Brave Adventure

Brave Adventure

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Marriage is a Covenant.

I love this video. Marriage/Love is a choice that we make every morning. It is not this sapping feeling that we have or will magically continue forever. There are definitely lots of feelings of love, sweetness, magic even, but there are also feelings of heart break, pain, and hurt. The evil one wants to fill us with lies to build walls between us and our spouses. He says to us, "where is the man I married?" "I don't feel like loving today" "I don't think I'm in love any more" and other such things that are complete lies. I know he says to me "you're not good enough", "you're not pretty enough", "you need to be more ____________". But we cannot believe these lies. God has created marriage and it is beautiful. It is a sacrifice, just as He sacrificed, and it leads to an even more beautiful thing - sanctification. God uses marriage to further sanctify us. I have never been more reminded of my need for God, my smallness (humility), my need for forgiveness/grace/mercy, my sinfulness, and so much more. How could someone like Cal love me? He loves me not just because I give him a fuzzy feeling, but because through him God loves me. Because we have covenanted together to be faithful spouses. Because being married is more than just feelings. Because the greatest love and joy we have together is a gift from God. Because the hardship ultimately makes us closer and helps us to know each other more intimately, more genuinely. One thing they say in the video - Marriage is an appointment you make with your spouse to be there year after year. We have a standing appointment with our spouses really even daily to be there and to fulfill our role. Enjoy the following!



Piper, Carson, and Keller on Sustaining the Covenant of Marital Love from The Gospel Coalition on Vimeo.

Thursday, June 2, 2011

Sweet Moments

So I was reading the blog of just a wonderful woman who has 4 kids and a busy life! She just posted the most beautiful picture of her son and his dad napping together on the couch, but.... the little boy is peeking! This reminded me of some sweet moments as a child. I'm just going to divulge one for you here, but it just reminded me of some of those really great times with my parents.



So when we were very little, my sister (L) and I shared a room. She was my confidant and my best-friend! This however did not mean we never fought. There are so many hilarious moments that I could share with you (some my parents found out about once we were in our 20's haha), but this moment is a combo of L and my parents. So we got to take turns being rocked good night by our Mom. She would let us lay in her lap in the rocking chair, feet up on one side, head on her arm on the other side, and she would sing Edelweiss to us (Sound of Music is one of Mom's favorite all time movies).

I always thought L was so lucky because she would fall asleep while being rocked. Mom and Dad thought it was so sweet that they would carry her to bed and tuck her in. I thought it was sweet too! No matter how hard I tried I could not make myself go to sleep in that rocking chair, but I desperately wanted to be carried to bed and tucked in. So, I would pretend to be asleep, trying hard not to squeeze my eyes too tightly shut and give myself away. I loved being rocked and soon discovered I loved being carried to bed and tucked in. Sweet sweet time.

L was not convinced, however, and would promptly turn over and say "faker!" She knew me. She knew I was only faking because I wanted to be carried and tucked in. But I was not about to give up those moments in the rocking chair and the thought of being carried to bed. I would not open my eyes nor acknowledge my sister because I was determined to be asleep and cherish my moment. (In hindsight, she probably should have encourage me to fake sleep so I wouldn't talk her ear off every night while she tried to sleep which was more the norm)

Despite hardships and trials, isn't it wonderful to have family?

Edelweiss, Edelweiss
Every morning you greet me
Small and white clean and bright
You look happy to meet me
Blossom of snow may you bloom and grow
Bloom and grow forever
Edelweiss,Edelweiss
Bless my homeland forever.

Small and white clean and bright
You look happy to meet me
Blossom of snow may you bloom and grow
Bloom and grow forever
Edelweiss,Edelweiss
Bless my homeland forever

Desperation

Okay, so I'm a Mary Kay salesman and I'm not all that great at it. I really do love a lot of the skin care products and a lot of the makeup (I try not to say all since I haven't tried it all), but I just don't know very many people in Houston. I'm not even that concerned with selling any products, but I haven't even been able to get someone to let me give them a free facial! Free! Seriously. Anyway, if there is anyone out there in the Houston area that would just let me give them a free facial, no strings attached, I would love it. I just want to get more practice and hang out with girls!