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The Divine Storyteller

Chesterton in Orthodoxy says:

“[I] had always believed that the world involved magic;  now I thought that perhaps it involved a magician….I had always felt life first as a story;  and if there is a story there is a storyteller.” 

And, from “The Sacred Romance” (Brent Curtis & John Eldredge):


…we journey into the heart of God and toward the recovery of our own hearts.  For perhaps God would be reason enough to stay open to the Romance if He knew that we knew He would keep us safe.  (p46)  [emph. added]

January 30, 2008 at 10:10 am Leave a comment

Define “PURSUE” Unabridged (v 1.1)Cite This SourceShare This

pur·sue      [per-soo] Pronunciation KeyShow IPA Pronunciation verb, -sued, -su·ing.

–verb (used with object)

1. to follow in order to overtake, capture, kill, etc.; chase.
2. to FOLLOW CLOSE UPON; GO WITH; attend: Bad luck pursued him.
3. to SRIVE TO GAIN; SEEK TO ATTAIN OR ACCOMPLISH (an end, object, purpose, etc.).
4. to PROCEED in accordance with (a method, plan, etc.).
5. to CARRY ONE OR CONTINUE (a course of action, a train of thought, an inquiry, studies, etc.).
6. to continue to annoy, afflict, or trouble.
7. to PRACTICE (an occupation, pastime, etc.).
8. to continue to DISCUSS (a subject, topic, etc.).
9. to follow: They pursued the river to its source. I felt their eyes pursuing me.
10. to continue; go on with (one’s course, a journey, etc.).

–verb (used without object)

11. to follow in pursuit.
12. to continue.
One word+meaning=many impressions, directions, meditations.

January 7, 2008 at 2:28 pm Leave a comment

The Tyranny of the Urgent?

Whew.  Many good goals today, too little time…

  • Grocery shopping
  • Bible reading
  • Exercise
  • Check on MIL
  • Planned lunch & snacks
  • Calls

Instead, I ended up needing to go back to the school for Boy Wonder’s headache, even though I pre-treated all three with Dimetapp.  That big building and the new schedule after a long break seems to get one of mine every time!  I gave the nurse enough Tylenol for him for a good, long while.

tryanny-of-the-urgent.jpgThe jewelry store called just before I left, my repairs were ready!  Ya-hoo!  My “senior-ring”, (non- Sr. Ring style) was finished!  It’s sparkling, the prong is straigtened, and it looks great…I should consider cleaning it more often!  My “mother’s bracelet” is fixed and back in place on my wrist.  Since I was going to that neck of the woods, I needed to take care of two returns

Overall, I got a lot done (proud of that), but little of my list (that’s frustrating). 

Some years ago, I read a little classic pamphlet-book once called “The Tyranny of the Urgent” . The premise of the book is that you must plan life around priorities or you’ll be zapped putting out fires all day.  The “urgent” seems “important”…but often it will be taken care of another way if we don’t do it.  The important can only be done by us.

So, today, my day would probably not have changed.  Plans let us stay flexible.  But as a caution, I’m seeing how some goals will never be met if I wait until everything else is caught up before I tackle them!

January 2, 2008 at 3:58 pm 2 comments



Sifting the joy from the mundane:

recording, photographing, learning, creating.

I am married to the love of my life, as we raise three children, learning the ways of grace.


Magnanimity (derived from the Latin roots magn- great, and anima, soul) is the virtue of being great of mind and heart. It encompasses, usually, a refusal to be petty, a willingness to face danger, and actions for noble purposes. Its antithesis is pusillanimity. Both terms were coined by Aristotle, who called magnanimity "the crowning virtue."

Noah Webster's 1828 Dictionary of the American Language defines Magnanimity as such:

MAGNANIM'ITY, n. [L. magnanimitas; magnus, great, and animus, mind.] Greatness of mind; that elevation or dignity of soul, which encounters danger and trouble with tranquillity and firmness, which raises the possessor above revenge, and makes him delight in acts of benevolence, which makes him disdain injustice and meanness, and prompts him to sacrifice personal ease, interest and safety for the accomplishment of useful and noble objects.[1] (Source: Wikipedia)



"We shall not waste our time in looking for extraordinary experiences in our life, but live by pure faith, ever watchful and ready for His coming by doing our day-to-day duties with extraordinary love and devotion." ~Mother Teresa



"Yesterday is gone. Tomorrow has not come. We have only today. Let us begin." ~Mother Teresa




A kind heart is a fountain of gladness, making everything in it's vicinity freshen into smiles. --Washington Irving




When you get into a tight place and everything goes against you, till it seems as though you could not hang on a minute longer, never give up then, for that is just the place and time that the tide will turn. -Harriet Beecher Stowe


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