Friday, May 15, 2009
I just finished Laura Ingalls Wilder: Farm Journalist. Some of it was fascinating and some of it was boring. It shed a lot of light on the character of the woman. These quotes are particularly insightful and very relevant today.
"Tho we do not have the advantages of travel, we stay-at-homes may acquire a culture of the heart which is almost impossible in the rush and roar of cities."(November 20, 1919)
"Why should we need extra time in which to enjoy ourselves? If we expect to enjoy our life we will have to learn to be joyful in all of it, not just at stated intervals, when we can get time or when we have nothing else to do." (January 5, 1920)
"To simplify our lives as much as possible, to overcome that feeling of haste by remembering that there are just as many hours in the day as ever, and that there is time enough for the things that matter if it is rightly used.
Then, having done the most we may here, when we reach the limit of time we will sail over the horizon rim to new beauties and greater understanding." (January 1, 1924).
Last weekend, one of Light's school friends had her birthday at Eveland Farms (the place we go for pumpkins every year). It was a pleasant day and me and the girls (siblings were welcome) had a nice time.
My apologies to my dear friends here in blogland. I am trying to focus on the essentials and as much as I love the world out here on the computer. Reality is more important.
It was very springish when we visited the farm. Everything that was male from pigs to donkeys and from horses to turkeys and even the peacock shared their glorious (or not so glorious) masculinity with the world.
Friday, May 08, 2009
The Scripture means two things by the expression, "the world." First, and most simply, it means all that is temporal. Second, and by implication it means all those who are occupied solely with the temporal. The first category comprises things; the second, people.
All inanimate objects are worldly. They will pass away.
Things are not incompatible with Christ. They are all 'worldly,' in the simplest sense - they are for this world. They are not sinful for this reasons. Only human beings my be sinful, or 'worldly' in the most precise interpretation of that world.
It is not what goes into the man that defiles him. It is what comes out. It is our use of things that determine their effect on us. It is our response to events, not the events themselves, that shapes us.
We have said that all things are worldly, that the Scripture does not therefore call them sinful. We refer to inanimate objects. We do have some lists, however, in Colossians and James of worldly things that are condemned. Let us be very careful to note that these are not material things - they are characteristics of people, that is, they are specific sins. We are to put to death these worldly (or 'earthly') things, since we have been raised from the dead with Christ Himself, and we no longer have any business with immorality, impurity, evil desire, covetousness, anger, malice, slander, foul talk, lying....These spring from a desire for 'things' that the world can provide, such as acclaim and status. God's wisdom, on the other hand,is characterized by purity, peace, gentleness, approachability, tolerance, kindly actions, impartiality, sincerity.
Thursday, May 07, 2009
" When money is plenty, it is a man's world. When money is scarce it is a woman's world. When all else seems to have failed, the woman's instinct comes in. She gets the job. That is a reason why, in spite of all that happens, we continue to have a world." Ladies Home Journal 1932
Of course, we know it is in God's hands and neither man nor woman's. But it is still nice to know where women often fit.