books. or a post in the old form.

December 11, 1939
"A conversation with the doctor. We always come back to the same point: 'The church may not mix in politics', he says. And I tell him that when you are a Christian and profess that God is almighty, there is no single area of life from which you can eliminate God." --from the journal of Diet Eman
Over the weekend, I indulged my love for good books with "Things We Couldn't Say". It's the semi-autobiography of Dutch student-turned-resistance-worker Diet Eman. The above quote comes from the context of how to respond to the German Occupation. When Germans started to persecute the Jews, Christians were very divided about forming a RResistance Many believed that they were subject to the Germans as a higher authority God had placed over them, and therefore "resistance aagainstthe established government was, quite simply, sin". Just to put that quote into context for you... Anyway, it's an excellent book. Her transparency is convicting, and the circumstances of her life forced mine into perspective. (any hardship in my life is mminuscule) There's my update. Borrow this book from your library (good luck finding it) or buy it at Border's (it is so blatantly NOT leftist-communist-crap i doubt you'll find it there either) or do what I did: borrow it from an employer who shares your love of solid WWII era history.

((this'll be the last you here from me until after conference. i'm working all the way up to friday morning & leave that afternoon. however, since beks has abandoned the caravan, mayhaps she will guest post for me?))


mothers day.

An excellent wife who can find? She is far more precious than jewels…Strength and dignity are her clothing, and she laughs at the time to come. She opens her mouth with wisdom, and the teaching of kindness is on her tongue. She looks well to the ways of her household and does not eat the bread of idleness. Her children rise up and call her blessed; her husband also, and he praises her: ‘Many women have done excellently, but you surpass them all… a women who fears the Lord is to be praised.” {prov. 31}

Mom, thank you for all you’ve sown into my life. For raising me in a gospel-centered home. For becoming my best friend. For always being there to listen, for sharing long talks until 1AM. Thank you for never letting me continue in sin, but continually preaching the gospel. Thank you for all the laughter and our ‘dumb & dumber’ adventures. For taking my mistakes in stride-like when the route I choose on the atlas doesn't say the roads go ever deeper into ghetto Baltimore. (and for being honest with your own:"you said ft mchenry was in Annapolis!!").
Thank you for showing me how to have glorify God in uncertainty. With everything that's happened over the past 5 years, I am amazed at your steadfast trust in God. You're strong in the strength of His grace. In knowing your own weakness, you've been a living explanation of 2 Cor. 9-10. I would never have known exactly what Paul was talking about if not for you.
But thank you most of all for how you live your life. For being a godly wife and mum. I want to be like you when I grow up. (i just don't want to wait quite as long as you did. haha)


"O LORD, our Lord, how majestic is your name in all the earth! You have set your glory above the heavens. ... When I look at your heavens, the work of your fingers, the moon and the stars, which you have set in place, what is man that you are mindful of him, and the son of man that you care for him? Yet you have made him a little lower than the heavenly beings and crowned him with glory and honor. You have given him dominion over the works of your hands; you have put all things under his feet,... O LORD, our Lord, how majestic is your name in all the earth!" .from psalm 8.