Wednesday, November 17 at 12:45 PM

so, i was looking back through the archives of this thing, and i realized something. i used to be much more interesting...or, at least, my posts used to be (as were the comments). what's up with that? hmmmm...

good question.

i've got some theories.
1. the lack of drama in my life has created a lack of thought-provoking posts.
2. my new job does not allow me to sit and think/read/contemplate random issues all day and then blog about them. this is a good thing, by the way.
3. i just haven't felt like sharing much lately (in this format).
4. theories 1, 2, and 3 have all been in effect in varying degrees.

i don't know. anyway...

elisabeth elliot has been kicking my tail recently. i've read a lot of her stuff and she never fails to make me look at things in a totally new light. now, i'm not saying i agree 100% with everything she says...she can be a little extreme on some issues. but i must say, in a world full of grey areas and compromise, a firm stance is quite refreshing.

back to the tail-kicking. i've been rereading passion and purity. every now and then, i need to be reminded of a few key points. dang. (another one of hers that i consider a must-read for anyone who is married or wants to be one day...the mark of man.) i won't try to explain everything i'm being reminded of so clearly. but i will share one quote that sorta sums it up...

the fair new petals must fall, and for no visible reason. no one seems enriched by the stripping.
and the first step into the realm of giving is a like surrender--not manward but Godward: an utter yielding of our best. so long as our idea of surrender is limited to the renouncing of unlawful things, we have never grasped its true meaning: that is not worthy of the name for "no polluted thing" can be offered.
the life lost on the cross was not a sinful one--the treasure poured forth there was God-given, God-blessed treasure, lawful and right to be kept: only that there was the life of the world at stake. (lilias trotter)

yep. so good. jill paquette is good too. random.