Archive for July, 2006

oh, baby!

Congratulations to Jeff and Amy S who just had their first baby! She is a little girl named Lucia Raye (not sure how they are spelling it) and was born at 3:30pm yesterday. We are so excited for both of them and they are our first close friends to have a baby, which is very exciting. But it also means we are now very old. Ancient.

How quickly I dive into depression. 🙂 Ha.

Anyway, I was looking around in the Bible for a verse to sum it all up, and this is what I found in Luke:

15People were also bringing babies to Jesus to have him touch them. When the disciples saw this, they rebuked them. 16But Jesus called the children to him and said, “Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these. 17I tell you the truth, anyone who will not receive the kingdom of God like a little child will never enter it.”

That sums up our excitement.

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what a weekend.

Well, first of all, to anyone who wants to go through marital bootcamp, I say put in a paver patio. While I’m sure that the results will be lovely, working in the 100 degree weather, full sun, and moving 30+ lb bags of crushed lime can be a bit trying.

In other news, Frank is flying tonight and I am taking a break from reading for work. Last night we were supposed to go to the OAR concert (sorry d & e!), but instead wound up going to church and then I went into work until 11:45 pm. The good news is that I got a lot accomplished. It’s just not the best way to spend a Saturday night. Grr.

Anyway, that’s my update for now.

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So after a fantastic afternoon with my dear friend Tammy, I am thinking a lot about what we discussed. Mostly, we caught up on family and friends and happenings, but we had some time to really discuss God’s vision for our lives, what God designed us to do, and the frustration of often not knowing what the next step was.

Something else we discussed was judgement, sin and heaven. A lot of things have been on my mind, but this is one thing I feel compelled to write about. We, as humans cannot determine or judge who is going to heaven or to hell. Only God knows our hearts. But I do know that the one sure way to heaven is through faith in Jesus as our Savior that died for our sins. God is all that is pure and good and holy and He cannot stand the presence of sin.

That discussion of judgement lead me down the thought path to one of my least favorite words: hypocrites. Per the dictionary, the definition is as follows:

hypocrite (n) : a person who professes beliefs and opinions that he does not hold

No one wants to be a hypocrite, but I have yet to meet a single person who is not. Who does not profess to love God and adhere to specific religious beliefs – and then fall short? If I love God, but am a sinner, I am a hypocrite. If I call myself a Christian, but do not act in love in all things, I am a hypocrite. Since in so many ways I have not lived up to what I believe, I am a hypocrite.

But I think as a Christian, I should confess my sins, turn it over to God and move on. The only thing worse than one sin, is dwelling on the one sin, believing I am beyond hope and continuing to sin. Then, the devil has truly won. But since I know that Jesus triumphed over death and sin, there is hope and reason to reform.

Anyway, all of this reminds me of the Mea Culpa from Catholic mass:

I confess to almighty God,
and to you, my brothers and sisters,
that I have sinned through my own fault,
in my thoughts and in my words,
in what I have done,
and in what I have failed to do;
and I ask blessed Mary, ever virgin,
all the angels and saints,
and you, my brothers and sisters,
to pray for me to the Lord, our God

But I think that Paul says it best in Romans 3:23-24
“23For all have sinned; all fall short of God’s glorious standard. 24Yet now God in his gracious kindness declares us not guilty. He has done this through Christ Jesus, who has freed us by taking away our sins.”

Unfortunately, Paul is right – I do fall short of God’s glorious standard. But the point is not that I fall short, but that God is merciful to those who believe. And that is a great message of hope.

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