Monday, November 28, 2005
Brokenness - book
Psalm 51:17 “The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit; a broken and contrite heart.”
Every day at twilight, a good shepherd will count his sheep. If one is missing, he will go out to find it before night falls. The shepherd will notice if the same sheep is gone night after night, for that little lamb is developing a very bad habit. After this happens several times, the shepherd will go looking for the sheep as usual, but this time he does something unusual.
He will pick up the tiny wandering sheep, firmly holding it with one arm while at the same time positioning his solid staff against one of the sheep’s legs. Then with a swift and strong motion, he will snap the little lamb’s leg with the staff.
Why would a caring shepherd break the leg of a harmless sheep? How could a committed shepherd do such a cruel thing? Author and speaker Haddon Robinson provides the answer: “Back in the fold the shepherd makes a splint for the shattered leg and, during the days that follow, he carries that crippled sheep close to his heart. As the leg begins to mend, the shepherd sets the sheep down by his side. To the crippled animal, the smallest stream looms like a giant river, the tiniest knoll rises like a mountain. The sheep depends completely on the shepherd to carry it across the terrain. After the leg has healed, the sheep has learned a lesson: It must stay close to the shepherd’s side.
"To break the leg of a poor, defenseless sheep seems almost vicious—unless you understand the shepherd’s heart. Then you realize that what seems to be cruelty is really kindness. The shepherd knows that the sheep must remain close to him if it is to be protected from danger. So he breaks the leg—not to hurt it—but to restore it.”
Sometimes God breaks our hearts. It may be the loss of a child, a business, a marriage, a ministry, or our health. Through our losses, he can use us for greater purposes and bring himself greater glory. —Steve Farrar stevefarrar.com
following: God knows that brokenness can be the best thing for us.
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Tuesday, November 22, 2005
Preston's Arrival? - destination, 5 stars
Go ahead, take a guess. When will Preston make his appearance?
Monday, November 14th
Tuesday, November 15th
Wednesday, November 16th
Thursday, November 17th
Friday, November 18th
Saturday, November 19th - Nikki
Sunday, November 20th
Monday, November 21st - Cassie, KarlaJean
Tuesday, November 22nd - Haley
Wednesday, November 23rd -
Thursday, November 24th - (Thanksgiving) Kenzi
Friday, November 25th - Jaemi
Saturday, November 26th - Brandon, Regina
Sunday, November 27th - Jane, Mungle
Monday, November 28th - Esther
Tuesday, November 29th - Nadia, Alisia
Wednesday, November 30th - Preston M., Aunt Leah, Vasha, Angela
Thursday, December 1st - Dannell, Mel, Andi
Friday, December 2nd - Vanessa, Mary
Saturday, December 3rd – (Official Due Date) surpreyez, Rachel, Payge, Dianna E.
Sunday, December 4th - JamesLogan, Carly, Michelle, Beccas
Monday, December 5th - (Original Due Date) Jared, David, GML
Tuesday, December 6th - Brandi, Grace, Levi
Wednesday, December 7th - Abbie, Kristal 'with a K'
Thursday, December 8th - Anna, Kat
Friday, December 9th - Michael
Saturday, December 10th – (My birthday) Jade, Mom, Candi
Sunday, December 11th - Carron
Monday, December 12th - Kevin
Tuesday, December 13th - Stephen, Melissa
Wednesday, December 14th -
Thursday, December 15th - Jill
Friday, December 16th -
Saturday, December 17th - Savanna
Sunday, December 18th -
Give me the date (one, please) you think he'll arrive.
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Monday, November 14, 2005
Tuesday, November 16, 2004
It's All Downhill From Here: On the Road with Project86 - book, 5 stars
by lead singer Andrew Schwab
I could hardly put this book down. Sure, that sounds cliche enough, but seriously. I had to force myself to stop at the end of each chapter and put the book down, so as not to read straight through in one sitting. It was that interesting, exciting, enlightening, entertaining, etc. Andrew Schwab has a wild imagination...mix that with things that REALLY happen on the road with a rock band like Project 86 and you've got a thrilling read. Schwab is open and honest (that's a relative term, I suppose) about his on the road experiences, good and bad. He hates his bandmates, they hate him back, the cops are trying to kill them, fans hate them, fans love them and everything in between. This is seriously one of the GREATEST books I have ever read. I highly recommend it to anyone who has an interest in 'the scene' and wants a look at the inside, or anyone who merely wants to be entertained and laugh out loud while reading a book. This is the one.
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The Good Earth by Pearl S. Buck - book, 3 stars
An Oprah Book Club Selection (#6).
I read this book because it's classic literature that I had not previously read...and well, Oprah told me to. I like to think, hey...if Oprah can read it I sure as heck can. So...I read it. I found it intriguing. I don't know much about China and escpecially China at the point in history that this book takes place. The people in the novel have to depend solely on the good earth for their livelihood, for their mere survival. When the lead character, Wang Lung, is hard at work on the land he is the most happiest. When the land (the gods, if you will) fails, he fails...and goes hungry. When the land prospers, one would image that he would prosper. Monitarily he is prosperous and becomes quite rich. However, once he is rich, he loses touch with the land and never full regains his joy of life. The characters in this book were difficult to relate to, in my opinion, though I see where they all come from and why they are the way they are. The love of money is the root of all evil, and it shows in this book. It was an easy, relaxing read...but beware the entire book is based on farming and land...that could be boring to some people. Heh.
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