Thursday, May 31, 2007
Wednesday, May 30, 2007
Tuesday, May 29, 2007
Monday, May 28, 2007
Sunday, May 27, 2007
Saturday, May 26, 2007
So the LORD God caused the man to fall into a deep sleep; and while he was sleeping, he took one of the man's ribs and closed up the place with flesh. Then the LORD God made a woman from the rib he had taken out of the man, and he brought her to the man. The man said, "This is now bone of my bones and flesh of my flesh; she shall be called 'woman, ' for she was taken out of man." For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife, and they will become one flesh.
Suddenly I was struck with the beauty of God's plan that I wouldn't be alone. It hit me that a big part of my purpose, as a man, and a big part of Shirley's purpose, as a woman, is that we would help each other...complete each other.
In our culture we tend to measure purpose and fulfillment independently...that is, every person is to find his or her own mountain to climb, frontier to face, empire to establish. A great deal of emphasis is placed on each of us finding ourselves through education, career, professions, prosperity on a separate basis. All that is great but...
What I find lacking these days is a simple appreciation for the profound purpose we find simply as men, and simply as women, in helping one another. Marriage is the one permanent relationship in our lives where the differences between the genders are perfectly resolved in every important dimension: physically, emotionally, intellectually, spiritually.
I realize that my wife is my God-appointed helper and I am determined to rely more upon her help. As men, I think we frustrate our wives when we don't allow them to help...with decisions, with problems, with fears. I thank the Lord for the one He formed to stand by my side!
Friday, May 25, 2007
Thursday, May 24, 2007
Wednesday, May 23, 2007
2 I am about to open my mouth;
my words are on the tip of my tongue.
3 My words come from an upright heart;
my lips sincerely speak what I know.
4 The Spirit of God has made me;
the breath of the Almighty gives me life.
6 The boundary lines have fallen for me in pleasant places;
surely I have a delightful inheritance.
7 I will praise the LORD, who counsels me;
even at night my heart instructs me.
8 I have set the LORD always before me.
Because he is at my right hand,
I will not be shaken.
Tuesday, May 22, 2007
Monday, May 21, 2007
It (the wood of a tree) has to be stiff, so that trees do not droop under their own weight; it has to be strong, so that the sheer force of the wind does not snap the trunk and branches; it has to be tough, so that when the tree gets damaged it does not shatter; finally it has to be light, so that it does not buckle under its own weight. No manufactured material could do all of these things: plastics are not stiff enough; bricks are too weak; glass is too brittle; steel is too heavy. Weight for weight, wood has probably the best engineering properties of any material.
Sunday, May 20, 2007
Saturday, May 19, 2007
Tune my heart to sing Thy grace;
Streams of mercy, never ceasing,
Call for songs of loudest praise.
Teach me some melodious sonnet,
Sung by flaming tongues above.
Praise the mount! I’m fixed upon it,
Mount of Thy redeeming love.
Friday, May 18, 2007
Thursday, May 17, 2007
Wednesday, May 16, 2007
Tuesday, May 15, 2007
The abdomen of the ant contains two stomachs. One stomach holds the food for itself and second stomach is for food to be shared with other ants.
Some birds put ants in their feathers because the ants squirt formic acid which gets rid of the parasites.
Monday, May 14, 2007
Sunday, May 13, 2007
Saturday, May 12, 2007
Friday, May 11, 2007
because he has anointed me
to preach good news to the poor.
He has sent me to proclaim freedom for the prisoners
and recovery of sight for the blind,
to release the oppressed,
Thursday, May 10, 2007
Wednesday, May 9, 2007
Tuesday, May 8, 2007
Monday, May 7, 2007
Sunday, May 6, 2007
Saturday, May 5, 2007
Friday, May 4, 2007
Thursday, May 3, 2007
Wednesday, May 2, 2007
and your healing will quickly appear;
then your righteousness will go before you,
and the glory of the LORD will be your rear guard.