20 December 2013

This 'n' That

photo: Chiot's Run via photopin cc
I am no fan of yard work. This includes raking leaves. Especially raking leaves. I'm convinced it is one of the most futile tasks a man (or woman) may undertake. But, *somehow* my neighbor's yard ended up leaf-free and my yard ended up, well, leaf-full, so I decided to see what I could accomplish in a couple of hours yesterday afternoon.

After what seemed like about five hours (but really only was 90 minutes or so), I found myself getting fed up. Here I was hunched over like Quasimoto trying, seemingly in vain, to rid my backyard of these leaves. It felt like the more I raked, the more they multiplied. The occasional gusts of wind weren't helping either. All I could think about was finishing what I started so that I could go inside and enjoy a hot cup of tea.

photo: HerpShots via photopin cc 
Then suddenly, I heard unusual rustling behind me and I turned to see a doe and two fawns strolling through the yard. They paused and looked at me. 'Mommy' took a good, long look to ensure that I'd bring no harm to her babies. After a minute or so, she and one of the fawns took off across the yards, but the other remained. It looked at me and began walking right toward me, hesitatingly of course, but as though it knew that I wasn't holding anything more dangerous than a cheap rake from Big Lots. Eventually it scampered off to find its mother, but all I could do was stand and smile and whisper a thanks to God. His gracious glimpse into His magnificent creation on a uniquely warm December afternoon gave me just the boost I needed to finish my tedious task.

I wish I'd had my phone handy so that I could have snapped a photo to share with you. At the same time, it was one of those moments that would have been ruined had I been fiddling with a smart phone, and so I am thankful for the simplicity of it. My brief encounter with God's gentle creatures not only brought praise to my lips for the mere occasion, but also for bringing to remembrance the promises of His provision. If God cares for these simple animals, will He not care for His own children? Indeed He will and He does. We serve such a marvelous God! I love Him, don't you?

So, if I've inspired you to engage in some kind of yard work, please do (weather permitting), but not before you first enjoy your week in review (kind of):
  • Driscoll speaks. Well, kind of.
  • Jared Wilson weighs in on the Driscoll debacle over at The Gospel Coalition.
  • And in spite of Driscoll, you have to love Seattle.
  • Okay, enough about Driscoll. I'd rather think upon Christ, wouldn't you? Reformation 21 gives us some thoughts on the mystery of the incarnation.
  • The Housewife Theologian also reflects on the concept that God came down.
  • The recipes I've been posting lately seem to be quite popular, so I'll try to keep them coming. Keep in mind, though, that I'm usually only sharing recipes that look delicious, but that I've not actually made or tasted myself. This one, however, I have tasted and it produces marvelously yummy treats!
  • Ted Haggard gives us an example of how not to repent.
  • Wow, I had no idea that Hollywood was intended by its founder to be "a utopian-like community for devout Christians."
  • Here's your weekly dose of adorable.
  • How should the church respond to the truth?
  • This one is for my other nephew.
  • I am unsurprised by the A&E/Duck Dynasty/Phil Robertson debacle. I also am mildly bored with the reaction and outcry we are hearing from Christians. We really shouldn't be shocked that a godless society is outraged by those who call homosexuality a sin. 
  • Kevin DeYoung talks about the 'semi-churched,' or those 'church members who attend their home church with great irregularity.'
  • A federal judge has declared that Utah's polygamy laws are unconstitutional. Of course, we all knew this was coming, didn't we? First homosexuality, then polygamy. What's next to be normalized and accepted? Probably pedophilia and bestiality. It sounds extreme, I know, but you best be prepared, Christian, so that you are not surprised when it happens. Al Mohler weighs in on this latest ruling.
  • I Love Lucy in color? It's happening tonight.
  • It's the movie of the moment. Okay, not really. But if you're bored and you have $9.99 to waste, you can check out 'Deadraiser'.
  • How Christmas solved the prophetic puzzle:


  1. I'm interested in your take on Deadraiser. A brief review maybe?

    1. Nevermind, I watched it. Totally different than I thought. BTW, you owe me 10 bucks.

  2. I feel your pain, both mentally and physically when it comes to leaves, and since my yard is a total of .75 acres I find a leaf blower a much better weapon in combating this chore. Also, Your encounter with the family of deer is nice, but I have to admit it's another chore here at my house. There are at least a dozen deer in my yard every single day. So, needless to say the droppings are as plentiful as the leaves! This is my first time commenting on your blog but I have been reading for a couple of years now.....keep up the good work. May you be richly blessed in Christ for your steadfast proclamation of His gospel.
    He is risen!

  3. Erin I watched the movie and I will give you my thoughts.

    Peter tells us they did not follow cleverly devised myths when making God's power known

    2 Peter 1:16 For we did not follow cleverly devised myths when we made known to you the power and coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, but we were eyewitnesses of his majesty.

    The Deadraising Team did not follow cleverly designed myths either. They follow myths but theirs aren't very clever. We see no one raised from the dead. We so no healings but they tell us all about them Their stories are myths and they are liars and you have to be off your rocker to believe them over the Scriptures. Other then that the picture and sound quality was fine


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