Saturday, November 25, 2006
Here's your chance to weigh in on the matter. I want as many people as read this blog (even those of you who lurk in the shadows and neglect to post comments normally) to sound off in the comment section. NOW...let me clarify the issue: I am not asking whether or not she should have the right to cut it or whatever you think would make her happy. I want you to honestly post YOUR OWN opinion of what you think of her hair. Yes, this is an incredibly shallow post, probably my worst ever, but I will not be dissuaded. Ok...Dawn said I'm desperate. But please, none of the "Oh she should do whatever makes her happy" stuff. I need you to grow a pair (metaphorically speaking of course) and post YOUR OPINION. Girls AND GUYS -- young and old, regular commenters and shadow lurkers....come one and all and help me out! If you don't know what she looks like, refer to the last two posts for the latest pics.
**Postscript** Let me be clear: ultimately your opinion doesn't matter, particularly if you disagree with me. So what have you got to lose? :-)
Friday, November 24, 2006
After getting back home I snapped this picture of him and his Mom; I think my favorite so far!
Monday, November 20, 2006
I am still in the beginning stages of studying, but Bridges has reminded me of the "key" to being humble.
"Humility in every area of life, in every relationship with other people, begins with a right concept of God as the One who is infinite and eternal in His majesty and holiness. We are to humble ourselves under God's mighty hand, approaching every relationship and every circumstance in reference to Him." p74
"This humility before God is basic to all our relationships in life. We cannot begin to experience humility in any other relationship until we experience a deep and profound humility in our attitude toward God. When we are conscious of our (sinful) creature relationship to an infinitely majestic and holy God, we will not wish to selfishly compare ourselves with others. And to the extent that our awareness of our lowly place before God is an abiding one, we will avoid the temptations of pride and competition."p75
Before I started reading Bridges' book I had the mindset that I must be humble because it is commanded in scripture (which is true). What I was reminded of is that humility will be an outcome of a right view of God; it is not just a command that I need to obey out of sheer will power. When I am consumed with the awesomeness of who God is it is not difficult for me to by humble due to my sinful state. But, when I become consumed with the things and people of this world I tend to start comparing myself and become prideful in my heart. My problem is that I am not always consumed with the awesomeness of God; everything in my life must be about God! When God has my full adoration the things that I might have become proud about are no longer a temptation, because I have a different perspective. So though the topic of my lesson will be on humility, the emphasis will be about having a consuming passion for know Christ and God.
Saturday, November 18, 2006
Monday, November 13, 2006
Tuesday, November 07, 2006
This is my first attempt at posting something other then pictures so please be patient. I am not the best writer but Nate has encouraged me many times that the only way to get better at writing is to practice. So here goes nothing :-) Recently I have been asking myself a few questions as I read my bible such as: what have I learned about God, what have I learned about myself and what commands am I to obey. So, when I came to Philippians chapter four verses 6 & 7 I was reminded of a command that I am to obey and a promise regarding God. The command to obey is in verse six "Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving present your requests to God." This verse hits home for me since I am a person that finds many things to be anxious about; in fact Nate has told me on several different occasions that I "like" to find something to worry about. It is not that I truly enjoy the twist I get in my stomach when I think of something that I have no control over so why do I put myself through this so often? I believe with all my heart that when I worry it is because I am not trusting in God. I am not trusting that God's way is best (which may mean I don't get the answer to my prayer that I wanted). So from now on when I start to feel that tightening in my stomach or my mind becomes consumed with how I want something to go I am going to use my sword and turn to Philippians 4:6-7. My response must be to go to prayer giving Him my hearts burden asking Him to do what is best and to help my doubting heart. I must also make a point to have a time of praise as well. When I do this I am reminded of many of God's wonderful attributes which takes my mind off of my "small" worry. This is the command that I am to obey. Verse 7 is a promise regarding God: "and the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus." We give our burdens to God in prayer and He gives us His peace; it is not a fair exchange but God is so gracious to us! So for any of you worriers out there the next time you feel your heart becoming heavy with a care of this world turn to Phil. 4:6-7 and watch the power of God work in your life!