Showing posts with label Our Saviour. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Our Saviour. Show all posts

For The Love Review - Disappointed

It is rare that I actually end up reading a "trendy" book right at the height of it's trendiness - but somehow I heard about Jen Hatmaker's For the Love enough in advance that I am able to give a timely review of the "big book to read", for once!  You are welcome, my readers who like book reviews.  I will try to work this out more often.

To be honest, I have mixed feelings about this book.  Let's start with the positive, shall we?

Are You Angry At The Right Thing?

I woke up, blurry-eyed, and snuck quietly into the living room to do my morning devotions before the kids woke up.  But before I started I shot off a quick text, apologizing to Derek for the night before.  I had gotten angry at him for something, and yes, I'm admitting right now that we don't always resolve arguments before we go to bed.  This case is a good example why - they night before I was furious, and felt perfectly justified in my anger.  When the morning came, I realized what a "contentious women" I was really being (and if you've ever read Proverbs, you know that is not a good thing).

Appropriately, after reading the day's passage in the Bible, I opened up Matthew Henry's Commentary, and this is what I read:

"The way to be angry, and not to sin, is to be angry, as Christ was, at nothing but sin."  
-Matthew Henry

Initially my reaction was one of ugly self-righteousness and trying to justify my own actions (even though I had already recognized that I was wrong - just being honest here, guys).  Could it be righteous anger then, to be angry when someone has sinned against you?

But immediately this verse ran through my mind:

"For the anger of man does not produce the righteousness of God."  

And I realized what a hypocritical attitude I had, to direct anger at someone else's (supposed) sin against me, and completely forget the blackness in my own heart.

The only way to really be safe in righteous anger at sin is to be more angry at your own sin than anything else.  

The example of righteous anger that is always cited is when Jesus become angry because of the money tables in the temple.  And Jesus did have righteous anger at the cheating and lying that was going on, but there is a big difference between Jesus and me - Jesus has no sin of His own.  He had a pure right to be angry.  I, on the other hand, have a heart full of sin - and if I am going to claim to have righteous anger, it needs to be directed at my own sin first.

And today, of all days, it is easier to be angry at my own sin.  Because today, thousands of years ago, Jesus suffered unspeakable things to pay for it.  

Justice is a big talking point among Christians these days, and people mean so many different things by it.  But if we are going to talk about justice, let's apply it to everything.  What would be just here, really?  God could have chosen to be angry with us forever, to give us our punishment, and He would have been just in doing so.  But instead Jesus, our righteous Judge, took our punishment Himself.  That is the most unjust thing that ever happened, but He did it because He loves us, and He continually offers us every chance at His forgiveness.

When we accept and believe what Jesus did for us on the cross, there is no more anger there, though we continue to do things to deserve it - but Jesus took all that anger on Himself.  Now, for the one who trusts in Him, there is only love, and mercy, and grace. I am so grateful for what He has done for me, even though I constantly prove I am unworthy of having the King of the universe die for me (see example above).

And I love that it doesn't end with death.  Death and sin did not defeat Jesus - He defeated them once and for all when He rose from the dead on Easter morning!

"One day the grave could conceal Him no longer
One day the stone rolled away from the door
Then He arose, over death He had conquered
Now is ascended, my Lord evermore!"
-One Day, J. Wilbur Chapman

He is risen, and He is coming back someday to take His own home!

Are you one of His too?

I hope and pray each of you reading this can know the mercy, and grace, and victory that is only found in accepting who Jesus is, and what He has done for us!  

Happy Resurrection Day (on Sunday), my Friends!  

He is risen indeed!

Jesus Is Better | Hebrews 1-2

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(I originally took this photo for The Peony Project's Instagram feed.) 

I have decided to do an in-depth study of the book of Hebrews - to read why, check out my first post in this series!

I think the main thing that I have learned so far is that if you don't understand the Hebrew culture and traditions, you are not going to understand Hebrews.  Which totally makes sense since this is a letter to Hebrew Christians.  I thought I knew a decent amount about Judaism, but there are so many subtleties in the Hebrew traditions, and knowing those subtleties goes a long way in understanding where the writer of Hebrews is coming from.

The main point of chapter one is that Jesus is better than Moses and the angels.

As a modern day Christian I was thinking "Well, of course He is!  Why are we reading about this?"

I learned that this was not actually a given for the early Hebrew Christians.

The Hebrew Christians that are addressed in this letter came out of the Old Covenant of sacrifices to cover their sins.  In the Old Covenant, the High Priest would sacrifice a bull to atone for the sins of the people, as well as his own sins, and he had to do this year after year.  This was a system passed down through Moses, and it was given to Moses by God, through angels.

But then God became a man (Jesus) and brought about a New Covenant that changed everything.  The Hebrews weren't sure how much of the Old Covenant they should keep.  They didn't understand the sufficiency of the New Covenant that Jesus brought through sacrificing Himself for our sins.

The writer of Hebrews was trying to show them that this New Covenant was fully sufficient and superior to the Old Covenant.  It replaced the Old Covenant, because it was better.  In order to show them that the new was better than the old, he needed to show them that Jesus is better than Moses, and the angels who they believe passed the Old Covenant to Moses.

I think my favorite aspect of chapters one and two is that the writer shows with Old Testament scriptures why Jesus is better than Moses and Angels - it's such a smart way to do it since the Old Testament scriptures obviously carried a lot of weight for the Hebrews.

The author of Hebrews goes over so many ideas through the scriptures he quotes.  Jesus has inherited a more excellent name than angels because He is called Son. He made the worlds.  All things are made by Him and for Him.  All things will be put in subjection under Jesus.

And then after all that, Hebrews reminds us that even though Jesus is so much better than everyone and everything, He is not ashamed to call us brethren.  We are His children.

As His children, He holds us in His hand, and through his death and resurrection He releases His children from bondage to sin.

As His brethren, He was made like us in all things.  He was tempted like we are.  And He can aid us because He overcame those temptations and lived a sinless life.

He doesn't give aid to angels, but He does give aid to us.  He became a perfect sacrifice for our sins, and we are His children when we believe in Him.

What a beautiful thing to belong to Jesus.


In addition to studying Hebrews, I have decided to try to memorize it as well.

I'm not sure why, but I recently picked up a book that has been sitting in my shelf for years, called His Word In My Heart by Janet Pope.  It is all about memorizing Scripture.

I used to memorize chapters of the Bible as a girl, but I haven't memorized any new verses in years.  This book really made me want to start memorizing Bible verses again - if you need some motivation, I definitely recommend it.  The whole thing was very timely, because I started reading this book right as I started studying Hebrews - so it only seemed natural to start my memorization with Hebrews.

Ever since I decided to memorize Hebrews, I've been hearing about the importance of Scripture memorization everywhere, so I think it's just a confirmation that this is a good thing to focus on right now.  I've also realized how much more I get out of Bible study when I memorize the verses that I'm studying!  It makes a big difference to me in remembering the context, and I understand the subtleties of each verse so much better when I can remember all the verses around it.  That is especially useful when studying book that is as complex as Hebrews.

So all that to say, my goal is to memorize a chapter a week.  I've got the first two chapters of Hebrews down.  I'm falling a little behind in my memorization schedule, but I'm working on chapters three and four now to try to catch up.

I recorded a vlog of me saying Hebrews 1-2 from memory, because knowing I have to record myself saying the verses is good motivation!  Here it is - I'm reciting from the NKJV if you want to follow along, though I know I mixed up a couple of the words in this video.

If any of you want to join me in memorizing chapters of the Bible (whether it's from Hebrews or a different book), I'd love it if you'd post a video of yourself saying your verses - then come back here and let me know so I can check it out!

Oh Hebrews, You Puzzle Me

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Earlier this year I bought a Bible Study guide for the book of Hebrews.  I bought it because I thought it would be good for me to do a more in depth study on my own, since I usually only do studies like that in groups.

I stuck with it for several weeks, but then I kind of tapered off, for one main reason.

I don't get Hebrews.

I think I originally picked Hebrews because I like Hebrews 11 - the "faith chapter".  I had it memorized as a girl, and it is always inspiring to me, so I thought, why not study the whole book?

Which was good in theory.  But then Hebrews goes into a whole bunch of deep stuff about angels and sacrifices and Melchizedek . . . and I just didn't get it.  I'm not a newbie when it comes to Bible study either - I've been listening to sermons on this stuff since I was born, and I've read through the Bible several times.  But I found myself reading about concepts that I had never really thought through on a deeper level, and I was just confused and not getting a lot out of it.

So instead of trying harder, I just stopped.  I guess I got discouraged.  But every time I heard something about the book of Hebrews over the last few months, it niggled at my brain.

Recently I found my Bible study book stuffed under my bed.  I have been reading more theological books lately, books that make me stop and think - so when I saw my old Hebrews study guide, I decided that if I really apply myself, I can figure this book out.  It might require me to take a little more time to stop and think, but I don't want to abandon it just because it is not an easy book to read.

Not a single word in the Bible is wasted, and God put everything in there for a reason.  I know Hebrews has some deep truths that will be applicable to me.  I just get this feeling that if I dig into it, I'll find something valuable.

So over the next few weeks I'm going to buckle down and really apply myself to the book of Hebrews - and things tend to stick better when I know I have to write about it, so I will post updates here.
These are the study tools I am planning on using:

John MacArthur Study Guide - I have been listening to John MacArthur sermons for years, and I really respect and generally trust his interpretation of Scripture.  I like his study guides because he includes the complete scripture passages with commentary on the key words and phrases, plus questions for reflection.

The Mounce-Reverse Interlinear translation on Bible Gateway - I did a little search on "hermeneutics" (which basically means interpretation of Scripture), and I realized that Bible Gateway has a version of the new testament that allows you to see what each word of a passage is in the original Greek - and if you click on the words it gives you a definition, plus other places where the word is used!  It's pretty spiffy, and as someone who does NOT know biblical greek, I'm kind of excited to get my feet wet with this tool.

My good 'ole NKJV Bible - I've had it for years.  

Notecards - I have decided that I don't just want to study Hebrews - I want to commit as much of it to memory as I can.  I have been reading "His Word In My Heart" by Janet Pope, and it has really been inspiring me to memorize more Scripture, and part of my process is writing out my verses on cards - so there you go.

I'm excited to start this study!  Like I said, I have been in the habit of reading the Bible daily for years, but this is probably the first time I have chosen one book and really studied it in depth on my own.  I'm going to try to do a post every week or two about what I'm learning, so stay tuned!

Have any of you ever studied Hebrews?  Any resources you have used (I know She Reads Truth just did Hebrews, so I might look at that too)?  What resources do you use for personal Bible study?

Remembered, Redeemed, Refined

One of my favorite blogs to read is Kerrie's blog, Life On A Mission.  Periodically she hosts a link-up called "Hello, my name is ______".  The point of the linkup is to recognize some of the lies that Satan has been telling us, and to remember what the truth is - what our "new name" is in Christ.

She hosted the linkup again last week, and I sat there thinking for a little while about "names" that have come to mind lately that are really lies.  And this might sound melodramatic, but a couple words came to mind.

Forgotten.  Punished.

Things have not been running smoothly around here lately.  Derek is traveling again, and I am truly so over it.  It's hard.  It's hard to have him gone.  I feel lonely, I feel overwhelmed, I feel tired.  And that does sound melodramatic unless you have a husband who travels a lot - and then you understand.

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I give major props to military wives or single moms - because I only have to do it by myself during the week, a few months at a time.  I think it would be ten times harder to have to run a household completely alone for a year+, or indefinitely (and some moms have to work full-time too!).

Anyway, the bottom line is that it's just hard.  Not as difficult as a lot of trials other people have to walk through, but hard for me none the less.

Then our car broke down the other day, which seems minor (and really, it is), but this is the fourth major car issue we've had over the last six months. We've already got quite a bill we're working on from our previous car issues, and then this is adding to it.

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 So the other day I found myself wondering when we're going to catch up?  When things are going to start getting easier?  How much longer can I do this?  And it crossed my mind that maybe God has (1) forgotten about my requests here, or (2) that maybe I'm doing something wrong and He's letting all these frustrating things continue in order to punish me.

But you know what? Those are both lies.

God has not forgotten about me.  He loves me more than I can understand.  He knows of my frustrations, my loneliness, my weariness.  And He cares.  He hasn't forgotten about my requests.

He's not punishing me.   Are there areas where I need to search my heart, maybe correct my course a bit?  Of course.  But these bad things that happen aren't God saying "First you straighten up here, and then I'll take away that painful stuff".  That's not how He works.  I've already been forgiven for all my failings.  Jesus already took all that punishment for me on the cross. 

I do think that God works in us through the bad things in life.  I think He allows certain things to happen or continue.  It's not to punish us, or to get us to "shape up".  God is working through all our difficulties to shape us - to teach us how to be more like Him.  There are things we would never learn without the hard stuff of life, but God wants us to learn it - and He walks us through the hard times, guiding us and teaching us.

Not because He's angry at us.  Not because He doesn't care about the little things.

Sometimes He allows things because He loves us.  If He just took away all the pain and difficulties in our lives, what would refine us?  Which precious lessons would we never learn? He knows that the best thing that can happen is for us to draw closer to Him, to learn to be more like Him - and that's what trials do.  If we react rightly, they chase us further into His arms.  That is a good thing.  It is the best thing.

So I'm not forgotten.  I'm not being punished.

I am being molded.  I am being taught.

I am remembered.  I have been redeemed.

I am loved.

And because He loves me, He's refining me.

That is the best thing.

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Hello My Name Is

(For the printables of the verses in this post, left click on the images above, then right click to save the full-size versions to your computer.)

Light of Christmas

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"Once the light of Christ shatters your dark, shadows forever flee your shadowlands.  

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There's no going back and living in the dark; you live in the impenetrable, safe Light of light, and Christmas never ends for you.  

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A Christian never stops living Christmas.  True, you cannot light Christmas - because it's Christmas that lights you.

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It's Christmas that dawns on you, and you only really believe in Christmas when you really live it.  When you light a dark world and the unexpected places with a brave flame of joy; when you warm the cold, hopeless places with the daring joy that God is with us, God is for us. . .

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When you are a wick to light hope in the dark - then you believe in Christmas."

-Excerpt From "The Greatest Gift" by Ann Voskamp

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If you know Christ, you truly know Christmas, friends.  So go scatter His joy.  May you, and all those you touch, have a very merry Christmas.

Choking Christmas

Christmas time can be stressful.

It sounds grinchy to say that, but it can be.  I have been running our family Christmas celebrations for the last six years, but this year I am feeling it.  The stress.  Crunch time.  The song "If We Make It Through December" has finally started to make sense.

There is so much to balance, and so much to do at Christmas, some of it fun, some not so much.  Trying to manage the Christmas budget and scrape up enough money for everyone's presents.  Wrapping the presents.  Making the cookies, decorating the house, ordering the Christmas cards.  Addressing and mailing the Christmas cards, going to cookie exchanges, family gatherings.  Watching the Christmas movies, remembering to do advent before kids go to bed, listening to all my Christmas music.  And in the midst of all that, trying to carve out some time to do some fun Christmas activities with my own family.

(Me and my beautiful family at the zoo lights last weekend.  Which was fun, by the way.)

But even though I'm up to my neck in "Christmas", I still feel like I'm missing it.

I realized the other day that I'm letting all these Christmas activities choke Christmas.

I am so busy with Christmas festivities that I don't take time to sit down and think about it.  Christmas is not about everything I mentioned above.  Those things aren't bad, and most are lots of fun, but that doesn't make Christmas.

Christmas is Christ.  And like the innkeeper on the night He was born, I'm letting my busyness squeeze Him out.  

The to-do list is a mile long this week, but I'm going to make some of it wait.  I'm going to slow down and think about Christ, and spend time with Him.  

I think that's what God wants from me most for His birthday.  To make time for Him.  To make Him first.  That's more than just reading a Bible story or going to our Christmas Eve service.  It's waking up early to have my morning coffee with Jesus.  It's talking to Him, and listening, reading His word. It's setting my mind on Him, and His birth, and His life, and the reason He came, instead of letting myself be consumed with all these earthly holiday concerns.

He is what it is all about.  And I don't want to miss Christmas.

Storybook Bibles


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Have any of you heard of The Jesus Storybook Bible?  Silly me, I'm sure you've heard of it.  It's the most popular storybook bible in blogland.

And for good reason. A few months after Wyatt was born I bought it for him, and Derek and I started reading it to him for Bible time at night, even though he was too little to understand it.

I loved it!  I love how the author relates each story back to Jesus, and so many of the stories made me want to cry.  There is a lot of biblical truth in this storybook, and as Wyatt got older he loved looking at the colorful illustrations too.


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Last year though, something started to bother me, and I wasn't quite sure what it was.  But after a few nights of stories, I figured it out.

The Jesus Storybook does a wonderful job of explaining God's love and Jesus sacrifice, which are so important for little ones to understand.  But I feel like they drop the ball a bit on one thing.

I couldn't find a single story that satisfactorily explained how to be saved.

It's important for children to realize that God loves us.  He loves us enough to die for us.  The book explains that He had to die for us because we have sinned.

But then it just kind of stops.  What do we do from there?  It doesn't really go over that we need to believe that Jesus is God, and that He died for our sins and was raised from the dead - and that's critical to being saved.

I think this bothers me because of the "love wins" philosophy that has started to creep into the church.  Yes, God is love.  His love is what drove Him to die for us in the first place.  

But you know what?  God is also holy.  He is also just.  Because of what Jesus did, God's justice was satisfied.  Because of Jesus, God looks at those of us who believe in Him and sees His Son's holiness.  The Bible is very clear that we must confess with our mouths that Jesus is Lord and believe in our hearts that God raised Him from the dead in order to be saved.  

You can't be saved by default because "God is love".  Because God is more than that.  And the Bible is very clear that we need to believe in Jesus in order to be saved.  

You can't believe anything you want and still end up going to Heaven.  There is one Way, one Truth, one Life.  His name is Jesus. He is the only key.

I still like The Jesus Storybook Bible, and I will keep it because it's so beautiful, and I still like how each story points back to Jesus. But I also know that I want to be there to read it to Wyatt,  because I need to add my own explanation of how we need to believe in Jesus to be saved.  

It's important for him to understand that.  And I have to admit that I'm a bit disappointed that I have to worry about adding an explanation, because I think something so critical as salvation should have been covered in detail, even in a children's Bible.

I went out and bought another Bible storybook that explains better what we need to do to be saved.  If Wyatt wants to read his Bible storybook by himself as he gets older, I want to make sure he has one that covers that.  Otherwise, what's the point?


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Note:  Not saying I don't like The Jesus Storybook Bible"at all, because I do, but I am disappointed that it wasn't more clear on that critical question of "What must we do to be saved?"  

The new Bible I bought for Wyatt is The Beginner's Bible - very straightforward and accurate, with cute pictures too, and I felt it explained things well for young minds.

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Also, I strongly recommend Arch books!  We love them!  They tell individual Bible stories in a poem format, with beautiful illustrations, and they cost about $2.50 each.  Wyatt really likes the "Jesus Blesses The Children" one.  I'm always catching him reading it after his nap.  Check Amazon or your local Christian bookstore.



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I'm about to get all deep and theological on you, so be prepared.

I've been wanting to write about this subject for some time, because it plays into my testimony, but for some reason I haven't.  Maybe because it seems like such a huge topic.  But I feel like the time has come for me to tackle it on here.

As most of you know, I grew up in a Christian home, and we went to church every Sunday.  I heard so many sermons about what it took to be saved that I could preach one myself probably (which is a good thing, because every Christian should know how to explain how to be saved!).  God paid the penalty for our sins when He gave His son to die on the cross for us.  Salvation is a free gift for us, and we just have accept it.   All we have to do is believe in Jesus and we will be saved.  All true.



But when I was about 16{isn}, something came up which I had never heard before.  We made some friends who were hardcore Calvanists, and they got pretty fired up about predestination.

Just in case you aren't familiar with this topic, there are two camps on this issue - one is the "free will"  camp, which believes that every person has free will and chooses whether they will believe or not - and if they choose not to, they will go to hell because God isn't going to force them to believe in Him.  He wants us to follow and love Him willingly, because love isn't really love if you force someone to love you, so that wouldn't make sense.  This is what I heard mostly when I grew up.

The other camp is the predestination side, which believes that God predestines some people to believe in Him.  Because God is sovereign over everything, that means God is also sovereign over who will choose to believe in Him and who won't.  If He is not in control of everything, including who chooses to believe in Him, then the parts of the Bible that say God is sovereign would be wrong.  And that wouldn't make sense.  

This "predestination" is the new concept that was presented to me when I was 16{isn}.  Just one little theological issue, but it rocked my whole world.  I have never doubted my faith as much as I did then.  All this time I had been believing that all a person had to do was believe in Jesus, and they would be saved (still believe that, just to be clear).  If they wouldn't, they would spend eternity without Jesus.  Cut and dry.  Easy peasy.




But all of a sudden I was presented with all these verses about the sovereignty of God, how God has chosen, predestined, called certain individuals to believe in Him.  And it was complicated, and I was confused - because if God chose, then was He choosing to send some people to hell?  That wasn't the God I knew.  The God I knew was "not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance".  

But if it's all up to us to believe to be saved, then that would mean that God isn't in control of everything.  He isn't sovereign.  And that wasn't the God I knew either.  The God I knew was all powerful, sovereign, in control of everything.

I struggled to reconcile the two, and I couldn't.  I cried.  I felt shaken, and I didn't know what to believe anymore.


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I have a very wise mother.  She told me at the time that it was okay to doubt.  That every Christian doubts at some point, but we can chose to turn to God with out doubts, or let our doubts turn us away from Him.  She encouraged me to just pray and tell the Lord how I was doubting, and ask Him to make things clear to me.

And I read verses.  So many verses.  Verses regarding our faith to believe in Jesus.  Verses regarding God's sovereignty.  Free will.  Predestination.  And I was confused, because I saw the two concepts both presented in the Bible, yet I didn't see how they could work together.




I remember especially one verse in the Bible where it says that God chose to love Jacob and hate Esau.  And I remember praying over that verse, asking God why, because it didn't seem very fair to me.  But there it was in ink, in my Bible.  And I was struggling.

And somehow, in the midst of these struggles, I feel like God opened my eyes, and spoke to my heart.  Because what it boiled down to was whether I really believed that God was good.  


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I realized that I did - no matter what, I did believe that God was good, and that what He did was always right.  I cried and told God that I believed that He was good, and that His Word was true, even if nothing made sense.

And in the moment when I accepted that, I think my faith deepened, and truly became my own in a deeper way.  Because in that moment when I didn't understand, I chose to hold fast to the fact that the God I served was a good God, and even if I didn't understand Him sometimes, I could trust in that.

After this realization, I felt like the issue cleared up for me.  Both concepts were in the Bible.  I didn't understand how they could work together, but they were both in there, and I trusted that God's Word was true - so somehow they must work together.  

My mom told me something that someone had told her, and it was like a light dawned.  Why can't God know something that we can't?  And I realized that of course He can!  If I knew everything God knew, then God would be too small.  And I don't serve a small God.  




Of course He can know something I don't know, and I came to realize that this was one of those things.  The mind of God is so much greater and higher than our minds - so even if I don't see a way that both sides of the predestination issue can work together, God can.  And I can't, because I'm not God.  I don't have to know everything He knows, and my tiny, three dimensional brain probably couldn't handle it anyway.

I learned to be okay with the not knowing.  Because even though I might not know all the answers on the predestination debate, I know what kind of God I serve.  I know Him.  

In the midst of that struggle, I feel like I also received a gift.  Because while I do believe both must work together, I've also come to see the beauty in a truth I hadn't really thought about before - that God chose me.  And it's a blessing to my heart - to be chosen by a God like that.  

When I get to heaven I might ask God to explain this whole thing to me.  Because I still don't get it, and I don't think I ever will unless God Himself explains it to me.  

But until then, I know that however it works, He is good and His Word is true.  And that's enough for me.




Linking up with Kerrie.

A Few More Easter Pictures


On Easter morning I woke up a little early and put together the kids' Easter baskets.

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Wyatt got squirt guns, fruit pouches, a wooden car, his hard boiled egg, and plastic eggs filled with yogurt melts (I figured he'd be getting enough candy later)!  Gwen got her hard boiled egg (even though she won't be eating it!), a rubber ducky, new socks, and plastic eggs for show!

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I bought the kids matching outfits for Easter, and they looked so cute!

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(When Gwen gets happy or excited she'll grab the skirt of whatever dress she's wearing and pull it up to her mouth so all you can see is her smiling eyes - it's so cute!)



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Me and my sweet kids!


Derek made us a yummy egg breakfast, and then we headed off to church to celebrate our risen Lord!  After church we went over to my parent's house and they had an egg hunt for Wyatt before our barbecue chicken dinner.

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Wyatt loved hunting for all the eggs once he realized there was candy in them!  He was so cute running around collecting them.


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Family pictures.


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My mom with Gwen.


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Grandpa helping Wyatt open his eggs!


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My beautiful children!


It was a lovely Easter, and special - our first Easter as a family of four!

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