Thursday, April 21, 2011

Another devo I wrote for my co-op

After being raised in the church, my husband and I, who met at 17 and married at 20 found ourselves in our early marriage knowing exactly how to move up in the ranks of our church.  Despite being youth group leaders, running Bible studies and ABFs, we were not growing, nor were we happy.  Were we doing too much, when the work was already done on the cross?  Probably, but I think besides being spread too thin, we were driven by spiritual “success” than the Spirit, Itself.    We took a six year “sabbatical” as we searched and wrestled with church as a concept.  After having our first child we were motivated to get involved again, knowing, at least, that many of the problems we had with “church” were really problems in our own hearts.  We are now part of a healthy, growing church that is more like a sin recovery group than a country club.  We are still, however, still in the process of shedding our own Pharisaical tendencies.  During those six years we did a lot of research on the early church (< 325AD) and read lots of good books, including one by John Fischer called, “ 12 Steps for the Recovering Pharisee (like me)”.  His twelve steps are still difficult for me to own completely, but they are a challenge to us all and below I share them with you.  Do read the book for an explanation of each of these points.  May we live out Scripture’s command:

He has told you, O man, what is good; and what does the LORD require of you but to do justice, and to love mercy, and to walk humbly with your God?”    Micah 6:8

12 Steps for the Recovering Pharisee (like me) by John Fischer

Step 1: We admit that our single most unmitigated pleasure is to judge other people

Step 2: Have come to believe that our means of obtaining greatness is to make everyone lower than ourselves in our own mind

Step 3: Realize that we detest mercy being given to those who, unlike us, haven’t worked for it and don’t deserve it

Step 4: Have decided that we don’t want to get what we deserve after all, and we don’t want anyone else to either

Step 5: Will cease all attempts to apply teaching and rebuke to anyone but ourselves

Step 6: Are ready to have God remove all these defects of attitude and character

Step 7: Embrace the belief that we are, and will always be, experts at sinning

Step 8: Are looking more closely at the lives of famous men and women of the Bible who turned out to be ordinary sinners like us

Step 9: Are seeking through prayer and meditation to make a conscious effort to consider others better than ourselves

Step 10: Embrace the state of astonishment as a permanent and glorious reality

Step 11: Choose to rid ourselves of any attitude that is not bathed in gratitude

Step 12: Having had a spiritual awakening as the result of these steps, we will try to carry this message to the others who think that Christians are better than everyone else

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Good times in Tennessee

On St. Patty's Day Ben flew us down to Tennessee so we could see family for a bit and we stayed with my grandparents for the first few days.  Unfortunately, Ben had to fly back to Ohio to work while we had fun for two weeks down South.  We ate A LOT of good food!
Carrot/Orange Smoothies
 Puffy Breakfast Torte, served with whipped cream :-)
 Teddy Bear Pancakes! 
 Then my Uncle David came over and made us Southern Fried Chicken!!! He also taught me how to cut up a whole chicken, as I was wanting to learn.

{{drool, drool}}
 This is my cousin Josh playing with Z and my
Uncle Delvin behind him.
In addition to having fun with family and eating amazing food, the kids thoroughly enjoyed their FIRST visit to their Grandpa and Grandma's house.  You see, they really live in Germany and just bought this house in December, as it's a good time to buy and in preparation for retirement someday.  We haven't visited them in Germany since BEFORE we had kids, so my parents were eager to have their grandchildren visit them for the first time.  

My mom planned an amazing Butterfly Party, where she read books about caterpillars turning into butterflies and gave them butterfly toys and gummies. Yes, that is a pile of cotton candy on Z's plate. Yes, he was in heaven.
 Even the table cloth was "The Very Hungry Caterpillar" theme!
 I was playing with my art filters on the last pic and this next one.  
Look at Z, can you tell the sugar is kicking in here?
They also had a grand 'ole time playing in my parent's jacuzzi tub.  Turns out, when you have jets, you don't need to put very much Mr. Bubbles in...BUT it is more fun if you do!!!
We also had fun just enjoying all the beautiful birds in their backyard, playing together and don't forget our awesome Time Capsule Day.  Lots of memories to last forever!  The whole way there, I thought, how will we do this next year when there's five of us and only four seats on the plane? Then Ben came up with a nifty solution.  He's bartering avionics work for flight time with a guy who owns a six passenger plane.  How cool is that?  So, watch out Tennessee, we'll be back!

Sunday, April 17, 2011

More WigLife here!

Guess what?!  We're expecting again, if you haven't heard.  I am three months along, due October 26th.  Here's the baby's heartbeat.

I've been more nauseated than previously, and when you cut out mornings as mostly non-productive, take a short nap with the kids, then only have the afternoon to clean up the house, do dishes and laundry and make dinner there isn't much time to blog.  Especially, when I'm ready for bed by 8:30pm.  The nausea is getting better, but still comes back briefly twice a day when I take my prenatal vitamins, there's so many! 

Anyways, God is good, we are thankful for what looks like another healthy little WigBaby.  I am excited to share our adventures with you all, thanks for your prayers and for your understanding when blogging gets put on the back-burner.