Thursday, July 14, 2011
Wednesday, July 13, 2011
This is Caleb in his skivvies working on a wheel:
And him trying to test it out and push it around:
And finally, him testing out the back seat while I pushed him around (he very much liked that):
Tuesday, July 5, 2011
I can understand such sentiments from non-Christians. They don't have Christ and could never understand that before all things following Christ is most important. But it saddens me that Christians look at us as think that because we've chosen to trust God we are foolish. We believe that God creates and nothing created comes from anyone other than God. Therefore every child is a gift from God not a symptom of sex. And while God does use sex to bring about children, there are many people having unprotected sex who are not conceiving and even one recorded instance where someone conceived without having sex.
We also trusted God with our jobs. We were told to forge grades, forget about teaching just make them pass the TAKS, don't count kids tardy or absent because it'll interfere with our funding...unethical and illegitimate. It went against every idea of what an "education" should be. It's no wonder Americans are ranked near the bottom of all developed countries for education. Not only were those the dumbest kids I ever met, their parents were dumb, their teachers were dumb, the administration was dumb, the church was dumb and the rest of the local population was dumb. I've never met a dumber group of people. We left when we attempted to make a positive difference and were told to stop and forced to stop.
There's nothing I would do differently. I've trusted God and He has graciously provided. I've gotten all of Caleb's toys at yard sales and through craigslist. We shop at Aldi and rent a room from my parents. We don't eat out or go to the movies. We don't buy new clothing. We have a loving church body that has provided me with more than ample supply of maternity clothing when they found out that I didn't have any. Felipe's job switched locations so that we don't spend hardly any gas any more. And his tips are better. We are living frugally.
The Lord has been good to us. And still I complain. I don't like having to rent a room from my parents. I don't like their furniture and I don't like the lack of storage. I don't like the sewing stuff in every nook and cranny and everywhere I turn. I hate the stairs. But it is so much better than so many other places. And I'm grateful that when I'm especially worn out, my mom is here to watch Caleb while I take a nap. In our own place I would just let Caleb play or watch Baby Einstein while I napped, but this place isn't baby-proof and so Caleb needs to be watched.
I am grateful and need to be reminded that things are good. I often feel like the Israelites as they left Egypt. They were miraculously provided for over and over and yet they still doubted and had fears and complained. I had a friend once point out how ridiculous they were because God's shakina glory was visibly before them showing them the way with a cloud by day and a pillar of fire by night. And yet that same shakina glory resides inside of me and I'm the same whiny Israelite.
False Teachers and True Contentment
Teach and urge these things. 3 If anyone teaches a different doctrine and does not agree with the sound words of our Lord Jesus Christ and the teaching that accords with godliness, 4 he is puffed up with conceit and understands nothing. He has an unhealthy craving for controversy and for quarrels about words, which produce envy, dissension, slander, evil suspicions, 5 and constant friction among people who are depraved in mind and deprived of the truth, imagining that godliness is a means of gain. 6 Now there is great gain in godliness with contentment, 7 for we brought nothing into the world, and we cannot take anything out of the world. 8 But if we have food and clothing, with these we will be content. 9 But those who desire to be rich fall into temptation, into a snare, into many senseless and harmful desires that plunge people into ruin and destruction. 10 For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evils. It is through this craving that some have wandered away from the faith and pierced themselves with many pangs.
Fight the Good Fight of Faith
11 But as for you, O man of God, flee these things. Pursue righteousness, godliness, faith, love, steadfastness, gentleness. 12 Fight the good fight of the faith. Take hold of the eternal life to which you were called and about which you made the good confession in the presence of many witnesses. 13 I charge you in the presence of God, who gives life to all things, and of Christ Jesus, who in his testimony before Pontius Pilate made the good confession, 14 to keep the commandment unstained and free from reproach until the appearing of our Lord Jesus Christ, 15 which he will display at the proper time—he who is the blessed and only Sovereign, the King of kings and Lord of lords, 16 who alone has immortality, who dwells in unapproachable light, whom no one has ever seen or can see. To him be honor and eternal dominion. Amen.
17 As for the rich in this present age, charge them not to be haughty, nor to set their hopes on the uncertainty of riches, but on God, who richly provides us with everything to enjoy. 18 They are to do good, to be rich in good works, to be generous and ready to share, 19 thus storing up treasure for themselves as a good foundation for the future, so that they may take hold of that which is truly life.