Seeking The Things Above

A couple of weeks ago a news story came out that was heartbreaking and sadly, a statement of our current society.  A young couple seeking fame and instead faced death.

Please read this blog post by Pastor Gabe.  His perspective is spot on.

Colossians 3:1-4  Therefore if you have been raised up with Christ, keep seeking the things above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God.  Set your mind on the things above, not on the things that are on earth.  For you have died and your life is hidden with Christ in God.  When Christ, who is our life, is revealed, then you also will be revealed with Him in glory.

Colossians 3 describes the believer’s position in Christ.  If you call yourself a Christian you should be seeking the things above, not things on this earth.  I know this is something I struggle to remember but putting on the armor of God everyday by reading His Word and praying I can continue to seek things above more and earthly things less.

Gaylene

 

 

Coffee Bars and Fog Machines

I came across a blog post that made me cry and also had me saying AMEN!  Kevin Swanson originally talked about it on his podcast a couple of weeks ago.  I looked it up so I could read the entire post.  Suffice it to say it is a must read and you can find it here.

I believe there are far more seeker sensitive and shallow churches now then ever before.  Churches that care more about the decor and what ‘programs’ they offer then about the hurting souls within their congregation.  Loud bands/music, fog machines and the like are such a turn off for me.  I was visiting with one of my daughter’s friends and her parents.  This friend’s ice skating coach goes to a very large and loud church and when I asked about the worship he explained that although it’s really loud they hand out headphones to drown it out for those that don’t care for it.  What a shame!  I love hearing believers sing to the Lord… an preferably not a Chris Tomlin song.

Too many churches these days are more concerned with meeting a quota then they are discipling the congregation sitting before them.  The sermons are fluff and they continue to say they’ll teach new converts the hard stuff once they get them converted.  But, Christ did not die a horrible death (read Isaiah 53 for a beautiful passage describing Christ’s suffering) for the church to teach fluff.  As a side note, I took note in Eric Metaxes book about Dietrich Bonhoeffer how Bonhoeffer visited America in the 1930s and was surprised at how shallow the American churches were…  that was almost 90 years ago!

However, despite a lack of bible believing and teaching churches, as Christians we are commanded to be part of a church.  This article details WHY we are commanded to be part of a church family.

If you call yourself a Christian you should have a new life; a changed life… not the same life with a new title… hmmm, I see another blog post on that topic!

Please click on the link in the first paragraph and take a few minutes to read the words of a young mother in mourning.

A Graduation Party

Well hello!  I know, it’s been awhile!  When you are a wife, homeschooling mom to 5 amazing gifts from God, a daughter, sister in Christ, a property manager, template builder and capsule weighing expert there really is no time to blog!  There are so many things I want to say.  In fact, almost every single day I see, read or think of something I want to blog about but alas, I just haven’t had the time.

I just wanted to take a few minutes to say HI and to share a brief note on what a wonderful afternoon we had.  We were invited to a graduation party of a young man who Phil knew of while he was in the womb.  Phil has known this family for about 25 years… maybe a couple more.  Their 2nd son graduated from high school this year and we were blessed to be a part of the celebration.

It was such a joy to be around so many like minded families.  To watch kids of all ages playing together, interacting with others and all the adults, and to see the relationships being nurtured.  To see these young adults (the world calls them teenagers) behave in such a kind, respectful way to all of those around them.  To be around teenagers who actually care about other people and take the time to talk with others and invest in relationships is so refreshing.

This young man will start college this fall after being home educated all the way through high school.  He has worked hard and earned many scholarships. Because of his grades and the Godly character his parents have instilled in him, he will have nearly a full ride.  Our society needs more young men like him.  Young men, whose number priority is his relationship with God and who seeks to follow God’s will for his life, not his own will.  Young men who put faith, family and the Gospel before video games, partying and all the other priorities this sinful world puts at the top of its list.  His parents have taught him from a very young age to be wise about what he puts in his head and his heart.  To be discerning about what he reads, listens to and watches.  To see the fruit from this young man and his family is so encouraging to me.

It’s so refreshing….  we were surrounded by teenagers who didn’t act like ‘teenagers’ but who acted as though they belonged to the Lord.

Psalm 119:9-16  
How can a young man keep his way pure?
By keeping it according to Your word.
10 With all my heart I have sought You;
Do not let me wander from Your commandments.
11 Your word I have treasured in my heart,
That I may not sin against You.
12 Blessed are You, O Lord;
Teach me Your statutes.
13 With my lips I have told of
All the ordinances of Your mouth.
14 I have rejoiced in the way of Your testimonies,
[e]As much as in all riches.
15 I will meditate on Your precepts
And [f]regard Your ways.
16 I shall [g]delight in Your statutes;
I shall not forget Your word.

Summer Fun

I realize it is almost the end of November but I thought I would post some pictures from this past summer.  We went on several hikes and spent many days outdoors with friends.  It was wonderful to spend so much time outdoors enjoying God’s creation.  It is so easy to get stuck in the TV/movie rut but we have made a real effort to avoid the TV more often and enjoy each other and the outdoors more.  I find it easier to invest in each other and our children when we aren’t just sitting in front of the TV.  I’m so grateful for a husband who likes to take us on adventures and get us out of the house!  So, here are a few pictures of our summer fun.

Kids at park June 2016

Kids at park June 2016

Elk Meadow, Evergreen August 2016

Denver Zoo July 2016

Camping fun with Uncle Andy and Miss Renee June 2016

Camping fun with Uncle Andy and Miss Renee June 2016

Elk Meadow, Evergreen August 2016

Elk Meadow, Evergreen August 2016

Family hike at Elk Meadow in Evergreen, August 2016

Family hike at Elk Meadow in Evergreen, August 2016

Hiking in Elk Meadow in Evergreen. Katherine fell asleep as daddy was carrying her. August 2016

Hiking in Elk Meadow in Evergreen. Katherine fell asleep as daddy was carrying her. August 2016

Outside the Denver Museum of Nature and Science June 2016

Outside the Denver Museum of Nature and Science June 2016

Bear Creak Lake Park June 2016

Bear Creak Lake Park June 2016

Hudson's Gardens July 2016

Hudson’s Gardens July 2016

Deer Creek Canyon Park Oct 2016

Deer Creek Canyon Park Oct 2016

Deer Creek Canyon Park Oct 2016

Deer Creek Canyon Park Oct 2016

Another Wedding!

Our family was blessed to attend another beautiful fall wedding this year on October 8th.  This young couple is part of our church and it was such a privilege to watch them go through the process of friendship to courtship to engagement and then to begin their life as a married couple.  You see, these 2 have been going to church together since they were about 11 years old but they never really talked much.  The groom had an innocent crush on the bride since the age of 12 but because of his upbringing it just wasn’t something he acted upon at such a young age.  Instead, he grew up and focused on education and building his career; working towards getting to the point of being able to support a wife.  During this time he began to pray for the young lady that God was preparing for him and as time went on he was still aware of his crush on this sweet young lady in his church.  Rather then jump in and ask her on a date he felt it wiser to talk to her dad about building a friendship with Rachel and see if their 2 personalities were even compatible for a life long relationship.  After a couple of months talking on the phone and visiting at church they decided that yes, indeed, they liked each other and desired to see if their relationship was the Lord’s will.  They prayed together, they asked their families to pray for them and entered into a courtship.

I realize to you romantics out there this all seems rather unromantic but really as I was able to watch it all unfold it was quite enduring how it all worked out.  It wasn’t long after they started courting and spending more time together that the young man knew he wanted to spend his life with Rachel but he didn’t want to rush her into marriage.  So they courted for about 7 months before he asked for her hand in marriage and they were married about 5 weeks later.

It’s so refreshing to watch a young couple go about building a relationship in a honorable, pure and Godly way and not get hung up on things the ‘world’ calls important to a relationship.  Their wedding took place in the groom’s large family backyard filled with beautiful trees with stunning fall colors and changing leaves.  The weather was absolutely perfect and the couple were surrounded by friends and families who loved them, prayed for them and celebrated with them.  When it was time to announce to the groom that he may kiss is bride (and yes this was for the 1st time) he took off his cowboy hat (all the guys in the wedding party wore cowboy hats) and with charm and grace, held up his hat so that he and Rachel could have their first kiss behind the hat.  It was classy and made all of the guests say AWWWW!

Once again, I was blessed to be able to make the wedding cake.  It was a 4 tiered cake with 2 of the tiers being chocolate and 2 being vanilla with a raspberry filling my mom made (thank you mom!) and covered in vanilla bean buttercream.  The cake topper was absolutely adorable with a girl on a horse leaning down to kiss her groom.  So creative!  Just like the topper from the wedding in September with the pine cones!

As a side note… this wedding and the one a couple of weeks earlier are just proof of how creative you can be with a wedding and that you don’t need to spend $10,000 to have a beautiful, meaningful wedding.  Kudos to these 2 sets of bride and grooms for making their special day special without breaking the bank!

I’m thankful that my kids are able to see that there is another way to go about dating and marriage then the way the world presents!

Enjoy a couple pictures!

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Our son is 6!

It’s hard to believe it’s been 6 years since our only son entered this world.  I remember waking up very early (like 3am) with a tummy ache and sitting on the couch so I wouldn’t wake Phil.  Eventually he was up and getting ready for work as was his brother Andy.  As Andy was leaving he looked at Phil and said “Well, it looks like you’ll be a dad again today!”  And by mid morning Jonathan was born.  Is it terrible that I cannot remember exactly what time?  I do remember trying to get off the bed at the hospital as in my mind I figured if I got off the bed the pain would go away.  I also remember telling my doctor that I had to get this ‘thing’ out!

Fast forward 6 years and Jonathan is growing and just started kindergarten.  He enjoys school…. as long as I keep his sitting time down to less then an hour and he gets lot of activity in-between his studies.  Which… isn’t much for kindergarten… it really only takes about an hour and a half for his school work.

Anyway, we are so blessed by having Jonathan in our family!  He is fun, loves to laugh and loves one on one time with me and daddy.  He’s growing fast and is only 2 inches shorter then Alex!  Here are some pictures from his recent birthday party and some older pictures I found.

Jonathan with his Uncle Andy and his cousin Jake.

Jonathan with his Uncle Andy and his cousin Jake.

Jonathan about 3 months old I think.

Jonathan about 3 months old I think.

Great grandpa and Jonathan.

Great grandpa and Jonathan.

Jonathan and his favorite cousin... Jake!

Jonathan and his favorite cousin… Jake!

Our sweet Belle and Jonathan.  Love those faces!

Our sweet Belle and Jonathan. Love those faces!

Coming in from the playing out in the cold in Breckenridge.

Coming in from the playing out in the cold in Breckenridge.

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Birthday dinner with mom and dad.

Birthday dinner with mom and dad.

Birthday dinner with mom and dad.