"Knowledge is more than an accumulation of information. It involves the ability to view that information with the right perspective and to use it for its proper end... It is the fear of the Lord that gives us the right perspective and prompts us to use it for the right end...Our main goal should be to glorify God. That is the ultimate goal to which all knowledge should be directed. Regardless of how helpful an item or body of knowledge may be to society, if it does not have as its final purpose the glory of God, it remains defective."
- Jerry Bridges The Joy of Fearing God
Have you heard of Project FeederWatch? It's a great way to do nature study on those cold, blustery days of winter. The Project for 2008 began on November 10th, but you can still sign up to take part in this large scale research program sponsored by Cornell University's Department of Ornithology. There is a registration fee of $15 for United States citizens (not sure about the fee for Canadians, but I know you can participate!). Sign-up is really fast and easy - you can pay with any credit card. The research schedule officially runs from November 10th, 2007 through April 4, 2008. We joined today, and should receive our data collection packet in a few weeks. What a useful time frame for Ambleside Online's second term, which for Year One focuses on - you guessed it - BIRDS!
... that this is just a blog. It's not real life. Because I want the posts and photos I share to encourage and inspire our readers, I don't often write about the negative, discouraging times. Believe me, though, they are there. Every day. By the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, we are sinful people striving to live lives of obedience that glorify Him and to love one another. Anything good is all of His grace and all of His work in us. Let God Almighty have the glory.