Tuesday, September 08, 2009

1 John

This morning I actually set my alarm and got up before the rest of the family for some quiet time. This is something I've been planning to do for, well, for years. I will attempt it again tomorrow! In my quiet time I read 1 John and I can't shake the feeling that I need to share what I learned. And since this is basically my only platform, I will share it here :). If this sounds boring to you, scroll down for pictures of my really cute kids. I know that's the only reason most of you visit my blog anyway!
1. God actually expects me to live like Jesus did. He doesn't just expect me to know about how Jesus lived. He doesn't just expect me to admire how Jesus lived or teach others how Jesus lived. John says "Those who say they live in God should live their lives as Jesus did." I like to think there's a lot of wiggle room due to the fact that "Jesus lived in a different time and culture than I do" or my personal favorite "Jesus was a single man and I'm a married mother of 3" etc... But I know for me those are convenient justifications for the fact that on most fronts my life looks nothing like his did. I am comfortable. He was not. I am selfish. He was not. I'm impatient. He was not. I don't want to brag, but I'm generally well liked. He was not. It is true that my time and circumstances are different that his were, but time and circumstance have very little to do with love and sacrifice. 1 John 5:6 says "And Jesus Christ was revealed as God's Son by his baptism in water and by shedding his blood on the cross - not by water only, but by water and blood." I'm no theologian. I'm not even sure I know how to spell theologian. But Jesus' obedience to the father obviously involved great sacrifice. It's very tempting to rest in the fact that we have followed Jesus' example and God's command by participating in water baptism. But Jesus didn't stop there. He went on to live a life of sacrifice. Water and Blood. John says "We know what real love is because Jesus gave up his life for us. So we also ought to give up our lives for our brothers and sisters. If someone has enough money to live well and sees a brother or sister in need but shows no compassion - how can God's love be in that person? Dear children, let's not merely say that we love each other; let us show the truth by our actions." He actually expects me to live like that.
2. I cannot love God and the things of this world. 1 John 2:15-17 says "Do not love this world nor the things it offers you, for when you love the world, you do not have the love of the Father in you. For the world offers only a craving for physical pleasure, a craving for everything we see, and pride in our achievements and possessions. These are not from the Father, but are from this world. And this world is fading away, along with everything that people crave. "
3. God lives in me and his love is brought to full expression in me. - John 4:12. That is a huge responsibility! But John also says that when we love God, his commandments are not burdensome 5:3.
4. I must carefully guard my heart. 1 John 5:21 - Dear children, keep away from anything that might take God's place in your hearts.
If you made it to the end of this, thank you for letting me share what's on my heart. Maybe that nagging will ease up now :). You should definitely read 1 John. Now I'm going to bed so I can hopefully manage to get up early again!

Friday, September 04, 2009

Happy 50th Mom!

Mom turned 50 a couple of weeks ago. We celebrated with a few friends and family at Nero's grill. It was a great night to celebrate 50 years of life with our sweet mom! This is the video that I made for her. It's a little long, but I felt pretty good about fitting 50 years into 10 minutes :).

24 hours is not long enough

One cannot help but feel cheated when they only have 24 hours to spend visiting a city that they lived in for 13 years, but we managed to pack in lots of fun last Friday and Saturday in Cookeville. I finally got to see David and Candice's new house on the farm. They were wonderful hosts and we cherished every minute we were able to spend with our friends there!

I've said for a couple of years now that this boy needs to live on a farm.....

Topless on the farm.


All the fun wore Micah out!
Love that face.

My Cookeville Posse

Two moms can dream........


We had a fun trip to Nashville last weekend. Mom and Dad threw an awesome birthday party for the boys on Sunday (camera went missing :( no pics). Then Monday we went to zoo with friends and cousins.
True friends can pick up right where they left off :).

We would be in trouble if these two hung out too much! Can you say Jenny and Holly all over again :).

Let the Games Begin

We now have 2 boys playing soccer! We will be spending every Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday night at the soccer field for the next couple of months. Gonna be fun!
Micah and Brooks after their first soccer practice.

This is Tameria, our adopted child through our Connect ministry at church.

Art Camp

Noah participated in a week long art camp this summer. Check out this masterpiece!

Sweet Sophia

Never could we have imagined the joy that God was bringing our way with this sweet angel!

Ready for anything!

Surprised face.

Sad face.

She broke these glasses about 5 seconds after the picture (the first time she wore them). Atleast I got the picture.

Sophia's first playdough experience

Nana and Grandy Visit

Ok, so this was a few weeks ago, but I'm catching up on my summer blogging. Mom and Dad came down for a visit. We are always thankful when we can spend time with family without having to pack and drive! We had a fun day at the Children's Museum and a great lunch at Mugshots.

Sophia and Daddy playing at the Lego table.

Micah driving the boat.

I could not get mom out of the dress up station :)! She would say "just one more hat, pleeease!"