Friday, March 30, 2007
Wednesday, March 28, 2007
Many are they increased that troubled me
Many are they that rise up against me
Many there be which say of my soul
There is no help for him in God
But thou, oh Lord are a shield for me
My glory and the lifter of my head
Thou, oh Lord are shield for me
My glory and the lifter of my head
I cried unto the Lord with my voice
And he heard me out of His holy hill
I laid me down and slept and awaked
For the Lord sustained, for he sustained me
Tuesday, March 27, 2007
I do not know why I have been thinking about this recently, but I guess we all at some points in our lives ask, what is the worse thing possible that could happen to me here on this earth (especially if you are not an optimist, but more of a realist)? I really want you to think about that. I used to think maybe losing a loved one tragically, or having a chronic disease, etc. But in reality the suffering here on earth is only temporal in light of eternity. Therefore, I believe the worst thing that could happen to me here right now is for one of my immediate family members to die, and to know without a doubt that they did not know Jesus as their Lord and Savior. I know the Lord would help me get through it, but I just do not know how Christians who lose a family member that is not saved, make it day after day with that knowledge. Right now,
She started off by telling a great story about how we are going to fall but we should just try to fall forward. She was one of the most gifted speakers I have ever heard - she is definitely at Beth Moore’s level. She has received her father’s gift of proclaiming clearly and passionately the Word of God. She also quoted from a book called Snickers from the Pew, which was quite hilarious. However, she did report that sadly, one recent survey stated that 80% of preacher’s kids (PKs) struggle with depression. This survey did find that many preachers’ kids hear their parents say things like, “When you mess up you ruin daddy’s ministry and then we will not have a job or food.” Lord, please help us never to even hint at that to our children! Also, many preachers’ kids hear their father say things one week in the pulpit and then they do not live that way at home. Ouch! Is God really transforming our pastors today? Or are we just putting on a show and living a hypocritical life? Why would they want to follow a God who has not transformed his own father’s life?
She then quoted from a book called Know Your Child. She concluded that babies are born with a certain temperament, which I agree with. She asked us to consider Cain and Abel, the first children. They certainly had different temperaments. Three basic types of babies exist:
1. Easy Child, predictable
2. Slow to warm up Child (shy)
3. Difficult child, strong willed child
People used to think that people were born with a blank slate and that our environment was everything, but now there is strong evidence and studies against this theory. Paul names three “spiritual children” throughout the Bible (he calls them by name his sons):
1. Timothy, the easy child
2. Onesimus, the slow to warm up son
3. Titus, the bulldog, the problem solver but the difficult child Titus did not have to be encouraged like Timothy. Titus was a problem solver.
I had never really thought about these three men in this light, but I can see where she is coming from. Now, after having
She urged us to:
1. “Taste and see that the LORD is good;
blessed is the man who takes refuge in him.” Psalm 34:8
Taste the Lord, love God in front of them! Don’t be secretive with them about your relationship with God.
2. Love God’s house, have a positive attitude about it, do not look at it as work. Long to be in his house with all the imperfect people. Psalm 27:4:
“One thing I ask of the LORD,
this is what I seek:
that I may dwell in the house of the LORD
all the days of my life,
to gaze upon the beauty of the LORD
and to seek him in his temple.”
3. Pray with them every day before they go off to school. I am starting this now every morning with
4. Know your child!
"If I Had My Child to Raise Over Again"
If I had my child to raise all over again,
I'd finger-paint more, and point the fingers less.
I would do less correcting and more connecting.
I'd take my eyes off my watch, and watch with my eyes.
I would care to know less and know to care more.
I'd take more hikes and fly more kites.
I'd stop playing serious, and seriously play.
I would run through more fields and gaze at more stars.
I'd do more hugging and less tugging.
I'd build self-esteem first, and the house later.
I would be firm less often, and affirm much more.
I'd teach less about the love of power, And more about the power of love.
By Diane Loomans
I am certain that concept of building up one's self-esteem is anti-Biblical, but besides that, I think this is a good poem for current moms to see. If we keep on telling our children how great they are at everything, why will they need a Savior to rescue them from their sins?
Ps-The picture is of
Monday, March 26, 2007
Wow, we have been so busy. Today, is Charlie's 28th Birthday and the first two pictures are of Mrs. Tedder and her cake that she made Charlie for his birthday. We have the most caring church members! The next picture is my wonderful father, who along with my unbelievable mom, did a great job taking care of Jackson for 2 whole nights while we went to the "Empowered Church Conference" at Hickory Grove Baptist Church (Charlotte, NC). It was a wonderful conference and we learned so much. The first night the music was Brooklyn Tabernacle songs, and it was the best Christian music I have ever heard. They had a complete symphony and it was like we just stepped into the gates of heaven. We really had a wonderful time, and I hope to blog about some of the breakout sessions. It was good to get away for two night and have no bottles! But, when I heard him talking in the background on the second day, tears did come to my eyes. He started saying "daddy" to objects while we were gone. Jackson did great with my parents, but he definitely gave me lots of hugs and kisses when we got back. I also hope to blog about how he is doing soon and what are some issues we are struggling with. Charlie preached last night in our first of hopefully many contemporary services on Sunday night, and the service went great! Charlie's parents came and it was so good that they got to see Jackson--I think it had been a month since they had seen him!
“But those who hope in the LORD
will renew their strength.
They will soar on wings like eagles;
they will run and not grow weary,
they will walk and not be faint.” Isaiah 40:31
Thursday, March 22, 2007
|WEDNESDAY, MARCH 21, 2007 08:31 PM, EDT|
Andrew is doing a lot better today and is hoping to be moved back to his old room by tomorrow. He is still not eating and has the NG tube in as well. His best friend from high school is here to visit him, so it should be a good rest of the week for him. Thank you for all of your prayers and encouragement!
|TUESDAY, MARCH 20, 2007 10:33 PM, EDT|
I just got off of the phone with my mom. She says that she can tell a big difference in how Andrew is doing from this morning to tonight. He is still in a lot of pain, but he has turned the corner. A new issue has surfaced; his left kidney is now only producing half the amount of urine it was previously. They'll be performing a CT scan in the morning to determine what is going on. Please pray for him during that procedure; it is a very awkward and painful one. He did receive some great encouragement from Oliver North, who stopped by today to see how he was doing. According to my mom, God brought him over to encourage Andrew. He is a very Godly man and served as a great spiritual encouragement for him. He spoke to the heart of what Andrew is going through. He told Andrew, as Andrew now well knows, that God does not promise us easy times here on earth and that He often uses the lives of some to bless others. I think of Jesus and his ultimate sacrifice. He was God and yet gave His life to bless us so that we could know God. Mr. North was telling Andrew of all of the many people who have been blessed by Andrew's story and of the many who have come to know the Lord. I really believe that God is using Andrew's life in a mighty way in the lives of many. I know that Andrew would have it no other way. It is not in glorifying ourselves that true joy comes. When we 'lose' our lives, we gain. I know that now more than ever.
Tuesday, March 20, 2007
Yesterday at Walmart I got Jackson a tot rider. Justin told us about it, we had never heard of it, and it was only $30. It is like a baby walker, and he loves being in the kitchen with us. This morning he zoomed around in it while I made his bottle. It is a great invention! Also, some people have asked about Jackson. He is doing great sitting up on his own some, crawling backwards, doing push ups, getting up on all fours like a cat, lifting almost his entire body up while on his stomach, and tearing off all the bumpers in his crib (he is strong). He loves to make noises and try to talk to us. He especially loves the phone and to say "hey" to his grandparents. He eats oatmeal cereal still 3 times a day and now we are slowing moving up the amount of cereal to 5 tablespoons a feeding (today he had 2 and tomorrow we are going to try 3 with just mixing about 2 1/2 tablespoons of formula with the cereal). I have also been trying to feed him cereal in the middle of his bottle and he is doing well so far with that. Next week, I think we are going to try squash consistently for 3 days (they say just to introduce one new food for 3 days to make sure he has no food allergies). We have given him pears before but he made a real disgusted face. That's all for now!
Monday, March 19, 2007
Sunday, March 18, 2007
We had a great wedding weekend in Spartanburg. I have like 50 pictures from last weekend but this picture is one of the best and I just could not wait to post it. Aunt Kelly got Jackson his first pair of sunglasses at the beach last week. Yeah! He is such a ham.