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Why I Study Psychology and Theology

Nearly all the wisdom we possess -- almost everything we know -- can be summed up under the knowledge of God and the knowledge of ourselves.

--John Calvin


January 31, 2008  |  Comments (3)  |  TrackBack (0)  |  Permalink



Shepherd of My Heart

The LORD is my shepherd; I shall not want.
He makes me lie down in green pastures.
He leads me beside still waters.
He restores my soul.
He leads me in paths of righteousness
for his nameís sake.

Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death,
I will fear no evil,
for you are with me;
your rod and your staff,
they comfort me.

You prepare a table before me
in the presence of my enemies;
you anoint my head with oil;
my cup overflows.
Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me
all the days of my life,
and I shall dwell in the house of the LORD


January 30, 2008  |  Comments (0)  |  TrackBack (0)  |  Permalink



Tender Shepherd

Saviour, like a Shepherd lead us,
Much we need thy tend'rest care;
In thy pleasant pastures feed us,
For our use thy folds prepare:
Blessed Jesus, blessed Jesus,
Thou hast bought us, thine we are.

We are thine; do thou befriend us,
Be the Guardian of our way;
Keep thy flock, from sin defend us,
Seek us when we go astray:
Blessed Jesus, blessed Jesus,
Hear the children when they pray.

Thou hast promised to receive us,
Poor and sinful though we be;
Thou hast mercy to relieve us,
Grace to cleanse, and pow'r to free:
Blessed Jesus, blessed Jesus,
Let us early turn to thee.

Early let us seek thy favor;
Early let us do thy will;
Blessed Lord and only Saviour,
With thy love our bosoms fill
Blessed Jesus, blessed Jesus,
Thou hast loved us, love us still.


January 27, 2008  |  Comments (1)  |  TrackBack (0)  |  Permalink



First, They Came For Piglet

Like A. A. Milne, Mark Steyn has a wonderful way with words.


January 26, 2008  |  Comments (0)  |  TrackBack (0)  |  Permalink



Young Conservatives Meet Mitt

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(AP Photo/LM Otero)

Looking just past Romney's outstretched arm, you'll see four members of the "Young Conservatives of Our Neighborhood" club who attended the Romney rally today. Now that Fred Thompson is no longer in the race, the YC's are trying to persuade me that Romney is the one candidate who can unite fiscal, social and foreign policy conservatives. That's yet to be seen, but my boys and their cohorts are quite persuasive.


January 23, 2008  |  Comments (7)  |  TrackBack (0)  |  Permalink




Peace I leave with you,
my peace I give unto you:
not as the world giveth,
give I unto you.

Let not your heart be troubled,
neither let it be afraid.


January 22, 2008  |  Comments (1)  |  TrackBack (0)  |  Permalink




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Matt Miller

World championship ultra-marathon runner and president of the M&M Company of the South, Mathias (Matt) Peter Miller, 88, passed away Sunday, January 20, 2008, of pneumonia following knee surgery.

Born in Uehling, Nebraska on September 11, 1919, Miller came to New Orleans during World War II. He met and was married to Helen Alexander Miller, of New Orleans, for 63 years. Known for his strong faith and political views, Miller was a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints of Metairie and the John Birch Society.

He began his running career at age 66 and captured national attention setting and breaking world records. In 1997 he ran 90 miles in 24 hours breaking his own record of 83 miles set the previous year. He liked to train by running barefoot on the levees of Lake Pontchartrain.

Miller is survived by his wife Helen Alexander Miller; sons Michael M. and Mitchell A. Miller; daughters Maureen M. Kuehne and Barbara M. Wilburn; in-laws John Kuehne, Doug Wilburn, and Beverly Blackburn; nephews Jeffrey, Dale, Whitney, and Scott Alexander; niece Judith A. Jackson; brother Robert Miller; 9 grandchildren; 6 great-grandsons; 3 great-granddaughters; and wonderful friends who are just like family. Son of the late Walter Miller and Mary Helen Heitzhusen. Relatives and friends of the family are invited to attend the funeral service on Thursday, January 24, 2008, at 3:00 p.m. at Tharp-Sontheimer-Tharp, 1600 N. Causeway Blvd., Metairie. Visitation will precede the service beginning at 1:00 p.m.


January 21, 2008  |  Comments (11)  |  TrackBack (0)  |  Permalink



Beautiful Baby Wearing

photographer: xthylcaine


January 19, 2008  |  Comments (4)  |  TrackBack (0)  |  Permalink




I know that my Redeemer lives;
What comfort this sweet sentence gives!
He lives, He lives, who once was dead;
He lives, my ever living Head.

He lives to bless me with His love,
He lives to plead for me above.
He lives my hungry soul to feed,
He lives to help in time of need.

He lives triumphant from the grave,
He lives eternally to save,
He lives all glorious in the sky,
He lives exalted there on high.

He lives to grant me rich supply,
He lives to guide me with His eye,
He lives to comfort me when faint,
He lives to hear my soulís complaint.

He lives to silence all my fears,
He lives to wipe away my tears
He lives to calm my troubled heart,
He lives all blessings to impart

He lives, my kind, wise, heavenly Friend,
He lives and loves me to the end;
He lives, and while He lives, Iíll sing;
He lives, my Prophet, Priest, and King.

He lives and grants me daily breath;
He lives, and I shall conquer death:
He lives my mansion to prepare;
He lives to bring me safely there.

He lives, all glory to His Name!
He lives, my Jesus, still the same.
Oh, the sweet joy this sentence gives,
I know that my Redeemer lives!


January 19, 2008  |  Comments (1)  |  TrackBack (0)  |  Permalink



Chew on This

ChewyMom on Instant-Gratification Parenting.


January 16, 2008  |  Comments (4)  |  TrackBack (0)  |  Permalink



World Breastfeeding Week 2008 Photo Contest

I know a lot of y'all are both avid photographers and avid breastfeeding supporters. Combine those passions and participate in the WBW 2008 photo contest! Deadline February 29, 2008. Details here.

What are we looking for?

We need stories that illustrate support for breastfeeding. We are looking for any photo that TELLS A STORY of support. It may be a who, a what or a where! You may be the person who provided the support or the person who received the support.

Illustrate the kind of support you provided or that you received in a photo. When taking photos, think globally and locally! We encourage you to submit photos that reflect different ethnicity and that include breastfeeding children, from a newborn to a child of 2 years or more. Support takes place in different environments, so the support you illustrate may be in a home, in a museum, in a marketplace or in a field.

(Note: I don't know the photographer of the above picture, neither do I know where I found it to give proper credit. If you do see it elsewhere online with credit to the photographer, please let me know so proper attribution can be given. Thanks!)


January 12, 2008  |  Comments (6)  |  TrackBack (0)  |  Permalink



Once Again. . .

Once again, I'm provoked to thought and challenged to reassess my assumptions in light of the Gospel and the Word by a lecture series from Covenant Seminary Worldwide.

This time I'm listening through the Dr. Nelson Jennings lectures on God's World Mission. (In the back of my mind, I'm trying to remember when I met Dr. Jennings and under what circumstances. I have a vague feeling it may have been during our initial MTW interview. Ack.)

This series is not just about "missions." Instead it is focused on the intersection of anthropology, missiology and theology--with a bit of history thrown in for good measure. And through it all, we are pointed back to God's mission in redeeming His people.

Perhaps I'll write more later about what I've been examining, reflecting upon, reconsidering. (Oh, the drawbacks of listening via podcast instead of being in a classroom.) Regardless, I highly recommend these lectures to all believers.


January 10, 2008  |  Comments (4)  |  TrackBack (0)  |  Permalink



An Election Lesson from My Boys

I woke up this morning to C7 pointing both thumbs at his chest and proclaiming in a radio voice, "I'm Duncan Hunter, man of the people."

Half-asleep, I asked "Duncan Hunter?"
"Yeah, he's running for president."
T10 chimed in, "Some people run for president just to promote their issue."
"What's Duncan Hunter's issue?"
"Immigration. And China."

When Hubby got home I told him of our conversation, and he explained that yesterday they learned about democratization. ETA: His lesson wasn't about Duncan Hunter, but about Andrew Jackson. . . C7 just combined the two.

Gotta love a dad that homeschools in an election year.


January 09, 2008  |  Comments (5)  |  TrackBack (0)  |  Permalink



Recipes to Try

Just a collection of recipes I want to keep handy so I can try them.

Sun Dried Tomato Hummus

Pierogi Casserole

Shiny, Happy Carrot Hummus

White Bean and Avocado Club

Crispy Falafel

Lemon Spinach Chickpeas

Garlicky Bean Spread

Hummus Hall of Fame

Potato Sourdough Starter and Herman

Herman Pancakes

Grilled Fish Tacos

Spatulatta's Chocolate Almond Biscotti

Easy Granola Bars

Chickpea and Escarole Soup in a Breadbowl

Sweet Squash Flan

Winter Sage Pesto

Coconut Curry Rice

Indian Carrot Salad

Lavender Lemonade

Chicken Mole

Artichoke Soup

A Good French Bread Recipe


January 05, 2008  |  Comments (5)  |  TrackBack (0)  |  Permalink



Blogging Year in Review - 2007

As an overview of the past year, here are the titles of the first post of each month.

January 2007: Another Year Bloggin' and A-Deeper in Debt

February 2007: To Console, To Understand, To Love

March 2007: Drugs and the Brain

April 2007: Westminster Shorter Catechism, Question 10

May 2007: One Anothering

June 2007: Hurricane Season, Florida

July 2007: For Demographic Fiends

August 2007: World Breastfeeding Week, August 1-7th

September 2007: Shepherd of Tender Youth

October 2007: Looking to Christ, Listening to my Mother

November 2007: Bored of Bedtime

December 2007: Taking for Granted

(Via Three Under Three, via A Mindful Life)


January 03, 2008  |  Comments (0)  |  TrackBack (0)  |  Permalink



2008 Hope-To-Read List

I love to read. But I've found that over the past several years of first small children, then diminished attention span, then being in school. . . I've skimmed tons of books and read very little.

Last year I posted a book list, inspired by Kristen's encouragement to PLAN our reading and SHARE the good and not-so-good books. I really like reading book summaries from others, and Kristen's and Meagan's are among my favorites. True confession: I didn't read a SINGLE one of these books cover to cover (though I skimmed most--and did read and skim others not listed there.)

Then, there is always my Amazon list--which is more of a "books and stuff that caught my eye" than it is an actual WISH list. Still, it keeps track of the books I'd like to check out from the library or read or skim. Many of the ones I've recently added are from my friends sharing what they are planning on reading this year.

Most of all, this year I'd like to spend more time reading from paper pages and less time reading from screens, as diber says.

2008 Hope-To-Read List

1. Care for the Soul: Exploring the Intersection of Psychology & Theology

2. Hold On to Your Kids: Why Parents Need to Matter More Than Peers
by Gordon Neufeld

3. Rediscovering Catechism: The Art of Equipping Covenant Children
by Donald Van Dyken

4. When Sinners Say "I Do": Discovering the Power of the Gospel for Marriage
by Dave Harvey

5. Nurturing children in the Lord: A study guide for teachers on developing a Biblical approach to discipline
by Jack Fennema

6. Blankets
by Craig Thompson

7. Gilead: A Novel
by Marilynne Robinson

8. Foucault's Pendulum
by Umberto Eco

9. The Supper of the Lamb: A Culinary Reflection (Modern Library Paperbacks)
by Robert Farrar Capon

10. The Omnivore's Dilemma: A Natural History of Four Meals
by Michael Pollan

11. The Child in Christian Thought (Religion, Marriage, and Family)

12. Dealing With Disappointment: Helping Kids Cope When Things Don't Go Their Way
by Elizabeth Crary

13. Romancing the Difference: Kenneth Burke, Bob Jones University, and the Rhetoric of Religious Fundamentalism (Studies in Rhetoric and Religion)
by Camille Kaminski Lewis

14. Marks of His Wounds: Gender Politics and Bodily Resurrection
by Beth Felker Jones

What are you planning/hoping to read this year?


January 02, 2008  |  Comments (8)  |  TrackBack (0)  |  Permalink



Happy Blogiversary to Me!

Four years ago for Christmas, Hubby bought me my own domain name. *mush, mush* And I started blogging. . . This space I've carved out for myself online has at times been a soapbox, a family journal, a photo album, a dear diary, a tool of political revolution, a way to keep in touch with family far away. . .

Thank you, friends and readers, for coming along for the ride.


January 01, 2008  |  Comments (11)  |  TrackBack (0)  |  Permalink



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