Monthly Archives: July 2011

Imperishable Beauty.

I don’t prefer math, ever.

Here is one equation I can understand, and one I am willing to work out and let the Lord work out in me.

Hope in God + Fearlessness of the Future = Tranquility, Peace, a gentle and quiet spirit.

1 Peter 3:3-5 Do not let your adorning be external—the braiding of hair and the putting on of gold jewelry, or the clothing you wear—but let your adorning be the hidden person of the heart with the imperishable beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which in God’s sight is very precious.  This is how the holy women who hoped in God used to adorn themselves.

Proverbs 31:25 Strength and dignity are her clothing, and she laughs at the time to come

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Godly Home 1

by. Micah

After beginning “The Godly Home,” it seems to reaffirm the primary intention of marriage is to glorify God…to reveal Himself. Baxter puts it this way; “If you fear God, your chief end in marriage will be to have one who will be a helper to your soul and further you in the way of heaven.” Therefore, it is my responsibility to be a catalyst of her relationship with the Lord. I am to strengthen her faith and prayer life. I’m to help her fulfill the great commission of making disciples and subsequently teaching them about the Bible. And all of these aren’t merely responsibilities but opportunities to love God and others more. Likewise, when a single person is considering entering into the lifelong commitment of marriage the question should be asked; “will my commitment to this person advance the Gospel or will it be a hindrance to the Gospel’s advancement? Will we better display the Gospel or the joining of lives only suppress our infatuation with the cross as we become infatuated with each other? I thank God as I write on our 13 month (yeah, we count months!) anniversary that the Lord has given me Sarah as a companion that I can learn from and imitate. Baxter states “if you value beauty and riches more than godliness, you have the surest mark that you are ungodly, if you claim not to value them, why do you prefer them?” It is hard to live in America and consistently value God above all things. Our Lord said it this way; “only with difficulty will the rich person enter into the kingdom of heaven.”-Matthew 19:23 Baxter is helping with the realization that the heartbeat of our home should be Jesus, as He is the only source of joy that isn’t fleeting.

More like Jesus- Micah got a job!

As my husband desires to be more like Christ, he seems to be following in His footsteps even in ways not even required or requested by our Lord.  Micah is going to be a carpenter’s assistant.  

Mark 3:3 Is not this the carpenter, the son of Mary and brother of James and Joses and Judas and Simon? And are not his sisters here with us?” And they took offense at him.

Praise the Lord for His provision.

When Micah subbed in Warrenton, people used to call him Jesus because he looked like this:

 

Hahaha, ANYWAY-

There are some other options potentially on the table so continue to pray for doors to open please.

OH, and here is an interesting story pertaining to jobs- I was flipping through an old journal the other day and I found an entry basically asking for the Lord’s direction in my life and I listed out some possibilities.  They included:

–          Grad school

–          C2

–          Wife

–          Mom

(I can’t remember what else right now)

See that C2?  It actually wasn’t in reference to C2 Technologies, I didn’t even know about this place at the time.  It was in reference to being a C2 missionary with NAMB.  I just find it kinda funny and thought maybe you would too.  I love how He works things out according to His will.

8 mile.

How many miles Micah and I rode our bikes last night = 8.

We rode to and from Olive Garden for a little date night.  Thanks Beth Galati for the gift card! 🙂

It was so nice after a weekend apart from eachother.

Micah helped roof a house and hung out with some guys from church.

I went to a women’s retreat and to Corolla to vist this family:

{The Feldman Family}

I started babysitting those girls when I first went to college. 

Those adults let Micah and I live in their cabin.

Needless to say, they have been pretty instrumental in our lives.

 

PS: Next time we take a bike ride it will probably not be on the busiest road in Newport News.

Godly Home.

by Micah.

Just over a year into marriage the truth of my needing of Jesus and the Spirit’s grace to make me more like God’s Son has only become more obvious. God’s Word shows us our faults and shortcomings in such a gracious way. It’s such a blessing to see where I’m selfish, for example, and then realize that that’s irrelevant concerning the status of my relationship with the Lord because God has already adopted me into His family and as His child because of His love for me… in spite of my selfishness.

Implementing this grace and forgiveness into marriage is quite the more difficult task because I am not love as God is (1 John 4:8), I do not forgive perfectly as my Father does (Matthew 18:21-31), and quite frankly sometimes if I stop and reflect on all the thoughts that have gone through my head and the words out of my mouth I feel like Paul when he wrote to Timothy saying that “Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners, of whom I am the foremost” (1 Timothy 1:15).

After listening to countless sermons while driving or working over a year ago as I attempted to learn from the Lord and others while preparing for marriage, reading recommended books, and have innumerable conversations with people I look up to and admire, I really think that I thought I was going to be a great husband. Sarah and I had barely even had a disagreement. Life was easy.

A year later I’m only more thankful for my beautiful wife to wear as a crown, but I realize more and more that marriage is also a tool that our good Lord uses to show us our faults, and even more so to display God’s grace, faithfulness, trustworthiness, and forgiveness, and forgiveness, and forgiveness. Last week we were blessed to have Brandon and Ann Kiracofe stay with us. In the midst of conversation they mentioned the great principal that a successful marriage has nothing to do with how much we sin. We are going to sin consistently. Instead it has to do with how much we forgive. Marriage is provided to display the Gospel. Part of the Gospel reveals that regardless of the amount of a person’s sin, Jesus will save those who make him Lord and trust in His righteousness on their behalf, not their own. Likewise, a biblical marriage has nothing to do with our sin toward each other, but how much we hold to our promise and commitment to each other “til death do us part” as we live a marriage of grace and mercy expressed by forgiveness. Thank you Sarah for modeling this for me over and over again so that I can learn by your example. As mom told us last week when she described us, Iron (Sarah) sharpens iron (me!).

All this to say that I fall short and need the Lord’s guidance. I was ignorant of what it means to be a husband. I need help! Sarah got me a book called “The Godly Home” by Richard Baxter. I’ll make some posts attempting to relay the many points that the Lord’s servant provides. In the introduction, J.I. Packer prefaces the book by saying that Baxter has the intention of each family being a miniature church, with its male head (husband/father) as the pastor (spiritual leader/provider). 

One of the things I hope to better understand and act upon is the fact that Jesus alone changes Sarah. I just glanced through this great article (http://theresurgence.com/2011/06/20/an-excellent) that describes a wife who is excellent is “forged not found.” The Lord is in the work of sanctification (making people more like Jesus and Holy). But it’s his task. I just have a responsibility to be used for the joyful task of doing his pleasurable work. As Brodie and Jenn’s pastor mentioned at their marriage ceremony a month ago, I’m to “scrub her down with grace” (Ephesians 5:26).

Casey Anthony, OJ, and others.

We are included in that title, yep, you and me.

Psalm 139:7-16

God has perfect knowledge of us, and all our thoughts and actions are open before him. It is more profitable to meditate on Divine truths, applying them to our own cases, and with hearts lifted to God in prayer, than with a curious or disputing frame of mind. That God knows all things, is omniscient; that he is every where, is omnipresent; are truths acknowledged by all, yet they are seldom rightly believed in by mankind. God takes strict notice of every step we take, every right step and every by step. He knows what rule we walk by, what end we walk toward, what company we walk with. When I am withdrawn from all company, thou knowest what I have in my heart. There is not a vain word, not a good word, but thou knowest from what thought it came, and with what design it was uttered. Wherever we are, we are under the eye and hand of God. We cannot by searching find how God searches us out; nor do we know how we are known. Such thoughts should restrain us from sin.

You  know, I didnt think Casey Anthony would get off completely, I mean how did OJ?  So much evidence, so many lies!   But with the way it goes, the American people are innocent until PROVEN guilty.  If the evidence cant prove it 100% we might get acquitted of charges, here on earth…

If we lie, if we have an affair, if we arent responsible with what God has given us, if we steal, if we are drunkards, if we deny Him, the list goes on and on.  We might “get away”  with sin, right now, and we all sin dont we? (Romans 3:23)

There will come a day though.

The ruler of the universe knows everything about all of us, whether you claim to believe in Him or not, He created us.  We have all sinned against Him in some way shape or form, even if we havent murdered anyone.  Sin = Sin (James 2:10-13).

If we do not have His son, we will be judged guilty of sin, and the penalty for sin in God’s eyes, is death (Romans 6:23).  Except, if His son intercedes for us (Romans 3:24). 

When He comes back, no one will be without excuse (Romans 1:20).

When will your court date be?  While you still have breath to call upon His name or will it be face to face with Him,  when you die?  Have you already been set free?!  Do we remember the price that someone else paid for us?

So, we can say all we want about what their verdict should be, but we are all sinners needing and undeserving of the same mercy and grace (Romans 2:1). 

{So thankful for the freedom from a guilty verdict of sin today through Christ}

Romans 5:15-21

15 But the gift is not like the trespass. For if the many died by the trespass of the one man, how much more did God’s grace and the gift that came by the grace of the one man, Jesus Christ, overflow to the many! 16 Nor can the gift of God be compared with the result of one man’s sin: The judgment followed one sin and brought condemnation, but the gift followed many trespasses and brought justification. 17For if, by the trespass of the one man, death reigned through that one man, how much more will those who receive God’s abundant provision of grace and of the gift of righteousness reign in life through the one man, Jesus Christ! 18 Consequently, just as one trespass resulted in condemnation for all people, so also one righteous act resulted in justification and life for all people. 19For just as through the disobedience of the one man the many were made sinners, so also through the obedience of the one man the many will be made righteous.20 The law was brought in so that the trespass might increase. But where sin increased, grace increased all the more, 21 so that, just as sin reigned in death, so also grace might reign through righteousness to bring eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.