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Friday, July 10, 2009

So, new job is going good, Luke finally went to California and got back early this morning, and we got a new car. Things are going good. But I have to get back to work.

God bless

Thursday, June 11, 2009

short update

Ok, so it's been a long time, but we don't have Internet, so it's really not my fault. So, last I wrote I said that I decided to leave my job. And surprise, surprise, I got offered a new job a week after leaving. (Well, it wasn't really a surprise, we knew God would provide.) But He kind of went above and beyond. We weren't going to be picky about what kind of job I got, but it did end up being a medical position. With better pay, benefits including vision and dental, and way closer to home. Their M.A. is leaving for nursing school, so I start on June 22ND. So I've got about a month off. It's been a nice little break. I came up to my parents this weekend, so that's why I have Internet access.

Well, actually, that's really all that's new.

Sorry it's so short.

God bless,

Monday, May 4, 2009

No one compares

My employer is out of the office for a while, so because of that I'm currently working shorter days. Since Luke and I still carpool, that leaves me with a few hours to find something to do before work. So I've been going to the (only) Starbucks in town to study. And it's not like I can't study at home, but something about getting out of the house and finding a place where you can just zone out helps a lot. I actually read a lot this morning that I wanted to share, but to try and keep this post not a novel I think I'll only share half of what I was reading.

A lot of times I'll find a specific topic and go from there, sometimes just one certain passage. But sometimes I just thumb through and look at what I have highlighted. (Sorry if that offends people that I write in my bible, but I'm one of those.) There's always different reasons why a verse may stand out to me, but when I go back and look at it all I find it encouraging. This may be a jumbled mess of thoughts, but it makes sense to me.

Isaiah
30:18-"Therefore the Lord waits to be gracious to you, and therefore he exalts himself to show mercy to you. For the Lord is a God of justice; blessed are all those who wait for him."
19b-"He will surely be gracious to you at the sound of your cry. As soon as he hears it, he answers you."
21-"And your ears shall hear a word behind you, saying, 'This is the way, walk in it,' "

33:6-"He will be the stability of your times, abundance of salvation, wisdom, and knowledge;"
(The stability of our time, how true is that? Everything in the world is un-sure, but not God. He is always the same, someone to cling to that doesn't give in or give out.)
22b-"the Lord is our king, he will save us." (I have to pray to ask help not to lose sight of that. God is my king. Maybe it's hard to grasp because I've never lived in a time where you had a king, and so that idea doesn't stick with me. I find it interesting to watch movies with kings and to see the devotion the people have to this person.)

35:10-"And the ransomed of the Lord shall return and come to Zion with singing; everlasting joy shall be upon their heads; they shall obtain gladness and joy, and sorrow and sighing shall flee away."

38:5b-"I have heard your prayers; I have seen your tears,"

40:11-"He will tend his flock like a shepherd; he will gather the lambs in his arms; he will carry them in his bosom, and gently lead those that are with young."
31-"but they who wait for the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles; they shall run and not be weary; they shall walk and not faint."

41:13-"For I, the Lord your God, hold your right hand; it is I who say to you, 'Fear not, I am the one who helps you.' " (This is one of my favorites.)

This is probably getting too long, so I'll stop there at 41:13. But wow, who can compare to our God? That seemed to be an appropriate title. He chose to create the earth and heavens. He made man and loved him. Even through our sinful flesh, he still loves us and sacrificed to make a way to heaven for us. He continues to make ways for us in our daily lives and provides our daily needs. Even more than just the salvation of our souls. As if that wasn't more than enough. He knows what we go through and is there besides us, helping and leading when we seek it. And he's still there loving us even when we aren't looking to him.

Why in the world do I complain? The truth that God loves us even though compared to him we're utterly worthless is pretty heavy to understand. For lack of a better word, it makes me feel pretty lame. And very thankful to have an Almighty God. So many reasons to praise Him. So, all this was a much needed reminder of the love God has for me and that we truly do have a living Savior. Hope this brings encouragement.

God bless

Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Let love be genuine

Romans 12:9-21

"Let love be genuine. Abhor what is evil; hold fast to what is good. Love one another with brotherly affection. Outdo one another in showing honor. Do not be slothful in zeal, be fervent in spirit, serve the Lord. Rejoice in hope, be patient in tribulation, be constant in prayer. Contribute to the needs of the saints and seek to show hospitality.
Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse them. Rejoice with those who rejoice, weep with those who weep. Live in harmony with one another. Do not be haughty, but associate with the lowly. Never be conceited. Repay no one evil for evil, but give thought to do what is honorable in the sight of all. If possible, so far as it depends on you, live peaceably with all.
Beloved, never avenge yourselves, but leave it to the wrath of God, for it is written, 'Vengeance is mine, I will repay, says the Lord.' To the contrary, 'if your enemy is hungry, feed him; if he is thirsty, give him something to drink; for by so doing you well heap burning coals on his head.' Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good."

My bible has this passage labeled as "Marks of the true Christian." So, how are you doing? I don't know about you, but I'm shamed when I read this passage. How far I fall! My pastor was going over the idea a few weeks ago about letting love be genuine. And that idea has stuck in my head, I've noticed more when my love is being "fake" in a way. Where I'll act loving, but only because I know God wants me to, not out of a desire to really be loving. And I'll tell you what, blessing those who persecute you sure is tough. Though I wonder if it's considered persecution if they treat you wrong just because their mean, not because of my faith. However, feeding your "enemy" pretty much would include mean people. (Has anyone ever read that last part and inside found secret satisfaction in being nice to your enemy for the idea of "heaping coals on their head?" I know, this is really showing my heart.)

Like I said, I fall far. Reminds me of Phil. 3:13-14 -Straining forward toward the goal. (paraphrase) And with a promise like 1 Cor. 10:13 -No temptation that He hasn't provided a way to escape, it's hard not to feel confident that the Lord can help me.

So, praying for me and you, that we can have genuine love through Christ to bless others.

God bless

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

monthly update

So, I've been lacking, and much has happened in the last month. But at least I'm not as bad as the folks over at out of the miry clay. Let me try to let you in on everything that has happened. First, we had my brother and sister in law and the kids stay at our house. And it was so much fun. It was different having kids running around, but we really enjoyed it. It was nice to see Megan again, she is at such a fun age, and such a happy little girl. And I can't believe how big the boys are. And of course Luke plays the "crazy uncle" role well. Daniel kept calling him silly the whole time. Michelle put up some pictures of our place on her blog, thanks Michelle, in case you want to see what our place looks like. They were able to go to church with us and meet our church family, so that was nice. They went home that night, then that same night three of my friends from my time at Christian supply came out and spent the night. That was a ton of fun as well. They stayed until Monday night then went home. So it was a full weekend of guests, but it was wonderful. A few weeks before Ryan stayed with us as well, I can't remember if I wrote about that. But Luke and I love having people stay with us. Mom and dad might come in May, and so might Chantal and Justin. So anyone who's interested, let us know!

We had our Easter service this past weekend, and that turned out nice. We had about the same amount of people as last year, but we rented out the high school. Which was a great idea because it would have been very cramped in our church building and we also had a meal after the service. So it was nice to have the use of the school's kitchen. It was very stormy though, so by the afternoon, everyone was soaked from having to move everything back to the church. However that adds to the experience.

Probably the biggest news for us right now is that I gave my notice at my work. A lot was going on and Luke and I decided it was best to move on. I was very happy with the decision and we're looking forward to see what God will bring next. I'll still need to work, so I've been looking around at a couple different places. But I'll let you know when something turns up. We've noticed how nice it is to not have to worry about finding another job, because we already know that God provides. Some people might have though this was a bad decision with where the economy is, but we can just say "God's bigger than the economy," and be just fine. It's nice to have an unmovable foundation to lean on. Knowing that Luke and I are excited to see what God will do and not worrying about it is a huge blessing.

Also, today is our 2 year anniversary. We both have to work today, but went out for coffee this morning. Next weekend we're going to stay in Portland to see a comedian that Luke really likes, Brad Stein. So we're looking forward to that. We will be missing a Sunday for that, so it will be weird to have nothing going on on a Sunday. But I guess that's ok to take one off once in a while.

Well, that's about all.

God bless

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

more thoughts for today

So I decided I wanted to write more today. I noticed this verse the other day and had forgotten about it, when I saw it again it brought a new wave of encouragement. 1 Cor. 7:17- "Only let each person lead the life that the Lord has assigned to him, and to which God has called him." That with the added promise of Romans 8:28- "And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose." You know what this verse means? -There really is a reason why we are where we are, and it's from God!

I really needed that reminder right now. I question things so often wondering why they aren't different. Or why doesn't the "right" thing happen, this isn't "fair" what's happening, why can't "this" be a part of our lives? But God is in control and has a purpose and a reason. (I feel like I wrote a post about this same thing a while ago, I'm obviously not learning my lesson.)

The story of Hosea always stuck out to me. This man loves the Lord, and God asks him to marry a whore. I mean, what's fair in that? But he does, and she goes back to being a whore. But then God tells Hosea to get her back, and he pays fifteen shekels of silver and a homer and a lethech of barley for her. ( I don't really know what any of that it, but sounds like a lot.) But Hosea bought his wife back! He paid a price for what was already his. Does that remind you of anyone? God made us, but had to pay a price to get us into heaven. We are a wicked people, but God is so holy. Praise God that He loves us!

"In this the love of God was made manifest among us, that God sent his only Son into the world, so that we might live through him. In this is love, not that we have loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins." 1 John 4:9-10.

"For everyone who has been born of God overcomes the world. And this is the victory that has overcome the world-our faith. Who is it that overcomes the world except the one who believes that Jesus is the Son of God?' 1 John 5:4-5

So, basically, God has a purpose for me, paid the price for my soul, loves me, and has given me victory over this world. Why do I complain again? I feel humbled.

Well, hope my random thought process is of encouragement.

Praise God, and God bless

thanks for praying

Thanks to everyone who was praying for Luke. His teaching went very well, and he got good feedback about it. Here's another thing to think about, the band he used to be in may get back together. And also for his work, they're running out of jobs. But they might send Luke to California to do a job for a week, so that would be some good job security for another week. Well, it's always good to have a list of things to pray about. We have some other things we're dealing with that need some serious prayer, but they aren't things I can write out here. So, thanks in advance for praying. :)

I saw on my blog that I have one follower, I don't know what that means. Could someone explain that for me?

My brother and sister-in-law and kids are staying with us this weekend! I'm very excited, and need to figure out how to little-boy/proof a room.

Well, that's all for now, God bless