Wednesday, July 30, 2008
Tuesday, July 29, 2008
Monday, July 28, 2008
This verse blew me away. You know what was great about the Israelites? God loved them and chose them to be his. That's about it. Notice I didn't mention anything they did? For so long I've wanted recognition for my various abilities--music, guitar, songwriting, sports, etc. Through Christ, God chose everybody to be his, and that includes me, and not because of any of my great abilities.
This verse puts things in perspective. When I'm loving God with all that I am, all else fades away. Soon I don't care if I'm recognized for my abilities. My wants become his wants. My will becomes his will. To live is Christ, to die is gain, and people start noticing.
Soon, when people think of me they think of God. When I play guitar people think about God. When I help someone push their broke-down car off the road they think of God. When I write a song people think about God. When I clean my house to serve my wife people think about God. As I try to bring praise to God in everything I do God becomes my praise.
I'm waiting for the day when I do something and someone looks at me and says "you truly are a child of God." What greater praise could be given? This type of praise is not given for any of my great abilities (i.e. face-melting guitar solo [note: I doubt anyone ever told Steve Vai 'you truly are a child of God' after one of his concerts]). No, this type of praise is usually given after a menial service or favor administered with much love. No wonder Jesus did not consider equality with God something to be grasped but took on the nature of a servant.
Followers of Christ: He is your praise.
Friday, July 25, 2008
He's complained all week that he can't hear out of his left ear. I thought he was exaggerating. So last night I decided to test it out. (this was really evil, but so funny). I got right up in his left ear and whispered quite brash, outlandish statements that would have made me blush had Aron actually heard them. I knew if he could hear them, he'd burst out laughing...or scold me. But instead he just sat there....staring. He had no clue!
To top it off, Aron slept on his good ear last night, so the alarm clock (which sounds more like a seriously loud, annoying FOG HORN on the front of a cruise liner right in the middle of our bedroom) screeched for 45 minutes before he awoke. And I quote, "When I woke up I heard this quiet pulsing noise...then I lifted my head off the pillow and realized it was the alarm. I slept on my good ear so I couldn't hear the alarm clock, and I woke up 15 minutes after I was supposed to leave. Ahhh, I was so mad. (pause) Man, how do deaf people wake up in the morning?"
I don't know babe, I don't know, but you sure are cute to watch trying to figure that out!
Thursday, July 24, 2008
As you can see, we made good use of the 'ole "baptistery window". Denise Timm, Erica, and I wrote this drama and I wrote the song we're playing in the video called "For the Sake of Love." Becky Rumbuc and Denise helped direct and choreograph the wonderful cast which included:
Jonce T(really complicated last name) as "Jesus"
James More as "Adam"
Emily Young as "Eve"
Erica Kirk as "the Temptress"
Larry Dodge as "the Tempter"
Andy Young on lights
MCC worship band playing "For the Sake of Love"
This Sunday we're playing our first video produced "in-house". It's a spoof on the Mastercard "Priceless" commercials. We'll post it on youtube soon.
Deception about the origin of all that we know, lies about how we are supposed to act, utter lies about what will bring us life. Lies about what it looks like to be a man or woman, deception that is even rotting the foundation of our economy, our government at large, and family life. Check it out for yourself...here or here.
Why? Why does Satan even care? From my limited understanding, it seems that his one aim is to destroy God...because he cannot be God. He tried once, failed, and is now very very bitter. Yet Satan cannot destroy the One who created Him; but alas...there is a weak spot...an Achilles heel, if you will:
The heart of God.
Because God loves so passionately, so fiercely, so consumingly the sons of Adam and daughters of Eve, we have become both Satan's target and his weapon - or so it seems to me.
If he can distract and deceive us, cause us to distrust our one True Love, not only is he causing pain to the object of God's affection - he is using us as the dagger of pain & betrayal straight to the heart of God. Its a brilliant plan really, and it has worked for centuries.
Yet God pursues. Pursues to the point that - because of his unyielding love - He gave His life for we who are worse than whores. And it doesn't stop there. God takes our whore-bag filth (and that is putting it kindly) and offers to restore us to a beautiful, whole, white bride...by His side, called by His name, and free of the shame of our past.
Now that is the truth. And that, my friends, should set us free and change the way we live.
Rather than love, than money, than fame, give me truth. --Henry David Thoreau
Wednesday, July 23, 2008
I've been slacking a bit on my committments. The fasting and prayer have been consistent, but the whole eating healthy/exercising has been tough. I also learned it's hard to be disciplined when you're on vacation. We had a week vacation a few weeks ago and that's when I started going downhill. I'm getting back in the saddle, though, and I'm looking forward to finishing strong.
Tuesday, July 22, 2008
July 5th - Fireworks on Rankin Hill Josh, Owen, & Belle awaiting their ice cream.
No matter how far you travel or how long you are gone...Some things never change.
Monday, July 21, 2008
Saturday Nite Revolution fair-style went so good...hopefully we'll have a video up for you soon. I have to tell on my husband for a moment, though. So we're on our way to the fair and Aron looks over at me as serious as he can be and says, "Hun, I have to be honest...I'm diggin the mini-van. I mean, its the epitome of luxury (pause...silence) I mean, look at all these cup-holders!"
I don't know if that translates as funny as it was to me at that moment, but to see my rockin 24 year old husband coveting the mini-van ride...yeah, I never saw that one coming. But he was right...lots of cup holders, and I believe we used every one!
Hope you all have had a great week. Can't wait to catch up!
Wednesday, July 16, 2008
Sunday, July 13, 2008
I am so thankful for the way He chooses to love us - not only in sunsets and laughter and lattes and intimate moments in His presence...but also through His children. For example, after posting that my camera broke & asking for advice of which kind to buy, Bernadette Caullie sent an email and offered us one of her extra cameras (a very nice one, I might add). Bernie didn't have to do that, but she knew we are trying to be very diligent with our money so that we can pay off all of our student loans. So she offered what she had. We were floored!
And then later in the week we posted our need for a bigger vehicle to travel home this weekend now that two bubbly tires would have to accompany us on our trip, and within 24 hrs Becky Jo & Bernie enter the scene to save the day. Both offered to allow us to use their vehicle! I mean, that kind of generosity is unheard outside the body of Christ.
Once again, we are not worthy of the love shown us...the love God pours out on us moment by moment, the love of our family lavishes so freely, the love of our brothers and sisters in Christ so generously offered. Thank you, thank you, thank you.
Friday, July 11, 2008
We're going home this weekend because Aron is speaking/playing music at a youth event, but there's no way we can pack two tires, Aron's guitar/amp/musical equipment...and the baby plus luggage into our sweet little two-door tib (or the Civic for that matter).
Thursday, July 10, 2008
We had an amazing vacation at home the past week. Aron commented last night how refreshed and loved he felt...and I would second that!
We layed poolside & relaxed, spent time with old friends and precious loved ones, and enjoyed the beauty & serenity of "the shire".
My camera broke on our trip, so I can't share any photos until I upload them onto a cd at walmart. I'm in the market for a new one...any suggestions?
And just a heads up: Aron will be speaking/playing a few of his songs at The Revolution Saturday night of the Adams County Fair...more details to come!
I work the next two days, but Aron's off, so...more to come!
Wednesday, July 9, 2008
Wednesday, July 2, 2008
alyssa & brian (aron's sis)
erica & sage (she's so little here!)
Needless to say, we are a little excited about this weekend...now maybe you'll understand a little better why. We love you all very much!
PS...for our non-ohio friends:
The Rankin House was owned by John Rankin, a minister & abolishonist, who opened his home as the first stop on the underground railroad. Slaves would cross the Ohio River from Slave Territory (Kentucky) to Freedom Land (Ohio) and head directly up the steep hill to Rev. Rankin's safe abode. He & his many sons would guard the house with shotguns should any slave catchers attempt to climb up the hill.
Pretty cool place to celebrate our freedom and remember those who have sacrificed greatly so that we may live free.
Tuesday, July 1, 2008
So there we were. Just me and the ice cream. I thought, "I'll just take a bite..." So I did. But Erica took awhile. I ate the entire bowl in about 30 seconds flat. I was drinking the melted residue when I heard Erica yell from the living room, "Don't eat my ice cream!" to the crescendo of the Dora theme song: "Swiper no swiping!" Appropriate.
So I failed in the whole "eating healthy" area, but hey, I saved Erica from eating that fattening ice cream so I guess I excelled in the "loving my wife better" category. Sometimes you just gotta take one for the team.
Not only this, but Bernadette sent Aron home with enough leftovers of their supper last night to feed us both & then some...what a huge blessing after working 12 hrs to come home to a yummy meal!
So this post is a HUGE thank you to Bernie, Hannah, & Bridgette for loving on us yesterday and for being so good to our daughter. Words are not enough, ladies!