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Sunday Hymn—And Can It Be

This week’s hymn text was written by Charles Wesley, the author of over 6000 hymns. (Yes, 6000!) He was born in England in 1707 and died in 1788. Charles and his brother John were the founders of the Methodist movement and went on a mission trip to America during the First Great Awakening with the celebrity preacher of the day, George Whitefield.

“And Can It Be” was the first hymn Wesley wrote after his conversion, just two days after, in fact. Upon his conversion in May, 1738, he wrote in his journal, “At midnight I gave myself to Christ, assured that I was safe, whether sleeping or waking. I had the continual experience of His power to overcome all temptation, and I confessed with joy and surprise that He was able to do exceedingly abundantly for me above what I can ask or think . . . I now found myself at peace with God, and rejoiced in hope of loving Christ. I saw that by faith I stood.” This hymn describes Wesley’s thoughts and feelings upon being set free in Christ.

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House Tour--Flowers

Let’s take a tour of my house, beginning with my flowers. (You can really tell where my priorities are!)

These are pansies I planted in a Maxwell House coffee can that was too pretty to throw away:

I just planted eight pots of red geraniums to go all around my porch railing. They're not very full yet, but the spirea bush in the background is huge and full of blooms:

I planted three pots of pansies for our porch steps. I always use clay pots. I much prefer them to plastic, especially the plastic ones that pretend to be clay.

Next up, my front garden. We have this tiny space between the sidewalk and our front porch that is a perfect spot for a garden.

In the sideyard are wild violets and strawberries. I won't let the boy who mows our grass mow this patch of ground until the violets are gone. I can never understand how people can so ruthlessly mow down their violets!

In the backyard, columbine, azaleas, and more pansies. One can never have enough pansies!

And just for fun, here&…

Simple Woman's Daybook~~April 14, 2010

FOR TODAY April 14, 2010...

Outside my window... It’s a positively gorgeous day. I love the light green of the leaves when they have just emerged, especially when combined with the flowering trees.

I am thinking... of the trip we will be making in May to visit Girl Out of the House and That Boy for his graduation from the university. I’m looking forward to seeing their apartment and getting a glimpse of the life they are building together. This will be first time we’ve visited them since their wedding last August.

I am thankful for... a Savior who knows my frame and remembers that I am dust.

From the learning rooms...We are finishing up Hamlet and will be starting MacBeth soon. Girl of the House got to pick our Shakespeare this year, and she picked two tragedies! lol

From the kitchen... I made this yummy recipe from Sallie for dinner. (The one with the bowtie pasta, only I used penne because that's what I had on hand.)

I am wearing... denim capri pants and an peachy/pinkie top wit…

The History of Christian Theology

When I was a new Christian, in my foolishness I seldom gave a thought to my Christian heritage except to possibly wonder how and when my particular local church got started. Who cares what happened hundreds and thousands of years ago? Well, I learned to care and to realize that the Church’s history is important to understanding the Church today. It’s a fascinating study!

Man of the House bought The History of Christian Theology from The Teaching Co. with some money he got for Christmas. I finished the 36-lecture series not long ago and loved it, learned from it, and was occasionally confused by it. Professor Philip Carey is one of those people who knows so much about his subject that you wonder how his brain can hold it all. He himself is Anglican, but he treats all Christian traditions so fairly that wouldn’t know that from these lectures. (I know because I heard him say so once on Issues, Etc. [see the sidebar if you want to know what that is]). He speaks of everthing from Or…

Why We Homeschool Reason #3

“Homeschooling forces you to see your home as a place where more than just consumption takes place. It leads you back to the traditional view of the home as a place where something was produced. It keeps you from seeing home as just a place where you sleep and eat before you go out into the rest of the world to do the really important things. It keeps you from feeling dependent on experts to do the serious teaching of your children.”~~Rod Dreher

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Sunday Hymn--O Sacred Head, Now Wounded

In honor of Good Friday, here’s everything you ever wanted to know about “O Sacred Head, Now Wounded.” But it’s Easter, you say. I know, but this hymn is too good not to write about it, and we ought to always live in the shadow of the Cross, so it is appropriate any time. The author of the text is St. Bernard of Clairvaux, a Frankish abbot born in 1090 (d. 1153). He was an important leader and reformer of the Church and left many writings. Bernard wrote a series of poems meditating on the various wounds of Christ’s body from his head to his feet. The portion we find here is by far the best known. Christ’s head certainly bore many wounds: the vicious and biting crown of thorns left many marks, the beating would have left many bruises and bloody wounds, not to mention the cruel pulling out of His beard. And this was only the beginning of His agony on our behalf.

The tune was written by Hans Leo Hassler (1564-1612), and German organist and composer, and was originally intended fo…