Tuesday, May 31, 2011
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Wednesday, May 25, 2011
After reading Timothy Keller's last book, I sent an email to his ministry requesting some to give away to my readers! I am so excited that they arrived today! There are 8 books to be given away at random (using random.org) through the comments left below. You can have your name entered in three ways:
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Winners will be announced on Memorial Day!
Tuesday, May 24, 2011
This past Sunday, Noah, Walt, and I enjoyed a very relaxing day of being together after a stressful week of Noah finishing up classes. It was time very much needed, and words cannot express the enjoyment that I got from having my two favorite men together. You are not going to believe this...but.... I took a nap in the afternoon. It was an hour-long nap of me completely resting while Noah played with Walt. When I went downstairs, Noah was definitely tired out from keeping up with Walt, and that is the stage that he is in now. He is always on the move wanting to experience it all, and yet, I think that he obeys pretty well. He is definitely NOT perfect, but he is already learning what my eyebrow raise signifies before I open my mouth. And the words that he is saying! I forget how big he is growing! Before I realize it, he has learned another word, and it always surprises me! Today we were playing on the floor, and I pulled him over my back by his arms where he dangled with his toes an inch above the carpet. He giggled so hard, and then, said "Again". How could I refuse? His sweet, innocent smile practicing a new word that I didn't know that he knew. He has us wrapped around those little fingers!
Also, it is time that Noah and I admit to the blogging universe that Walt sings Justin Bieber. It reminds me of the episode of Friends when Rachel and Ross keep singing "Baby Got Back" to their newborn baby because that is the only thing they do to get to see a smile. Walt has only heard the song one time on the radio, but since he can say the word that the song consists of "Baby" he loves it. I found myself singing it with him the rest of the day just to watch him laugh, sing, and dance all at the same time. Now, when he should be sleeping, I hear him singing "Baby, Baby, Baby, ooohh".
Walt and I sing, dance, build, run, hug, and read all day. I am so blessed to have these special moments with him no matter how exhausting they are. I am looking for some more fun ideas to do with him, so let me know if you have any! Swimming is definitely about to be on the list of things to do.
Monday, May 23, 2011
Saturday, May 21, 2011
Wednesday, May 18, 2011
When we suffer from things of this world, where does our hope lie? Because Jesus left his father's side to come to this earth and die, we can have hope that one day our sufferings of this world will be gone because we will of the honor of praising God.
Tuesday, May 17, 2011
Walt has grown up so fast! Now-a-days when we go to the grocery he gets to beep along in the car attached to the buggy! He definitely has a much more enjoyable experience shopping while he is in the car!
Monday, May 16, 2011
2 Peter 1:3-5
His divine power has granted to us all things that pertain to life and godliness, through the knowledge of him who called us to his own glory and excellence, by which he has granted to us his precious and very great promises, so that through them you may become partakers of the divine nature, having escaped from the corruption that is in the world because of sinful desire. For this very reason, make every effort to supplement your faith with virtue, and virtue with knowledge,
Page one of this chapter was convicting because I began to think of how often I complain to God about what he has not given me or what he seems to have kept from me without considering the greatest gift that he has even bestowed upon us all, Jesus.
Romans 8:32 - He who did not spare his own Son but gave him up for us all, how will he not also with him graciously give us all things?
Through Jesus' life and death we do not have to pay the death for all sins against God because Jesus has taken our place. There is nothing that we can do to deserve this type of love, and he is not expecting a payment for it. It is a gift. Nancy Guthrie writes, "Mercy says we don't have to do the time. Grace takes our place in the prison cell to do the time we deserve. ..Grace sets us free from the misery of our painful past and the mastery of sin; it frees us from sin's power to keep hurting us and making our lives miserable."
Titus 3: 5 - He saved us , not because of the good things we did, but because of his mercy.
"We deserve punishment but receive forgiveness; we deserve wrath but experience love; we deserve death, but God has shown us mercy." God calls us to be in his likeness, and if he has forgiven us and shown us mercy, we should show this same type of forgiveness and mercy to others. God doesn't weigh what you have done and decide that a sin is too heavy to forgive. Christ covers ALL sin. My suffering is different than others, and my pain was not caused because of someone's wrong doing, so, please, don't take this as my advice as though I understand but as something God has called all of us to do. Having to forgive someone doesn't mean that you are declaring their actions acceptable, but you are offering the same mercy that God has given you (Matthew 5:38-42, Luke 6:35, Romans 12:14-21). Justice is in God's hands. Let him do it. All him to carry the burden for you.
God's greatest gift to us is his son, Jesus, the one who gives us peace when we are suffering and helps to carry our burdens.
Saturday, May 14, 2011
Friday, May 13, 2011
Thursday, May 12, 2011
Wednesday, May 11, 2011
Tuesday, May 10, 2011
This Mother's Day my men treated me sweetly. I woke up to blueberry pancakes, presents, and cards! My little man gave me chocolates and a singing balloon, which he carries around the house meanwhile dancing to the music. Then, my main man, Noah, gave the most amazing surprise EVER! A KINDLE!!! He had been saving up for about as long as I have wanted one, which is a long time! I love to read, so this gift was perfect for me! So the reason why I haven't written about this incredible day is because I have been playing with my new toy! Noah preached in another town, so he was gone during the day, and during that time Walt and I were able to celebrate my mom by going to church with her and having lunch. Then, Noah topped off the day with making me dinner and picking out a kindle case together!
Friday, May 06, 2011
The Rabbit Hole was recently released, and since that week I have considered reviewing it. This was something that I had to do alone. Before Noah left we went to the grocery store together, which was the first time in a VERY long time that we have been able to go together. One of our favorite things to do as newlyweds was to go grocery shopping together. While there shopping Noah was renting a movie on red box for me, and it was at that moment we decided that I would watch it tonight. I was pleasantly surprised with the fact that it wasn't focused in on the death of the child. I don't think my heart could have handled that tonight. The theme of the movie was that everyone deals with grief differently, and in The Rabbit Hole you see a few versions of what could happen. I didn't think that the movie was entertaining in a sense that it is a "must see" movie, but it was so well done that I would recommend it to everyone. Even if you are the closest friend of someone who has lost a child, you don't know all that happens in the heart and mind. What I loved most was that they showed a couple who in the end decided to fight to remain together in the midst of the unbearable pain. Instead of succumbing to their emotions, they realize that the person that they love most on this earth is in pain too, and they work to help each other deal with their grief, even if it is different from their own.
As the following scene was happening I knew that I would share it because it so accurately describes how the intense pain in the heart of a parent changes over time, but it never goes away. Recently there was a birthday full of dresses and tea where a bunch of little girls excitedly awaited the celebration of their friend, and before I knew it my pain was brought to the front of my heart. It isn't something that can be avoided because it is "always in my pocket".
Becca (Nicole Kidman) had a son who died because he ran in the middle of the road while chasing after his dog, and her mother, Becca's brother, died of drug overdose. Their relationship is tense because Becca does not like that her mother compares their pain as being equal when the deaths were so different, but here as she has packed away of the of her son's things she initiates this discussion.
Becca : Does it ever go away?
Nat: No, I don't think it does. Not for me, it hasn't - has gone on for eleven years. But it changes though.
Nat: I don't know... the weight of it, I guess. At some point, it becomes bearable. It turns into something that you can crawl out from under and... carry around like a brick in your pocket. And you... you even forget it, for a while. But then you reach in for whatever reason and - there it is. Oh right, that. Which could be aweful - not all the time. It's kinda...
Nat: not that you'd like it exactly, but it's what you've got instead of your son. So, you carry it around. And uh... it doesn't go away. Which is...
Becca: Which is what?
Nat: Fine, actually.
The movie ends by showing the couple's first step together in the grieving process, but it shows no more. I am not surprised because the hope in the death is Jesus, so it would be even harder for a person who lacks the hope in Christ to grieve. "Do not grieve as others do who have no hope." 1 Thessalonians 4:13 God doesn't say that was should not grieve..meaning don't cry or be unhappy with the situation. He tells us that we are to grieve with the hope, hope of all that God has promised us.
My brick is not only full of sorrow but of sweet reminders of God's promises.
Thursday, May 05, 2011
I enjoy so much the time that Noah and I get to have friends over for dinner, and tonight was one of those nights! We joined together people who met for the first time over a new (and delicious!) recipe! And because its that time of year... a strawberry pie for dessert! Noah doesn't like berries of any kind, so I always shy away from there, but since so many people were coming over I got to make a yummy strawberry pie! I love strawberries!!
Here is the Tex-Mex recipe that I made:
TOSS chicken with taco seasoning and flour in slow cooker. Stir in vegetables and salsa; cover with lid.
COOK on LOW 6 to 8 hours (or on HIGH 3 to 4 hours).
STIR just before serving; top with cheese.
I served this over rice, but I think tomorrow I will eat it in a tortilla!