Saturday, August 30, 2008
"I have now to ask, whether you can consent to part with your daughter early next spring, to see her no more in this world; whether you can consent to her departure, and her subjection to the hardships and sufferings of a missionary life; whether you can consent to her exposure to the dangers of the ocean; to the fatal influence of the southern climate of India; to every kind of want and distress; to degradation, insult, persecution, and perhaps a violent death. Can you consent to all this, for the sake of him who left his heavenly home, and died for her and for you; for the sake of perishing, immortal souls; for the sake of Zion, and the glory of God? Can you consent to all this, in hope of soon meeting your daughter in the world of glory, with the crown of righteousness, brightened with the acclamations of praise which shall redound to her Saviour from heathens saved, through her means, from eternal woe and despair?"
- Adoniram Judson, 1810
What would you say?
Thursday, August 28, 2008
Here are just a few things I love about being married and love about my husband:
- Every night is like having a slumber party with my best friend.
- Being able to have friends or even strangers over to our house for meals or to stay with us.
- Friendship. Andy is my best friend in the whole world and my confidant. He gives wonderful and wise advice, listens well, and lets me cry on his shoulder when I'm upset.
- Encouragement. Spiritually, personally, professionally.
- Having challenging conversations that cause us both to think and re-think through things.
- Doing home projects together and even doing things like cleaning house together. Basically just being together.
- Partnership in ministry. I don't have to do things alone. I have a prayer partner and a ministry partner to serve the Lord with.
- Laughter. Andy makes me laugh so hard sometimes I can hardly stand it!
- And overall, all of this combined points me towards Jesus! Andy's love towards me is a reminder to me of how sweet the love of Christ is for his bride, the Church.
“When God engaged to create man and woman and to ordain the union of marriage, he didn’t roll dice or draw straws or flip a coin. He patterned marriage very purposefully after the relationship between his Son and the Church, which he planned from eternity. And therefore marriage is a mystery – it contains and conceals a meaning far greater than what we see on the outside. What God has joined together in marriage is to be a reflection of the union between the Son of God and his bride, the Church.”
Wednesday, August 27, 2008
Perspectives is something that overwhelms me every time I put a class together. What we are doing is serious. People's life plans and dreams and being changed. I am praying that Lubbock would become a sending force of people to the nations. That people across the world who have never heard the name of Jesus would come to know him through people from Lubbock because of Perspectives. Would you join me in praying such a bold prayer?
Friday, August 22, 2008
This last one is what we were going for all along. I had to bribe Andy for a regular smile though. You folks with children understand this scenario all too well. I don't have kids yet, but my husband is teaching me well for what to expect when we do.
Here is little Hannah. She's absolutely beautiful. And she has the most beautiful hair. I think I'm jealous of her hair. Which is something I've never said of a baby before.
Here is Noah. He is a bouncing machine like no other. If you are in need of a serious arm workout, you've simply got to hold this kid. He will wear you out. But the smiles make it all worth it...
And let's not forget Joel. I had to sneak this picture while Andy had him upside down because he's in a not-taking-pictures phase these days. He loves his brother and sister though and he's a pretty funny kid.
Speaking of Joel loving his new brother and sister...
Look at the look on his face; I think he's smitten. And I have a hunch she might end up being a daddy's girl. And last, but not least, here's pictures of all of us enjoying being together.
What a joy it was to see Jason and Shannon with all their children - everyone finally together! Isn't God incredibly good? It's times like these that remind me of his goodness to us and his incredible faithfulness to his children. He hears our prayers and answers them.
Tuesday, August 19, 2008
10. Cheap toilet paper.
9. Hardcore fundamentalists.
8. Jean shorts.
7. One-uppers (the person who always has to have one up on you with every story).
6. Undisciplined children.
5. Canned music.
4. Retired people who feel entitled to everything.
3. Pointless shopping.
2. Fast food.
What would be on your list?
Thursday, August 7, 2008
Davis: "Hi. Do cowboys ride horses or cows?" (No introduction, of course.)
Andy: "Hi Davis." (He figured out who it was on the other end right away.) "Cowboys ride horses."
And in the background, he hears Kristin yelling, "I told you so, Davis!"
Apparently they were having a very important argument about whether cowboys ride horses or cows. Davis insisted they ride cows (which I can admit would be logical), and to settle the argument Kristin suggested that Davis call Andy and ask him. Andy always wins arguments about such things, I can assure you.
Maybe they should be called horseboys?
(I thought this was a fun picture of Andy with Davis from last summer.)
Tuesday, August 5, 2008
For example, I have been getting on the elliptical, and I had decided that while I was on the elliptical I would pray. So I had been praying about a particular issue. When the Lord answered my prayer in an unusual way that week, I was shocked! It occurred to me while I was shocked that I was probably shocked because I didn't really think the Lord would answer my prayers. How convicting!
So, I pray that the Lord would make me aware of my desperate need for Him. I pray that He would allow me to come before Him with big prayers. And I pray that He would give me the faith to believe that He answers my prayers.
May He do the same with you!