You know your day is not starting well when you sit down to your desk, and notice a huge puddle of black ink under and all around your desktop printer.
The father of one of Andrea's best girlfriends is prominent in Christian circles. He is so busy, in fact, that in the 3 years we've known his daughter, he has never once attended her Back-to-School nights or Open Houses. Ours is not to judge and there are probably reasons, but it still seems sad for her.
What a joy this week to see my oldest daughter make hard but healthy decisions, regardless of pressures from other's expectations. I'm in awe of the additional maturity and clarity that marriage has given to her perspective.
I'm confused when politicians say that gay marriage should be a state issue. How can that logically be so when a myriad of federal programs hinge on marital status? For instance, marital status determines many elements of your federal tax return. Marital status is a factor in calculating your social security benefits. Doesn't marital status affect various regulatory aspects of life for our armed forces? Of course this is a federal issue. It would be illegal discrimination to inconsistently apply any of those federal statutes.
We're having a Tupperware cooking demo an hour before our normal Friday Family Fellowship get-together tonight. The salesperson is a church member who is supporting her musical instrument habit. Sexist women that we are, she and I assumed that just the women would arrive early to attend her presentation. Seems that ALL our husbands are attending, too. :) Her comment to that was "Uh oh...now I'll have to explain how it all WORKS."
In my forays buying and selling books online, I have the privilege of discovering some amazing books. Two vintage Christian books that I strongly recommend:
- "The Power of Positive Praying" by John Bisagno, then the President of the National Conference of Southern Baptist Evangelists. Published in 1965 by Zondervan. By far the most accessible and practical book on prayer I have even seen. This book could make prayer alive and vital for everyone.
- "World Aflame" by Billy Graham, published in 1965 before he polished his fiery, rough edges to become more politically correct. This book is obscure...hard to find because it was rarely (if ever) reprinted. This is hard-hitting, boundary-setting, tough stuff about sin, judgment, pornography, perversion, dishonesty, anxiety, leisure, idolatry, prideful intellectualism, worship of science, our dying culture, signs of the end and much more. A must-read for every Christian.
OJ Simpson walks the streets (and golf courses) a free man and thousands of known pedophile priests remain uncharged with crimes, while Martha Stewart goes to jail for a couple years for a tiny fraction (less than 1%) of the financial misdeeds of the scot-free executives of Enron, WorldCom, Arthur Andersen, Tyco and similar. Sin is always sin, I understand that, but there are still 2 lessons to be learned from this: 1 Even arrogant women are at a significant disadvantage compared to arrogant men; and 2. Stealing and cheating for financial gain are greater legal sins in our country than murder and sexual abuse of children.
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