Where shall I go from your Spirit? Or where shall I flee from your presence? If I ascend to heaven, you are there! If I make my bed in Sheol, you are there! If I take the wings of the morning and dwell in the uttermost parts of the sea, even there your hand shall lead me, and your right hand shall hold me.
- Psalm 139:7-10
Every time your name comes up in my prayers, I say, “Oh, thank you, God!” I keep hearing of the love and faith you have for the Master Jesus, which brims over to other believers. And I keep praying that this faith we hold in common keeps showing up in the good things we do, and that people recognize Christ in all of it. Friend, you have no idea how good your love makes me feel, doubly so when I see your hospitality to fellow believers.
- Philemon 1:4 (The Message)
God is manifest in the ordinary, in the actual, in the daily, in the now, in the concrete incarnations of life. That is why I say it is our experiences that transform us if we are willing to experience our experiences all the way through.
- Richard Rohr in Beyond Duct Tape
The really wonderful moments of joy in this world are not the moments of self-satisfaction, but self-forgetfulness. - John Piper, Don't Waste Your Life I am utterly humbled that one of the most certain signs of sanctification in my life is desire for worship and that He gives really wonderful moments of joy when I least expect them.
The greatest danger for most of us lies not in setting our aim to high and falling short; but in setting our aim to low and hitting our mark. - Michelangelo (taken at the Brownsville Museum of Fine Art sculpture garden)
My high school junior is reading The Road from Home as part of her 20th Century World History studies this week. The following are the teacher's introductory comments on the book-
"...why spend two weeks reading about the Armenian extermination? I think the answer comes before the Author's Note, in the front pages. Read the quote by Talaat Pasha, that orders the Armenians all be killed, "however criminal the measures taken may be." And then, the chilling statement by Hitler, ordering all Poles killed: "After all, who remembers today the extermination of the Armenians?" Hitler uses as his justification for genocide the lack of memory of history! May this quote spur you on to pray for events in our world today, whether the genocide in Sudan, the horrific conditions in North Korea, or whatever other mind-numbing horrors are taking place."
Once again, I'm so thankful for the rock solid curriculum Sonlight provides and how it continues to bless our family, even as we begin our 14th year of using it.
And, I'm praying for Syria (click on the link to read an in-the-streets view of the situation in Aleppo, Syria).