Thursday, November 30, 2006

The joy of the struggle

Shane’s current blog really got me thinking – thanks Shane! If you haven't read it yet, make sure you stop by. ( The struggle is part of life. After all, life begins with a struggle; it’s not easy being born! Why are we so ashamed and embarrassed by our struggles? Why do we try so desperately to hide them from others? For Jesus to be fully man, He had to experience the struggle – in the desert with Satan, in the garden with God, His Father, and all those moments in between. Jesus warned us there would be a struggle, “In this world you will have trouble…” (Jn. 16:33a), but He also told us He had armed us for the fight, “the Father will give you the Counselor, ... the Spirit of truth …” (Jn. 14:16-17), and how the battle would end, “Take heart, I have overcome the world!” (Jn. 16:33b) and, “I’m getting home ready for you and I will be back to take you there with me.”(Jn. 14:3). I think we misunderstand the point of the struggle. We should be comforted by the struggle (Jm. 1:2-3) because if we aren’t struggling then one of two things has happened. Either we’ve already been won over by Satan because we just gave up and quit fighting, or we’ve ceased to live this earthly life and the struggle is won! So, here’s to the struggle, may we share our struggles openly, carry each others’ burdens lovingly and willingly, and celebrate each other’s victory when the struggle is won!

Saturday, November 25, 2006

A Thankful Thanksgiving

We had so much to be thankful for this year! We had all our family together (12) for a huge Thanksgiving feast! It was Ethne's first Thanksgiving and the joyful announcement that she will be a big sister in July made our celebration complete!

Thursday, November 16, 2006

Home, Sweet Home!

Well, if you heard the Hallelujah chorus being sung in Owasso last week, it's because we are finally in our new home! It is wonderful! Ethne had no trouble going immediately to the top of the stairs all by herself! Our decorating style right now is cardboard. Lots and lots of cardboard!!!!!!!! We have had a little trouble finding some things, for instance, we have a home phone number, but we can't find our phones! I did finally find the silverware which was good news since we are hosting Thanksgiving dinner at our house! We will have 12 adults and one baby, and probably one puppy here for Thanksgiving. Hopefully, it won't be long before we are organized enough to start welcoming guests into our home. We have a tremendous amount to be thankful for this year!

Friday, November 03, 2006

You Are Cindy Brady

Warm hearted and sweet, you have a childlike innocence that lets you see the good in everyone.
But you're also a bit of a baby. You stick your nose where it doesn't belong... and cry when you get caught!