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Oh, it is a quiet sunday morning. I love quiet. I am getting this glorious quiet on my couch wrapped up in the most comfortable blanket in the world because of a ridiculously bad cold on top of morning sickness on top of everything else sickness and annoyance….but hey!, I am not complaining…at this moment :)….There is a little life being knit by God himself in my tummy and I am happy…

So, Do you ever think about your life…like really think about it…about what you want it to look like…where you want to be in ten years…what it means to really live out a “good life”?

I do. I think a lot. If you can’t tell.

Some of my posts are light and airy and some, I hope, are more thought provoking…like this one…

I think some Christian thinkers, theologians, preachers think talking about Christians enjoying the “good life” is not…well…Christian.  We sometimes get a bad rap for being Scrooges, shrewds, conservatives…uh,oh 🙂 (in the context of being cautious)…mild, tame, no-no ers….On a side note, my husband was a waiter for a long time and he always noticed that it was the pastors that gave the smallest tips…:)…No wonder people aren’t just flocking to churches in droves…

Anyways, don’t you think our lives as Christians should show the world how wonderful it is to be a Christian?  I mean, to live a life that is beautiful, bountiful, un-tame, and glorious…to where people looking in say…”wow! what the heck!”….

And I know we hear that a lot in church…I remember that song…It was my favorite as a child/teenager…”Shine…make them wonder what you’ve got…” But do we really shine…or do we go on with our soul-less lives looking like the rest of the soul-less world around us…

I mean, gosh, I don’t want to whittle away at my phone or I-touch, checking facebook every hour to see whats happening…Or just make it through another day of changing diapers, whiny voices, and enormous messes on floors and tables…

I want to enjoy life and what I’ve been given!!! I want to, as a favorite blogger of mine says quite often, “suck the marrow out of life”…

I want to teach our kids to love art and dance and music…good music!…to get lost in it…I want to tell them rich stories…I want to memorize Shakespeare and Wordsworth and Psalms and Song of Solomon and the Apostles Creed, and teach it to them…I want to cook and eat food that would make you squeal with delight…drink marvelous, miraculous wine (sorry for Christians who think wine is anything short of a miracle…read the Bible) with a merry heart, as Ecclesiastes says…I want to marvel at the stars and the flowers and horses…And enjoy my husband for the unspeakably amazing man that he is…and furthermore enjoy my One and Only for the incredible God that He is….

I want a fat soul…and I want our children to have fat souls too…

I know it sounds weird…but its true…in a world of walking dead people…I want to live! I want to feast!

I hope you have a marvelous Sunday!!! Feast on it!!!

Love to You!

For more on the subject read…Angels in the Architecture by Douglas Jones and Douglas Wilson

Sidenote: Thank you to my Mom and Dad and my Aunts and Uncles…for telling us wonderful stories…for teaching us songs…for teaching us the Word…for having a delicious meal on the table every night…for Sunday lunches and Sunday night breakfast for dinners…and for giving the us freedom to enjoy wild adventure and encouraging us in our plays and dances and living room performances at Christmastime… and for simply nurturing fat souls in us….I will always remember those things…Long live stories like  BoBo, Clide, Ruth, Beth…and sometimes Ray Man! I love you!

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From the Rooftop

Sometimes I just have to stop and profess my love.

I was recently reminded just how much the world we live in truly hates God.

My new favorite author, Douglas Wilson, ( I am telling you, I am telling you…he is an amazing writer, thinker, ect.) did a series of debates with famous anti-theist Christopher Hitchens and it was all put in a book called Is Christianity Good for the World…well, they went on a tour doing these debates and it was made into a film called Collision.  After watching the trailer, I had to buy it…It looked incredible…

I love debates…

The film was very well done, as opposed to other documentaries with low budgets…this one really surprised me…I was glued the entire time…

As much as I wanted my guy (Douglas Wilson) to win, so to speak, to come away with the applause and the accolades and the big ole trophy for how he nailed Hitchens to the wall and the listeners came to a revelation about Jesus and faith…It didnt happen…and I knew it wouldn’t…

He by no means “lost” the debate…he did an excellent job and made remarkable points…

It’s just simply the fact that people hate God…and seemed to side more with Hitchens…

Hitchens at one point says, “Christianity is a wicked cult, and it’s high time we left it behind.” This is the same man who wrote the book, God is not Great…Typing those words gives me the heeby jeebies…

We should pray for this man, don’t you think?

But, see, here in the Bible belt we don’t really see a lot of all-out hate for God.  People everywhere will say they believe in him but then go out and get trashed with their friends and watch movies like The Wedding Crashers and think its funny…People like that have no clue what it means to follow God…but oh, yes, they believe in Him and they will go to church on Easter and Christmas…

And don’t get me wrong, I have had my share of doubts and troubles with believing God…I still do…

It is the single greatest gift to mankind…and I don’t feel that I deserve it…so I try to make sense of it in my head and I just run in circles…

But, nevertheless, that movie got me fired up, because in a world where people declare their hate toward a loving God…It makes me want to profess all the louder…”I believe Him!!! I love Him!!! He is my Rescuer!!!”

I don’t care if people think I am loony for actually believing that God literally brought male and female of every kind of animal to the ark and God destroyed the rest of the world, save the animals and Noah’s family…

God is amazing like that…

Sometimes I just wanna shout out of my car window or stand on a rooftop and yell out my love for Him…not because He needs me to stand up for Him…the Maker of Heaven and Earth doesn’t need defending…He doesnt need anything…

But, because my wicked heart at times will do the opposite of believe God…it will doubt…it will run scared…it will fear instead of trust…but more often than not…I come back to the rooftop…because I need it…I need to profess my love and devotion…and I lay all of it down again…and with all my heart I scream…

“I BELIEVE YOU!!!! JESUS I AM YOURS!!!”

Have a blessed week!! Love to You!!!!

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Tied up with a Bow

We have another present on the way…

I’ve been trying to wrap my head around the fact that I will be pregnant for 18 months straight with a 4 month break in between…

……………..yeah

And while pregnancy definitly is not the most fun thing for me…being that I feel like crap the first half…we seriously are thrilled and see this gift as such a tremendous blessing from the Lord!!

Contrary to how a lot of people view children…we view them as presents…and little ones that we are to raise to love and fear the Lord and serve Him all of their lives…

So, whew, here we go again….

This little present will be due April 25…3 days shy of Davis’ first birthday!!!

Your prayers are welcome!!!

With much love,

Our growing family….xoxo

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A Nursery and a Boy I Love

I love home decorating and I especially love a good challenge…It was a big challenge to decorate our little apartment being that it is so tiny…but I enjoyed it and I’ve come to really like the coziness of much smaller living spaces as opposed to a larger home…

(My dream home is a tiny little cottage with yes, a white little fence outside, with little flower boxes on the window sills and that beautiful vine plant that grows up on the outside of homes…dont know the name of it…my dad would…he has THE greenest thumb ever…he got it from my sweet maw maw who is having a ball gardening up in Heaven right now!)

Anyways, Davis’ room was a challenge because he is a boy.  As his room evolved into what it is now…I kept wanting to put vases of pink peonies somewhere…ANYWHERE…it needed some pink or red!…but I kept telling myself…”Lauren, get a hold of yourself!! He is a BOY!!! Boys dont like flowers!”…Not like he’s aware of anything in his room right now…

So, I got a hold of myself and I normally dont like “theme” rooms…but his surely developed into a calm, serene, nautical-“themed” room…and I LOVE it!!!

Remember…this was the inspiration several months before the little butterball was born…

And this is how I implemented it…

My precious mother-in-law doesn’t like the once dead/now stuffed frogs as a part of his room decor…and yes, it is strange…but I like strange…:)

I got this 100 lb. sailor man at my favorite thrift store, Habitat Re-Store, right down the road on Hwy 59 for like 20 dollars…He was brown and rusty, until I decided to paint him in this sea/moldy/green color…its a little too bright…he needs to be outside in a good rain storm to look a bit more weathered…( I am not crazy 🙂 )…

By far, the best part about this nursery…the sweetest part…the most delectable part…is this little fella…

I hope you have a fabulous weekend!! Much love to you! Go Foley Lions!!!

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Roll Tide Roll

Have a great football filled weekend!

(That pic is from Roadkill Cafe)

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Stormy first few years of marriage! We can laugh about it now…but then it was not funny nor fun…

Sometimes I think it helps to tell something of your own experience…somebody can talk all they want about what is right and true…but when you’ve lived it and you’ve felt the hurt and have the scars you then have the joy of sharing those and how far God has brought you…

So this is part of where we have been…(I have permission from Daniel to share)…

We both had a share of issues while heading full speed ahead toward getting married…we met in July, engaged in August, married in January…:) Hey, we knew!…

Anyways, we needed a great deal of good, sound, in-your-face pre-marital counseling…we didnt get it…we got the surface level/I don’t wanna get too deep into your business kind of stuff…I dont recommend that kind…

So, we were married and off to have the most romantic, breathtakingly memorable honeymoon in Jamaica. It was memorable alright!  The guilt and shame from our past began to surface while in Negril…we had so much beauty around us…we were surrounded by the clearest water you have ever seen…palm trees everywhere…a little tropical bungalow that would make you drool it was so luxurious…and tons of food and pina colodas to make you gain about twenty pounds…It was the most beautiful place either of us had been…but we couldn’t enjoy it…we were dealing with the most ugly crap and it was humbling and the beginning to a year or so of tremendous hardship and growth for us…

You see, sex before marriage does a lot more to a person than the things mentioned in Part 1…it caused so many problems for Daniel and I…it took several years for us to experience freedom and sex the way God meant it to be. I had always heard the first year of marriage is supposed to be so wonderful and romantic…and it was anything but for us…

But God, in His rich mercy, restores… And no matter what you have done, whether you have had sex before marriage… or done inappropriate things with a guy…or had an affair…or dealt with any sexual sin…God makes all things new!!! Even the ugly, broken, cracked, and torn… can be made beautiful, whole, together, mended…

And please hear from someone who has been there…it is not worth the road you will go on…

YOU are worth more…YOU are precious…YOU are beautiful…YOU deserve the best!!! Believe it Baby!! God is a giver of the Best!!!

You are Loved!

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