Saturday, January 26, 2013


Sometimes you just need to go outside and forget everything else! For your sanity, for your relationships, and for your soul. Yesterday afternoon we spent several hours at a nearby state park.

"The Mighty One, God the Lord, speaks and summons the earth from the rising of the sun to its setting."  Psalm 50:1

 "For His invisible attributes, namely, His eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly perceived, ever since the creation of the world, in the things that have been made. So they are without excuse."  Romans 1:20

"So even to old age and gray hairs, O God, do not forsake me, until I proclaim your might to another generation, your power to all those to come."  Psalm 71:18

Saturday, January 19, 2013


Over the years we've created a sort of tradition of getting a new puzzle over the holidays and completing it during our break from school and work. This year we got a 1000 piece Thomas Kinkade puzzle. Its always a fun challenge, but we took longer to finish it this year. We put the final pieces in just a couple days ago. It was fun, but I'm ready to have my dining room table back!
One fun thing about a puzzle is realizing just how important each and every part is. Without one of the pieces, the picture is not complete. Each piece is unique and plays an important role in creating the whole picture. What a weird and boring puzzle this would have been if every piece had been green! But because each one is different, it forms a beautiful picture when they are all put together.  
It strikes me as a great analogy of the Body of Christ. Each one of us is very important to the whole. The Church needs each believer, using his or her God-given gifts to be whole. The picture just isn't complete without each one.
"But in fact God has arranged the parts in the body, every one of them, just as he wanted them to be. If they were all one part, where would the body be? As it is, there are many parts, but one body."
1 Corinthians 12:18-20


I often hear parents talking about how their kids don't like to read. Clearly this is not an issue with our oldest!

Indoor Picnic!

Sunday, January 13, 2013

Beautiful Weather!

You gotta love the Southeast! We can always count on a few days in the mid to upper 70s right smack in the middle of winter. This afternoon we took full advantage of the great weather and hit the beach for a couple of hours!

"O Lord, how manifold are your works! In wisdom you have made them all; the earth is full of your creatures. Here is the sea, great and wide, which teems with creatures innumerable, living things both small and great." (Psalm 104:24-25)

Seagull footprints

Thursday, January 10, 2013

Books Read in 2012

So, here is a list of books I read this past year. Its a wide variety and clearly I would recommend some more enthusiastically than others, but this was my list in order:

1. The Shaping of a Christan Family by Elisabeth Elliot
2. The Cost of Discipleship by Dietrich Bonhoeffer
3. Dug Down Deep: Building Your Life on Truth's That Last by Joshua Harris
4. When Life is Hard by James MacDonald
5. The Beautiful Fight: Surrendering to the Transforming Presence of God Every Day of Your Life
     by Gary Thomas
6. The Twelfth Imam by Joel Rosenberg
7. The Tehran Initiative by Joel Rosenberg
8. Raising Godly Children in an Ungodly World by Ken and Steve Ham
9. What is Reformed Theology? by R.C. Sproul
10. The Explicit Gospel by Matt Chandler
11. The Queen of Clean Conquers Clutter by Linda Cobb
12. Loving the Little Years by Rachel Jankovic
13. The Maker's Diet by Jordan Rubin
14. The Debt by Angela Hunt
15. The Meaning of Marriage by Timothy Keller
16. Implosion: Can America Recover From Its Economic and Spiritual Challenges in Time?
      by Joel Rosenberg
17. Unfashionable: Making a Difference in the World by Being Different by Tullian Tchividjian
18. The Scribe by Francine Rivers
19. Becoming God's True Woman   Ed. by Nancy Leigh DeMoss
20. Do I Know God? by Tullian Tchividjian
21. Organized Simplicity by Tsh Oxenreider