Time and Beyond Time (Mere Christianity excerpt) C.S. Lewis

This is not a perfection illustration, of course. But it may give just a glimpse of what I believe to be the truth. God is not hurried along in the Time-stream of this universe any more than an author is hurried along in the imaginary time of his own novel. He has infinite attention to spare for each one of us. He does not have to deal with us in the mass. You are as much alone with Him as if you were the only being He had ever created. When Christ died, He died for you individually just as much as if you had been the only man in the world.

The Great Sin (Mere Christianity excerpt) C.S. Lewis

“The vice I am talking of is Pride or Self-Conceit: and the virtue opposite to it, in Christian morals, is called Humility. You may remember, when I was talking about sexual morality, I warned you that the centre of Christian morals did not lie there. Well, now, we have come to the centre. According to Christian teachers, the essential vice, the utmost evil, is Pride. Unchastity, anger, greed, drunkenness, and all that, are mere fleabites in comparison: it was through Pride that the devil became the devil: Pride leads to every other vice: it is the complete anti-God state of mind.”

Hope (Mere Christianity excerpt) C.S. Lewis

“There is no need to be worried by facetious people who try to make the Christian hope of ‘Heaven’ ridiculous by saying they do not want ‘to spend eternity playing harps’. The answer to such people is that if they cannot understand books written for grown-ups, they should not talk about them. All the scriptural imagery (harps, crowns, gold, etc.) is, of course, a merely symbolical attempt to express the inexpressible. Musical instruments are mentioned because for many people (not all) music is the thing known in the present life which most strongly suggests ecstasy and infinity. Crowns are mentioned to suggest the fact that those who are united with God in eternity share His splendour and power and joy. Gold is mentioned to suggest the timelessness of Heaven (gold does not rust) and the preciousness of it. People who take these symbols literally might as well think that when Christ told us to be like doves, He meant that we were to lay eggs.”

Things My Kids Will Never Do

1. Use an encyclopedia (book) to do homework or a project

2. Use the Dewey Decimal System

3. Wait by the radio for hours with a tape ready to record your favorite song

4. Get new shoes only on Christmas and birthdays

5. Get excited about having a quarter to buy a .25 bag of chips

6. Have 9 planets

7. Have simple, quick math (common core has ruined it)

8. Be abandoned by a parent

9. Secretly scratch all over under the covers because of chicken pox

10. Walk home from school

mosquito relief!

Mosquitos. Mosquitos. Mosquitos.

That’s one thing Noah should’ve gotten rid of when he had the chance. In southeast Louisiana, mosquitos plague everywhere. You are safe nowhere. The fact that we are surrounded by swamps should give you an indication to how bad the mosquito population is. The cities fumigate in the streets and even by air, but there’s no escaping. To make matters worse, my kids and myself are allergic to them. One mosquito bite causes our skin to become swollen (bigger than a half dollar), hot to the touch, and very irritated.

I’ve tried many products to try to help with this.

  • hydrocortisone
  • after bite
  • hand sanitizer
  • rubbing alcohol

None of these work for my kids. This will last about a week. I don’t like giving my kids Benadryl orally when this occurs because it’s so frequent here my kids would be Benadrylholics. Insect repellent isn’t 100% foolproof as a couple of those suckers always seem to get through that barrier.

I went to target yesterday and went to the pharmacy section. My son was bitten the day before by 4 mosquitos and they were very inflamed. I was just browsing to see if I could find anything new when one of the pharmacists asked if I needed help and I began to tell him my dilemma. He told me his son is the same way and he uses the Benadryl stick. Before I could ask him what he was talking about, he grabbed one of the packages and told me about it. I decided, what the heck? I bought it and have since seen a dramatic reduction in the swelling. It has only been 24 hours and I can see such a huge difference.

It’s very simple to use. It comes in a pen-like shape. You just unscrew the cap and dab it onto the affected area. Less is more. It will come out like liquid but you don’t want to overdo it.

I am very happy with the results and that I bought 2. I have one for my purse and one to keep at home. I never thought I would find a solution that would have quick results like this. I recommend this to all parents and people who have this same issue.

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morality & psychoanalysis – c.s. lewis excerpt

“The bad psychological material is not a sin but a disease. It does not need to be repented of, but to be cured. And by the way, that is very important. Human beings judge one another by their external actions. God judges them by their moral choices. When a neurotic who has a pathological horror of cats forces himself to pick up a cat for some good reason, it is quite possible that in God’s eyes he has shown more courage than a healthy man may have shown in winning the V.C. When a man who has been perverted from his youth and taught that cruelty is the right thing, does some tiny little kindness, or refrains from some cruelty he might have committed, and thereby, perhaps, risks being sneered at by his companions, he may, in God’s eyes, be doing more than you and I would do if we gave up life itself for a friend.

It is as well to put this the other way round. Some of us who seem quite nice people may, in fact, have made so little use of a good heredity and a good upbringing that we are really worse than those whom we regard as fiends. Can we be quite certain how we should have behaved if we had been saddled with the psychological outfit, and then with the bad upbringing, and then with the power, say, of Himmler? That is why Christians are told not to judge. We see only the results which a man’s choices make out of his raw material. But God does not judge him on the raw material at all, but on what he has done with it. Most of the man’s psychological makeup is probably due to his body: when his body dies all that will fall off him, and the real central man, the thing that chose, that made the best or the worst out of this material, will stand naked. All sorts of nice things which we thought our own, but which were really due to a good digestion, will fall off some of us: all sorts of nasty things which were due to complexes or bad health will fall off others. We shall then, for the first time, see every one as he really was. There will be surprises.”