Thursday, January 15, 2015
So very long since I have posted. Thank you, dear reader for checking back in. It seems to have been ages. The reason is simple. I have not been smoking my pipes enough lately. Cold weather? Yes. Busy? Sure. Mostly just bad priorities. I have suffered in my mental state for not taking the careful and conscious time of reflection and smoking. I haven't sacrificed any animals or anything of that nature or woken up in a place that I didn't fall asleep...I have just been stretched. It is time to get the pipes out. It is time to return.
The Latakia called me back.
Special Balkan from Edwards. The cool kindness of Latakia called me back to the great contemplative pass-time. So wonderful. There was reviewer of this lovely tobacco that suggested that it makes them feel like they just finished Thanksgiving dinner. This is a smoke that brings great satisfaction to me. It isn't just the latakia, the whole package together provides an sense of pleasure that demands that everything slow down. To a halt. The world can commence once the experience is over. And so it is. The pipe must be smoked and the Special Balkan is supreme.
Wednesday, September 18, 2013
"I was wondering, does Jesus ever get amazed?"
Jesus is seated right now at the right hand of the Father, and I am not sure what his daily reactions to things here on earth specifically looks like. For us being amazed has to do with being surprised, much of the time, and I don't believe Jesus is ever surprised because he knows everything.
However, Jesus was absolutely amazed when He walked on earth. What amazed Jesus is VERY important. Matthew 8:5-10 tells about a time when a centurion (a Roman Soldier who was in charge of a hundred other soldiers) came to Jesus because he wanted Jesus to heal a person who worked in his house. When Jesus said He would come the Centurion told Jesus, in my words: "I believe that You are so powerful that you can heal my servant from wherever you are." He really believed that Jesus was able to heal his servant. Then verse 10 says this: "Now when Jesus heard this, He marveled and said to those who were following, "Truly I say to you, I have not found such great faith with anyone in Israel." (Matthew 8:10 NASB)
So, I believe Jesus looks on with marveling wonder when we trust Him. I believe Jesus is amazed whenever you choose to trust Him with your self and your circumstances. Jesus is amazed at what he created in you!
Thank you, again, for your question. It is a great encouragement to me.
Thursday, May 30, 2013
Last night I enjoyed three bowls of tobacco with a dear friend. Today I was reminded of the pleasant and meaningful conversation we shared by tasting in turn the richness of the first bowl of Dunhill 965, the frank beautiful simplicity of a bowl of Velvet and the full sweetness of Black Gold Plus. With the memory of those sweet tobaccos coming in turn the memory of the gentle and genuine conversation drifts to and fro like gentle puffs of smoke on the evening breeze. What a blessed thing to enjoy a pipe and the company of another dear like-minded brother in Christ. What a great blessing this!
Tuesday, May 21, 2013
So much excitement for this smoking season. I have three tins that I have stored up and am waiting to try, two of which are new! I have a tin of Nightcap that is waiting to be opened and I cannot wait to return to that sweet latakian goodness again. Additionally I have some Dunhill Standard Mixture which is a great excitement to me as I have loved 965 and London Mixture. So much joy ahead! Finally, I was given a tin of Rattray's Bagpiper's Dream, which I have decided to love, because I love bagpipes and am an amateur bagpiper. And so it goes. Let the smoking begin, and hopefully, the pipe blogging!