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Just a test post tonight

This likely won’t be the start of a new trend of short, more frequent posts, but you never know.  I’m just testing out the WordPress app on I just installed on my Toshiba Thrive.  This still takes forever to construct a post due to difficulty typing (well, “Swyping”) alone. 

See you next time.  Time to get to bed!

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Broken heart

T and I have been following the blog of a family from our church Bible study class lately ("Duval Quiver" over there in the sidebar).  They are in the process of adopting a couple overseas children, and the stories of these children are just heart-wrenching.  Well, Sherrie recently posted a link to another blog noting a hefty set of fundraising goals for other children in the same situation.  Instead of describe more, I’ll just point you to the same blog post.  Please take some time to check it out and follow some of the links.  I’m curious if you’ll be as stunned as I have been following these stories.

 

Covenant Builders – The Unbeloved

 

No, I don’t intend for this post to be about the contest, and I certainly haven’t entered into it with this blog post.  We’re just hoping there’s someone out there still listening in who can join in and do something as well.

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Yes, I’m still here

miss_me_yetNo, this is not a political post.  Anyone around here long enough would know I keep most of those thoughts to myself.  Not sure why… guess I just do.  Of course, maybe I just made a statement there with the picture I chose to post. ;) 

 

Anyway, yes, I am still here.  I still want to blog more frequently again, but continue to choose other things to occupy my time.  I figure tonight I would just check back in, say “Hi”, let you know what I’ve been up to, and maybe try to get myself back in gear.

 

First off, I’m getting along pretty well after the “fun” at the beginning of last month.  I’m still in pain every day, and I’m still deteriorating, but I now have new “gear” to help make things easier.  My walker, affectionately named “Norris,” is helping out quite a bit.  That’s more like a three-step joke that Jake led me down… Norris => Chuck => Walker, Texas Ranger.  Awesome stuff dreamed up at work.  We’re so under-appreciated, aren’t we Jake?  As for other “gear” from my occupational therapist, I have the longest shoe horn I have ever seen.  It’s great… the kids, of course, use it as a sword.  She also provided me with a “pusher,” which can only be described as a long stick with some gadget on the end that the kids also figured out can be used as a weapon.  And, finally, I have a “grabber,” which is a long device with a trigger on one end and a claw on the other, which for some odd reason can also be used as a weapon.  No wonder the kids keep asking when my next ambulance ride will be.

 

Secondly, I have all but divorced myself from movie and hulu.com “TV” viewing.  I still watch the occasional Friday or Saturday night movie with the family, but that’s it.  (Megamind was outstanding, by the way.)  So, for all those out there who only came here for the movie reviews, I apologize.  I watched too much strange stuff that you never would bother watching anyway.  Admit it.

 

Thirdly (which sounds weird), I’ve been spending quite a bit of time over the past several months working on the website I put together for Trekkers Bible Study, which I attend Sunday mornings.  There is audio going back over a decade of studies that I enjoy listening to tremendously.  Thank God for the faithful preparation and recording of those lessons by the Trekkers team.  After only attending in person for just over a year and a half, I am indebted to what they kept around.  I’m still catching up, attempting to listen to older lessons I wasn’t there for, extracting and entering notes, Scripture references, etc.  I was attempting to “finish” all of them (I’m getting close) before getting back to blogging again, but I need a break.  If you’ve been looking for a good way to study the Bible, I think you’ll find more than enough there to get you started.  Just click on the “By Series” link on the left-hand side and see if there is something that interests you.  If not, try somewhere else and get into the Word.

 

Finally, I’ve told various people about a stack of post-it notes collecting dust for some time now.  Actually, part of the stack is at least as old as this blog.  I’ve been jotting down topics I would like to expand on as long as I’ve been around here, but haven’t yet taken the time to work through them.  I figure tonight that I’ll list some of them out here so that I have a bit of incentive to finally get to them.  Now you might know what to pester me about, rather than just tell me I need to get blogging again.

  • Catch up on book reviews… I’m still reading, and have (I think) at least eight books to review.  In fact, at least a couple I expect need reviews to themselves instead of my typical combined posts.
  • Jonah.  I have some things to say regarding this tendency we humans have to question the Word of God and its implications.
  • I got to thinking I never explained as much as I could have regarding one of the dreams I had from God in this post.  Due to some recent conversations, I feel there is more to write down.
  • I’ve been contemplating how my disease is a physical picture of the spiritual reality of sin.
  • My prayer that people praise God, not my faith.  If you only understood.  That’s probably not going to result in a blog post.  I think that’s all you’ll get for a while. ;)
  • How I see myself so often representing the Despair.com “Mistakes” poster.
  • Even though I’m not watching movies much anymore, perhaps some retro-reviews.  I don’t plan to keep up with the top-five lists Jake has been posting lately, though.  That’s fun stuff.
  • How I’ve mentioned Jake for the second time now in as many bullets and how one of us must be stalking the other.
  • Random connections or insights that have been shown to me in the Bible during study that are just plain intriguing to me.
  • Christian vs. public education.
  • The wonderfulness of having a wife work part-time (or less).  Yes, I’ve already been over it a bit before, but maybe it’s time to repeat it and say more.
  • Sharing some pics of a sink hole in our yard.  Should take only minutes to post.  And yet, I had to dust that post-it note off to read it.
  • Ten Commandments and The Princess Bride.
  • Starbucks.  Africa.  Sports.
  • Seattle’s Space Needle and God.
  • Series of posts on some of my favorite songs.
  • My board game addiction?
  • Abortion.  Global Warming.
  • God’s patience with America.
  • Hy-Vee.  The NuVal system.  Double-stuffed Oreos.
  • Paul’s “thorn.”  The Prosperity Gospel.

Well, those are the notes I could still find.  There are others still floating around in my head here somewhere.  Sorry if that list leaves you hanging.  Maybe you can at least focus your poking and prodding now. ;)

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My wife is a gift from God

wedding_ringI knew it from the beginning, but all these years later, I can see I didn’t fully appreciate that truth.  It becomes clearer to me every day.  I thank God often for her, though I obviously have my moments when I forget to (like when she and the kids make fun of my balding head ;).  But, I soon forget all those things and go right back to thanking God for my wife’s presence in my life. 

 

Who else on this planet could put up with my daily antics?  Who else could laugh at my stupidest jokes (well, maybe not all the time)?  Who else knows me better, besides God?  Who else could stand with me every day, while watching my body deteriorate, picking up after me and doing all those things I am unable to do?  Who else sees my faults and yet still holds my hand as we struggle together through life?

 

She is a gift from God.  There is no other explanation.  Adam immediately saw the same thing.

20 The man gave names to all livestock and to the birds of the heavens and to every beast of the field. But for Adam there was not found a helper fit for him. 21 So the LORD God caused a deep sleep to fall upon the man, and while he slept took one of his ribs and closed up its place with flesh. 22 And the rib that the LORD God had taken from the man he made into a woman and brought her to the man. 23 Then the man said, “This at last is bone of my bones and flesh of my flesh; she shall be called Woman, because she was taken out of Man.”

Genesis 2:20-23 (ESV)

God saw there was nothing in the entire world fit for Adam, and He provided him a wife.  There is nobody else in this entire world fit for me, but my wife.  God found her and brought her to me.  I can’t look at it any other way.

 

So, do I always treat her that way?  The answer to that, unfortunately, is a pretty confident “no.”  You see, I had originally planned on another title for this blog post: “I’m having an affair.”  That sure would have gotten your attention, wouldn’t it?  Let me explain.  T and I went to a Weekend to Remember marriage conference a few weeks ago.  We enjoyed so much about the conference, and highly recommend everyone attend one, whether you are about to get married or have been married for decades.  Anyway, right off the bat the first day, they hit on something I had always thought about, but it wasn’t as clear before we walked through it.

 

They called it “Threat #4: Extramarital Affairs.”  We all have a mostly superficial view of extramarital affairs, don’t we?  Jesus even knew that.  He told us our idea of the commandment to not commit adultery wasn’t broad enough.

27 “You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall not commit adultery.’ 28 But I say to you that everyone who looks at a woman with lustful intent has already committed adultery with her in his heart.

Matthew 5:27-28 (ESV)

I was so convicted years ago when I first paid attention to that verse.  I had previously thought to myself, “I’m doing just fine; looking isn’t wrong; I’m not committing the ‘big sin’.”  I’m still convicted over this today.  Part of why I’m going cold turkey with movies is to help me with this one.  How hard it is to beat this in today’s world, as we’re bombarded with images from the entertainment industry.  But this marriage conference took it even a step further, which was perfect.  You see, the more I paid attention to what Jesus was saying in that passage, the more I realized He wasn’t raising the bar just another few inches.  He was pointing out that it goes straight to the sky.  They gave us a list of all sorts of affairs we have:

  • Activities affair – when we make ourselves too busy to be with each other
  • Materialism affair – when we love our “things” more than our spouse
  • Career affair – when we love our job more than our spouse
  • Family affair – when we give all our love to our kids, and forget our spouse
  • Fantasy affair – the lust we’ve already talked about
  • Love affair – the “big sin” that we originally thought was the only one on this list

I’d like to go one step further and add another to the list.  After T and I listened to what they had to say, we turned to each other and immediately realized they left one off: the Entertainment affair – when we spend more time with TV, movies, sports, games, etc. than focusing on quality time with our spouse.  In fact, we talked about how this one can be even more insidious.  Dare I say we can have this affair while sitting together in the same room staring at the TV?  Is that time spent truly loving my wife?

 

You see, God has something more in mind for this gift He gave me.

13 And this second thing you do. You cover the LORD’s altar with tears, with weeping and groaning because he no longer regards the offering or accepts it with favor from your hand. 14 But you say, “Why does he not?” Because the LORD was witness between you and the wife of your youth, to whom you have been faithless, though she is your companion and your wife by covenant. 15 Did he not make them one, with a portion of the Spirit in their union? And what was the one God seeking? Godly offspring. So guard yourselves in your spirit, and let none of you be faithless to the wife of your youth.

Malachi 2:13-15 (ESV)

He made us one.  He placed a portion of the Spirit within both of us in this union.  When I’m unfaithful to my wife, I’m unfaithful to the covenant we made with God.  In fact, isn’t that what this is all about?  Look at all those affairs up there again.  Don’t I have those with God?  Don’t I spend more time with my activities, my busy life, than I do with God?  Don’t I spend more time focused on all this “stuff” surrounding me than I do with God, or even thanking God who provided it in the first place?  Don’t I spend more time focused on work each week than I do focused on God, the one who led me there?  Don’t I lust after all the things of this world more than I love God, allowing worldly idols to push Him into the corner?  And don’t get me started about my tendency to head to movies, TV, etc. before I sit down with His Word.

 

Oh, that I could demonstrate my appreciation of God, and my wife – my gift straight from God, more than my actions show.  T, know that whatever I say or do, I love you more than you can ever know.  You are my gift from God, and I know it… even if I don’t show it.  And that’s my stupid rhyme for the day.  You don’t even have to fake a laugh. ;)

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School Promo 2010

Our school threw together a new promo this year, and figured I ought to share it with you.  They really did a great job with it.  Check it out.

 

 

By the way, you can also check out a previous one that I had helped a bit with (minor editing) a couple years ago.

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