Tuesday, October 28, 2008

A GREAT quote by Charles Spurgeon

True repentance has a distinct and constant reference to the Lord Jesus Christ. If you repent of sin without looking to Christ, away with your repentance. If you are so lamenting your sin as to forget the Savior, you have a need to begin all this work over again.Whenever we repent of sin, we must have one eye upon sin and another upon the cross; or, better still, let us have both eyes upon Christ, seeing our sin punished in him, and by no means let us look at sin except as we look at Jesus. A man may hate sin just as a murder hates the gallows but this does not prove repentance. If I hate sin because of the punishment, I have not repented of sin; I merely regret that God is just. But if I can see sin as an offense against Jesus Christ, and loathe myself because I have wounded him, then I have a true brokenness of heart. If I see the Savior and believe that those thorns upon his head were put there by my sinful words; if I believe that those wounds in his heart were made by my heart-sins; if I believe that those wounds inhis feet were made by my wandering steps, and that the wounds in hishands were made by my sinful deeds, then I repent after a right fashion. Only under the cross can you repent. Repentance elsewhere is remorse, which clings to the sin and only dreads the punishment. Letus then seek, under God, to have a hatred of sin caused by a sight ofChrist's love"

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Must See Video

This video does a good job showing Obama's record on abortion. Check it out! We must make an informed vote!


Friday, October 17, 2008

George Washington's Rules of Civility

Jack has been using George Washington's Rules of Civility for his copywork for school. If you have not read these, they are very worth the time. Some of them are so funny and a few are very antiquated, but mostly, they still apply today in many ways. I was struck by how nearly everyone of these "not-so-common courtesies" would help us to be less self-focused, more thoughtful and self-disciplined. Here are a few examples.

Be not hasty to believe flying Reports to the Disparagement of any.
Be not froward but friendly and Courteous; the first to Salute hear and answer & be not Pensive when it's a time to Converse.
Just 2 of the 110 "rules". Many of them are just so funny. We have had many laughs over these next ones:
Show Nothing to your Friend that may affright him.
Cleanse not your teeth with the table cloth napkin, fork, or knife; but if others do it, let it be done without a peep to them.


When in Company, put not your Hands to any Part of the Body, not usually Discovered.

Wednesday, October 8, 2008

A Few More Pictures

It is taking me forever to get these pictures posted. Still more from our time in Sandestin. Our camera was on the fritz, so Kate took all of these. You can check out her blog for more pics and memories.

We absolutely LOVED taking family bike rides all over the resort. The trails were great,

the scenery was lovely

We would ride the bikes to the little village and then walk around, eat, sightsee.

The kids had several pools to choose from and never tired of swimming

The trams were another hit. To ride around without seat belts, what joy!

We had fun at this 50's style diner. The kids got to see a jukebox for the first time :-)

Jack - one cool dude!

The milkshakes were yummy!

Jude thought it was quite a treat to ride on the luggage rack. He loved being on the go and would bring me his shoes when we had been in the room too long for his liking.

This time of year, the resort was very quiet. Our hotel was nearly empty ( or so it seemed) I loved this lobby. It was so serene. It had an amazing veranda and I would sit out there at night . The sound of the waves, the endless expanse of sky and sea, the cool breeze, peace and quiet (!!!) what better way to end a day? Aaaahhhhh!

We spent 3 days swimming,biking, sightseeing, eating, enjoying sunsets and best of all, time with family. I couldn't ask for anything more.
It was hard to get back to "the real world" Thankfully life is rich whether we are on vacation or just going about our everyday business.
"Blessed be the Lord who daily loadeth us with benefits" Psalm 68:9

All this excitement can wear a little guy out....

Wednesday, October 1, 2008

More Sandestin

The boogie boards were a blast!

The view from our balcony. It overlooked the gulf rather than the ocean.

The perfect ending to a great day.