Friday, December 22, 2006

Dating, Courting, or Something Else?

What do you think, can a young person be a dating disciple?

Here are some resources to check out:

"Should Christians Date?", by Adam Holz.
Biblical courtship - Wikipedia.
From this great, but lengthy, article at Focus on the Family. Biblical Dating: An Introduction, by Scott Croft:

1. Modern dating seems to be about "finding" the right person for me (as my friend Michael Lawrence has written on this site); biblical dating is more about "being" the right person to serve my future spouse's needs and be a God-glorifying husband or wife.
2. In modern dating, intimacy precedes commitment. In biblical dating, commitment precedes intimacy.
3. The modern dating approach tells us that the way to figure out whether I want to marry someone is to act like we are married. If we like it, we make it official. If we don't, then we go through something emotionally — and probably physically — like a divorce. In biblical dating, Scripture guides us as to how to find a mate and marry, and the Bible teaches, among other things, that we should act in such a way so as not to imply a marriage-level commitment until that commitment exists before the Lord.

Now here's something you don't see everyday - a student devotional on dating, from Awana.

What are your thoughts?

Friday, December 08, 2006

Is It Time to Take a Break From Blogging?

From Pro-blogger, 8 times you might need a break from blogging. And my answers:

  1. bloggers block - Uh, yeah. Clearly that is not a problem.
  2. when everything you do is ‘blogable’ - More likely.
  3. when it intrudes on family - A subtle danger which I addressed at my Titus 2 blog not long ago.
  4. when you have unrealistic expectations - Now many of the readers of Pro-blogger will have a different set of expectations from mine (perhaps concerning income), but I am still susceptible to disappointments. When I remember that I am primarily here for the social, I am less likely to burn myself out in foolishness.
  5. when it intrudes on your health - I prefer not to admit that my neck and shoulders do get tired. Anybody have any ergonomic suggestions?
  6. at the end of the week - It's interesting. I notice that, as a whole, many of the fashion bloggers post more on the weekends, but SAHMs tend to take the weekends off.
  7. at vacation time - I have no choice. Where I go on vacation, there is no internet, not even cell phone service.
  8. when your sleep suffers - A definite intrusion on health and, in my case, a quick route to marital problems.

But on the bright side, blogging could be a great way to lose those last five pounds. It worked for me.

Here's your chance, is it time for me to take a break from blogging? How about you?

Friday, December 01, 2006

True or False: Men Need Meat

Brrrr!!! This has been one cold week in the Great Northwest and over at my everyday blog coats have been the topic. On the heels of a major food failure (dinner served at 9 at night, due to ... yada, yada), I'm back to thinking about seasonal eating. Here's the question:

Do men NEED meat? More specifically, do men need more protein than women? And do we all need more protein in the winter?
Popular among budget-conscious young mothers, I've served plenty of meatless meals; but honestly, if I had it to do over again, I'd feed my husband more meat. Oh wait, that last statement belongs on my other blog.