Tuesday, October 28, 2008
1. Why the costumes and the candy?
2. Why the Santa and the Savior?
3. Why the bunny and the Cross?
Is it because…
1. You’ve always done it?
2. Everyone else is doing it?
3. It’s fun?
If you don’t, will you feel…
1. Left out?
2. You’re depriving your kids?
3. Others will think you are being too holy or spiritual?
I’ve pondered all of these questions. There are not specific commandments for how to celebrate holidays/traditions. If there were, it would be so much easier…like, “Thou shall never have your child sit on a chubby, red-suited stranger's lap”. Anyway, we still need answers, so what’s a believer to do? I don’t have any answers for you, but check these scriptures out -
* So, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God. 1 Corinthians 10:31
* And these words that I command you today shall be on your heart. You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, and when you walk by the way, and when you lie down, and when you rise. You shall bind them as a sign on your hand, and they shall be as frontlets between your eyes. You shall write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates. Deuteronomy 6:6-9
* Train up a child in the way he should go; even when he is old he will not depart from it. Proverbs 22:6
Hmmmm – The Quest Continues…
My pondering to all these questions ended after I read the book, Treasuring God in our Traditions by Noel Piper. This book is a MUST read! It is an easy read and very practical (my kind of book!) In a nutshell, here are the 3 most profound statements that totally changed my way of thinking.
1. “Traditions are a vital way of displaying our greatest treasure, of showing what—Who—is most important to us” (p. 18). That statement reflects 1 Cor. 10:31.
Do the things you do on holidays represent the One you say you treasure?
2. “We should keep God’s Word as available and as visible as if it were hanging between our eyes—as if everything we see and do comes through his filter. His Word should be as if it were tied on our hands so that all our acts are directed and shaped by his Word” (p. 24). That statement clearly defines Deut. 6:6-9.
Do the things you do on holidays represent God’s Word?
3. “From their births, I have always wanted my children to know as much about God as they were able to grasp at whatever age they were. And I have wanted my life and our family to be a picture of God to others—that we be the body of Christ who presents an image of Christ to the people around us” (p. 30-31). That’s what Prov. 22:6 is all about.
Basically, when we question something we do on holidays and say, “What’s wrong with…?” “That’s the wrong question. We need to be asking: Will it strengthen my faith and help me love Jesus more?” (p. 54)
"All things are lawful," but not all things are helpful. "All things are lawful," but not all things build up. 1 Corinthians 10:23
Friday, October 24, 2008
Wednesday, October 22, 2008
* And the LORD said to Moses, "Is the LORD’s hand shortened? Now you shall see whether my word will come true for you or not." Numbers 11:23
* Why, when I came, was there no man; why, when I called, was there no one to answer? Is my hand shortened, that it cannot redeem? Or have I no power to deliver? Isaiah 50:2
* Behold, the LORD’s hand is not shortened, that it cannot save, or his ear dull, that it cannot hear. Isaiah 59:1
This is basically saying, “The Lord’s power is unlimited!” Nothing can hinder His power! It is so encouraging because no matter how big our trials are, God is BIGGER! Like the song that the kids sing, “My God is so big, so strong, and so mighty. There’s NOTHING my God cannot do!” In what areas of your life are you acting like God’s hands are too short to reach? Let God’s truth overtake those areas today and trust His limitless power.
Click here to hear one of my favorite songs on this subject.
Friday, October 17, 2008
1. Our house is in walking distance to a park. The kids really enjoy our daily wagon walks.
3. We like the change of seasons! The extreme beauty of each season is a reflection of our God.
8. Christian has the best one-on-one assistants at church. Thanks Elisa, Rachel, & Jenny!
9. The Minnesotans that we’ve met have lived up to the state’s reputation for being Minnesota nice.
10. Our church family
We praise God for moving us here. He has done, “far more abundantly beyond all that we asked or thought". (Ephesians 3:20)
Thursday, October 16, 2008
* Someone may be longing for a child, God is offering you contentment as you wait.
* Someone may be longing for a spouse to be saved, God is offering you a submissive heart in the meantime.
* Someone may be longing for direction & guidance, God is offering you faith as you trust Him.
* Someone may be longing for healing, God is offering you strength to endure.
* All of us are longing for an answered prayer, God is offering us joy & peace as we persevere.
We may think we know the right fix to our problems. But God is more concerned about our hearts changing than our circumstances. He is all about eternal, lasting results not temporal, quick fixes (2 Corinthians 4:16-18). So, perseverance in a trial may seem bitter, but as we trust in God and hold on to His Word, we will reap sweet blessings.
And let us not grow weary of doing good, for in due season we will reap, if we do not give up. Galatians 6:9
Monday, October 13, 2008
Friday, October 10, 2008
2) You had the very 1st Cabbage Patch Kids (I still have my 3!)
3) You watched The Smurfs when you came home from school.
Thursday, October 9, 2008
*Blood Pressure Low –- put on 2 medications
*Oxygen Saturation in blood dropping
*Lots of sedation
*Our 1st family prayer together
*Blood Pressure stable
*Only needs 25% oxygen from ventilator
*Peeing good with catheter
*1st blood transfusion
*2nd blood transfusion
*Weaned off of one blood pressure medication
*We taped your testimony (Psalm 71:6-8) to your bedside
*Off one blood pressure medication & weaning off the other
*Ventilator setting down to 40 from 60
*Peeing in diaper — No catheter
*No sedation needed since last night
*Off both blood pressure medications
*Given steroids to assist in development
*Ventilator setting continues to be turned down
*1st head ultrasound – No bleeding on the brain...Praise God!
*Little jaundice – needed to lay under a blue light
*Daddy was reading the Bible while we were visiting you and he saw this scripture: I will not die but live, and will proclaim what the Lord has done. Psalm 118:17
*Start feeding on mommy’s milk at 11:00P.M.
*Fed every 6 hours – 1 cc (cubic centimeter)
*Blood gas pH level low – needs monitoring
*HAPPY 1 WEEK OLD!!!
*Jaundice down – do not need blue light
*Found blood in lungs last night – went up on ventilator setting
*Mommy was encouraged by I Peter 1:21 which states that as believers in God through Jesus, our faith and hope are in God.
*Blood gas pH level good
*No more blood found in lungs all day
*Daddy correlated Ephesians 2:10 to your birthday (2/10). It reads: For we are God’s masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so that we can do the good things he planned for us long ago.
*Your nurse says you’re becoming a big boy because you don’t make a fuss like you used to when she turns your head.
*Heart report showed an opening in the valve between your lungs & heart
*Day 1 of a very TRYING week for all of us
*Surgery to close the valve between your lungs & heart
*Feedings stopped for recovery
*Recovering well from surgery
*We touched you for the 1st time!
*Oxygen level had to be increased – Lungs not doing well
*HAPPY 2 WEEKS OLD!!!
*Infection in lungs from ventilator – put on 2 antibiotics
*Blood pressure dropped
*Ventilator support lowered
*Off blood pressure medications
*Made sucking noises with the tube in your mouth :-)
*Very uncomfortable – moving a lot
*2nd head ultrasound – possible abnormal cells
*Day 1 of RELIEF for all of us
*Blood gas excellent
*Blood pressure good
*Down on oxygen support
*Only on 1 antibiotic
*Lungs look better
*Moved to your own “home” – incubator
*No more lines in your belly button
*Fed every 3 hours
*Fed 2 cc
*Slowly weaning off morphine
*Fed 3 cc
*HAPPY 3 WEEKS OLD!!!
*We saw you yawn for the 1st time. :-)
*Fed 4 cc
*3rd head ultrasound – possible abnormal cells
*Fed 5 cc
*Fed 6 cc
*Only 1 blood gas check now instead of 2
*Fed 7 cc
*Oxygen level at 30%
*Fed 8 cc
*Eye infection – drainage – given eye drops
*Fed 9 cc (1 cc will be added every 12 hours to 18 cc)
*Urinating and having bow movements regularly
*HAPPY 1 MONTH BIRTHDAY!!!
*Blood gas was not good
*Blood gas good
*No TPN (protein supplement) IVs
*All feeding done via feeding tube
*Growing infection in lungs – on antibiotics
*Up on vent support
*Infection in blood – on antibiotic
*IV for feedings – back on TPN
In all, Christian was in the hospital for 135 days! He had to endure…
* Ventilator (breathing machine) for 2 months
* Feeding tube for 2½ months
* Various infections
* 6 blood transfusions
* 1 surgery
But God said, “This illness does not lead to death. It is for the glory of God, so that the Son of God may be glorified through it.” ~ John 11:4
The LORD has done great things for us; we are glad. ~ Psalm 126:3
Wednesday, October 8, 2008
4. He got the kids a babysitter and he took me to my fav. restaurant - Red Lobster. Of course I ate my 2 fav. foods...snow crab legs and shrimp.
Thank you so much babe for making my birthday extra special!!!
Tuesday, October 7, 2008
1) Whoever finds his life will lose it, and whoever loses his life for my [Christ] sake will find it. – Matt. 10:39
2) To live is Christ, to die is gain. – Phil. 1:21
3) Absent from the body is to be home with the Lord. – 2 Cor. 5:8
Thank you Pastor John, I was thinking about life, but you helped me to think about death which would be of greater gain to me. Whether I die at age 33 or not, I want to live a life worthy of the calling (Matt. 10:37-38). Lord, help me to walk more faithful with You. My prayer is that when I see your face, You will say, “Well done, good and faithful servant. You have been faithful over a little; I will set you over much. Enter into the joy of your master.” Matt. 25:23
If then you have been raised with Christ, seek the things that are above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. Set your minds on things that are above, not on things that are on earth. For you have died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God. When Christ who is your life appears, then you also will appear with him in glory. Colossians 3:1-4
Monday, October 6, 2008
My friend, Tricia, gave me a blog makeover for my birthday! Thank you so much T, you did an EXCELLENT job!!!
Blog friends, what ‘cha think???
P.S. Those who know me well know that I love birthdays. So, in honor of my 33rd birthday, each day this week all my posts will have something to do with my birthday or the #33. A week long birthday celebration…oh yeah! :-)
Saturday, October 4, 2008
At the point of salvation, you belong to new family. God is your Father and other believers are your siblings. It doesn’t matter what color you are; that’s obsolete in the body of Christ. When Christ lives in you, He is the One who should govern your thoughts, words, and actions not your culture. He said, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the great and first commandment” (Matthew 22:37-38). Christ is serious about our love for Him. How do we love Him? We love God by living according to the truth of His Word (John 14:15).
When we as believers have an opportunity to choose someone to represent us, we should look closely at how well their beliefs and opinions line up with Biblical truths. The decision should never be based on their color.
Christ should trump color in ALL things! Think about that when you’re choosing a mate, a friend, or a church. By the way, be sure to remember that on November 4!