Monday, March 31, 2008
Sunday, March 30, 2008
Friday, March 28, 2008
- grateful for family
- grateful for friends
- grateful for our Heritage family
- grateful to Grandpa for making our trip to Texas possible
- grateful to Natalie and Robert and Grandma for being the best hosts
- grateful for TEX-MEX! (you don't know what you've got 'til it's gone...believe me!)
- grateful for chocolate cake (from Abby who turned 2 while in Texas)
- grateful for sleepovers (from Emily & Ben)
- grateful for awesome weather (it's currently 28 degrees and snowing here)
- grateful to Chelsea for watching over our house and pets
Saturday, March 22, 2008
Ok, now put yourself in our shoes for a minute... We've been at the airport since 6:30, so excited to leave for Texas, with three kids in tow and who knows how many carry-on bags full of entertainment and snacks for the three-hour flight. However, I have to say that the kids did a fantastic job during our wait. I think Mommy and Daddy were the ones that were anxious by the time we boarded that plane. The kids were asleep before we even taxied to the runway. Our heads hit the pillows at 2:00 in the morning and we slept good! There's just something about being in Texas....
Tuesday, March 11, 2008
This really got me thinking about the nature of faith. I mean, what is faith? Why are we pressed to have faith? I think the author, a professor at a university, has fallen for a classic argument. In fact it's the argument that led to the first sin. The argument that states:
- I should be able to know and understand everything that God knows and understands.
- If I cannot know or understand something, God is at fault.
2 “Who is this that questions my wisdom
with such ignorant words?
3 Brace yourself like a man,
because I have some questions for you,
and you must answer them.
4 “Where were you when I laid the foundations of the earth?
Tell me, if you know so much.
5 Who determined its dimensions
and stretched out the surveying line?
6 What supports its foundations,
and who laid its cornerstone
7 as the morning stars sang together
and all the angels shouted for joy?
Job didn't understand God's plan and is basically told, "Who do you think you are?" How can we possibly think that in our finite minds we can grasp God's plans and motivations? Yet, the author I heard has lost his faith because he doesn't understand why there is suffering. Take a look at Job's response in Chapter 40 (NASB):
1Then the LORD said to Job,
2"Will the faultfinder contend with the Almighty?
Let him who reproves God answer it."
3Then Job answered the LORD and said,
4"Behold, I am insignificant; what can I reply to You?
I lay my hand on my mouth.
5"Once I have spoken, and I will not answer;
Even twice, and I will add nothing more."
Job proudly proclaims, "Er...nevermind." I wonder what that author's response will be when he stands before God.
Look, true faith is not easy nor is it blind. I believe God wants us to study, question and do everything we can to understand Him. He doesn't want legions of mindless robots following Him. Rather, I think God wants followers who are willing to question everything and put their beliefs to the test with the understanding that we are finite and God is infinite and we will never understand everything He does or everything that happens around us, but we can do our best to try.
Monday, March 10, 2008
In the beginning, it started as a spark of interest, but now I have to admit that I have a new addiction. I have become addicted to the world of blogging. I love reading other people's blogs and you know the funny thing? Most of these people that I'm reading about, I don't even know. Does that make me nosy? Maybe. Some are entertaining, some are funny, some are inspiring, some are heart wrenching and some stories, just tragic. However, some of the blogs that I've found have given me the opportunity to pray for new and different things.
Daily, I read a blog that is the story of a modern day miracle in progress. I won't give all the details as I definitely will not do the story justice, but I will give you the website. But, please be forewarned, in the beginning, it will be a quick read and interest for you, but the danger of addiction for you will be very real! (http://cfhusband.blogspot.com)
So, I thought maybe I would try this new thing called blogging myself. I'll use this blog to combine my ponderings with family updates and antics. So, to begin, we got 20 inches of snow this weekend over the course of just 2 days. It was crazy! The sun came out yesterday and we took the opportunity to get out and play in the snow. The kids had a ball digging tunnels through the snow. Poor little Abby couldn't move, so what else is there to do when you can't move in snow but eat the snow, right? Enjoy the pics and welcome to our blogging world!