Friday, April 30, 2010
Andrew's teeth keep coming in even though there's no room in his mouth. They look like shark teeth that keep coming up from behind his existing teeth. So the other night, I "strongly encouraged" him to make some room. He was quite hesitant, but went ahead with it. If you look closely, you can see the little white tooth pop out in the bottom left corner of the video. I apologize for losing focus with the camera while I was trying to demonstrate good tooth pulling technique!
Wednesday, April 28, 2010
Matthew receiving his award for completing the Cubbies program. Next year he will move up to the next level, which is the one Andrew just completed. Apparently shaking dad's hand was not very exciting for him and he just wanted to go and get his award.
Each club sang their theme song for the audience. This was the youngest group called "Cubbies." Matt and Emery were both a part of this group this year.
Tuesday, April 27, 2010
Here are a few gems:
- The soul being so precious, and salvation so glorious, it is the highest point of prudence to make preparations for another world.
- He who is good only in some part is not godly. Grace is called 'the new man' (Col 3:10), not a new eye, or tongue, but a new man. He who is godly is good all over; though he is regenerate only in part, yet it is in every part.
- The man who is a pretender to saintship, but whose heart tells him he has nothing but the name, carries Christ in his Bible but not in his heart.
- A godly man reverences divine institutions, and is more for the purity of worship than the pomp.
- A servant is satisfied with his master's allowance...In this sense, a godly man is God's servant; he is willing to live on God's allowance; if he has only some left-overs, he does not grumble...When Christians complain at their condition, they forget that they are servants, and must live on the allowance of their heavenly Master. You who have the least bit from God will die in his debt.
- It is more honour to serve God than to have kings serve us.
- A godly person weeps because the sin he commits are in some sense worse than the sins of other men. The sin of a justified person is very odious: because he acts contrary to his own principles...The sins of the godly go nearest to God's heart. Others' sins anger God; these grieve him. The sins of the wicked pierce Christ's sides, the sins of the godly wound his heart.
- When we want direction, do we consult this sacred oracle [the Bible]? When we find corruptions strong, do we make use of this 'sword of the Spirit' to hew them down? When we are disconsolate, do we go to this bottle of the water of life for comfort? Then we are lovers of the Word! But alas, how can they who are seldom conversant with the Scriptures say they love them?
- Again, do we love the holiness of the Word (Psa 119:140)? The Word is preached to beat down sin and advance holiness. Do we love it for its spirituality and purity? Many love the Word preached only for its eloquence and notion. They come to a sermon as to a music lecture (Ezek 33:31, 32) or as to a garden to pick flowers, but not to have their lusts subdued or their hearts bettered. These are like a foolish woman who paints her face but neglects her health.
- A proud man complains that he has no more; a humble man wonders that he has so much...he does not say his mercies are small, but his sins are great. He knows that the worst piece God carves him is better than he deserves; therefore he takes it thankfully upon his knees.
- A child of God keeps two books by him: one to write his sins in, so that he may be humble; the other to write his mercies in, so that he may be thankful.
- If you wish to be thankful, get a heart deeply humbled with the sense of your own vileness. A broken heart is the best pipe to sound forth God's praise...A proud man will never be thankful.
- Though sin lives in him [the godly man], yet he does not live in sin...What is it to indulge sin? To give the breast to it and feed it...To indulge sin is to commit it with delight.
- This is one great difference between a child of God and a hypocrite. The hypocrite picks and chooses in religion. He will perform some duties which are easier and gratify his pride or interest, but other duties he takes no notice of: 'Ye pay tithe of mint and anise, and have omitted the weightier matters of the law, judgment, mercy, and faith' (Matt 23:23).
As is typical with these Puritan writers, there are times when it is difficult for me to read or understand Watson. But the chapters on humility, patience and loving the Word are worth the price of the book alone.
On a slightly related note, Emery has been growing in her interest to become a godly person herself. She recently prayed with Sandy about something and then said, "Mom, can you and I pray just by ourselves together everyday?" Also, she's been going to her room to pray by herself lately and says, "I'm acting like a Christian to practice for when I become an actual Christian."
Sandy also had a conversation with the boys and girl about going to heaven. Everyone was looking forward to it. The boys were especially excited about all the fun toys they were going to ask God for. But Emery said in a wonderfully sweet tone, "All I want when I get to heaven is to be with Jesus." Then she proceeded to take big bite of sandwich and munch happily away.
Thank God He gave me this girl!
Monday, April 26, 2010
I asked the kids what they thought of 1 Samuel and here's what they said:
Emery said, "I thought Saul was going to kill Jonathan [his son]." But he didn't.
Matt was surprised that King Saul killed himself in the last chapter. Andrew said that he was glad to be living right now in this day and age.
Friday, April 23, 2010
Sowell explains how a free market works in everyday language. No charts, no math, no formulas, just common sense explanations for how the world works. It was really eye opening for me. He explains how rent control and wage minimums though well intentioned, actually create higher rent and fewer jobs - hurting the poor those laws are supposed to help.
He is an advocate for less government intrusion and explains why a free market helps everyone in the long term. He shows how lower tax rates typically create more tax revenue rather than vice versa. There is so much more that is both interesting and informative. But at 500+ pages, it is a lot. However, if you have any interest in politics, this is a must read.
Wednesday, April 21, 2010
Doesn't it seem like a little habitat for gerbils?
We re-enacted the 3 Little Pigs and the Big Bad Wolf. It was too long to upload the whole video. But Emery got really excited about it if you can't tell! She's singing, "Who's afraid of the big bad wolf?"
I usually put the kids to bed and tell each one that I love them every night. Sometimes, I ask Emery - do you know how much I love you?
Emery: Infinity and beyond.
Me: That's right.
Emery: Do you know how much I love you and mom?
Me: How much?
Emery: Infinity and beyond and one hundred thirty.
I guess that extra 130 is the most love she can give.
Monday, April 19, 2010
- I want to make it clear from the start that worship isn't primarily about music, techniques, liturgies, songs, or methodologies. It's about our hearts. It's about what and who we love more than anything.
- Faithfulness means firmly adhering to the observance of a duty, keeping your word, fulfilling your obligations. It involves being loyal, constant and reliable. Being faithful means fulfilling the desires of another. We don't define our ministry; God does.
- My job is to make sure I provide the opportunity for them to be affected by the right things. And that means being faithful to draw people's attention to the God we're there to worship.
- Is the gospel more precious to you now than the day you were converted? Or do you often find youself taking off days, or even weeks, from it? Do you want to move on to supposedly more 'advanced' elements of the Christian life such as discipleship, evangelism, spiritual warfare, and helping the poor? Don't miss this. Nothing should ever displace or obscure the centrality of the gospel in our worship. And nothing will bring us or the people we lead greater joy.
- There is no reason for individual churches to change everything they have been doing; but there is every reason for all congregations to evaluate everything they are doing to see how they can do it better.
- I always stress that being on the music team is an opportunity to serve, not a right to protect. In fact, if we're humbly pursuing God's will for our lives, we'll be the first ones to encourage others' involvement. That means present members might end up serving less or in another ministry. But that doesn't less their importance to the team now.
- The church doesn't need leaders who love to lead people in worship but don't love the people they're serving.
Sunday, April 18, 2010
If you can't understand them, it's - "I'm shimmer! I'm sparkle! And I'm SHIIIIINE!" Why are my kids so weird? :)
Thursday, April 15, 2010
We also went to see an allergist this morning about Matt's hives. He's had hives almost every day for about 9 months. After much discussion (we talked to him for about an hour!), the doctor thought that Matt has chronic hives and that he is not allergic to anything. No one really knows what causes chronic hives. So Matt will be taking Zyrtec every night and hopefully that will keep his hives away. In a month, we'll follow up with the doctor. Thanks for your prayers!
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Monday, April 5, 2010
But I think goals are good as a means to disciplining myself for the purpose of godliness. If I don't meet them all, which is common, it's not a big deal. So here's how I'm doing so far in my 2010 goals as posted in the column to the right:
Goal #1 - Read 16 books
- So far, I've read 7! Way ahead of schedule. I'm close to finishing 2 more. It's been a lot of fun and very helpful. I think I am really improving in my discipline of reading and reaping a lot of benefit from it. You can see to the right what I am reading and what I have finished so far. I enjoyed all of them as well as the diversity.
Goal #2 - Run the KC half-marathon in under 2 hours
- I just ran 3 miles at an 8:52 pace. I need to run 13 miles at under a 9:00 pace. The race is in October so I think I'm doing ok. I'll really start training about 3 months prior. I just want to get in shape right now so 3-4 miles at an under 9 min pace is right on track.
Goal #3 - Read through the Bible
- I just finished 1 Samuel and am in the middle of Luke. I am 11 days ahead of schedule - got to give myself some sick days just in case. Considering we went on vacation 2 months ago and I got sick for 3 weeks+, I feel really good about where I'm at. My reading has been fresh and fun so far. I love the plan and the pace.
Goal #4 - Memorize 12 new Bible passages
- This is where I'm behind. I've only memorized 2 new passages as you can see on the right. I'm having trouble with Habakkuk 3:16-19 too. Not being able to talk for 3 weeks really hurt me as I memorize out loud. But Lord willing, I'll catch up in the summer. I have been planning on memorizing some smaller passages as it is too difficult for me to memorize such large chunks of Scripture and also keep maintaining my previous verses. I've got to get on the ball a bit more with this one.