Saturday, January 29, 2011

Saturday Snapshots 1.29.11 - Friends

Last weekend we had dinner with some friends. Our babies, Josef and Shula, were due ten days apart.

Shula was born at only 29 weeks gestation so she is two months older than Josef, who was born at 38 weeks. Shula was in the NICU for many weeks but is doing very well now.

The two babies were fascinated with each other.

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Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Thankful Thursday

 Jesus Christ the same yesterday, and to day, and for ever.
-Hebrews 13:8

I came across this verse a few minutes ago, while looking for a different one (Hebrews 13:5b "I will never leave thee nor forsake thee").

This past year has been a difficult one. At times it seemed like my world was spinning out of control. Yet I know His hand was on it all along.

What a blessing it is to be able to know, with certainty, that God will never change. His Word is as true today as it was 2000 years ago. His promises still remain. He will never leave us or forsake us. He will work all things together for our good (Romans 8:28). When life seems out of control, He is still in control.

How awesome it is to serve our Sovereign, Omnipotent, Immutable God.

Thank you to Lynn for hosting Thankful Thursday this month.

Saturday, January 22, 2011

Saturday Snapshots January 22, 2011

This week we were blessed with a "new" truck.

New to us that is; it's a 2001 - but we love it and we really love not being in "new car" debt (Romans 13:8).

It's been very cold the last few days (think double digits below zero) and we have enjoyed spending time together in our family room in front of the warm fire-

                        I love the quiet family time that winter brings.

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Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Thankful Thursday

Psalm 46 (King James Version)

1God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.

2Therefore will not we fear, though the earth be removed, and though the mountains be carried into the midst of the sea;

3Though the waters thereof roar and be troubled, though the mountains shake with the swelling thereof. Selah.

4There is a river, the streams whereof shall make glad the city of God, the holy place of the tabernacles of the most High.

5God is in the midst of her; she shall not be moved: God shall help her, and that right early.

6The heathen raged, the kingdoms were moved: he uttered his voice, the earth melted.

7The LORD of hosts is with us; the God of Jacob is our refuge. Selah.

8Come, behold the works of the LORD, what desolations he hath made in the earth.

9He maketh wars to cease unto the end of the earth; he breaketh the bow, and cutteth the spear in sunder; he burneth the chariot in the fire.

10Be still, and know that I am God: I will be exalted among the heathen, I will be exalted in the earth.

11The LORD of hosts is with us; the God of Jacob is our refuge. Selah.

The Lord of hosts IS with us and the God of Jacob IS our strength - what more could we need?

Happy Thankful Thursday everyone.

Thank you, Lynn, for hosting Thankful Thursday this month.

Saturday, January 15, 2011

Saturday Snapshots -January 15, 2011

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Thursday, January 13, 2011

Book Review: Radical by David Platt

Subtitle: Taking Back Your Faith from the American Dream

In “Radical” best-selling author/pastor David Platt calls American Christians to evaluate their lives and their finances in light of the teachings of Christ.

I must admit I expected this book to be the social gospel for the Twenty-First century.

I was wrong. This is not doing good works to earn salvation, but rather doing them because of our salvation.

The true gospel is clearly preached throughout this book – he is spot on in that regard. This isn’t about the social gospel, but rather examining where our treasure is. It’s a call to Christians to carefully consider what a need is and what is a luxury. How much more could we give if we cut out the extras? How big of a house do we need? How about our churches – do we need huge buildings with comfy seats while our brothers and sisters in Christ around the world suffer?

The author admits there are far more questions than answers. I appreciate that this was not written in a legalistic manner, and it doesn’t condemn. He is just asking valid questions; questions that we must all answer for ourselves.

My only concern with this book is that it seems to almost bring good works up to gospel level; as if they are a second part of the gospel, rather than an evidence of our faith. Please notice I said ALMOST. He in no way claims this, but I fear that it could easily be interpreted that way and turned into legalism.

I received this book for free from WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group for this review.

You can read the first chapter HERE.

Sunday, January 9, 2011

Sunday Morning Mayhem

Why is it that every Sunday morning ends up being like a Chinese fire drill? Have you ever noticed this phenomenon?

I've learned some lessons along the way. Every Saturday night I lay out clothes for myself and Jojo. Actually, two for Jojo - and I've learned to never dress him until right before we leave, otherwise he is certain to spit up, drool milk, or "make a fountain" as boys are prone to do. I make sure the diaper bag is packed and ready to go.

But somethings you just can't plan for.

Like this:

Yes, that is PEE.


At least he's cute.

Saturday, January 8, 2011

Saturday Snapshots

Loving the new Baby Einstein Exersaucer.

And Jojo has discovered that rolling is a very effective way of getting where he wants to be.

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