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Psalm 78
. . . we will tell the next generation the praiseworthy deeds of the LORD, his power, and the wonders he has done. .
so the next generation would know them . . . and they in turn would tell their children.
Then they would put their trust in God and would not forget his deeds but would keep his commands.

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Hope and the Rats of NIMH

Everyone was gathered at the dinner table, except Hope.
"Hope!" I called.

"Mom," Sydney said, "She's at a sad part in the book and is in our room crying."

"Oh."

It was Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH. Just the other day I handed the book over to a restless Hope and said, "Here, read this. I think you'll like it."

She has been reading it whenever she could, but finished it this evening after reading it all afternoon (after school).

Hope came to the table, composed, but when I asked, "Was it sad?" she burst into fresh tears.

I know how she feels. Isn't reading powerful? What else could compel us to mourn for a couple of rats?

Friday, September 18, 2009

Testing

In my first prenatal doctor's visit, I heard about the newest prenatal testing. There are some new protocols since even my last pregnancy. I explained to my doctor that my husband and I do not wish to have an amniocentesis test done, and since all the other testing is actually just "screening," that leads to an amnio, there really wasn't any reason to do the screens. (The screening is available in the first trimester now, which is very convenient if you intend to abort your imperfect baby.)

"We're going to name it, claim it, and love it." I told my doctor (borrowing a phrase I heard in a Mark Driscoll sermon). She nodded and said that was good.

I've had a scare pregnancy and listened to statistics and been forced to decide before about an amnio. We chose not to do it, for the amnio procedure is itself risky. And our son is healthy as a horse.

What an interesting increase in health care costs this all is!

All of this just to give you the link to the latest from Albert Mohler, about the 92% termination rate in Down Syndrome babies.

Thursday, September 17, 2009

The Purpose of the LORD

Many are the plans in the mind of a man,
but it is the purpose of the LORD that will stand.
Proverbs 19:21 (ESV)

I had a lot of plans for this fall semester--plans for myself and for our homeschool and our family.

They are almost all scrapped.

Instead, we found out we're expecting another Edwards baby!

And about a week after we realized that, I became extremely sick with nausea. This has been my toughest first trimester ever. After over a week of losing weight and either being too nauseated to eat or else vomiting, I now have a prescription to treat the nausea. I didn't know there was a safe medicine for this, but there is and it is helpful. Since I started the medicine, I've been able to eat three good meals (so far). Hopefully as the days go by, and I'm able to eat better, I will begin to regain some strength. (I was literally exhausted by walking from one room to the next in our house! I think I've been very weakened by not being able to eat enough, all at a time in which my body is demanding more calories from me as it is furiously building a life support system for our new baby!)

I'm so grateful for my family rallying around me to help as I've been nearly bedridden and unable to prepare meals. My dear sister and parents have brought my family meals and come over to help with life!

God is teaching me a new level of dependance upon Him. It is a lesson in humility to be so completely needy, but the fact is that it is a more accurate understanding of my true state-
May all who seek you
rejoice and be glad in you!
May those who love your salvation
say evermore, "God is great!"
But I am poor and needy;
hasten to me, O God!
You are my help and my deliverer;
O LORD, do not delay!

Thank you for joining us in prayer for the health and safety of the baby and for my strength.

Saturday, September 12, 2009

Creation through Noah


For Tapestry of Grace Year 1 Week 4, we read from Genesis, made Creation books, studied maps, read about plate tectonics and Pangea, and analyzed the differences in detail between the Scriptural account of Noah and two children's books. For this photograph, our dog Jesse would not be persuaded to move away, and Hope couldn't keep her eyes open because the bright light above.

Friday, September 4, 2009

Egyptian Polytheism

In our Tapestry of Grace week 3 studies, we read from the Bible about the plagues and the Exodus. The kids studied how each plague was a judgment on various Egyptian gods. Here are pictures of Lane's drawings of the plagues. Several of the pictures also depict the Egyptian god or goddess that God--YHWH--was showing power over.




Thursday, September 3, 2009

Moralism

Albert Mohler writes:
"The moralist impulse in the church reduces the Bible to a codebook for human behavior and substitutes moral instruction for the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Far too many evangelical pulpits are given over to moralistic messages rather than the preaching of the Gospel.

...Hell will be highly populated with those who were "raised right." The citizens of heaven will be those who, by the sheer grace and mercy of God, are there solely because of the imputed righteousness of Jesus Christ."

Read the rest of the article here.

Tuesday, September 1, 2009

No Ears

I was cooking dinner, enjoying the unseasonably cool breeze that blew through the kitchen. Toby was perched on a bar stool in the middle of the kitchen, stuck there until he demonstrated some repentance. It didn't seem likely to happen anytime soon. He was screaming, high and loud.

"Toby," I told him, "Stop screaming. The whole neighborhood can hear you."

"Mom!" he cried, "It doesn't have ears!"

"What?"

"Neighborhoods don't have ears!"
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