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Thursday, July 30, 2009

Updates! (Part II)

And even though I am slacking, I am GETTING CREATIVE!!! Tasty tasty!

(It's a spinach dip covered by a flaky pie crust and fashioned into a T-6!!)

Soooo I didn’t think it would talk this long for Part II, but…. It did. As far as the wedding went, it was beautiful to see Jake and Loren become united under Christ- the gospel was preached boldly and the invitation to accept the free gift of salvation was given! The witnesses all cheered as the two God brought together became one under a covenant designed by the Father, glorifying Himself and bringing joy to those who submit to it—and man, did those two have joy! It was so enjoyable to be in the company of the brothers and sisters in Christ all evening long as we celebrated with the new Simmons, dancing and eating cake! I thanked God after I left that night for His grace on us—just realizing that my wretchedness had been completely covered by Christ’s righteousness… and celebrating weddings, where you are given the opportunity to demonstrate the harmony of the Trinity in your oneness with another whom God has intended you to love and cherish until He calls you home, will never be the same. So, Jake and Loren, praise be to God for your marriage! May God bless you with abundant grace and mercy through your first blissful year (Heb 4:16)!

Being back home in Columbus has been a joy… and everyday is filled with a many of things to do! Even when I have moved to the city of nothing, God has given me the ability to find a million things to do with my week! But that’s where I need His guidance most: I can get caught up in the trivial things in life compared to what’s important, and that’s where I can struggle. Yet where I struggle most is where I am sure a lot of women struggle: Keeping my husband a primary thought throughout my schedule-consumed day. My desire is to be able to serve him better in my goals and tasks throughout the day, keeping his requests and schedule of first importance… but most of the time, I find myself failing to do anything but keep him first! Instead, I admit to my shame, I forget about his needs and how I can serve him when he is absent most of the day. I lose my foresightedness quicker, thus, doing what I want throughout my day. However, I have found a lot of my fits of anger and strife has derived all from this lack of putting him first. And that’s where I get to give God the praise for His faithfulness in my struggle!

My saving grace for this desire to grow as a wife in godliness is through a book study I am presently going through. Recently, one of the wives to our bible study leaders has decided to start a women’s study on Mondays. Going through the book called An Excellent Wife by Martha Peace, has helped me learn a lot about myself—but more importantly, has brought me into a deeper richness of God’s love despite my sin through the gospel message just by learning and understanding how to live out Proverbs 31 accordingly. It’s really affected me to see how idols I am now aware of in my life, by God’s grace, have been subtly and craftily placed in my heart all because I let my guard down. I have slacked in the way to capture thoughts as they emerge (2 Cor 10:5) and the result is their strong rootedness in my heart. I realize that I am the one to be blamed for the sluggard I am. I have let myself remain “a lover of self, lover of money, proud, arrogant, abusive, disobedient to [my] parents, ungrateful, unholy, heartless, unappeasable, slanderous, without self-control, brutal, not loving good, treacherous, reckless swollen with conceit, lovers of pleasure rather lovers of God” because of my sin to ‘appear of godliness but deny its power’ (2 Tim 3:2-5). But to know that now I have been graciously given the power of Christ through his sacrifice (1 Pet 1:17-19) to put off such things my heart is still consumed with and instead put on the new self ( Eph 4:17-32), I find abundant joy and hope!! What grace! What love!! The Lord has strengthened my faith to find peace in my restless heart! Jesus paid it all… and all to Him I owe. I owe my life.

With this revelation, I have the joy set before me as I labor through the task of weeding out strongholds in my heart! I know if I work diligently to discipline myself for the purpose of godliness (1 Tim. 4:7) and live submissively under the holy spirit’s power, which transforms me by the renewing of my mind (Rom.12:2), I am reassured that God will work for His glory to shine through my struggles and sanctify me as He has intended—which is my new desire!

Aaaannd that brings me to my desire to be diligent with the blog: AHH! Haha--But I am actually glad it didn’t happen when I planned it (see, the sovereignty of God at work!) becaaaaaaause I can now record Andrew’s solo! YES—YOU READ CORRECTLY!!! Andrew had his first solo on Wednesday! The weather let up at last and at 5:09pm, Andrew dropped off his Instructor pilot and took off in that fabulous T-6 by himself! Here’s the proof:

Here's where it gets funny....

So when the flight gets word about Andrew's landing, they all gather outside and await for his arrival....

They crowd around as he steps out of the van...

Then they attack!!

Making sure he does not run, they escort him to his death!!!... or a nice toss into the very disguisting tub!! HAHA!

Annnnnndddd the throw!!!

The Beast emerges!!!

...only to be greeted for a photo shoot with his instructor pilot, who also got tossed in the bucket!

He's still my hero... and even handsome when he's soaked!!

We ended the night with a congradulatory cheese and cracker dinner, complete with fondue!!!

Praise be to God for his grace to allow Andrew to be doing so well! It’s a super blessing to remember what struggle we had trying to get out of this calling for our life and now how much more peaceful and joyful life has been just by walking in the direction God called for us both!

Well, that’s all I have! Not much new on Eli... except he's bigger. And with bigger comes most destructive. Thus, after 6 months... bunny has been officially murdered.

He can't believe it!!!

And frankly, I think he is a bit upset at his own actions =)

BUT, nevertheless, Eli has a new pal! I am now the proud babysitter of a little girl name Alyssa MacGee! She is a darling--- but besides her family, I don’t think anyone loves Alyssa more than Eli. It has brought a lot of joy to my heart to see them interact together and how good Eli is to protect her and be gentle to her! How greatly God has blessed us through this pup—makes me really excited to have kids while he’s around! Here are some pictures of the two that just warms my heart-- ENJOY!

.. The sweetest of all.

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