Monday, June 4, 2012

alien boy

Milo got some dirt in his eye while riding the dirt bike this afternoon.  Poor boy. 

We went to the emergency room tonight.  Not really an emergency - poor timing rather.  Where else do you go on a Sunday evening in a rural location? 

After the doctor put dye on his eye - he said, "you should take a picture of this." Cool!  :)

Alls well that ends well, patched up and home again.  Lesson learned - goggles AND a helmet before getting on the dirt bike. 

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Saturday, June 2, 2012

Habitual Sense of God's Presence

I needed to be reminded of this today...  so glad I was.  Thank You Lord.  I love reading the works of Brother Lawrence.


How the habitual sense of God's Presence was found.

SINCE you desire so earnestly that I should communicate to you the method by which I arrived at that habitual sense of GOD's Presence, which our LORD, of His mercy, has been pleased to vouchsafe to me; I must tell you, that it is with great difficulty that I am prevailed on by your importunities; and now I do it only upon the terms, that you show my letter to nobody. If I knew that you would let it be seen, all the desire that I have for your advancement would not be able to determine me to it. The account I can give you is:
Having found in many books different methods of going to GOD, and divers practices of the spiritual life, I thought this would serve rather to puzzle me, than facilitate what I sought after, which was nothing but how to become wholly GOD's.
This made me resolve to give the all for the All: so after having given myself wholly to GOD, to make all the satisfaction I could for my sins, I renounced, for the love of Him, everything that was not He; and I began to live as if there was none but He and I in the world. Sometimes I considered myself before Him as a poor criminal at the feet of his judge; at other times I beheld Him in my heart as my FATHER, as my GOD: I worshipped Him the oftenest that I could, keeping my mind in His holy Presence, and recalling it as often as I found it wandered from Him. I found no small pain in this exercise, and yet I continued it, notwithstanding all the difficulties that occurred, without troubling or disquieting myself when my mind had wandered involuntarily. I made this my business, as much all the day long as at the appointed times of prayer; for at all times, every hour, every minute, even in the height of my business, I drove away from my mind everything that was capable of interrupting my thought of GOD.
Such has been my common practice ever since I entered into religion; and though I have done it very imperfectly, yet I have found great advantages by it. These, I well know, are to be imputed to the mere mercy and goodness of GOD, because we can do nothing without Him; and I still less than any. But when we are faithful to keep ourselves in His holy Presence, and set Him always before us, this not only hinders our offending Him, and doing anything that may displease Him, at least wilfully, but it also begets in us a holy freedom, and if I may so speak, a familiarity with GOD, wherewith we ask, and that successfully, the graces we stand in need of. In fine, by often repeating these acts, they become habitual, and the presence of GOD is rendered as it were natural to us. Give Him thanks, if you please, with me, for His great goodness towards me, which I can never sufficiently admire, for the many favours He has done to so miserable a sinner as I am. May all things praise Him. Amen.

Friday, June 1, 2012

Things my Children Want to do in Colorado

Grandma and Grandpa - hey there...

My kids are going to Colorado while I'm in Punta Cana in June.  We are leaving our house June 10th. Dan's birthday. * OK?  We'll get there sometime that evening.  I'll have my phone turned on - try to call you and give you a heads up.

I fly out Monday morning from Denver.  Do you want to drive me, and then keep my Suburban - so you all can fit when you drive some where?

I'll be flying home Saturday the 16th, then we'll leave for Iowa, Sunday the 17th.  Father's Day.

So - you asked about breakfast and activity ideas...

Wayne:  he likes toast and cereal for breakfast.
You know that game with the poles and the colored balls with ropes on them?  You throw them and try to twist them around the bar?  I want to play that game with you.  Oh and croquet too.  Wayne might bring his frisbee, if he remembers.

Danielle: pancakes - she wants to help you make them.
She would love to go swimming with you grandma.

Milo: cereal - and he likes grandpa's fried eggs.
Ride bikes.. he really wants to bring his bike - I'm not sure if we have room.  He's just remembering riding bikes on your road, and would be happy with that!  :)

Mansel: (I keep forgetting to ask Tori and Mansel)

I'm only sending these to you because you asked - not because they expect these things.  Remember my moto, "This is NOT a restaurant".  :)  If you want - they know how to take naps too.  I'm a big time napper.  LOL  They would watch TV 24 hours a day, if you let them.

Grandpa - you should make them weed a row in your garden for every day they are there.  We aren't doing any gardening this summer... so they need to be reminded how to work hard.

Aunt Karen - they are looking forward to seeing you too!!  I almost wish I could stay in CO instead of flying off to never never land.  Almost.  :)

I have noticed that when I'm talking with my children about "what to do" they common theme is to BE with YOU!  :)   I'm so happy for that... just do what ever it is that you do, and enjoy them... and they will enjoy you.

* We are going to celebrate his birthday with our church care group on the 9th, so he won't feel neglected.