Wednesday, May 31, 2006

The Christian Carnival is up

Go check it out.

I'm Back

I discovered that my Internet was working again after I returned from dropping my daughter's off at school. It was very hard to lose the Internet, I can't believe how much I've come to depend on it. My husband thinks that I was like an addict going into withdrawal. I replied that he should do without his video game for the length of time I'm without the Internet. He wasn't interested in that deal :-).

Since I had all this free time I read The Da Vinci Code instead. This book has to be the silliest thing I've ever read. I will do a review when I'm done and refute the books main contention -- that Jesus was not the Son of God.

Tuesday, May 30, 2006

No Internet Access!

I'm unable to access the Internet from my home (I'm posting this from the library) for a few days (or whenever it's fixed). I will try to get to the library at least once a day to post and check my email and comments.

Please pray that I will be wired soon! I have a lot of work to do.

Samson before Deliah: Chapter 15

Samson Before Delilah Discussion Questions
Samson Before Delilah: Context
Samson Before Delilah: Chapter 13
Samson Before Deliah: Chapter 14

After I posted my last commentary on Samson, someone anonymously commented that I was off-track in my analysis since I presupposed that Samson was a sinner. Since I believe that the entire book of Judges should be viewed in the light of 2:1-3:2, that would not be surprising. Samson, like Israel, did not understand that he was called to be separate from the nations around him. He was set apart and dedicated to the Lord as a holy instrument of God just as Israel was to by a holy nation, a royal priesthood who were called by God to be His people and to keep themselves separate from the nations around them. They were not to intermarry and yet here we see Samson doing just that. And we him breaking his vow and the commandments of God by eating the honey from the carcass and not telling his parents about it.

The author wrote these things for a reason, they have a purpose and it is our job to discover what that purpose is. Why would the author tell us about the lion and the honey? Maybe the author included this information because it’s part of the riddle but what about Samson’s parents? What reason would he have to keep it secret? Why does the author specifically state that Samson didn’t tell his parents? I believe he deliberately did not tell his parents because he didn’t want them to know that he had defiled himself by eating honey from a carcass and he allowed them to defile themselves as well. I believe this demonstrates a lack of concern for his vow and as we look at the rest of the story of Samson we will see further proof of this assertion.

Chapter 15 begins some time after Samson left his wife and returned home with his parents. He had left his wife in anger and had taken the garments from others to pay off his debt to those who had answered his riddle and his wife had been given to another man. And now after some time had past, he returns to his wife with a peace offering, sort of like how a man brings his wife flowers or chocolate to make up with her.

But Samson finds that his wife has remarried and he is not interested in his father-in-law’s offer of his other daughter as a substitute for her. He decides to take revenge against the Philistines by setting their grain on fire. When they discovered that he did this, they burned his wife and father-in-law with fire. Samson vows revenge once and then after that he promises to stop and then he strikes them and goes to hiding.

Of course the reader realizes that once there is a violent retaliation it escalates because violence leads to more violence. There is no stopping because the situation quickly escalates out of control. Samson had no control over the reaction of the Philistines to what he did and once they enacted revenge against him, then he will take revenge against them and this is exactly how the story of Samson plays out. It is part of the context of the Samson and Delilah story, the Philistines revenge against Samson and Samson’s revenge against the Philistines. We could not understand the story completely without understanding why the Philistines want the secret of Samson’s strength.

Think about this for a moment, Samson’s whole problem started because he was angry that they had cheated in guessing his riddle. All of this over a riddle. All kinds of things could be said here about losing your temper but my focus isn’t on the lessons we can learn (the Holy Spirit will do the convicting) my point here is that we see something about Samson in all of this, something that looks familiar to us because we fall into it as well, it is letting his angry get control of him and falling into sin. And more importantly, we see as a subtext that God uses it to further His plan.

In Samson’s actions we begin to see God’s plan unfold. Samson is beginning to deliver Israel from the hands of the Philistines. How? This was another issue for my commenter, Samson is a deliverer and there is nothing about God’s plan that said that it involved enmity between Israel and Philistines. Samson was only to begin to deliver Israel, the angel never said that he would deliver Israel, that would happen doing the time of the monarchy. In response I ask, how does Samson begin to deliver Israel? What does he do to start the process of salvation? We will look at this issue next week. For now, let’s continue to look at this from the aspect that God’s plan is to begin to deliver Israel from the Philistines, so how do we view what follows.

The Philistines go to Judah and raid one of their cities and the people respond by asking the Philistines why they have come against them. This implies that Judah had not done anything against the Philistines. They were living in peace until Samson came and stirred things up. The Philistines tell them that they had come “to bind Samson, to do to him as he did to us.”

And how did Judah respond? Did they fight against these Philistines in protection of their fellow Israelite? No, they helped:
Judges 15:11 Then 3,000 men of Judah went down to the cleft of the rock of Etam, and said to Samson, "Do you not know that the Philistines are rulers over us? What then is this that you have done to us?" And he said to them, "As they did to me, so have I done to them."
“Did you not know that the Philistines are rulers over us?” Here we see that they have accepted the rule of the Philistines and didn’t want Samson upsetting that rule so they are ready to turn him over to the Philistines because they are suffering on account of Samson’s actions. Samson’s actions appear to be putting a strain on the relationship between Israel and the Philistines.

Samson’s response demonstrates that, for him this is all about what they did to him and how he got them back for it. There is nothing noble or righteous about his actions. They are completely self-centered. Why not mention the fact that Judah shouldn’t be accepting the rule of the Philistines? Why not mention that the uncircumcised are living in the land promised to Israel, God’s covenant people? This is Israel’s deliverer and his actions are centered on himself, not Israel.

They bind him and turn him over to the Philistines but God rushes upon him and he is able to slaughter them with the fresh jawbone of a donkey. Here again we see a reference to the carcass of a dead animal, why? Maybe because it demonstrates his strength, since a fresh jawbone wouldn’t have hardened yet or maybe it’s because it is part of a wider theme running though this story and through the book of Judges.

Samson triumphs over his enemy and sings a song of praise, to himself, not God. Then he thirsts and cries out to the Lord for water. This is the first time he calls out to God for anything:
Judges 15:18 And he was very thirsty, and he called upon the LORD and said, "You have granted this great salvation by the hand of your servant, and shall I now die of thirst and fall into the hands of the uncircumcised?"
There are a number of interesting things about this verse. First, Samson sounds a lot like Israel in the desert after God brought them out of Egypt, demanding water from God:
Exodus 17:1 All the congregation of the people of Israel moved on from the wilderness of Sin by stages, according to the commandment of the LORD, and camped at Rephidim, but there was no water for the people to drink. 2 Therefore the people quarreled with Moses and said, "Give us water to drink." And Moses said to them, "Why do you quarrel with me? Why do you test the LORD?" 3 But the people thirsted there for water, and the people grumbled against Moses and said, "Why did you bring us up out of Egypt, to kill us and our children and our livestock with thirst?"
Secondly, notice that he does acknowledge that God delivered him from the hands of his enemies that he does acknowledge that he is a servant of the Lord. But who was saved? Samson, not Israel.

And thirdly, since when is he concerned with being around the uncircumcised, this has never been a problem before. He has put himself in fellowship with them and continues to do so even after this.

God graciously and silently answered his request and miraculously gave him water.

Then we read this:
Judges 15:20 And he judged Israel in the days of the Philistines twenty years.
Throughout the book of Judges there is a pattern that is followed after the judge delivers Israel from their enemy:
Judges 3:11 So the land had rest forty years. Then Othniel the son of Kenaz died.
Here we see that the land doesn’t have rest because it is still defiled by the enemy of the Lord. Because Samson judged Israel “in the days of the Philistines” he didn’t deliver them from the hand of their enemies the way the other judges did in previous chapters. They were still under the rule of the Philistines and the author leaves us wondering how Samson judged if Israel was under the rule of their oppressors.
“Samson’s actions are all guerrilla tactics. All his achievements are personal, and all are provoked by his own [mis]behavior. Unlike the other deliverers, he never seeks to rid Israel of foreign oppressors, and he never calls out the Israelite troops.” (Block, pg. 441)
Samson is a self-centered servant. He is a reflection of Israel.

But God sent a far greater Servant of the Lord who came to save His people. He was bound and brought before His enemies and yet He did not fight back, or enact revenge, but went as a sheep to the slaughter and asked God to forgive his oppressors for their act.

Christ is a far greater servant of the Lord who completely vanquished our enemy and set us free from sin and death and one who has brought us from the dominion of this world into his kingdom. We don’t have to live under the hand of our oppressors since we now live under the freedom of His rule.

Praise be to God that His Servant cared more for the Father and His people then His own needs. Praise be to God that Christ food was to do the will of the Father, who sent Him.

Next week we will be looking at the story of Samson and Delilah and we will see how reading the story from the beginning and understanding it in the context of the history of Israel up to this point helps us to understand the story better and helps us to understand the details of the story.

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Monday, May 29, 2006

New Look at Reformed Chicks Blabbing

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Memorial Day

I chose to remember Paul R. Smith this Memorial Day over at Reformed Chicks Blabbing. He was the first soldier awarded the mental of honor from the Iraq war. Instead of repeating myself here, please go there to read it.

Sunday, May 28, 2006

Redesigning Reformed Chicks Blabbing

I'm busy today redesigning my Reformed Chicks Blabbing blog. I am so happy with the template I found. I found a template similar to this one on the Internet. You will hear all about it when I do the unveiling.

I was thinking about leaving this site as is because I really like it. It seems peaceful and comfortable. Like you can relax and read the Bible. But I saw this blog and I wondered if I should redo this site similarly. I have three blogs to redesign before I do this one, so I have time to decide.

Saturday, May 27, 2006

Still Fighting the Infection

Here it is going on the second week of this infection. I started to feel better and so I didn't make the appointment with the doctor. And then by the middle of the week I felt worse! Ugh! And now, here it is, Memorial Day weekend and I have a sinus infection. Good timing, Michele.

Friday, May 26, 2006

Blogrolls and My Linking Policy

I will link to anyone that links to me and I'm on a number of blogrolls. There will be sites in all of my blogrolls (except for maybe the Christian ones) where profane language will be used. There will be blogs that post images that I would never post here. Click and you may find a gem, click and you may get the finger. But I recommending clicking, go out there and see what people are talking about and share your point of view with them.

Hey! Here's Something Cool

Check this out! I got two thumbs up for my Samson study. How cool is that? This is offset by the fact that I got a negative review in my comment section. I was told that I was off-track. I think it's somewhat arrogant to say someone is off-track. I may not be on your track but we have to examine the Scriptures together to see if I'm on the Bible's track.

Thursday, May 25, 2006

Revelation Study?

I was going to post a book recommendation but I want to do a good job with it so I thought I would post something that I've been thinking about for a while now. I'm going to teach Revelation in the fall and I've been thinking about posting some of my material to the Internet. I'm not going to ask if you are interested because I don't have that many readers. I believe that if you post Revelation material, people will come :-). So, if I can ever get around to writing it, I will post it.

God Hears Us

Here is something cute I found at Life with Little Women:

After today, I'm Thankful that:
Go read the rest.

Dead, it is Dead!

I am not getting too much traffic over here. I'm not surprised. I don't want to abandon this blog, so I'm going to try to make more of an effort to update throughout the day. So, stop by later(after lunch) and see what I've got posted.

Blogging Chicks

I was so busy adding new blogs to our blogroll yesterday! I am kept really busy with it. I've been working on being able to post all the code except for the blogroll which I intend to mail to the women who request to join.

Announcements and other Blogging Chicks related business are being done at the Blogging Chicks Blogroll Metablog. I'm calling it a metablog because I want it to be a blog of all of the blogging chicks blogs.

So, if you're here for any Blogging Chicks news, you've come to the work blog.

Tuesday, May 23, 2006

Samson Before Delilah: Chapter 14

Samson Before Delilah Discussion Questions
Samson Before Delilah: Context
Samson Before Delilah: Chapter 13

Chapter 13 ends in great hope and expectation:

And the woman bore a son and called his name Samson. And the young man grew, and the LORD blessed him. And the Spirit of the LORD began to stir him in Mahaneh-dan, between Zorah and Eshtaol.
The Lord blessed Samson and the Spirit of the Lord began to stir him and we start to sense that something great is about to happen, that God will use Samson in such a way that he has never used any of the other judges. He will be the greatest judge because he was called from the womb to be holy unto the Lord. He was set apart for service to God. He was raised with the knowledge of his calling. Or at least we assume that to be the case. And when we begin the next chapter, we do so with great expectation:
Judges 14:1 Samson went down to Timnah, and at Timnah he saw one of the daughters of the Philistines. 2 Then he came up and told his father and mother, "I saw one of the daughters of the Philistines at Timnah. Now get her for me as my wife."
First notice that he sees her, words associated with perception (seeing, knowing, understanding)are frequently used in this story. He sees her and wants her. What a let down! Here we have the judge of Israel, the man called from birth to be set apart and holy unto the Lord and we are told that he sees a woman and wants her. His concern is not for his calling or for Israel or for the will of the Father, it is for himself and what he wants. This reminds me of Eve:
Genesis 3:6 So when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was a delight to the eyes, and that the tree was to be desired to make one wise, she took of its fruit and ate, and she also gave some to her husband who was with her, and he ate.
She saw, desired and took and so does Samson even though both were forbidden by the Lord. The Israelites weren't supposed to intermarry with the people of the land (though Philistines are not specifically named, that would include them as well):
Deuteronomy 7:3 You shall not intermarry with them, giving your daughters to their sons or taking their daughters for your sons,
He is supposed to deliver the nation from the oppressors not marry them! How disappointed the reader is at this point because there is this sense of let down. Here we expected more and we were disappointed.

Another interesting point about this passage is that Samson's wife is never named and neither is his mom. No women in Samson's life is named until Delilah.

His mother and father know that it's wrong for him to intermarry:
But his father and mother said to him, "Is there not a woman among the daughters of your relatives, or among all our people, that you must go to take a wife from the uncircumcised Philistines?" But Samson said to his father, "Get her for me, for she is right in my eyes."
A theme that runs throughout the end of the Book of Judges is that everyone does what is right in their own eyes:
Judges 17:6 In those days there was no king in Israel. Everyone did what was right in his own eyes.
She was right in his eyes even though she was wrong according to the commandments of God. And we are left with a sense of disappointment that God's servant would be so disobedient to His word. But then the author let's us in on what is really going on here:
His father and mother did not know that it was from the LORD, for he was seeking an opportunity against the Philistines. At that time the Philistines ruled over Israel.
So, the Lord wanted Samson to engage the Philistines and this is how He choose to do it. We see the failure of God's servant to be obedient but God uses it for His plan. This information is followed by a bizarre incident in a vineyard, notice the language:
Then the Spirit of the LORD rushed upon him, and although he had nothing in his hand, he tore the lion in pieces as one tears a young goat. But he did not tell his father or his mother what he had done.
This is the first time we see this type of language for the activity of the Holy Spirit in the book of Judges. Samson is empowered to do something beyond normal human strength, he is able to tear a lion apart with his bare hands. Notice that the lion was in a vineyard (Nazarites are forbidden to eat the fruit of the vine). It is a strange episode. Samson kills a lion and then doesn't tell his parents, why did the author state this? What is the significance? Remember Samson's vow as a Nazarite:
Numbers 6:6-9 All the days that he separates himself to the LORD he shall not go near a dead body. Not even for his father or for his mother, for brother or sister, if they die, shall he make himself unclean, because his separation to God is on his head. All the days of his separation he is holy to the LORD. And if any man dies very suddenly beside him and he defiles his consecrated head, then he shall shave his head on the day of his cleansing; on the seventh day he shall shave it.
Samson is made unclean by this act and would have to go through this cleansing ritual. He wants to get married, maybe he doesn't want to wait. Maybe he doesn't care about his vow.
After some days he returned to take her. And he turned aside to see the carcass of the lion, and behold, there was a swarm of bees in the body of the lion, and honey. He scraped it out into his hands and went on, eating as he went. And he came to his father and mother and gave some to them, and they ate. But he did not tell them that he had scraped the honey from the carcass of the lion.
Samson deliberately goes to look at the carcass of the lion, remember he's not supposed to be around dead bodies. Not only does he touch the carcass but he eats the honey from it. Block (the commentary I used for this study was written by Daniel I. Block) notes that it is so unusual for there to be bees instead of flies and maggots that it must have been of the Lord. The Lord may have been testing Samson.

And not only does Samson eat the honey but he gives it to his parents making them unclean as well. In this episode we clearly see the setting of the stage for Samson's teasing Delilah about his vow. Here we see a total disregard for his vow and for the commandments of the Lord.

In the rest of the chapter we see how God puts enmity between His people and their enemies. They might want to co-exist and intermarry but God will not let them be at peace with those who come in to steal their inheritance. He brought the Philistines in to disciple Israel, not to integrate them.

Samson poses a riddle to the Philistines and through duplicity they answer it and in so doing God sets in motion the actions that will take place in the next chapter.

After such a buildup we experience a sense of let down. Samson is not the deliverer that we were expecting. From the womb, he was to be holy unto the Lord and set apart for service to God. He did not meet this expectation but Jesus did. Jesus was holy and set apart to the Lord. He was obedient to His calling and to the word of the Lord. He didn't do what was right in His own eyes but came to do the will of the Father. Thanks be to God that He was obedient to God and His commandments since through His act of obedience, we are called righteous.

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I have way too much work to do for the Blogging Chicks blogroll

The work is never-ending and then when I complain, everyone is apologetic for bugging me. But I'm almost done (with the never-ending work :-) and I can turn my attention back to this blog (hopefully).

Monday, May 22, 2006

I was out all day today

I was out all day and then when I got home I had like a hundred emails from Blogging Chicks who had all kinds of problems. I'm still trying to get them all straightened out. Owning a blogroll is a pain! I have no time to blog. But I will be back because I have got to post on Samson.

BTW, I went shopping today and got my Mother's Day present, a new pocketbook. I'm not going to post a picture of it because it's pretty boring (it's your standard black leather pocketbook) but I took a picture of a pocketbook I thought was interesting and I'm going to post it over at Reformed Chicks Blabbing later on after I get rid of some of these problems with the Blogging Chicks.

I'll be back.

The Da Vinci Code

I give an apologetic for an apologetic for Christianity against the movie on Reformed Chicks Blabbing.

Sunday, May 21, 2006

The Da Vinci Code and Other Books I am Reading

I was at my sister's yesterday for a belated Mother's Day celebration and she gave me the The Da Vinci Code. I plan to read it this week and I'll tell you what I think about it when I'm done. I plan to look at some of the issues that are raised in the book as well.

I've also started reading Calvinism in the Las Vegas Airport. I'm not far enough into the book to say too much yet, it's a very short book so it shouldn't take long. I'll put up a review for that book here when I'm done.

And finally, I am working on the Samson stuff but it is a slow process since I am so busy. But I am working on it and I do intend to finish it so I can submit it to the Christians Carnival, so you know it will be up by Tuesday :-).

Saturday, May 20, 2006

Armed Forces Day

Today is Armed forces day. We don't show our appreciation enough to those who serve our country and put their life on the line to protect our freedom. I want to say thank you to each and every man and woman who has served and is serving this country in the military.

My father was in the Navy for twenty years. His ship wrecked while he was on leave and he was gone from the family months at a time. He wasn't even there for my birth. We lived in a trailer park because that was all we could afford. My dad was a Navy recuriter during the Viet Nam war and he had a heck of a time during those years. Miltary service was a way of life for him but it was also a sacrifice.

Thank you for your service and I hope that you realize your worth to the nation. I'm amazed that anyone would sacrifice their lives for the freedom of others. We are blessed by the Lord to have you protecting our freedom.

Thanks to the Pollywog Creek Porch for posting early as a reminder that it was this Saturday.

Friday, May 19, 2006

Photo Hunt

I've joined a new blogroll today, it's one of those day memes. This one is called Photo Hunt and it's run by one of our Blogging Chicks, TNCchick. I will be posting a picture each week on Reformed Chicks Blabbing related to the theme of the week. Make sure you go over there and check out my flower picture.

Major Traffic over at Reformed Chicks Blabbing

I was linked to today by RealClearPolitics! I wrote a little something about the Senate race in Connecticut and then they linked to me. Pretty cool, huh? Didn't know I was a political pundit, did ya?

Good Morning

It's raining here in NJ but at least we didn't get the hail that they were predicting (well, at least I didn't hear it if we did). My husband took the kids in this morning because I have a new symptom to contend with, ear ache. When I went to bed last night, my ear started hurting and this morning it was no better. I don't think it's infected, I get this normally when I get too much congestion.

So, I'm home and I will be blogging throughout the day because I really can't do too much of anything else except for sleeping which I might do as well.

I've been blogging over at Reformed Chicks Blabbing so you might want to check that out. Also, I think Ang is getting us into another controversy so you might want to see what she's up to. We usually get involved in Homeschooling controversies when she blogs.

I cleaned the place up a little bit

As you can see I have been fixing up the blog, trying to get my sidebar cleaned up. Now, I have room for more stuff :-). And now it won't take so long to scroll to the end of my blog. Maybe I can get to the point where my content is longer than my sidebar! Speaking of content, sorry about the Samson study. I was not feeling up to it today and I'm not sure how I'm going to feel tomorrow (actually, today). Check back later today.

Thursday, May 18, 2006

I'm Feeling Worse

I had to call the husband to pick up the daughters. Too wiped out to drive. Why, oh why, do I live in the garden state?

I'm Sick

This so stinks that I'm sick but I'm so glad it didn't happen during finals. I have chronic allergies and sinus problems and I think I have a sinus infection but my doctor is getting stricter about giving antibiatics. She says you can't really know if it's a sinus infection until the second week. So, I have to suffer a headache, congestion, sore throat, cough and nausea for two weeks before she will give me meds. I know what I got, I know from the headache what it is. On Monday, if it doesn't clear up (I'm taking Claritin D) I'm going to get an appointment and get my meds.

Calvinism in the Las Vegas Airport

I've mention before (but don't have time to get the link)that I was going to read this book when I finished seminary. I picked it up on Tuesday and will be reading it this week. It is a thin book so it shouldn't take to long :-). I'll let you know what I think when I'm done with it.

Wednesday, May 17, 2006


I promised you guys Samson but I have been playing around with background textures all night. I've got a wonderful new design for my Reformed Weltanschauung Blogging blog but it's going to take a lot of work. So, I'll try to write something tomorrow morning but you won't see it until tomorrow night.

Thank You for Your Prayers

Thank you to all of you who prayed for me. The tests were tough and studying for them was hard but I was able to answer the questions (now, how well is another story).

I will be posting the Samson stuff this evening.

Tuesday, May 16, 2006

I'm Back

Oh, how my poor blog has suffered. You would not believe how bad my stats are for this blog. No one is visiting and who can blame them? I've abandoned my poor blog. Well, I'm back and I will be blogging tomorrow. We will be resuming our study of Samson. Remember the question that I asked you concerning the honey? I asked "What is the significance of the lion and the honey?" I will be answering this question tomorrow.

Monday, May 15, 2006

Back on Tuesday

No posts till tomorrow after my final test.

Sunday, May 14, 2006

Happy Mother's Day

I hope that you all will enjoy your day off from cooking and cleaning. I'm going to be studying for my test, so my day is not going to be that fun. But at least I don't have to cook! We're getting take-out from Ruby Tuesday's.

Saturday, May 13, 2006

Prayer Request

Please pray for me, my first test is on Monday and I'm not going to be ready. Panic is set in and I can't study like this! Pray that I can concentrate. My husband is going to turn off the Internet for me so that I won't be distracted by the email requests to join the Blogging Chicks blogroll (I've been getting them all day).

Thursday, May 11, 2006

They Pyramid and the Net

If you haven't read The Pyramid and the Net, I want to recommend that you do. It will give you an interesting perspective on postmodernism and knowledge. I read it in my Old Testament Introduction class and I thought it was an interesting concept. Christians are not modernist and we're not postmodernists, so we come to this discussion from a different place. It's good to get a different view from outside our perspective. I'm going to write more on this when I get back, so read the article.

My Tulip Picture

The one tulip that the animals didn't get and my rhodendrum is looking sickly.

I thought I would post a couple things so my blog doesn't consume itself while I'm otherwise occupied and so that I don't lose my entire readership :-). Stick with me, it will be worth it when I'm back. I'll finish Samson, I'll post some stuff on John. I'll post some digests. To new people, this is not normal, normally I have all kinds of stuff to read but now I'm working on passing my finals :-).

Monday, May 08, 2006

Blogging Chicks

If you're looking for more information on joining the Blogging Chicks, go here.

You Guys Realize I Need Prayer, Right?

I'm a slow reader with a lot of reading to do this week (and I probably have ADD). Please pray that the Lord will help me to concentrate on what I'm reading and to put the blogs out of my mind.

Sunday, May 07, 2006

Alliance of the Anonymous

I was just over at the Alliance of the Anonymous headquarters, where they gave my blog a shout out and after quoting from my profile asked this:

For some reason, she doesn't tell us how old her husband is.

...what's she hiding...

If anyone else was wondering why I didn't mention my husband's age, it may be because he's a younger man! He's 42! There, the secret has been revealed.

BTW, go join this blogroll! They haven't had a new member in a month.

Now, off to bed so I can get up early to study.

Off studying

Will return May 17th. Read my archives.

Saturday, May 06, 2006

Need a New Template?

Why use the same template that everyone else is using when you can have one custom designed for you. One of our Blogging Chicks, Beth, does web design. I think she creates great templates and she's cheap. Check out her prices:

Templates*: $15, includes coding and custom images. Additional image packs (link back buttons, anti-pixel and avatar) the pack of 3 an extra $3.
*WordPress Themes AND Installation*: $20, includes coding of template, (or hacking of template if they choose a premade theme they want customized-with original author’s credits in place as well as my modification credit, which is basically what most WordPress themes are) plus uploading via ftp to their site for installation. They must already have a webhost company which supports php/mysql. I’ll set the database up for them-with permission for access to do so. If they want plugins installed and integrated in the blog this is an additional $1 per plugin.

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My Review Read in a Podcast

Fick and Oz read my review on their podcast I respond here.

Friday, May 05, 2006

Just to let you know...

You scored as Chalcedon compliant. You are Chalcedon compliant. Congratulations, you're not a heretic. You believe that Jesus is truly God and truly man and like us in every respect, apart from sin. Officially approved in 451.

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In case you were wondering if I was orthodox or not, I've been certified!

Hey, take the quiz and let me know how you did. I want to see how many heretics read my blog :-).

BTW, Fick's score was 50% heretical (and that's enough to be orthodox) and Oz's was 90%.

(Link via The Fick and Oz Show)

I'm Still Awake

I was able to drive to my daughters' school, seminary and sit through my morning class without following asleep. Woohoo! Please prayer for my afternoon class and commute home.

I didn't tell guys this but I'm having five teenagers and one preteen (Samantha) at my house tonight. My daughter Sarah is going to have a belated sleepover party. I don't think I'm going to be able to stay up and make sure they eventually go to sleep.

Blogging about it will have to wait until after finals. If I don't blog about it Sarah would probably be miffed since I blogged about her sister's sleepover.

Prayer Request

Please pray that I make it though the day without falling asleep (I only had 2 hours of sleep last night) at the wheel or in class. And that the professor will be gracious about the fact that he is getting a blue exegesis paper (find out why it's blue here).

Thursday, May 04, 2006

New Sidebar Toy

Did you notice my new toy? Isn't it cute? Go feed it (hit more). BTW, Sasha is the name I would have named Samantha if we didn't go with the biblical theme. I found the link at one of our new Blogging Chicks, Killired at Killired. She has a very cool site with a lot of great toys, go check it out.

National Day of Prayer

A Puritian prayer from The Valley of Vision
Thou art the blessed God, happy in Thyself, source of happiness in Thy creatures, my maker, benefactor, proprietor, upholder. Thou hast produced and sustained me, supported and indulged me, saved and kept me; Thou art in every situation able to meet my needs and miseries.

May I live by Thee, live for Thee, never be satisfied with my Christian progress but as I resemble Christ; and may conformity to His principles, temper, and conduct grow hourly in my life. Let Thy unexampled love constrain me into holy obedience, and render my duty my delight. If others deem my faith folly, my meekness infirmity, my zeal madness, my hope delusion, my actions hypocrisy, may I rejoice to suffer for Thy name.

Keep me walking steadfastly towards the country of everlasting delights, that paradise-land which is my true inheritance. Support me by the strength of heaven that I may never turn back, or desire false pleasures that will disappear into nothing. As I pursue my heavenly journey by Thy grace let me be known as a man with no aim but that of a burning desire for Thee, and the good and salvation of my fellow men.

Wednesday, May 03, 2006

New Additions to the Blogging Chicks Blogroll (Guest blogger, Pamela Lynn)

Hey all! I'm just trying to help Michele out by introducing several new Blogging Chicks. I'm hoping I won't miss anyone, sorry if I have, please just let me know and I will correct it as soon as I can.

Let's welcome "Supermom" at What Makes a Housewife Desperate?. Her posts are upbeat and mainly about her life and being a mom.

Be sure to stop by TNChick's blog. She poses some interesting questions and she has a cool Photo Hunt. A couple of our other new blogging chicks are part of that blogroll as well... Kelly from Florida at Life as I know It says it best... Blogging Chicks Rock! Say hello to a Spring chicken.... Chilady from Cloudland, Georgia Here is a Blog for Chilady.

Kendra from Winston Salem, NC at Mama K's World is a SAHM and has an adorable cartoon picture of herself.

OK that's all for tonight, I think... I'm starting to get tired... it is after all way past my bedtime at 12:30 am...

Pamela Lynn Time Flutters By

Updated to add: OOPS! There are a few sites that are not on this list! Maybe Pamela Lynn could send me another post with the rest.

Monday, May 01, 2006

Not much happening on the blogs for the next two weeks

I will be posting only occasionally as I work on my exegesis paper and prepare for finals. As I mentioned before, archives and of course the 1,000 sites I link to :-).

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