Crooked Finger (crookedfingers) wrote,
Crooked Finger

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in the school of love

It is now in the ice snow flow 4:10 PM Wednesday late afternoon or early evening, all depends where you are living out your life. I just came in the house after shoveling snow off our driveway and walks. I also fed the birds while outside. I could have waited for our snow plow man to come and clear our driveway, but you never know if he is going to show up.

I have been basically watching our birds by our bird feeder and reading "A Christian Directory" by Richard Baxter. Not much else going on around here today. I did get a book in the mail today titled, "In the School of Love: An Anthology of Early Cistercian Texts" Selected and annotated by Edith Scholl OCSO/Introduction by M. Basil Pennington OCSO. I am a student of Monastic Spirituality.

I have no plans for the evening hours. Last night I read and listened to music before going to bed around 11 o'clock PM. I have not felt sleepy all day, which is nice. I usually feel more awake during the day if I get out of bed in the morning around 7:30 AM.

I thought I would quote some more of "A Christian Directory" by Richard Baxter this afternoon.

"Direct. VII. Consider, that when God doth not govern you, you are ruled by the flesh, the world, and the devil.-And what right or fitness they have to govern you, and what is their work, and final reward, methinks you should easily discern. "If ye live after the flesh, ye shall die," Rom. viii.13. "And if ye sow to the flesh, of the flesh ye shall reap corruption," It will strike you with horror, if, in the hour of temptation, you would but think: I am now going to disobey my God, and to obey the flesh, the world, or the devil, and to prefer their will before His will.

Direct. VIII. Turn your eye upon the rebellious nations of the earth, and upon the state of the most malignant and ungodly men; and consider, that such madness and misery as you discern in them, every wilful disobedience to God doth tend to, and partaketh of in its degree.-To see a swinish drunkard in his vomit; to hear a raging bedlam curse and swear; or a malignant wretch blaspheme and scorn at a holy life: to hear how foolishly they talk against God, and see how maliciously they hate his servants, one would think should turn one's stomach against all sin for ever. To think what beasts or incarnate devils many of the ungodly are; to think what confusion and inhumanity possess most of those nations that know not God, one would think should make the least degree of sin seem odious to us, when the dominion and ripeness of it are so odious." Richard Baxter pg. 76 Christian Ethics

"For to be carnally minded is death, but to be spiritually minded is life and peace" Romans 8:6

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