Sunday, May 31, 2009

Sharing An Interview With John MacArthur

I just wanted to share this with you today. Some time ago my dad gifted me with a John MacArthur study Bible. It has become such a treasure to me. I have learned so much from the notes in this Bible, things I never understood my whole life have become clear.

This morning Jack and the kids and I were going to start watching a two part message by John MacArthur entitled The Only Road to Heaven, but I had recently seen the YouTube video I am embedding below, an interview with John MacArthur by Kirk Cameron, and I thought it would be nice for them to see and “meet” John MacArthur first in this interview. We read his notes and mention him frequently, but it is interesting to see him interviewed and listen to his answers. I find them comforting and incredibly convicting. It cuts me deeply to know how cavalierly I live my life most times, and it worries me that the message of the gospel has been prettied up and watered down.  I think people, or I should say we, try to make God into who we need Him to be so that we can be who and what we want to be, so we can be comfortable doing what we want to do.

I hope this interview and the message it contains will be of value to you.

Tuesday, May 26, 2009

American Idol, The Shack, and Jon & Kate

It is a gray, rainy day, and I am full of thoughts. First, I wanted to mention how much I did and do appreciate the comments you left regarding my post about our current president. Of course my intentions are to write each of you and express my thanks to you for taking the time to comment, but very often I fail in those intentions so I wanted to express my deep appreciation for your caring and my apology for not responding individually.

American Idol. So Kris was actually voted as America’s choice. I can’t tell you how much this surprised me. Not because I don’t think he deserved the win. I do. As much as I loved Danny Gokey and love his voice, and my kids are wounded to the quick when I say this because we all loved Danny, I thought that Kris was more artistic throughout the competition. I also can say that I did not want Adam to win. While I prefer not to describe what turned me off, the trademark gesture he injected into nearly every song, it had rather to do with the judges. I feel like they talked him up every week, whether it was warranted or not, in a way that seemed to me they were trying to sway votes, and I felt that his win would somehow be forced on us in the same way the media forced Obama on us. So that was a happy, surprised moment when Kris won.

I do think we/our family probably will not/should not watch American Idol next season. I also think what I am going to say next will not be popular. This recent finale show was very well put together, brimming with talent, but it left me feeling extremely uncomfortable. I was doing other things and only had half an eye on the show because I just did not care, but the things I saw and heard made me realize, not for the first time, how emboldened people are, how they just keep pushing things to the next level to see how much we will take. Do we even notice anymore? What people wear, what little they wear, what they say? I am shocked what is acceptable now to say on television, to imply. We’re coming to a slow boil like that poor frog in a pot. And this is what I will dare to say. Three words came to mind as I watched. Sodom and Gomorrah.

The Shack. I blogged recently that I have been making a real effort to read more. Among the books I mentioned starting was The Shack. In the first couple of chapters I really enjoyed the way the author wrote, just very simple and personable. But for some reason I just never got very far in the book. It was lent to my husband by a friend. Jack has not read it, and doesn’t intend to, and since it has just been sitting by my bedside I thought I just need to read it if I’m going to so we can return it. I took it out to the porch with me yesterday afternoon and quickly made it about halfway through. I need first to say that I had great reservations to begin with about this book. Anything like this that takes the Christian world by storm, sweeping through and impacting a great many people, sends up a red flag to me. So, it came to a point where I felt uncomfortable with what I was reading and I thought, I need to see what other people think of this book, people that I trust. So I Googled. There are quite a few reviews which you can find yourself if it matters to you so I will not link to any, and I will not debate this with anyone. That is not my intent, and I would not reply to anyone who wants to debate it. My only intent in blogging about this is to bring it to attention. I just think it is shocking to find that pastors are actually preaching from this book in church. Does that not seem bizarre?

We do watch Jon & Kate, and I love those little ones. You just want to pick them up and squeeze them, and my heart turns over every time I hear Leah say that "Hannah pooped in Hannah’s unnawears." Still, over the last long while it’s just a crazy, painful thing watching this marriage unravel in front of our eyes. I’m no model wife, but I cringe every time I hear Kate talk to her husband.  Even when she says something nice, it is backhanded somehow. And I don’t even know what to say about Jon. It’s all just sad. Why do we stop to look at accidents? I want to get to the point I don’t look. Don’t want to look. So we watched the new season show last night. If you watch Jon & Kate you probably are aware of the tabloid stuff, but I honestly thought last night they’d sit on the couch together, be united in some fashion, and say pooh, tabloids, we’re fine, we’re fighting to stay together. Wow. How not the way it was.  It was extremely painful, and painful to watch. And way more than anyone outside of that couple needed to see, for their sakes. It was clear that they have given up. And all I can think today is if you want to fight for your marriage, if this show is in anyway killing your marriage, stop doing the show!

Well, aren’t you glad you clicked in here today? wink You just caught me on a rambling, thoughtful kind of day.

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Another Chilly May

It’s May! But it rarely feels like it.  The wind is warm this morning, but it has been so chilly in the last week or more.  So much so that it doesn’t occur to us to go riding in the woods, and sadly, this is the prettiest time out there with the grass beginning to grow and the little wildflowers popping up all over. It’s always so soothing to me to go for a ride along the river, see the water, let my thoughts from all day air out.

Life seems so busy, even kind of complicated now, despite the fact we live a very simple, quiet life.  Just lots in my mind always, I guess.  Unless plans change, my kids are going to take a road trip next week.  Though I’ll miss them a lot and I’ll worry a lot until they get where they’re going, I think I’m going to plan my daytime alone like a little vacation.  Have never done that before so I’m excited about it. 

I have begun writing again, so I would probably concentrate heavily on that next week and hopefully even make strides to finish this story finally.  I think I have maybe four chapters or so left unwritten.  It has been so fun to work with Molly on her books that I just can’t resist getting back into my own.  Very soon here I will begin editing her third one, so I wanted to concentrate on my own writing for a bit, get re-established.

Now that we have actually utilized their services, we are pleased with the CreateSpace printing process so far.  Molly finished and uploaded her manuscript and the cover file and received a proof copy of her book last week.  It is an amazing thing to work so long and hard on a project and then hold that finished product in your hands.  It was a big thing even to me so can only imagine what it felt like to her.  This book, Every Tear, is almost three times the size of her first book, so it was very exciting to see it all printed up and real. I was very impressed with the printing, the paper and the ink, just very nice looking.  There was a mistake on their end with the page margins so it was necessary for them to send her a new proof which is delaying its availability which was disappointing, especially as she ordered her first shipment of books, but they rectified things and are sending her an additional shipment free of charge.  So, as I said, we are pleased.rocker

I hope all of you mothers had a lovely and pleasant Mother's Day.  I did.  Jack and the kids surprised me with a porch rocker which I’ve been wanting for a long time.  It is a nice, big, sturdy rocker, like this one only mine is white. I hope to read a lot this summer so hopefully the mosquitoes won’t keep me away from the porch.

Regarding my recent post and the sleep number bed. LOL It just was not very comfortable to me.  I mean you hear so much about them, well, if you listen to talk radio, and think they would be really great.  And maybe they are.  I was too tired to fiddle much with the settings so I had it on low 30s.  But when Jack got up in the morning and crawled over my end of the bed, you know because the space between the bed and the wall in a hotel is too small to actually get off that side, I felt like I was going to be catapulted off the bed.  So, it just seemed to me I was sleeping on a glorified air mattress bed, and I really hate those to begin with.  But that’s just me. LOL

Well, I’m off to watch Rush for a bit.  I might tuck a small post below this one.  I am always loathe to spoil a post with my political feelings, because they are very strong, so I think I will most likely post them separately when I do.

Just For the Record

You know, I go back and forth with myself over this, whether or not to blog about political things. I wonder if those who read my blog are turned off or even offended. It’s not that it would stop me from writing how I feel, I just wonder. Mostly I think I hesitate because of my sweet foreign friends. Because they do not live here and do not know how INCREDIBLY MANY of us are so opposed to this man who has somehow ended up president of our country, and because video and print media gives the impression that this man is a god and doing great and wonderful things, it might seem that all is well and why ever would I oppose that? Well. That’s the nature of this beast, the media. It is so because they say it is so, not because it is true. Our country, our beloved country, is being destroyed. It will never be the same after this man is done with it, and it pains me that so many seem unaware . . . or worse, on board.

But just for the record because I feel like I want to stand on the top of my house and literally scream out my feelings: I despise what this man is doing to our country. He has contempt for me, and I have contempt for him. Too strong? No. How do I know he has contempt for me? Because he has publicly ridiculed me and people who believe the same things I believe, and because I hear it in his voice, and I see it on his face. No good and honorable leader would do that.