Jeneric Jeneralities ~ by JenIG

Ok, that does it; I’m changing font size.  I think my computer is a liar, thus i can never fully tell how big or small things look on other people’s compys.  The line forms to left for anybody wishing to file a complaint.

I had an exciting time today whilst at a fellow "Southworth" fan’s house.  I love this family.  Not only did they feed us pizza, salad and unfathomably good cake, they also *forced* us to try sausage. Why did I need to be forced? …because this was not just any sort of sausage, it was deer meat sausage.  Yep, your response was probably exactly like mine.  HOWEVER, believe it or not, it actually tasted better than Hickory Farms smoked summer sausage.  Don’t ask me how they did that, i’m pretty sure it involved the use of Magical Meat Elves (which takes several more years of matriculation than the Cookie Baking sort)

So that was nice. Maria also sent me home with a packet of Butternut Squash seeds.  hardy har har.  It would take to long to explain that, if you don’t already ‘get it’.  Lastly, I found the following devotional on John MacArthur’s Website.  I love it:

 ** Edit: ok, you complainers won the day.  See? I went back to big old Granny font. 

** Also, some of you anti-Easterics may want to consider joining this Easter Bunny Mutilation club.  Seems like a good way to let off Easter – Guilt stress

Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven" (Matt. 5:3).

In Luke 18:9-14 Jesus tells of two men who went to the Temple to pray. One was a Pharisee, the other a tax collector. The Pharisee boasted to God about his self- righteous efforts; the tax collector humbly acknowledged his sin. The Pharisee was proud and went away still in sin; the tax collector was poor in spirit and went away forgiven.

The Greek word translated "poor" in Matthew 5:3 was used in classical Greek to refer to those reduced to cowering in dark corners of the city streets begging for handouts. Because they had no personal resources, they were totally dependent on the gifts of others. That same word is used in Luke 16:20 to describe Lazarus the poor man.

The spiritual parallel pictures those who know they are spiritually helpless and utterly destitute of any human resources that will commend them to God. They rely totally on God’s grace for salvation, and they also rely on His grace for daily living. Jesus called them happy people because they are true believers and the kingdom of heaven belongs to them.

The word translated "theirs" in Matthew 5:3 is emphatic in the Greek text: the kingdom of heaven definitely belongs to those who are poor in spirit. They have its grace now and will fully enjoy its glory later (1 John 3:1-2). That’s cause for great joy!

Isaiah 57:15 says, "Thus says the high and exalted One who lives forever, whose name is Holy, ‘I dwell on a high and holy place, and also with the contrite and lowly of spirit in order to revive the spirit of the lowly and to revive the heart of the contrite.’" David added, "The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit; a broken and a contrite heart, O God, Thou wilt not despise" (Ps. 51:17).

Like the humble tax collector, recognize your weaknesses and rely totally on God’s resources. Then He will hear your prayers and minister to your needs. That’s where happiness begins!


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  1. drewsfamilytx said,

    on April 4th, 2007 at 9:35 pm

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    Okay, that font was entirely too small! I think you just don't want to admit that you are a bit chatty at times (which, by the way, I like). 🙂

    I really love deer sausage! Especially when it's dried/smoked (almost like a jerky). Mmmmm…

    Let me know how the squash turns out! I've been planning to get some giant pumpkin seeds…I'm hoping that the kids will be distracted enough by the giganto growth of said seeds that they won't ask to plant anything else. At least not this year. Although green beans would be nice.

    The IRS scares me. Have I mentioned that we recently got a bill from them for $13,000? I'm happy to report that it IS a mistake…I just hope they believe us! Zowie. That's a lot of moolah. Definitely have to turn that heart attack over to God (and keep it there– instead of my usual taking it back to fret over).

    Hope you have a great day!



    Edited by drewsfamilytx on Apr. 4, 2007 at 7:36 PM

  2. Anne said,

    on April 4th, 2007 at 9:41 pm

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    I love deer sausage! That's mostly all we eat–deer. I know how to fix up a good deer meatloaf!


  3. SuperAngel said,

    on April 4th, 2007 at 9:55 pm


    I was getting ready to be your first commenter when my computer put up a sign that said it needed to restart and I was typing and hit enter and it restarted my pc…. ERGH!!

    So anyway… that was a great post… I liked listening to Mr. MacArthur. I thought he was a good preacher…

    I wish we had friends like you do… but alas… all our friends are on hsb and don't live near us…

    We finally got to order Ishmael… so we will be reading it asap… I can gulp down a few chapters in short period, so I'm not worried about catching up!!

    Haven't heard from you in awhile and wanted to see how you were doing…

    I loved your easter post… You have inspired me… I will be posting a post about easter and not sure if people will agree or not, but it is what I have found to be true!!

    Miss you!!


    !!SUPERANGEL!! !!Amanda!!

    Daughter of JacqueDixonSoulRestES

    Sister of Jocelyndixon, rjdjohn316 & YoungManInTraining

  4. ShayC said,

    on April 4th, 2007 at 10:28 pm


    Dear Jen,

    Thanks so much for the Language Arts/Grammar recommendation! I can't wait to get my hands on all of our curriculum!!! The are two homeschool stores near me (Cats Pajamas in Woodruff, SC and Children's Books in Greer, SC) that I hope to visit and do some purchasing within the next week or two!!!!! OH THE JOY AND ANTICIPATION!!!!!!!!!!!

    Growing Ever More Faithful!!!!!


  5. sockmonkey said,

    on April 5th, 2007 at 7:35 am

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    You know, I think pride can be so subtle, that we often only recognize it in ourselves when we've been knocked down a few pegs. Then in our lowliness of spirit, we recognize the false throne we had been perched upon. Humility and lowliness of spirit are excellent corrective glasses! I was reading in Proverbs the other day this very contemporary thought: "Be careful not to boast about tomorrow, for you do not know what a day may bring." If we maintain a correct view of ourselves, namely that we are capable of nothing good without God's grace, we can avoid the traps pride will try to set for us.

    All this to say, …don't pretend to be lowly in spirit by using that eensy-weensy little font. You're killing my old eyes! I think you can use a medium font and still inherit the kingdom of heaven. Ü

  6. JenIG said,

    on April 5th, 2007 at 7:52 am

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    SockMonkey: thtat was beautifully stated!

    AND as a prize, i changed the font size — just for you

  7. sockmonkey said,

    on April 5th, 2007 at 9:27 am

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    See? Now that's what I'm talkin' about! Much better!

    By the way, finished "Ishmael" last night…talk about a cliff-hanger! Luckily I already have "Self-Raised," so my suspense will be of short duration. Have a great day!

  8. douglashomeskool said,

    on April 5th, 2007 at 12:24 pm

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    Since we moved here 2 years ago I have only had one deer roast. We love deer meat (any kind). But since I dont live near my family that hunt I no longer get the deer meat from my uncles and my bil. Does anyone have any suggestions where I might get some around here? Im thinking of having them ship me some lol. I was raised on the stuff. Have you tried elk meat? Its just as good.

  9. kellieann said,

    on April 5th, 2007 at 12:47 pm

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    Here's a little something for your Easter bunny mutilation collection….

    Just for the record, I am not acquainted with the dog in the picture. It was sent as an attachment to an e-mail to me with the subject line of "Easter is canceled!"

  10. JenIG said,

    on April 5th, 2007 at 12:55 pm

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    wow, kelliann, you're even more of sicko than i am!

  11. tnmomtomanyblessings said,

    on April 5th, 2007 at 1:47 pm

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    You are too kind. You forgot to mention we made Geoff work for your supper!



  12. Jocelyndixon said,

    on April 5th, 2007 at 2:04 pm

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    I am glad you got to spend time with the R's. I only got to spend a few hours with them, and not talking, but they were fun and nice to meet. Sarah was especially sweet! She and Eric looked just adorable dancing! 🙂

    As for deer meat – yum – I love it. I always thought that was the <i>only</i> kind of sausage… but what do I know? and I guess you thought it <i>wasn't</i>! LOL

    Someone on my dad's mail route has given him deer jerky! yu-ummm!!! I am glad you liked it… any objects from the other members of the Igarashi family?

    Butternut seeds! LOL Are you going to make more spaghetti with it again?!! <i>That</i> was <b>yummy</b>!!

    We usually put spinach in our sauce… don't tell Mrs. S. though… 😉



  13. SandBetweenMyToes said,

    on April 5th, 2007 at 8:51 pm

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    Just came by to say hi. I agree on the EAster thing. In fact, I told a pastor's wife the same thing one time. She had so much guilt that she didn't feel something extra special on Easter day. As Christians we are thankful (or should be) everyday for the sacrifice He made.

    We do eggs guiltlessly. We usually do them the day before Easter Sunday, but sometimes it's on that day–just depends on the year. We've never done a special dinner, probably because neither of us ever had one growing up.


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    on April 6th, 2007 at 10:02 am

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  15. lynan said,

    on April 6th, 2007 at 3:20 pm

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    We will be having Holy Pascha like Jay was talking about. No baskets, bunnies or eggs but I may look for lambies on clearance as princess adores 'em!

    not sure what the ruckus about your font was but its fine!

  16. weesma said,

    on April 6th, 2007 at 3:24 pm

    Hello, finally

    I meant to stop by sooner. We've had some "fun" computer problems this week – as if having the slowest dialup (26,000 bps) in the world isn't enough!

    About Easter…Our Easter traditions are only 4 years old. Before that we attended a Church of Christ where celebrating Easter is considered without Biblical authority. What was strange about that was that very few had a problem with celebrating Easter as a "national holiday" – egghunts, new clothes, Easter dinner, Easter bunny, etc. Just don't make a big religious deal about it.

    Now we attend Maundy Thursday service and Sunrise service (6:00 AM!) at Cedar Springs Presbyterian and find it very meaningful to us. When the table was shrouded last night and we walked out in silence, it brought home to me the impending death of Christ. The hours before His crucifixion have always reminded me of childbirth. There was (is) no way out except through the pain, even though He knew (and we know) the end would be triumph and joy. And then on Easter morning, I like the feeling of being "one of the women at the tomb". There was a Joanna there, the wife of Chuza. She is mentioned in Luke's account.

    Also I was reading in a children's book on Easter traditions that the whole new clothes idea came from the fact that Easter Sunday was a day of baptism in the early liturgical church, when they wore new garments for baptism. The clothes then would symbolize rebirth. Granted that usually doesn't enter our thinking now when we're shopping.


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