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Just a Piece of Paper?

On December 31, 2020, Posted by , In George's Blog, marriage, quotes, By , , With No Comments

“Like everything which is not the involuntary result of fleeting emotion but the creation of time and will, any marriage, happy or unhappy, is infinitely more interesting than any romance, however passionate.” — W. H. Auden

Listening, Learning to See, Finding a Voice

“When I was young enough to still spend a long time buttoning my shoes in the morning, I’d listen toward the hall:  Daddy upstairs was shaving in the bathroom and Mother downstairs was frying the bacon.  They would begin whistling back and forth to each other up and down the…

Remembering Childhood

On December 30, 2020, Posted by , In Children, Imagination, parenting, quotes, Tamara's Blog, women, By , With No Comments

“I can remember the feeling of swinging—how hard we would work for those split seconds, flung at furthest extension, just before the inevitable downward and backward pull, when we felt momentarily free of gravity, a little hiccup of suspension when our hands loosened on the chain and our torsos raised…

Being in God’s Presence

On December 29, 2020, Posted by , In Children, Christian living, parenting, quotes, Tamara's Blog, By , , With No Comments

“…for we are being prepared for the playground of heaven.”

Teach Children to Laugh and Play

“He that plays when he is a child will play when he is a man.” John Wesley

“For the end of imagination is harmony [and] the one who justly estimates the imagination is anxious to develop its operation in the child.”—George MacDonald

“For the end of imagination is harmony.  A right imagination, being the reflex of the creation, will fall in with the divine order of things as the highest form of its own operation; ‘will tune its instrument here at the door’ to the divine harmonies within; will be content alone…

Cultivating a Christian Imagination through Story and Metaphor

On December 23, 2020, Posted by , In Christian living, Imagination, Tamara's Blog, With No Comments

There is beauty of, and freedom in, a biblically informed imagination. To cultivate such an imagination one must understand the purpose of stories, the importance of metaphors, the value and necessity of poetry as well as an appreciation for music and art—of allowing “our faith and our imagination to dance…

Weary Pilgrim in Whom Do you Trust—

On December 23, 2020, Posted by , In Books, Christian living, quotes, suffering, Tamara's Blog, By , , With No Comments

“….it is pain that penetrates through despair and stimulates a new beginning— a journey to God that becomes a life of peace.”  Eugene Peterson “If you have raced with men on foot, and they have wearied you, how will you compete with horses? And if in a safe land you…

Dorothy L. Sayers on the Christian Faith

On May 22, 2020, Posted by , In Books, Christian living, Tamara's Blog, With No Comments

Do you ever wonder what people would think about you if they really knew you, not the life you let them see, but the parts underneath, hidden away, or maybe whitewashed? Then I recommend spending some time reading about this remarkable and imperfect Christian woman. Dorothy L. Sayers (1893-1957) was…

Resting in Hope

On May 17, 2020, Posted by , In Poetry, Tamara's Blog, With No Comments

The seed is in the ground. Now may we rest in hope While darkness does its work. Wendell Berry—from A Timbered Choir