Archive for May, 2005

Back from Vacation

Our vacation was not one which was conducive to blogging. There are no wide area wireless networks in the Texas State Parks, who were my hosts for 14 nights.

What a state this is! Our family just scratched the surface of this great state, staying in eight different places and mostly concentrating on sites connected with Texas history. My ranking of the best state parks for tent camping, out of the ones we used:

8. Lake Houston. Yuck. The tent area doesn’t have a bathroom. You have to walk a half mile to the showers. Watch for copperheads.
7. Palmetto. Nice spots, but you have to drive to the showers in your car.
6. Goose Island
5. Huntsville. Too crowded.
4. McKinney Falls. Nice swims in the river, but tent spots are tiny and bathrooms are old.
3. Guadalupe River. A really wonderful location, but small, un-flat tent pads made life a little difficult.
2. Enchanted Rock. The rock is enchanting, but the tent spots are mostly not near the parking lot. Hike to your campsite.
1. Stephen F Austin - the cleanest and best kept. Like camping in someone’s back yard.

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Challies Dot Com

I guess a lot of blogs start by referring readers to the blogger’s other favorite blogs. I hope everyone has heard of Challies Dot Com, written by a Reformed gentleman in Canada. I don’t really know how people get enough time to sit around and write up all the insights that a person like Tim Challies does. I don’t know him, but I’ll certainly shake his hand when I do.

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The Holdfast.

I’ll kick off this blog by posting the poem from which the blog takes its name.

George Herbert

I THREATENED to observe the strict decree
Of my dear God with all my power and might :
But I was told by one, it could not be ;
Yet I might trust in God to be my light.

Then will I trust, said I, in him alone.
Nay, evâ??n to trust in him, was also his :
We must confess, that nothing is our own.
Then I confess that he my succour is :

But to have nought is ours, not to confess
That we have nought. I stood amazâ??d at this,
Much troubled, till I heard a friend express,
That all things were more ours by being his.
What Adam had, and forfeited for all,
Christ keepeth now, who cannot fail or fall.

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