"FAITH and Unfinished Business"

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Sunday, July 11, 2010

Life and Unfinished Business

THIS week in review:

Hello friends. This week I found out how tired I am. Too tired to do any preserving this year, too tired to do any extra housework, too tired to deal with issues, too tired to think. I have learned there is now more care-giving work ahead of me. I guess I need to expect less of myself.

Ok, I’m done complaining. In spite of physical and emotional fatigue, God has allowed me outlets; for teaching, writing and volunteering. The work refreshes me, encourages me, gives me a new perspective on things and allows me to socialize.

I have discovered that I really enjoy teaching the computer basics class, and wonder if there could be a future opportunity for it. See news about the internet and the government below.

I am sure I will enjoy the teen’s bible study workshop coming up later this summer too. I am very pleased that we will have two visiting ministries that will enhance the workshop focus: “ Creative God” . One is the Quiet Love Foundation drama team which presents stories using black light and face paint. The other, a visit by our own guitarist.

Though we have had buckets of rain for most of June, I have enjoyed the thunder storms. (not so much the wind and tornado warnings) I always enjoy seeing God’s powerful hand, and His merciful right hand. Though it is hard to understand why God would allow some to perish in violent storms, it is awesome to believe that he spared so many more. Yes, my God is a God of mercy and of power, and of justice. When His people abandon Him, His hand will judge the land.

I’ve always enjoyed the array of flowers in Ohio’s climate. The temperatures allow for a succession of blooms that keep us smiling. I can count on them to march through spring, into June, and into later summer.

Vegetable gardens and farmer’s crops are not faring so well however. Many have been replanted a second time, but are not likely to be planted a third. God will provide with just enough grace.

Does anyone know how to cut and use rhubarb so that it thickens in pie? Is it too late for it to be any good now?

Our little tiny vacation started and ended in rain. Our most relaxing and stress-free moment? Eating lunch in front of a truck stop, listening to NPR music and reading. Seriously. I am looking for other such moments. What does vacation mean to you?

In the links recently:

http://muffin.wow-womenonwriting.com/2010/06/reading-writer.html Readin’ and Writin’ and why one is so important to the other.

'If you want to be a writer, you must do two things above
all others: read a lot and write a lot...reading is the
creative center of a writer's life...you cannot hope to
sweep someone else away by the force of your writing until
it has been done to you.'

Stephen King (1947)

Interesting article about a "kill button" for the Internet Windows XP Security News: Is the Internet Committing Slow Suicide? - WXPNews

How would you react to the absence of the internet? How would you respond if your computer and internet, or other electronics were taken from you by an act of God?

Predator by Terri Blackstock - Video Trailer


http://www.terriblackstock.com/ - The murder of Krista Carmichaels fourteen-year-old sister by an online predator has shaken her faith and made her question Gods justice and protection. Desperate to find the killer, she creates an online persona to bait the predator. ...

Philosophinot was born because of a discussion on evolution and creation at my blog = “Faith and Unfinished Business” http://seedsinseason.blogspot.com. Add your two cents.

http://phnot.blogspot.com host: Andre. Religious faith in the United States and Europe is something that is dwindling over time. However, in some areas of the world, Christianity and Islam is on the rise. My first debate entry is about the existence of a god or gods. ...

Social Marketing Yikes! Some Android apps may text/call from your phone without your knowledge. Hmm-Can they pay bills?

Report: A fifth of Android apps expose private data | InSecurity Complex - CNET News


Android apps expose data and could be used to place calls and send text messages without the user knowing it, SMobile says. Read this blog post by Elinor Mills on InSecurity Complex.

Other news includes 1) the infamous “beet” story on facebook; 2) the finding and buying of a new home for my daughter – a big, big trial in this treacherous economy.