it into a lie.
9 The wise men shall be put to shame;
they shall be dismayed and taken;
behold, they have rejected the word of the Lord,
so what wisdom is in them?
10 Therefore I will give their wives to others
and their fields to conquerors,
because from the least to the greatest
everyone is greedy for unjust gain;
from prophet to priest,
everyone deals falsely.
11 They have healed the wound of my people lightly,
saying, ‘Peace, peace,’
when there is no peace.
12 Were they ashamed when they committed abomination?
No, they were not at all ashamed;
they did not know how to blush.
Therefore they shall fall among the fallen;
when I punish them, they shall be overthrown,
says the Lord.
13 When I would gather them, declares the Lord,
there are no grapes on the vine,
nor figs on the fig tree;
even the leaves are withered,
and what I gave them has passed away from them.”
– Jeremiah 8 (ESV)

In 2 Chronicles 15 it describes both what happens to those who seek God and to those who forsake Him:

“Hear me, Asa, and all Judah and Benjamin: The Lord is with you while you are with him. If you seek him, he will be found by you, but if you forsake him, he will forsake you. 3 For a long time Israel was without the true God, and without a teaching priest and without law, 4 but when in their distress they turned to the Lord, the God of Israel, and sought him, he was found by them. 5 In those times there was no peace to him who went out or to him who came in, for great disturbances afflicted all the inhabitants of the lands. 6 They were broken in pieces. Nation was crushed by nation and city by city, for God troubled them with every sort of distress. 7 But you, take courage! Do not let your hands be weak, for your work shall be rewarded.”  (ESV)

I am fearful for our country.  Every predominantly Christian nation in history has gone through these cycles, so it is “nothing new under the sun.”  But that does not mean that God doesn’t see our sin in this present day…and hate it.

Two Sentence Posts

I have had a severe lack of posting lately, partially due to the content of the article I recently posted.  Connections are good, to be sure, but am I spending so much time on them that I am losing community?  Could be, could be.  I encourage you to read the comments on that post, too, because there’s some really good stuff there.  I especially liked Gretchen’s (Lifenut) illustration.

Lack of posting leaves many drafts swimming in my head.  Since I have not the time, nor the motivation, nor the energy to write full posts of all of them, I will place them here, succinctly, in hopes that you will magically fill in the gaps and enjoy them like they were full posts.

1. After work today and after getting back from the gym I walked around on the ice on my driveway.  It was rather warm today (near 40 degrees!), and the melting has created those pleasant little ice shelves that buckle and creak under your feet; I heart them.

2. I heard someone today make the comment that those who are able to see the bigger picture, who have faith in something greater, make it through recessions and other trials in much better shape.  All I can say to that is thank You, Father, for Your grace.

3. Husband recommended a book to me today, saying it looked like something I would be very interested in (he was right, by the way), then picked it up from the library so I could read it.  Isn’t it lovely when someone knows you well?

4. Losing “those last ten pounds” is extremely hard when you really, really like baked goods.  I really, really like baked goods.

5. I stinketh.  I will go shower now.

6. I really didn’t have an entire post based on that last one.  I just needed a way to end the post, which is now rurnt.

Sunday Sunshine 03.01.09

If you’re not the smartest regarding financial terms (like me!), read this post by Tsh.

What stay-at-home-moms do all day.  I may only be at home part time, but the letter from Carolyn Hax was dead on.  Hat tip to Heather.

Even if you’re not a fand of the band names I came up with, you can go here to generate your own.  Seriously, it’s fun.

How Government Prolonged the Depression

And some good comedy:
funny pictures of cats with captions
more animals

My Funny Valentine

Husband’s parents came to watch Anja yesterday.  Husband took the day off work to treat me to…………………a DATE!

Valentine Cookies

Our dates are few and far between, so when they are kind enough to come spend time with our daughter, we sure as heck get out of the house for a while!  And what a day–we started with a 3D movie at the Imax theater called Under the Sea.  It was narrated by Jim Carrey and had some cute humor worked in, but it was very preachy.  Seriously, why does EVERY MOVIE OR SHOW about nature have to have jabs about global warming in it?  We think, Yay, fun movie about fish! They think, How many small children can I indoctrinate? Ugh.  Conservation is one thing, but this constant barrage of unproven “facts” about global warming really gets my goat.  End rant.

After that we had an early lunch and brought home some for his family.  Then off we went to the Science Museum.  We viewed two new exhibits, Water and Goose Bumps, and saw Grand Canyon Adventure: River at Risk (which wasn’t as preachy simply because its message was portrayed as conservation from the get-go).  I’ve never had the privilege of visiting the Grand Canyon, but I think this film finally put into perspective the sheer size of it.  Jeepers, it’s big!

Following the museum, we had dinner at the MOA version of Olive Garden, Tucci Benucch.  Husband’s tortellini with prosciutto, mushrooms and peas was quite delicious, but I was left wanting something more with my sad little Marguerita pizza.  No tomatoes, just sauce.  He happily shared with me, though.  Isn’t he swell?  And he didn’t think my pizza was that bad (did not share my expectations).  Guess who will get to eat the leftovers tomorrow?  :)

We stopped back by the house to change, and then we went and shot hoops at the gym.  What a sad pair we were, missing left and right (it has been several years since either of us have played).  But we had fun!  And I beat him at HORSE twice.  Heh heh.  Then we soaked in a giant hot tub.  The end.

What are you doing for Valentine’s Day?  Or not doing?

Cookie dough

Unfortunately, the frosted version of these were eaten before I remembered to photograph them. You know me and cookies!

Eyes Are the Windows Into the Face

Today’s post is my 400th.  Wow.  And it’s nothing but a bunch of great links.  No awesome giveaway (because I wasn’t prepared), no super-cool contest, not even a decent paragraph!

Japan finds a unique source of gold.

Ron Paul educates MSNBC on free markets.  I’m going to shed a few tears into my bowl of cereal right now because he is not our president.

Printing all that money is BIG TROUBLE.  Inconvenient Debt: Glenn Beck.

Christopher Walken freaks me out.  But THIS helps me see his softer side….