Thursday, May 7, 2009

I'm in love

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Havily

Havily Susan Blasdel
Born May 6th 10:17pm
7lbs 3ozs 20ozs
Mom and daughter are doing great.
2:30- Went to hospital
4:30- Water breaking
5:30- Seocnd best part of the day aka epidural
10:17- Havily makes her entrance with plenty of crying

Thanks for all the prayers and to the Swinbornes for having two squirrely twins spend the afternoon and night.

Sunday, April 19, 2009

Contentment


I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want. I can do everything through him who gives me strength.
Philippians 4:12-13

Allow me to brag about my wife for a moment.

Shiloh has passed the point of being pregnant and moved into the realm of very pregnant. She is a little over 37 weeks pregnant and we are both so excited to meet our new daughter. Now, the part to brag about.

My wife has had lots of questions from people lately about how bad she must want to be done with being pregnant and get the baby out, and how much she must be suffering. Today she told me that she felt like women were encouraging her to be frustrated and discontent with the idea of being pregnant for 3 more weeks. And then she said, "Why should I be discontent? I am completely content with being pregnant and having a baby in me for three more weeks"

We tend to see verse in Philippians as referring to really hard situations, like having no house, or barely having enough food. But my wife reminded me today that to complain about the mundane or everyday is stealing the glory away from God and making life all about me.

Thank you Shiloh for showing me things about following God. I love you. And I'll work on being content...

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Post Surgery Pics

A couple pics from Kennedy's thumb surgery last week:Kennedy got this tutu from our friend Lyndsay who made it for her as a get well gift.Carsen hanging out on the sofa with Kennedy.

Ephesians

I'm super-excited to be starting to teach through Ephesians tonight at youth group. My prayer is that students will catch on to the idea that their identity as students, children, friends, workers or whatever else, must be found in Christ. And, that being found in Christ changes everything...

In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, in accordance with the riches of God's grace that he lavished on us with all wisdom and understanding.
Ephesians 1:7-8

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Worship

I have been working hard lately to help students understand and experience true worship of God. Through singing, prayer, service and interactive nights of worship, I have tried a ton of different things. But this morning I was struck that for all the time I put into planning worship, I might be missing worship on the approach. I am reading Jesus Creed by Scot McKnight and he had this to say about worship:
Worship happens when I comprehend (1) who I really am before God- a love-violating sinner, (2) how faithful and gracious God is to his sacred commitment of love for me, and (3) how incredibly good God is to open the floodgates of that love to me. (pg 50)
I think a lot of times, in youth group and our main church gatherings, our worship starts at number 3, or at best, number 2. The goodness and love of God is amazing, but it won't change how we (or students) respond to God unless we realize how undeserving of it we really are. Songs and times of repentance and mourning over sin must be a part of youth ministry!
(and no promises that my blog drought is over!)

Thursday, January 22, 2009

here

"But I suggested that maybe it's not that there is not enough here to live for, just that here is not enough."
David Crowder

sigh