Thursday, September 21, 2006

top ten and a red scarf I've had VOM's Persecution Blog in my bloglines for a few weeks. Sometimes, I honestly don't wanna read the posts there because they make me sick to my stomach. They make me mad. They make me sad. But, they always without fail drive me to my knees before my Father's throne. On Tuesday, one of the VOM bloggers posted a story from Extreme Devotion about a red scarf . . . only read it if you want to cry. On Wednesday, another of the VOM bloggers posted a top ten list: As Christians in a culture where entertainment is given more media coverage than the treatment of our fellow believers, it is no wonder that most of us are probably more geared to recite the top ten college football teams or box office hits than the top ten persecutors. Below is a list of the ten worst offenders in the world, according to Open Doors International: North Korea Saudi Arabia Iran Somalia Maldives Bhutan Vietnam Yemen Laos China It really is very hard for me to wrap my mind around the fact that tens of thousands of my brothers and sisters in Christ are incarcerated, tortured, and malnourished for their faith in Jesus. It is hard for me to comprehend that there are other's who are beheaded in today's day and age because they claim Christ is Lord. I just can't fathom it. (Extreme Devotion is one of the books I got while I was in the States this summer, and I can't just read one story a day--I must read several. Yet, apparently, if you are interested in reading these stories of believers throughout the ages who sacrificed everything for Christ, VOM will send them right to your email's inbox if you just enroll.)
quotation meme I love quotations! I've already admitted to collecting them when I shared some of my fave quotes on learning. So, when I saw this "quotation meme" I thought it would be fun. Here is the meme's instructions: Go here and look through random quotes until you find 5 that you think reflect who you are or what you believe. So, here's what I randomly found: 1. "I have not lost my mind - it's backed up on disk somewhere." (Unknown) 2. "Son, always tell the truth. Then you'll never have to remember what you said the last time." (Sam Rayburn, 1882 - 1961) 3. I don't know the key to success, but the key to failure is trying to please everybody." (Bill Cosby, 1937 - ) 4. "A friend is someone who sees through you and still enjoys the view." (Wilma Askinas) 5. "In case of dissension, never dare to judge till you've heard the other side." (Euripides, 484 BC - 406 BC) After I found these five, I kept looking, and I found these to add to my quotation collection too: "Great minds discuss ideas; Average minds discuss events; Small minds discuss people." (Eleanor Roosevelt, 1884 - 1962) "The important thing is not to stop questioning. Curiosity has its own reason for existing. One cannot help but be in awe when he contemplates the mysteries of eternity, of life, of the marvelous structure of reality. It is enough if one tries merely to comprehend a little of this mystery every day. Never lose a holy curiosity." (Albert Einstein, 1879 - 1955) "If you are patient in one moment of anger, you will escape a hundred days of sorrow." (Chinese Proverb) At this point, I had to force myself away from the "New Random Quotations" button, and make myself click the little red "X" in the upper right hand corner. It was a very tempting page . . . I so wanted to keep clicking and clicking. And since it is a meme, I should tag people right? Well, I tag you! If you are reading this, consider yourself tagged. I would love to read more quotes, so please comment and leave your a link to the post with your quotes if you accepted the tag. :)

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