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The Big + pt. 2 (links) October 29, 2009

O.K, so I’m FINALLY posting the second part on this subject… although those who didn’t know I even had a second part probably didn’t notice… hmm…

First, visit the websites of Project Hopeful, Ahope, and the some of the sites listed here. Go ahead, do it. Read There Is No Me Without You (((older readers))). Research HIV.

Did you do it? Now consider what you have read: HIV is not so easily transmitted nor so “scary” as you might have thought. Now consider this: even if it was, that would be no excuse for God’s people to neglect His call to care for the “least of these.” Isn’t His carrying our disease and conquering us with His love enough to compel us to us to carry them- their sickness and their souls- before His throne? Isn’t it enough to inspire us to show them that love? Do we believe that the love of Christ is enough? Do we believe it will reach even them? “‘Love never fails’- is love failing now?” (Amy Carmichael)


What does that Song mean, anyway? September 21, 2009

Filed under: reading — Ellie @ 7:20 pm

Some books in the Bible seem very ‘perplexing’ to understand, don’t you agree? Song of Solomon is one of these, I believe, and I expect that there are very differing opinions on the interpretation- so what do you say?
Now it’s pretty likely that at least the older portion of my family know what my interpretation is, but what about the rest of y’all??? Whatcha’ think?


The Brown & Pink of it (book reccomendation) October 24, 2008

Filed under: random,reading — Ellie @ 11:00 am
I would like to highly reccomend the book “One Blood” by Ken Ham, Carl Wieland, and Don Batten to any person who lives in a world where there is confusion, predjudice, and bitterness about ‘race’. I have acually been thinking about this topic for some time, but quite frankly I don’t know if my thoughts are clear enough to write a blog about ‘race’. The other day, Ellie (the Ethiopian daughter of a friend), who is very fond of Josiah, was sitting and playing with him. Then she asked me “Did he grow in his mommy’s tummy?” [that means ‘is he a birth child or adopted?’] I thought, what in the world? Didn’t she see that he is brown & his Mommy is pink? And that made me wonder- does she know? I know that Ellie notices that he is the same colour as Isaac & herself, but what does that really mean in her four-year-old head? Anything? It makes me wish that things could be so simple for adults as they are for her- but they’re not. It’s more complicated than that, because we have made it more complicated.

What exactly is racism? It is rooted in the evolutionary belief that there is more than one ‘race’, and there still are many, many sad people in the world who- knowingly or not- believe that God somehow is more proud of one people group than another. There are, sadly, still people out there who would love a vanilla Josiah- exactly the same except the amont of melanin- but will not love the chocolate one. The reason I say ‘sadly’ is because I feel their loss everyday. The reason this hurts so much is because- though of course we are not a brown family- we’re just not quite as white as we used to be (isn’t that fun?). While I do not care in the least what people who don’t know think of us, it does hurt to have this small glimpse of what Josiah will have to live with. Anyway, read the book & try not to get bogged down in the scientific parts (I actually found them intensely interesting & very important to understanding the differences in people groups). Here’s a link where you can buy the book (or if you see me often you can borrow it!): http://www.amazon.com/One-Blood-Biblical-Answer-Racism/dp/0890512760?tag=dogpile-20


Confessions of a Self-Proclaimed Janeite March 27, 2008

Filed under: random,reading — Ellie @ 8:23 pm

I have been reading the book Pride and Prejudice for the first time the last few days. I know to most of my readers it is an almost unforgivable crime that I have not read it before now, but, well, to tell you the truth I wasn’t ever really interested in Jane Austin for a long time- the only thought I gave to the movies based on her books I saw was that they were sorta’ silly. But then, one day, I found myself in the theatre waiting for the movie Pride and Prejudice to start. Uh-oh. I was being sucked in. Now I find myself speeding through the book version at an alarming speed- the reason being, the sooner I finish this, the sooner I can begin Sense & Sensibility. Double uh-oh. I guess I am proof of what one of Trey’s friends recently said: all girls have to like Jane Austin. It’s like a rule.I find myself captivated by the characters, the writing and the dialogue- although having seen the Really Old, the Old and the New movie versions of this book (approximately 2 times, 40 times and 400 times, respectively), I am pretty familiar with the story- how Jane & Bingly fall in love and separated by the evil plots of Mr. Darcy & Bingly’s sisters only to be eventually reunited and married, how Lizzy falls head over heels for Wickim only to end up despising him, and how she is determined to despise Mr. Darcy only to end up falling head over heels for him. This books follows the movie(s) more than any other book/movie set I’ve seen- and yet there is something very charming about the writing and actually seeing the words that makes it almost seem unfamiliar. Well I wasn’t going to spend this blog post on praising the book… but I guess it got away from me. Well, I’m going now to finish chapter 18…

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