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April 2009
Daughter of Eve
Thursday, April 9th, 2009 01:42 pm

Border Collie on an Iceberg
Originally uploaded by murky
Funny! Found on a random Internet trail at work.


Daughter of Eve
Tuesday, January 6th, 2009 01:28 pm

Our church used to camp on New Year's weekend at Highlands Hammock State Park...for I don't know how many years...but eventually we got tired of it, and things happened...and I hadn't been there since 1994. It was nice.


Daughter of Eve
Wednesday, December 24th, 2008 11:45 am

Originally uploaded by louveciennes
Wow, I had no idea. Beautiful artwork by God.


Daughter of Eve
Wednesday, October 29th, 2008 05:48 pm

LiveJournal tells me I last posted 4 weeks ago!  So much for regularity.  =P

I just happened across something I wrote in March of 2007 to an atheist at some random site.  I was interested to see where I was at that time...and thought I'd paste it here to keep it.

So many people are interested in responding to you here...I hope you feel loved! =) I came to this site a few minutes ago by random chance, after seeing books by Douglas Wilson at Amazon and doing a quick search to find out more about him. I have only known one atheist in my life, a long-time pen pal I met at a Jane Austen site, but I am...shall I say "fascinated"? by atheists...perhaps because I don't believe I could ever convince myself not to believe in God. The evidence in his favor is so totally overwhelming.

I enjoyed reading Douglas's review of the book...whatever it was...and his insight into the mind of the not-quite-atheist author. I enjoy logic and reasoning and debate, but after reading or skimming some of the responses, I started to feel a bit woozy. Too much human reasoning can be intoxicating, and not in a good way. As Christians we are commanded only to be "drunk on the Spirit." Although Festus was mistaken about Paul, I often feel like quoting him at points like this. "Paul, you're out of your mind! Much learning has driven you mad!" =P

So, wisely or unwisely, I feel compelled to jump in and offer my 2 cents...attempting to simplify the discussion. If I were sitting in a room with you right now, I would not attempt to convince you of anything by reasoning, intellect, or evidence (I'm not qualified, and not interested enough)...but I would still have a lot to say from my experience.

I was struck by Douglas's analogy: "I am saying that being a Christian has two levels. One is objective, like a man getting married. The other is subjective, like a man loving his wife...Richard Dawkins still has the former, and it still eats at him. He has never had the latter."

Obviously a man may be "married" by law without being in a real marriage, which I will define as a functioning, fufilling relationship that grows richer and fuller day by day. Never mind the failures, just turn off the cynicism and imagine the most perfect marriage you can...thinking of fairy tales if you must, or some other way to place it at the highest level. I find this a useful analogy because man, on his own, can never be more than religious: he can get a marriage license, perhaps even study the subject of marriage and become an "expert," maybe even meet his wife and start getting acquainted, but none of that is marriage in the realest sense of the word. He cannot know REALITY without being involved with another person. He wouldn't be a real husband yet--and probably an insufferable bore, if he'd studied so much of something he'd never tried. He wouldn't be a husband until he really got into the relationship and experienced all that marriage is meant to be. Religion and reality are opposites, in my way of thinking: head versus heart.

I won't take the analogy further because it doesn't exactly fit my point. (Although Christ is the "husband" of his "bride" the church, that's another whole topic.) I only want to say this: God is a person, and well able to speak for himself. If you are truly interested in finding out whether he exists, don't waste much more time reading books or debating or talking to people who say they know him, although knowing people who know him may be strong evidence to start with. If I personally meet 20 people who say they know, have seen and have talked to Douglas Wilson, I'd be logically convinced that Douglas Wilson exists. But if I have an insatiable need to know for SURE not only that he exists but who he is, I won't be satisfied until I meet him face to face, talk to him, and begin to understand his character and personality. Why don't we offer God the same opportunity? I think it's C.S. Lewis who says, "As if the good Lord had nothing better to do than exist..." No, he's got millions of better things to do, and you'll find out a few of them if you just go meet him. He has great and glorious plans, for which he created this world and every creature in it, and he's given each of us the choice and opportunity to be involved in his plans. He has recently shown me this in a new way and it blows my mind. I can hardly believe the abundance of insight, love, and joy he pours out on me, in defiance of all natural circumstances...and when I'm brave enough to ask hard questions, God never hesitates to answer them. I just have to be honest when I ask, and really want the answer no matter what the answer is.

So again (if I may say it politely), you're wasting your time if you're still waiting for proof of God's existence. You'll waste the rest of your life if you go on that way. Proof is all around you! If you want to hear about miracles, we can supply hundreds...with evidence. If you want logic, plenty of men can supply that too (some of them at this site). But you'll never be convinced by either. "A man convinced against his will is of the same opinion still," as my grandma would say. =) I don't know you so I can't say this as more than a possibility...but it may not be proof you're looking for, but a way to disprove all the proof you've already seen. Men labor hard to do this, and most do manage to convince themselves. But is that really what you want? Why not be open to anything? If God exists, then he created you, and if he created you, he loves you. If he loves you, he already knows you, and wants you to know him. If He created your eyes and ears and mind, He knows how to use all three to communicate with you, and to speak not just to your mind but to your soul and spirit. He communicates with me and with millions of others every day, and I have absolutely no doubts about this, or about him. His existence was never in question, for me at least...but perhaps the question all of us do face is the only important one: what about his character? Is he good? Should I
trust him? Should I place myself under his authority? Again, we can only answer for ourselves but my answer after many years (of very typical human struggle and trouble, I might add) is an overwhelming YES.

My atheist pen-pal stopped writing to me when she finally reached this point of honesty: saying that it wasn't exactly God she didn't believe in, but the Anglican God...one that she did not perceive as "just" or "merciful." It's been a long time since I read her statements, but the idea was that she didn't believe in any God who would judge people. All I could ask in response was how she could define "justice" or "mercy" in the absence of any real judgment or punishment. To be "just," God would give us exactly what we deserve, and to be "merciful," he would withhold what we deserve. God is purest love and mercy--in fact he himself is the very definition of all these traits, including justice--but this is only possible because there is an actual judgment to define them. Now I'm getting too philosophical and I'll probably say something silly and be attacked, so I'll stop. =P

Here, I found that quote, from "The Great Divorce," one of my favorite books: "There have been men before...who got so interested in proving the existence of God that they came to care nothing for God himself...as if the good Lord had nothing to do but to exist. There have been some who were so preoccupied with spreading Christianity that they never gave a thought to Christ."

This is the error I want to avoid, so although I have taken too long and probably gotten muddled in spots, I hope you'll understand I'm telling you that the answer is not where you're looking. If you want answers, you will find them, but you need to ask the Answer himself. Everything else will fall short. Everyone who has written to you, including me, is convinced for themselves, but our answers will never satisfy you because we each need our own personal answers to our own personal questions. God has those ready and waiting for you, but you need to meet him yourself. I pray that you will! Nothing could be more glorious--and it's the foundation of life itself. Blessings to you.


Daughter of Eve
Friday, September 26th, 2008 12:00 am

Hmm...I've wondered about myself...and this seems about right. On the other hand, so much just seems like an undisciplined mind that could be helped if I just decide to work on it.

You scored a total of

You appear to experiencing some type of attention and concentration problems which are often common amongst the general population, but border on the possibility of being more severe. It is unclear as to whether you suffer these problems severely enough to need to seek further diagnosis and treatment of them. You should not take your responses to this self-report questionnaire as a diagnosis or recommendation for treatment of any sort. Consult with a trained mental health professional if you are experiencing difficulties in your daily functioning that you are worried about.

Okay, and all seriousness aside, I think this below has far more to do with it.  It was sent to me by email years ago and I think we all recognize the symptoms.

Recently, I was diagnosed with A.A.D.D. - Adult Attention Deficit Disorder.
(Used to be called "lack of FOCUS" - But I feel much better now that it is a "disease".)

This is how it manifests:

I decide to water my garden. As I turn on the hose in the driveway, I look over at my car and decide my car needs washing. As I start toward the garage, I notice that there is mail on the porch table that I brought up from the mail box earlier. I decide to go through the mail before I wash the car. I lay my car keys down on the table, put the junk mail in the garbage can under the table, and notice that the can is full. So, I decide to put the bills back on the table and take out the garbage first.

But then I think, since I'm going to be near the mailbox when I take out the garbage anyway, I may as well pay the bills first. I take my checkbook off the table, and see that there is only one check left.

My extra checks are in my desk in the study, so I go inside the house to my desk where I find the can of Coke that I had been drinking. I'm going to look for my checks, but first I need to push the Coke aside so that I don't accidentally knock it over. I see that the Coke is getting warm, and I decide I should put it in the refrigerator to keep it cold.

As I head toward the kitchen with the Coke, a vase of flowers on the counter catches my eye--they need to be watered. I set the Coke down on the counter, and I discover my reading glasses that I've been searching for all morning. I decide I better put them back on my desk, but first I'm going to water the flowers. I set the glasses back down on the counter, fill a container with water and suddenly I spot the TV remote. Someone left it on the kitchen table. I realize that tonight when we go to watch TV, I will be looking for the remote, but I won't remember that it's on the kitchen table, so I decide to put it back in the den where it belongs, but first I'll water the flowers.

I pour some water in the flowers, but quite a bit of it spills on the floor. So, I set the remote back down on the table, get some towels and wipe up the spill. Then, I head down the hall trying to remember what I was planning to do.

At the end of the day:

the car isn't washed
the bills aren't paid
there is a warm can of Coke sitting on the counter
the flowers don't have enough water,
there is still only one check in my check book,
I can't find the remote,
I can't find my glasses,
and I don't remember what I did with the car keys.

Then, when I try to figure out why nothing got done today, I'm really baffled because I know I was busy all day long, and I'm really tired. I realize this is a serious problem, and I'll try to get some help for it, but first I'll check my e-mail.

- Author unknown


Daughter of Eve
Sunday, September 21st, 2008 09:28 pm

I recently introduced my friend Sarah to the Scarlet Pimpernel (Anthony Andrews), and now she's in love with him! So I went looking for pictures and came across a silly quiz instead. It's been ages since I did one of these.

This test brought to you by Blakeney Manor.

Find out:Which Scarlet Pimpernel character are you?


Daughter of Eve
Wednesday, September 17th, 2008 01:50 pm

He just decided to join LiveJournal, and will mainly use it to write his travelogues.  These travelogues are detailed and amusing, and you will get a glimpse into the Mind of Mark.  There's nobody like Mark!!


I bet he'd like to see how many people he knows here already on Facebook (oops) LiveJournal.  (That slipped out because I'm more often at FB!  Which still isn't often.)

One of these days I think I'll start posting here again.  Anybody else still here??


Daughter of Eve
Friday, May 9th, 2008 02:35 pm

Whom God Chooses

When God wants to drill a man,
And thrill a man, and skill a man,
When God wants to mold a man,
To play the noblest part;
When He yearns with all His heart
To create so great and bold a man,
That all the world shall be amazed,
Watch his methods; watch His ways.
How He ruthlessly perfects
When He royally elects!
How He hammers him and hurts him
And with mighty blows converts him
Into trial shapes of clay
Which only God understands;
While his tortured heart is crying,
And he lifts beseeching hands!

How He bends but never breaks
When His good He undertakes.
How He uses whom he chooses,
And with every purpose fuses him;
But every act induces him
To try His splendor out --
God knows what He's about!

Go then, earthly fame and treasure!
Come disaster, scorn, and pain!
In Thy service, pain is pleasure;
With Thy favor, loss is gain.
I have called Thee, Abba, Father;
I have stayed my heart on Thee.
Storms may howl, and clouds may gather;
All must work for good to me.

- Henry Francis Lyte (1793-1847)
Author of Abide With Me and Jesus, I My Cross Have Taken


You know I generally don't like poetry but I came across this recently and thought the message rather good.  In most places it's listed as "Author unknown" but some attribute it to Henry Lyte and one source had the fourth stanza and the author...hopefully it's accurate.


Daughter of Eve
Friday, May 9th, 2008 10:09 am

This journal has been badly neglected, and whenever I do get the urge to post it's very random.  I don't think anyone could understand me by reading it.  Well, here's another random ramble...

I got an e-mail today:

Dear LoveHappens member,

After much consideration we have decided to end the LoveHappens service. You may continue to use LoveHappens until May 31, 2008.

After May 31, 2008 you will no longer have access to LoveHappens.

We hope you enjoyed using LoveHappens as much as we enjoyed making it for you and we wish you love and success in the future.

The LoveHappens Team

I thought at first it was an attempt to get me to click and go to a website that would give me a virus, because I had no memory of such a site.  But I Googled it and discovered it was legitimate, so I went there to see if I had an account.  I guess it was one of those "idle curiosity" moments...wondering about the eligible men out there using matchmaker sites...and being required to sign up to look at any information.  Every time I've looked (half a dozen times maybe, over many years) I've come away thinking "scary...very scary"  So just now, I looked again...at whoever the system would think a possible match for me...and what I can't get over is why men don't make more effort to present themselves well.  Never mind the stupid things they say (can they really be so clueless?)...it shouldn't be hard to get a decent picture at least.  Just grab a friend with a camera, dress up a bit, smile in a friendly way...there you go!  If they can't be bothered to do that, what are they expecting?  Why post blurry, awful pictures of yourself...pictures that shouldn't even be kept in your own collection.  Really...nobody wants to see you sitting alone in a jacuzzi with your hairy chest on display.  I mean, there's really nothing else in the picture to look at.

A waste of time to continue commenting...and it gets worse and worse the more you browse.  What are they THINKING!!  I suppose it's just plain pitiful.  Then you come across something like this and have to laugh:

in his own words: very simple person
I can deal with the good the bad & the ugle

I suppose I do need someone that can deal with the ugle parts of life.  Later he says he wants a girl who likes to hug and be huged.  Ha.  I guess I shouldn't make fun of him because his English is way better than my Spanish.

I shouldn't have kept browsing, I guess, because it went even further downhill.  This guy's profile starts like this...

in his own words: Theyed say i maybe 53 but i look 40. I am an honest person,care about others feellings, am not a hunk but not bad.Should have a nice young lady on my arm,i'd be happyer..

...and it gets far, far worse after that.  If you want to be amazed, read  http://www.lovehappens.com/profile/7bmrpqaw/loney53.html.  I suppose it will be there until May 31.  I have a feeling he meant his username to be "lonely" not  "loney."  Looney is more like it.  Scary.

Well...Love certainly didn't Happen, and wouldn't Happen, for me at that site or any other.  Not that I even gave it a chance.  Some have asked me if I've ever looked into the online match sites, and whether I feel it would be right to do so.  As I've said, I've only looked out of morbid curiosity, but yes, I think God could lead someone to use them.  I know at least three couples brought together by the Internet and I don't necessarily question the means.  He hasn't led me to, though...and for now, I'm thankful.  =)  If I were led to use a site, I hope He'd have me click immediately on the one I were to end up with, and not waste time on the pages and pages of awfulness.

I hope this post had some redeeming value but at this moment I'm not sure.  I think I'll make it "friends only" just in case! [10-15-09: Made it public so I could send to a friend...just had to share the fun(?)!]


Daughter of Eve
Wednesday, April 23rd, 2008 01:15 pm

“If the Lord be your joy, your joy will never dry up. All other things are but for a season; but God is for ever and ever. Make Him your joy, the whole of your joy, and then let this joy absorb your every thought."

- Charles Spurgeon