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O Worship The King

O worship the king all glorious above,
O gratefully sing his power and his love;
Our shield and defender, the ancient of days,
Pavilioned in splendor, and girded with praise.

O tell of his might, O sing of his grace,
Whose robe is the light, whose canopy space.
His chariots of wrath the deep thunderclouds form,
And dark is his path on the wings of the storm.

The earth with its store of wonders untold,
Almighty, thy pow'r hath founded of old;
Hath stablished it fast by a changeless decree,
And round it hath cast, like a mantle, the sea.

Thy bountiful care what tongue can recite?
It breathes in the air; it shines in the light;
It streams from the hills; it descends to the plain;
And sweetly distils in the dew and the rain.

Frail children of dust, and feeble as frail,
In thee do we trust, nor find thee to fail;
Thy mercies how tender, how firm to the end,
Our Maker, Defender, Redeemer, and Friend!

O measureless might! ineffable love!
While angels delight to hymn thee above,
The humbler creation, though feeble their lays,
With true adoration shall lisp to thy praise.


February 29, 2004  |  Comments (2)  |  TrackBack (0)  |  Permalink



Grace and the City

"In the city, you'll find many things that challenge your grasp of the gospel, many people that seem hopeless to you spiritually and morally. But if the gospel of grace is true, why would you think their conversion to be any more a miracle than your own?

You will find people of other religions and of no religion who are wiser, kinder, and deeper than you. Even after growth in grace, lots of Christians are weaker people than lots of non-Christians. But if the gospel of grace is true, why did you think that Christians are basically better kinds of people than non-Christians?

After a while these and other examples will begin to show you that, even though you may intellectually understand the doctrine of justification by faith alone, you functionally assume salvation by moral goodness and works.

Ministry in the city, then, will help you grasp the gospel of grace in powerful ways. You may even come to see that you spiritually need the city more than the city needs you."

--Dr. Timothy Keller of Redeemer Presbyterian Church in New York City

From the essay World Mission and the Global City, available in the book Looking Forward: Voices from Church Leaders on Our Global Mission.


February 28, 2004  |  Comments (0)  |  TrackBack (2)  |  Permalink



Missions: Recommended Resources

Westminster Confession of Faith on Missions
Mission to the World

Finding Your Role in Missions
You Can Change the World!
Avenues of Mission Involvement

Mission Network News
Brigada Today
Mission Mobilizer's Database

PCA Global Missions Conference 2004 November 5-7, 2004
Vision Retreats March 7-9, July 18-21, and November 5-7 of 2004


February 28, 2004  |  Comments (1)  |  TrackBack (0)  |  Permalink



Lions and Tigers and Leopards, oh my!

T6 came up to me a moment ago and said, "I'm a leopard and C3 is a Clouded Leopard and R5 is a Snow Leopard." And then he proceeded to stalk away on all fours.


February 27, 2004  |  Comments (0)  |  TrackBack (0)  |  Permalink



Carin's Almond Chicken

Each Thursday, before Bible study, we have a fellowship dinner. It's one of the ways that we get to spend more time getting to know people. And for me, it's a way that I can reach out while still being very busy in the home. Tonight we had Almond Chicken--one of my newest favorite recipes, that my friend Carin shared with me.

Carin's Almond Chicken

C flour
1/3 C butter, melted
1 t celery salt
1 t paprika
t salt
t curry
t oregano
t pepper
6 boneless chicken breasts
1 C whipping cream
1/3 C dry bread crumbs
C sliced, toasted almonds

Add spices to melted butter. Cover chicken with flour; dip into butter mixture. Place in dish (9x13). Pour cream around chicken. Bake, covered, at 350 for 45 minutes. Combine bread crumbs with remaining butter (or melt more). Remove chicken from oven, uncover, sprinkle with buttered crumbs and almonds. Bake uncovered for 5-8 minutes.
Serve with warm pasta.

Carin's Notes: I never toast the almonds (and my slicing is dubious in fact, once I left out the almonds all together!), I rarely measure the butter, and have used half cream half milk or other variations. The only spices included in the recipe that I do not buy here are celery salt and oregano.

My Notes: I serve this with rice, because whenever I make pasta for a crowd it's too starchy and sticky. Instead of heavy cream (which is expensive here) I use 6% milk, and it turns out just fine. Though, I don't remember if 6% milk is available in the States. I make mine without celery salt, because I don't have any--it still tastes good, but Carin's is better. This recipe doubles easily. I usually cut chicken breasts into thirds, so that I can serve less meat to the children. Tonight, 10 breasts served 12 adults and 4 children, with enough left over to send home with a friend for her husband and mother.


February 26, 2004  |  Comments (5)  |  TrackBack (0)  |  Permalink



CARM School

Christian Apologetics & Research Ministry is a great resource. CARM was founded by Matt Slick "to equip Christians with good information on doctrine, various religious groups, cults, Evolution, New Age, and related subjects."

One of the newest projects CARM is focusing on is an online apologetics school. You can get a preview of this at CARM Online School Demo.


February 26, 2004  |  Comments (0)  |  TrackBack (0)  |  Permalink



ReDefining PBJ

Swamphopper has some insightful thoughts about peanut butter and jelly sandwiches.


February 26, 2004  |  Comments (1)  |  TrackBack (0)  |  Permalink



Home Again, and Random Thoughts

Home again, home again. . .

This past weekend I attended a women's retreat. It was both refreshing and encouraging. Hubby insisted I stay an extra day to relax, while he was with the kiddos.

For those who are going through Clog withdrawals, between dealing with the computer (a horror story in itself) and being on boy-patrol 24/7, he had to leave Le Sabot sadly neglected. After we both get caught up on sleep, we'll be back to the blogging world.

While catching up on blogs, I found myself nodding in agreement with Carol's thoughts on trial-and-error parenting. I'm convinced that God's grace and a mother's love covers a multitude of mistakes. And I thank Him for the grace He's shown me and my kids through the years.

Evangelical Outpost has an encouraging update on the South Dakota abortion ban.

Andrea has a new article published online.

And we received an interesting e-mail about Mel Gibson's "The Passion" from the pastor at our home church in Florida. But I'll wait and see if Hubby will blog about it.


February 25, 2004  |  Comments (4)  |  TrackBack (0)  |  Permalink



Try a Little Tenderness

While I was getting my hair cut, a man and his son walked in. The little boy was not yet three, and had wispy blond hair. The stylist prepared for the little boy by putting a booster seat on the chair.

When the family was finished getting off winter coats and hats, the father told the stylist that he didn't want the booster seat. Instead he sat down in the chair himself, and gently pulled his toddler onto his lap.

The boy fussed for a moment when he realized he would be getting his hair cut. I couldn't hear what the father was murmuring, but it calmed his son down quickly. The stylist put the cape around the little boy. The father was in uniform--militsia or military, I'm not sure. He didn't care about getting clippings on it, as long as his little boy felt safe.

Throughout the haircut, the father had his hand held on the boy's forehead and over his eyes, to prevent hair from getting one his face. From time to time, I saw him brush away stray bits from the son's nose and cheeks.

I was like being in a Norman Rockwell photo, and I was so touched by that father's tenderness.


February 17, 2004  |  Comments (11)  |  TrackBack (0)  |  Permalink



New 'do

I got a haircut today. It's the first time I've gone without Hubby since we moved to Kyiv. In general, I like him to come along as my style consultant. Here, he's a bit more skilled in communicating when neither of us knows the specialized vocabulary.

One of the biggest adjustments for me here has been that things are just done differently in a different culture. And since I'm still learning the ropes and learning the language, everything seems to take longer here than in the States. While I usually put off getting a hair cut until I'm desperate anyway, here I've waited even longer because it seems like such a time-consuming event.

I must say, I miss Francisco in Sarasota. I could say, "I need something new, that can be styled straight from the shower. . ." and he'd give me a fabulous cut.

I got the same cut I got right after R4 was born, when I went from long, all-one-length to shorter layers. If you have our prayer card, I took in that photo and showed the lady that I wanted that cut. It worked. She did it a little shorter and a little more updated, but all in all, a great cut--and for only four dollars!

I'll be at a women's conference this week, and it feels great to have a fresh cut before going. I've also made sure to pack some epsom salts for baths, jasmine candles, and the last sachet of Tension Tamer Tea. Looking forward to relaxing!


February 17, 2004  |  Comments (6)  |  TrackBack (0)  |  Permalink



New Voices of Experience

Ezzo.Info has some new stories posted in the Voices of Experience section.

Learning to Trust My "Non-Existant" Maternal Instincts

I'm a mom of 5, including a pair of twins. When took the Prep for Parenting class while pregnant with my oldest. I knew absolutely nothing about kids or babies, so I believed everything they told me--except I had a nagging uneasiness in the back of my mind because I felt they misused the Bible.

Conflicting Messages Undermine True Flexibility

"Of COURSE you can rock your baby to sleep! Just don't make it a habit." Before I had my baby, this actually made sense. After I had her, I remember thinking: "How much is a habit? I did it once yesterday ... can I do it again today? What if I did it twice in one day?"

I encourage you to click on the links and read the complete stories.

And again, I want to make clear that I know that parents who follow Ezzo parenting ideas, truly love their children and only want the best for them. Over time I have become more convinced that it is that love and dedication to raising their children that makes Ezzo parenting seem to "work" in some families. Yet, these materials are foundationally flawed and even unfailing love doesn't prevent all the harm that can come to families via Ezzo parenting.

(via taketime)


February 14, 2004  |  Comments (1)  |  TrackBack (0)  |  Permalink



Terrorism Makes for Strange Bedfellows

Osama and Saddam in cahoots, according to Free Persia.


February 14, 2004  |  Comments (0)  |  TrackBack (0)  |  Permalink



Elvish Lullaby

Sing all ye joyful, now sing all together!
The wind's in the tree-top, the wind's in the heather;
The stars are in blossom, the moon is in flower,
And bright are the windows of Night in her tower.

Dance all ye joyful, now dance all together!
Soft is the grass, and let foot be like feather!
The river is silver, the shadows are fleeting;
Merry is May-time, and merry our meeting.

Sing we now softly, and dreams let us weave him!
Wind him in slumber and there let us leave him!
The wanderer sleepeth. Now soft be his pillow!
Lullaby! Lullaby! Alder and Willow!

Sigh no more Pine, till the wind of the morn!
Fall Moon! Dark be the land!
Hush! Hush! Oak, Ash and Thorn!
Hushed be all water, till dawn is at hand!

From J.R.R. Tolkien's The Hobbit

I picked up The Hobbit for J7 on Monday. He finished it by bedtime on Tuesday night. It's getting harder to keep him in books.

I reread The Hobbit this week, too. I read it and the Lord of the Rings Trilogy, oh. . . 14 years ago? I enjoyed it, but forgot so much of it. We've enjoyed the movies immensely, though, and I think I'll be rereading the trilogy soon.


February 12, 2004  |  Comments (5)  |  TrackBack (1)  |  Permalink



Books and Computers

We're still computerless, and visiting the computer club down the street from time to time. Hubby says I wouldn't like coming here if I could understand all the slang and profanity in Russian. Fortunately, my vocabulary is pretty clean and so it doesn't bother me.

After having our computer for nearly a week, the neighborhood remont shop told us they couldn't find a power pack for the computer in the country. Hubby brought the computer in to the shop we should have gone to initially--it's just on the other side of town, and we were trying to save time. (!)

Perhaps tonight, perhaps tomorrow it will be available.

Yesterday I went to the centre to meet some friends for coffee. They are teaching a young women's Bible study. Right now they are doing a unit on building godly relationships, including having a Biblical view of marriage and ideas on dating and purity. It was interesting to discuss how to communicate what the Bible says in a way that is understood in this culture. Definitely a paradigm shift for many of these young women who come from broken homes and have skewed views of boy/girl relationships.

Then we went to The Globe bookstore--one of the few places in town that sell English language books. When we first moved to Kyiv, we could only find Penguin Classics and Harry Potter in English. While The Globe is quite small, it has a great selection. They've been having a fabulous sale since early December, rotating their stock through 30-60% off. Just too tempting for Hubby and I. Almost every week, one of us will stop in there.

Yesterday I bought "The Hobbit" for J7. As I paid for it, Galina told me that our family has a 10% discount now. I think we may be her best customers. Even T6 wanted to spend his birthday money there!

Not having the computer has led to me spending more time reading to the boys. We finished "The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe" a few days ago, and are in the midst of "The Horse and His Boy." I love listening to the boys' imaginative play reflecting what we read.

Update: Carol and Kelly are also in the midst of reading the Chronicles of Narnia to their kids. It's interesting to me, to read of friends on the other side of the world doing some of the same things we are. *grin*


February 11, 2004  |  Comments (1)  |  TrackBack (0)  |  Permalink




I'm just so happy to hear the good news that my friend Carol and her family have been blessed with another baby! This little one is due September 2004. Carol has a pregnancy journal she is sharing online, that chronicles this special time both from her viewpoint and that of her growing baby.

And I have to recommend the wealth of information that Carol has compiled in her website for parents, ParentingDecisions.Com.


February 09, 2004  |  Comments (1)  |  TrackBack (0)  |  Permalink



The Heart of Obedience

"Biblical virtues cannot be learned from a how-to book. These character qualities are evidences of grace. They are responses of obedience that flow from a new heart. And a new heart is a gift from God to His covenant children."

from Susan Hunt, The True Woman


February 06, 2004  |  Comments (3)  |  TrackBack (0)  |  Permalink



Computer woes

I'm not sure what happened, but it ended up with our computer in the shop. The shop proceeded to blow out the power pack (we use a transformer and US power current.) So, who knows when our computer will be home safe and sound. I have reassurances that my digital pictures and address book will be safe, and I'm really praying that's true. . .

This is the first time I've been to a computer club here. The keyboard feels funny, and the mouse doesn't have the scroll button I've grown accustomed to. But at least I have the opportunity to check my e-mail and such.


February 06, 2004  |  Comments (1)  |  TrackBack (0)  |  Permalink



Imperfect Faith

True Christian righteousness is faith and confidence in the Son of God, or rather, the heart's confidence in God through Jesus Christ. We should qualify this by saying that this faith and confidence is credited to us as righteousness for Christ's sake. God accepts my imperfect faith as perfect righteousness for Christ's sake, in whom I have begun to believe.

from Martin Luther, Commentary on Galatians


February 04, 2004  |  Comments (0)  |  TrackBack (0)  |  Permalink



Another Mom Speaks Out

Ezzo.Info's collection of stories at Voices of Experience continues to grow.

When I decided to stop using Babywise, it was not a sudden decision but rather a gradual process. . . .After I left Babywise principles behind, my eyes were further opened. For the first time, I could rock my daughter to sleep and not feel guilty. I found myself truly enjoying motherhood and breastfeeding in a new way. My milk supply returned as I nursed before and after her naps. I truly felt freed; because I was unshackled from a set of ideals and could love my daughter and do what I felt was best for her.

Read the rest of A.O.'s story, Mothering With Babywise: My Secret Pain.


February 04, 2004  |  Comments (4)  |  TrackBack (0)  |  Permalink



I bought tulips today

I saw Andrea's tulip yesterday, and have been thinking about how long winter seems and how much I miss flowers.

On the way home today, I saw a lady selling flowers at the metro station. I was going to be frugal, one stem is 5 griven and a bit of an indulgence. But as she reached to give me change, I impulsively asked for three tulips. (In Ukraine, you can only buy an odd number of flowers--even numbers are for funerals and the flower ladies will not sell an even number unless they are sure someone is dead.)

I was feeling a bit sheepish for splurging, but as I rode the escalator to the metro platform, I realized that my little bouquet was less than three dollars.

Totally worth it for the splash of color, the bit of joy added in the midst of winter.


February 04, 2004  |  Comments (2)  |  TrackBack (0)  |  Permalink



Under the Radar

Evangelical Outpost has made it his personal mission to make sure everyone knows about South Dakota legislators' attempt at outlawing abortion:

This issue is too important to let it slip under the radar. So I'm going to mention it again today and I'll do it again tomorrow and I'll keep posting about it until it gets the attention it deserves.

To be honest, I'm completely surprised by this. Kudos to South Dakota!

Setting aside the morality of abortion, Roe v. Wade was simply bad jurisprudence. While a long shot, perhaps this is the first step towards Roe being overturned and the legislation of abortion be returned to the individual states, where it belongs.


February 03, 2004  |  Comments (3)  |  TrackBack (0)  |  Permalink



States I've Visited

Thanks to my nomadic family and hubby. . .

create your own visited states map

(Via Teri)

Updated 3/1/2005.


February 02, 2004  |  Comments (6)  |  TrackBack (0)  |  Permalink



January Books

Finished Reading

"In the Pond: A Novel" Ha Jin
"Ronia, The Robber's Daughter" Astrid Lindgren
"The Phantom Tollbooth" Norton Juster
"The Last Samurai" Helen Dewitt
"Winter's Heart" Robert Jordan
"Crossroads of Twilight" Robert Jordan
"Where the Heart Is" Billie Letts

Still Reading

"Families Where Grace is in Place" Jeff VanVonderen
"Relational Parenting" Ross Campbell
"Lizard" Banana Yoshimoto


RealSimple back issues
"Commentary on John" John Calvin
"Heartfelt Discipline" Clay Clarkson
"Selected Poems" William Blake

Read With the Boys

"The Magician's Nephew" C.S. Lewis
"The Velveteen Rabbit" Margery Williams
"Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban" J. K. Rowling (Hubby read)

J7 Finished Reading

"Ronia, The Robber's Daughter" Astrid Lindgren
"The Phantom Tollbooth" Norton Juster
"The Book of Three" Lloyd Alexander
The Black Cauldron" Lloyd Alexander
"Johnny Appleseed" Eva Moore
"The Bible ABC Book"
"The Trojan Horse" Emily Little
"Curious George Goes Hiking"
"The Mitten: A Ukranian Folktale" Adapted by Jan Brett
J7 has read other books--I'll have to get his list from him and update this later.

T6 Finished Reading

"Pan and the Mad Man"
"The Fat Cat"


February 02, 2004  |  Comments (5)  |  TrackBack (0)  |  Permalink



Oh Lord, You're Beautiful

Oh Lord, You're beautiful
Your face is all I seek
And when your eyes are on this child
Your grace abounds to me

Oh Lord, please light the fire
That once burned bright and free
Replace the lamp of my first love
That burns with holy fear!

I want to take your Word
And shine it all around
But help first to live it, Lord
And when I'm doing well
Help me to never seek a crown
For my reward is giving glory to you

Listen online.


February 01, 2004  |  Comments (3)  |  TrackBack (0)  |  Permalink



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