Thursday, January 29, 2009
laconic- (of a person, speech, or style of writing) using very few words
parochial- of or relating to a perish
or - having a limited or narrow outlook or scope
audacious- showing a willingness to take surprisingly bold risks
or - showing an impudent lack of respect
"Medieval aesthetic produced the single most prodigious outpouring of architectural energy then at any other time in all human history until the modern era; unmatched in beauty, enduring in character, stunning in engineering innovation, and breathtaking in spiritual aspiration." Umberto Eco
1 Timothy 2:1-3
"As God lives, who has taken away my justice, and the Almighty, who has made my soul bitter, as long as my breath is in me, and the breath of God in my nostrils, my lips will not speak wickedness, nor my tongue utter deceit...Till I die I will not put away my integrity from me. My righteousness I hold fast, and will not let it go; my heart shall not reproach me as long as I live."
effeminate- (of a man) having or showing characteristics regarded as typical of a woman; unmanly
monomania- exaggerated or obsessive enthusiasm for or preoccupation with one thing
flagrant- conspicuously or obviously offensive
"Meekness before God is not weakness before men. In fact, such meekness and humility before God is essential if any man is to be truly used by God." For Kirk and Covenant; The Stalwart Courage of John Knox by Douglas Wilson
Wednesday, January 28, 2009
As iron sharpens iron, so a man sharpens the countenance of his friend.
(speaking of a Christian's adoption into God's family) "God impels us to act up to our position as royal children by manifesting the family likeness (conforming to Christ), furthering the family welfare (loving the brethren), and maintaining the family honor (seeking God's glory). This is His work of sanctification. Through this progressive deepening of filial consciousness and character, with its outworking in the persuit of what God loves and the avoidance of what He hates, 'we are transformed by the Spirit of the Lord in ever-increasing splendour into his own image.' " Knowing God by J.I. Packer
Tuesday, January 27, 2009
Oil and perfume make the heart glad, so a man's council is sweet to his friend.
nabob- a person of conspicuous wealth or high status
larceny- theft of personal property
peplos- a rich outer robe or shawl worn by women in ancient Greece, hanging in loose folds and sometimes drawn over the head
obstreperous- noisy and difficult to control
Wednesday, January 21, 2009
Daddy: faithfully "counting beans," spending family time and one-on-one time with each of us, discussing A Thomas Jefferson Education with Mom and I, and planning spring and summer vacations.
Mark, Scott, and Russell: they are all boy, what else needs to be said? They are constantly comming up with new ways to make things crazy (including our lives =p). As a friend said said "the 'boy code' is: anything you can do, I can do dumber." They were very excited to be back "in school" this week. The alluring books, normalized routine, and constant supervised time has them back on track and well on their way to becoming delightful young men. All of them are willing to help whenever with whatever, a great help to all of us.
Rissie: semester tests are finally over; YAY!!!!! It's amazing how much time it takes to be throughly studing, reviewing, and going over material for four online subjects. Though she had to miss several days of swim practice, she was uber-diligent in her studies and determined to do her very best in the multidue of tests that she took. Right now she is in the kitchen baking something scrumptious for breakfast. =)
Mother Dear: school for the boys started back this week, so she has again started to balance a million things at once (errands, reading to the boys, cooking yummy meals, cleaning, grading work, disciplining, reading deep and thought-provoking books, talking with Marissa and I, and I'm sure more that I'm just not thinking about right now). Alongside all that she still enjoys making tinctures, supposedly to improve our health, but I think the looks on our faces when we taste the concoctions is quite a relaxing diversion for her. ;)
Me: swimming is still going and I still absolutely love it!!! Practices have just about reached their peak. Today we swam 4100 meters, which is a little more than 2.5 miles. My three online classes are great. I love the Anatomy and Physiology class, though the memorization level is a bit astounding. I am about 1/2 through with the Old and New Testaments. I have test for both of thoes classes coming up this week that I am studing for. I am also in the midst of so many projects, it's a bit mind-boggling; crochetting, planning a tea and a graduation party, quilting, sewing, drawing, reading "free reads," creating and baking. What happed to not having so much on my plate this year? =)
Friday, January 16, 2009
Tuesday, January 13, 2009
Ignorance: Bliss or Danger?
Pulled out of context or completely ignored in favor of passing new laws, such things as “separation of church and state,” gun control laws, and “free choice” suffer misuse. Amendment One of the Constitution “guarantees” that congress cannot make a law regarding the forming of a new religion or exercise of a religion; however, sadly children suffer punishment of one form or another if they dare to pray in school. As stated in amendment two of the Constitution, American citizens possess the right to “keep and bear arms,” yet people in some states may not so much as own a gun let alone carry one with them for protection. Many people willingly kill thousands of babies and even disabled adults, often for the sake of convenience; despite the right to “life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness,” laid out in the preamble to the Declaration of Independence. These examples only give a glimpse of some of the ways in which government has taken away rights or allowed people to throw away rights without a second thought.
Though the amendment on free religion stands first in the Bill of Rights, very few people know much about it and fewer people care what it says. Despite our freedom to practice any religion, teachers may not teach about God, Creation, or any other part of Christian religion but they may freely teach evolution, cults, socialism, and other false things as right and true. As a result we have to deal with youths who have incorrect thinking as well as a nation that has turned its back on God. Bringing the Christian faith that founded our nation, back into school and teaching godly morals, would soon bring a tremendous change to our nation.
Despite the second amendment, gun banning laws have skyrocketed robbing people of their rights and sometimes even their lives. Many tragic stories have crossed news headlines regarding innocent citizens who lost their lives because, due to laws, they did not have guns to protect themselves. People think that if they ban weapons, crime rates will decrease but in reality, the people who commit crimes find ways to get guns and then go to places that have banned firearms to do their dirty work; thus states that have banned weapons have higher crime rates. If we return to abiding by the amendment, people could protect themselves and decrease crime.
Every adult, every child, every embryo possesses life and thus qualifies for the “right to life” mentioned in the Declaration of Independence. People used to see life as a blessing but in January of 1973 abortion became legal in the United States and since then millions upon millions have lost their lives often because of selfishness. Even adults, such as mentally disabled Terri Schiavo, have suffered death because the very few people truly value life. God has given each of us a life for a specific reason and we must value His gift to us and to other people.
Our Founding Fathers lived during a time in which people valued high morals much more than we do now and thus the Constitution, Declaration, and other key documents have a strong moral background. Returning to the principles laid down to us in these documents would bring great changes in our nation cutting back on crime, rebellious adolescents, and abortion. We cannot, however, possibly know all our rights unless we read them. We put our selves in danger of ignorance when we fail to take responsibility for our freedoms. People can take a step in the right direction and familiarize themselves with our founding documents to preserve their rights.