Sunday, September 28, 2008

How to Waste Less Time on the Internet

I've heard Dave Ramsey say that one of the reasons people are often irresponsible with their finances is because they don't know where they stand.

This principle is also applicable to your use of the internet. It's easy to spend "just a few more minutes" surfing if you don't know how much time you've already blown that week.

I've recently discovered a tool called Mee Timer for use as a plug-in on the Firefox web browser. Mee Timer simply tracks how you use your time on the web. It also keeps a running total at the bottom of your screen of how much time you've spent on the web. If you want to get fancy, then there are other functions available (like the ability to 'label' a site as 'procrastination', 'work', 'communication', 'search', etc. Once you've labeled a site as 'procrastination', you can also choose to automatically 'block' yourself from the site).

Of course, it's easy to ignore all of these self-imposed restrictions and just blow right past the warning signs, but if you have any level of discipline, these little tricks may be just enough to keep you focused in a moment of boredom.

Thursday, September 18, 2008

Happy 9th Anniversary

This is Julie writing.  I’ve hacked into Hubby’s account to post for him.  Today is our ninth anniversary.  I think I'm supposed to buy him pottery to celebrate today.  However, I think words affirm him much more than clay.  So I'm going to brag on him a bit.  

I’m the luckiest girl on the earth.  He didn't know what he was getting into when he asked me THE question nine years ago.  It should have tipped him off when I said I wanted to get married in a barn.  I'm a little silly sometimes and had my fair share of harebrained ideas.

Enough about me!  At the top of this blog, you’ll see a four part mission statement.  I’m going to expose how he’s doing.

To love one woman faithfully. 

After nine years of marital bliss, I’m looking forward to the next nine (and beyond!)  John is intentional in our relationship and treats me with such kindness I sometimes want to pinch myself to see if I’m living in a fairy tale.  This doesn’t mean that he’s perfect.  He is  often quick to ask forgiveness when he’s wrong.  His humility points me to Jesus in ways that I don’t see in others.

Something that speaks HUGE love to me is acts of service.  He can clean the kitchen like nobodies' business.  He's also quite a handyman. (He's learned a lot from the 3 remodels houses we've owned. ) Of his own confession, John would tell you that he doesn’t particularly enjoy home projects, but he does them.  It save us LOTS of money (and makes me really happy!)  I stand in awe at his diligence to solve problems.  

Late night chocolate runs. Enough said.

He loves me faithfully.  He prays with me every night.  

To be intentional with my son. 

When John is home, he’s really home.  What I mean is, he is singly focused at the task at hand: to be with us, his family.  He consciously says no to a lot of things so that he can spend time at home.

For this, I am so thankful.  Mr Intensity (our son’s bloggy name on my blog) requires demands a lot of attention.  John is so good to wrestle with the boy.  Mommas aren’t so good at being rough; I like to cuddle.

Twice a week, John is faithful to lead our family in worship...which is no small task with an active 4 year-old.  John thinks through and shares stories that would penetrate Mr. Intensity’s heart.

My favorite way John is intentional with our son?  Bedtime routine, solo.  He earns a congressional medal of honor for that.

To live with integrity.

I admire his diligence to wake early and spend time with the Lord.  Everyday.  Really early.  He’s the real deal, y’all.  He loves Jesus with his heart, mind, soul and strength.  And John is really strong.  

As you probably know he works from home.  John works heartily as unto the Lord from 8-5 isolated in our bedroom.  Well, he does emerge at lunch and for an occasional drink or snack!  I’ve been super impressed with his concentration and perseverance.  If had to work from home like him, I would play hookie a few hours or days a week.


John is such a man of integrity, occasionally he takes the opportunity to teach integrity to neighborhood boys.  It would be easy enough to let the rowdy boys slip but he calls them out, speaks truth to them and points them to something higher.

To do the right thing. 

Two months ago, we discovered mold under our kitchen cabinets.  I would have been easy to replace only the boards that showed water from the outside.  But that would not have been the right thing.  He replaced every single board.  He did the project right.  He did unto others (who hopefully will buy our house soon!) what he would want them to do to him.

Since early summer, a friend of his has been walking through a painful trial.  John has been faithful to talk with that friend - frequently - sometimes several HOURS a week.  It has blessed my soul to watch John minister (and pray) so fervently.

He is One Man Trying.  He is making a difference in the world.  I’m so glad to be married to him.

Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Famous Kentuckian

Have you heard of John J. Crittenden? There's a road named for him in Louisville. I read about him this week in volume one of the great Civil War Trilogy by Shelby Foote. Though I've only read 90 of the 2400 pages in the combined three volumes, I'm already convinced that this must be one of the finest pieces of historical writings in existence.

Back to Crittenden: He was Governor of KY, a U.S. Senator, and even served as Attorney General. This description appears about him on a KY historical highway marker in Frankfort:

"John Jordan Crittenden, 1787-1863, lived here [Frankfort House], 1819-1863. Legislator, 15th Kentucky Governor. Attorney General under three Presidents. Five times a U.S. Senator. Noted for Crittenden Compromise, 1860, futile effort to avert Civil War and preserve the Union. His last words: 'Let all the ends thou aimest at be thy country's, thy God's and truth's.' "

Saturday, September 13, 2008

Fine Humor

These guys crack me up. I first witnessed their comedy in college, when they presented their song "Shave it, Pluck it, Wax it" (in reference to the male uni-brow) at a Campus Crusade conference.

This video is one of the many Rhett and Link offer that are the epitome of fine humor.

Thursday, September 11, 2008

Reformation Day is Approaching

Reformation Day is approaching... Are you ready?

This year our family is starting a revolution - a revolution that will turn the tide back to the true reason for celebration on October 31st: The Reformation. Most people won't know it, cause we'll be in costume as reformation characters, but we plan on greeting everyone with "Happy Reformation Day" instead of "Happy Halloween."

This video should help you prepare. Make sure to hang with it till the middle of the end of the first verse of "A Mighty Fortress." That's when the fun starts.