Dumb quote of the day

"Recognize that you are the truth."

“Recognize that you are the truth.”

This quote was on my tea bag and I had to respond. We, whose hearts are full of deceit and lies and agendas and hidden intentions, are far from being the truth.

Believing we are the truth?

This is the problem with the world.

It doesn’t recognize what Truth is anymore. It has changed the definition of the Truth to something much less than it is. Truth is pure and undiscerning of people’s feelings or political correctness or circumstance. Truth is unchanging. We are not. We are tossed by waves and whims and feelings and tides and storms and opinions. We are not the truth.

Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.” (John 14:6)

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Things my Dad says

Have you started to waddle yet?

Is your face getting puffy and more round?

Your uncle says you move very well and aren’t clumsy; sounds like you’re having a boy.

Did you ask Skywalker whether he thinks you look prettier or uglier now? Because if you look prettier, then you’re having a girl.

Can you tell if you’re pregnant from behind? Because if you can’t then it’s probably a boy.

But, your belly is round and not pointed which is more like a girl.

I love seeing and hearing my parent’s excitement. The first grandbaby on my side! It’s also fun hearing the guessing going on. Not just from my Dad, but just about everyone has heard some kind of theory about what indicators to look for in predicting the baby’s sex. What are other theories you’ve heard?

Love, Hope and Faith

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To love means loving the unlovable.
To forgive means pardoning the unpardonable.
Faith means believing the unbelievable.
Hope means hoping when everything seems hopeless.

~Gilbert Keith Chesterton

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Trust God’s love. His perfect love.
Don’t fear he will discover your past. He already has.
Don’t fear disappointing him in the future. He can show you the chapter in which you will. With perfect knowledge of the past and perfect vision of the future, he loves you perfectly in spite of both.

~Max Lucado

Solstice

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Summer Solstice…the longest day of the year. On this hemisphere anyways. The picture was taken at 11ish pm last night so it’ll be even lighter tonight but that is the cool thing about being “this” far North. Even further North into the Territories it’s 24 hours of light…which would be really neat to see.

While I can’t help but feel a little bit of “school’s out, Summer’s here!” giddyness at the start of every Summer Solstice (even though I haven’t summers “off” in 15 years), but then I always think about how the days will get shorter and the nights longer from here on in. And I get a little sad. Time does not hold still. Nor can I hang onto it. Every bit of brightness casts a little bit of shadow somewhere. Which reminds me of one of my favorite quotes:

Our life is a short time in expectation, a time in which sadness and joy kiss each other at every moment.  There is a quality of sadness that pervades all the moments of our life.  It seems that there is no such thing as a clear-cut pure joy, but that even in the most happy moments of our existence we sense a tinge of sadness.  In every satisfaction, there is an awareness of limitations.  In every success, there is the fear of jealousy.  Behind every smile, there is a tear.  In every embrace, there is loneliness.  In every friendship, distance.  And in all forms of light, there is the knowledge of surrounding darkness. But this intimate experience in which every bit of life is touched by a bit of death can point us beyond the limits of our existence.  It can do so by making us look forward in expectation to the day when our hearts will be filled with perfect joy, a joy that no one shall take away from us.

~HENRI NOUWEN

Until then, make every moment of light and joy count.
Happy Summer everyone!