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Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Worship minus Warfare

Remember this?
What ever happened to singing the great songs of Christian battle? I'm a big fan of all the worship and praise songs found in most traditional or contemporary services today, but maybe we've lost one of the focuses of Christianity. In this old hymnal I'm using for an art project there are 20 hymns under the title "Christian Warfare". Is this perhaps a reflection of our increasingly pluralistic society or of our tendency to focus on the love of Christ above other biblical doctrines in the modern Church? How apropos to modern American Christians are these lyrics from the early 1800s hymn "My Soul, Be On Thy Guard"?

My soul, be on thy guard; Ten thousand foes arise;
The hosts of sin are pressing hard To draw thee from the skies.

O watch and fight and pray; The battle ne'er give o'er;
Renew it boldly every day, And help divine implore.

Ne'er think the vict'ry won, Nor lay thine armor down;
Thy arduous work will not be done Till thou obtain thy crown.

Fight on, my soul, till death Shall bring thee to thy God;
He'll take thee, at thy parting breath, To his divine abode. A-MEN

Saturday, September 11, 2010

Manic Saturday (with apologies to The Bangles)

It's just another Manic Saturday.
Whatever is the matter day?
My everybody scatterday.
The sound of pitter patter day.
It's just another Manic Saturday.

Soccer practice (water breaks are Caitlyn's favorite part)

Messy games with the UHBC youth            Disclaimer: This video is 10 minutes long. If you aren't a UHBC youth you might want to skip to the part where Elijah crawls at 8 minutes and 49 seconds in

Then family portraits for a local church fundraiser. Since we were all dressed up Jamie took us to Olive Garden. Woo hoo!!

Friday, September 10, 2010

Visualizing Obama's budget cuts

Also known as "Why America is so in debt" or "Spending money we don't have - the American Way" or "The Problem no Politician Could Seriously be Expected to Fix"...


Wednesday, September 8, 2010


Although the trip from work to pick up the kids from daycare and then home was a short one, it seemed there was always much work put in to entertaining them during this time. All Daddy had to do was turn on the DVD player in the van, but I had to get more creative with things like looking for landmarks on the way home ala Dora the Explorer's map. Thankfully Caitlyn came up with some creative ideas too, like "Mommy! He likes it when I pull his ear!" as well as the, "Mommy! He likes it when I scream!" as evidenced below...

Shalom Seekers