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Unfaithful Blogger…

… I just haven’t had anything terribly interesting to say…

That, and facebook.  Darn facebook!  That’s where I seem to post everything these days.  It’s just so…


I’ll try to be more diligent for my friends and family who refuse to join the facebook frenzy.



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So- I’m having a pow-wow with Noah about concentrating/focusing/meeting goals/setting your eye on the prize… trying every analogy I can think of… not even ninjas were working… I don’t know where Pac Man came from… but he was wide-eyed and smiling and nodding his head… I thought: He’s GETTING IT! I went on about having to get all of those little pellets before you could get a huge POWER-pellet and then DEVOUR the ghost (in our scenario: Math)… so I’m really excited that he’s pumped… he’s with me… he’s getting it… he seems ready for the attack… and then his shoulders and eyes and smile droop simultaneously as he mumbles, “Yeah… But you know, most of those power pellets are far away in the corners…”

Ow! That IS a bit of a drag. I suddenly found myself with Balboa in his despair, slumping with him.

So now what? Well… they ARE there! We’ve experienced them before… the few that are closer in, pumping us up at the start of the game… We’ve chomped them and have defeated ghosts with them before… so we KNOW they’re WORTH the effort… even though those ghosts start moving faster… coming at us from every direction… The POWER-pellets seem harder than ever to get to… but you keep pluggin’ along… because the ghost-guys are after you and that’s all you’ve got to fight them… so you’re turning here… going backward there… and then you get one!… you get a POWER-pellet!… and now, instead of freaking out because they’re on your tail, you go after those ghosts with confidence and gusto and you devour them! Not because you’re strong… but because of the POWER-pellet IN you!

But you can’t store the power up… If you get too many big POWER-pellets at once it’s wasted… you get just enough for the ghosts at hand and then you’ve got to keep going back for more of those big pellets… but they’re there.

p.s.  We’ve finished Math today and only have one more ghost to chow down on in order to clear this board… but we persevere when it’s hard… chomping… chomping… POWER-pellet!

Exodus 16:16-20
This is what the Lord has commanded: ‘Gather of it, each one of you, as much as he can eat. You shall each take an omer, according to the number of the persons that each of you has in his tent.’”  And the people of Israel did so. They gathered, some more, some less.  But when they measured it with an omer, whoever gathered much had nothing left over, and whoever gathered little had no lack. Each of them gathered as much as he could eat. And Moses said to them, “Let no one leave any of it over till the morning.” But they did not listen to Moses. Some left part of it till the morning, and it bred worms and stank.

Deuteronomy 8:3
he humbled you and let you hunger and fed you with manna, which you did not know, nor did your fathers know, that he might make you know that man does not live by bread alone, but man lives by every word that comes from the mouth of the Lord.

Lamentations 3:21-26
But this I call to mind,
and therefore I have hope:
The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases;
his mercies never come to an end;
they are new every morning;
great is your faithfulness.
“The Lord is my portion,” says my soul,
“therefore I will hope in him.”
The Lord is good to those who wait for him,
to the soul who seeks him.
It is good that one should wait quietly
for the salvation of the Lord.

2 Corinthians 4:7-9
But we have this treasure in jars of clay, to show that the surpassing power belongs to God and not to us. We are afflicted in every way, but not crushed; perplexed, but not driven to despair;  persecuted, but not forsaken; struck down, but not destroyed…

2 Corintians 10:3-4
For though we walk in the flesh, we are not waging war according to the flesh. For the weapons of our warfare are not of the flesh but have divine power to destroy strongholds.

1 Corinthians 9:24
Do you not know that in a race all the runners run, but only one receives the prize? So run that you may obtain it.

and oh… so many more to chomp on…

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A Really Funny Gospel for Kids


by Jim Elliff

I watched a portion of a video designed for the purpose of telling Bible stories and presenting the gospel. The entertainer was dressed like an angelic Elvis Presley, complete with wings. The clothes and movements of the entertainer’s body were an overstatement of the real Elvis. My friend touted the act as “soooooo funny.” It was. I mean that he was so funny that I could not help but laugh. What should we think about this approach?

1. First, the combination of the gospel (which is dead serious) and staged humor make strange bedfellows. I am not speaking of occasional situational humor that is often acceptable. And I certainly do not mean that we should never laugh. We appreciate both humor and the gospel, but do they work well together? Is a comedic presentation the appropriate tool for such a weighty subject? One has to ask the question, “What is soooooo funny about the gospel?” In this program, Elvis was said to be “sent from God.” But are angelic majesties “soooooo funny?” Is the truth about the cross “soooooo funny? Are sin, heaven, hell, Christ, salvation, or even the stories of redemptive history “soooooo funny?” What does God think about this? Should I listen to the gospel from a man in a winged Elvis suit?

2. The medium of humor is a poor instrument of conviction. Children, and everybody else for that matter, are brought to the need for repentance through the conviction of the Spirit. Does laughter get me there? Does that which is designed to trivialize, also cause me to agonize?

3. The use of such means may deaden the child’s ability and appetite to receive truth in a more conventional spoken or written form. In other words, entertainment becomes to the listener the preferred medium of receiving his information about God. The undiscerning listener (and that’s what all children are by nature until trained) may soon become unable to receive truth any other way. And this addiction to entertainment as the conveyor of information may last into adulthood.

4. Generally speaking, making truth entertaining means that the nuances and complexities are removed, and only a simple or direct transferable idea is useable. I am saying that most entertainment does not have the ability to give the child anything substantive, but rather only a greatly reduced or simplistic concept.

5. Quite often, God’s name is taken in vain. For instance, to say that God sent an angelic Elvis as I have described above is really to desecrate God’s character and name. Humor about God is almost always an “empty” or “vain” way of speaking about the God of the universe. We wouldn’t be able to put on such a performance in front of God’s throne in heaven.

6. Depending on the level of intensity of the entertainment, the truth may be totally drowned in the humor. In other words, what the child remembers may not be truth about God at all, but the funny situation depicted. At the end of the day, the child may come away from the entertaining religious experience having learned nothing at all.

Copyright © 2002 Jim Elliff. Christian Communicators Worldwide, Inc. Permission granted for not-for-sale reproduction in unedited form including author’s name, title, complete content, copyright and weblink. Other uses require written permission.

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“I will rejoice over them to do them good.”

Loving this, from Spurgeon, this morning and wanted to share.

“I will rejoice over them to do them good.”
— Jeremiah 32:41

How heart-cheering to the believer is the delight which God has in his saints! We cannot see any reason in ourselves why the Lord should take pleasure in us; we cannot take delight in ourselves, for we often have to groan, being burdened; conscious of our sinfulness, and deploring our unfaithfulness; and we fear that God’s people cannot take much delight in us, for they must perceive so much of our imperfections and our follies, that they may rather lament our infirmities than admire our graces. But we love to dwell upon this transcendent truth, this glorious mystery: that as the bridegroom rejoiceth over the bride, so does the Lord rejoice over us. We do not read anywhere that God delighteth in the cloud-capped mountains, or the sparkling stars, but we do read that he delighteth in the habitable parts of the earth, and that his delights are with the sons of men. We do not find it written that even angels give his soul delight; nor doth he say, concerning cherubim and seraphim, “Thou shalt be called Hephzibah, for the Lord delighteth in thee”; but he does say all that to poor fallen creatures like ourselves, debased and depraved by sin, but saved, exalted, and glorified by his grace. In what strong language he expresses his delight in his people! Who could have conceived of the eternal One as bursting forth into a song? Yet it is written, “He will rejoice over thee with joy, he will rest in his love, he will joy over thee with singing.” As he looked upon the world he had made, he said, “It is very good”; but when he beheld those who are the purchase of Jesus’ blood, his own chosen ones, it seemed as if the great heart of the Infinite could restrain itself no longer, but overflowed in divine exclamations of joy. Should not we utter our grateful response to such a marvellous declaration of his love, and sing, “I will rejoice in the Lord, I will joy in the God of my salvation?”

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A Snippet from Life

We have been BUSY. ALWAYS BUSY! I was telling Charles the other day that I don’t see why people worry about homeschoolers not having any chance at socialization… Homeschoolers are NEVER home! We’re always running somewhere to meet with someone… field trips, co-op classes, play-dates, park-days, art-days. I’m longing for a stay-at-home day! We’re having a great time, though.

I admit, I’m a little smug when we’re out running errands on the way home from one of our gazillion outings and various adults (glaring at me because my children are not in school) overhear these two short munchkins discussing thermonuclear fusion and light energy and solar flares. Just yesterday, a snobby-looking woman (granted, that may just be my nervous perception) 😉 had to do a double-take when she walked by, because Noah and Lydia were discussing the difference between Egyptian hieroglyphics and Sumerian cuneiform.   I’ve got some pretty cool kiddos! They’re loads of fun! They love to learn and to discuss the things they’re learning. We have the neatest conversations! While I’m very tired and can’t find enough time to do all I need to do (I need a maid!), I wouldn’t trade this for anything in the world!

I would be missing out on so much neat stuff with them! Still, I have my days of impatience and fatigue and I often find myself checking out the website for Providence Classical Academy (the neatest private school in our area)! My husband is such an encourager, though! When he comes home to a messy house with laundry all over the place because I haven’t had time to fold it or put it away, or when he comes home to a crazy-looking wife racing around trying to decide what to make for dinner, or when he comes home to his bride reduced to tears because it’s been a hard day, he’s always kind and patient and he lifts me up! He tells me how beautiful I am and how smart I am and how proud of me he is and of how thankful he is that we’re a TEAM and that I’m the mother of his children. He tells me I’m a great teacher and the most amazing wife. Sometimes I have to pinch myself, he’s so unbelievable! I cry and pout and apologize for not having everything done that I think needs to be done and he smiles and hugs me and asks me, “Are my children alive?” Of course, they are and he laughs and says, “Then you’ve done a great job today!” I still can’t believe that Charles is mine! I don’t deserve him at all… but OH! I don’t think any woman on the planet could ever be as thankful as I am! And I think you would be hard-pressed to find a woman more in love with her husband. God is good, isn’t He?!?

Well, I’m rambling now…  I better end this!  We’ve got lots of school to do today! The children have been memorizing Robert Louis Stevenson’s poetry. So far, we’ve done “At the Seaside” and “The Swing.” Today we are working on “Where Go the Boats”. We’ve also got to get ready for a big art day tomorrow! YIKES! Add to that: Noah’s math test, Lydia’s phonics test, vocabulary for both History and Astronomy, and soccer practice for BOTH of them followed by church… I really had better get going!

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Looking for Peace in… a HOT DOG?!?

So… I know that the Scriptures do NOT say, In swine you shall have peace… but honestly, I’m not caring much right now… I’m opting for 2 hot dogs with mayo and relish on wheat buns and facebook. Yup. There you have it! The Christian life isn’t all rainbows and sunshine my friends. Sometimes it feels like it would be SO MUCH EASIER to NOT be a Christian…


THERE’S the thing… HE always gets involved… When you’re His… you can’t get away from Him. You see… The SPIRIT of God LIVES in Christians! Crazy, granted, but TRUE… the whole foolish things to confound the wise and all that jazz… And so… when you are so frustrated and irritated that you run to relish-covered hot dogs and social networking sites instead of your God… He will USE the very site… and sometimes your very own posts to remind you of who you are and (even better) who HE is… I’d be so MAD… but I can’t anymore. I just have to chuckle. He’s so FUN and so NICE and He loves His people so much that He WON’T LET US AVOID HIM!

I’m so happy to have a Father who seeks His children… binding them with chains of LOVE! Doggone it!


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36 Odd Things


I would have called them Random things… they aren’t very ODD… but oh well.
A friend sent this to me on facebook.  I thought I’d post it here for my facebook-less family members….  Feel free to comment with YOUR 36 things… I’d LOVE the glimpse into your mind and heart! ♥

36 ODD Things about you! If you opened this, Copy and FILL IT OUT please!
Learn 36 things about your friends, and let them learn 36 things about you!
Send back to me and to several more friends!<br>

1. Do you like blue cheese?
Absolutely… NOT

2. Have you ever smoked?

3. Do you own a gun?
No, we own MANY GUNS

4. What flavor Kool-Aid was your favorite when you were a kid?
Hawaiian Punch

5. Do you ever wish you could click “undo” in your life like you do on your computer?
Yes… and No…
I regret SO MANY THINGS that I have done… I was so very foolish… I hurt people… That sucks! I would love to spare OTHERS pain and even be spared the many and varying consequences I suffer to this day for my sin… but my God is so good and so gracious to forgive me and to USE my sin… for HIS glory. WHY would I want to undo THAT?!? I LOVE MY GOD because He has forgiven me and I am happy that I can’t UNDO that!

Therefore I tell you, her sins, which are many, are forgiven—for she loved much. But he who is forgiven little, loves little.” And he said to her, “Your sins are forgiven.” Then those who were at table with him began to say among themselves, “Who is this, who even forgives sins?” And he said to the woman, “Your faith has saved you; go in peace.”

6. What do you think of hot dogs?

YUMMY! But not something I’d want to eat EVERY day! My favorites were Frank’s Franks at Lakenheath and Mildenhall in the UK. I’d get the jumbo… plain… YUM! Now, I’m a mayo and hotdog relish girl.

7. Favorite Christmas movie?

I’m dull, I suppose. I haven’t a favorite. I tolerate them all for the sake of loved ones…

8. What do you prefer to drink in the morning?
Since my doctor told me to lay off the coffee (I was having at least 6 cups/day and it was wreaking havoc on me), I drink water. I would LOVE to drink 32oz of chocolate milk every morning for the rest of my life… but somehow… I don’t think that would be very good for me, either!

9. Can you do push ups?
HaHaHaHa…….. You’re so funny!!!
I can do those push-up ice cream things, though! You know- the orange sherbet things! YUM!

10. What’s your favorite piece of jewelry?
My wedding ring.

11. Favorite hobby?

12. Do you have A. D. D.?
I don’t think I have A.D.D. I think I’m enthusiastic about some things… and could not care less for others. I dive into the things I love at the moment and completely avoid the things I don’t.

13. Do you wear glasses/contacts?
Nope. My mother threatens me that it’s coming, though.

14. Middle name?
Marie, after my mom! It was my 17th birthday present! Mom and Dad went to court and had it changed, and delivered the papers, signed by a judge, to me at Shogun. VERY fun! Before then, I didn’t have a middle name. My biological parents named me Tinalee. Weird, huh?

15. Name 3 thoughts at this exact moment.
Need to do the bulletin- What will I make for lunch for my munchkins- I’ve GOT to get a new hammock so I can READ!!!

16. Name 3 drinks you regularly drink?
Water, Blue Powerade, Coke

17. Current worry?
I have LOTS of things I COULD be worried about… but God has been working on me!!! I can honestly say that I’m not worried about a thing, because I’m trusting all that God has promised to be for me in Jesus. Now… tomorrow might be different… but I’m only thinking of today and TODAY my omer is full of Manna! WOOT!

18. Current hate right now?
My very strong, very powerful, very persuasive FLESH!!!
Can’t WAIT to be rid of this body of death.

19. Favorite place to be?
With Charles

20. How did you bring in the New Year?
Had a VERY FUN night at Jill’s Gymnastics!

21. Where would you like to go?
Everywhere and nowhere… it totally depends.

22. Name four people who will complete this:
Hmmm… Christina has already done it.
I don’t know! Surprise me!

23. Do you own slippers?

24. What color shirt are you wearing?
I’m wearing one of my hubby’s wife-beaters. Why do we call them that? I mean, I know why… but that’s not what it says on the package… I’m wearing one of my hubby’s Hanes Men’s Classic A-Shirts.

25. Do you like sleeping on satin sheets?
Can’t stand it! I’m a crisp, cool cotton girl!

26. Can you whistle?
No… I can only do this weird high-pitched tone thing that makes dogs perk up their ears.

27. Where are you now?
A la Maison Heureuse de M*

28. Would you want to be a pirate?

29. What songs do you sing in the shower?
I don’t sing in the shower. I think and plan.

30. Favorite Girl’s Name?

31. Favorite boy’s name?

32. What is in your pocket right now?
No pockets in my yoga pants.

33. Last thing that made you laugh?
Lydia and Noah swinging into the pool like joyful little monkeys

34. Worst injury you’ve ever had?
I don’t know. I don’t think I’ve had anything truly terrible. Charles had to cut my foot with his pocket knife last weekend to take out the most enormous splinter… more like a PLANK… THAT is freshest and STILL hurts!

35. Do you love where you live?
Yes! Shreveport is truly the neatest little city on the PLANET! I LOVE my home!!! I love that most of the people I love are here! I’m a happy girlie!

36. How many TVs do you have in your house?

My face when I get a bite of blue cheese…



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