Saturday, August 29, 2009

35 Reasons Not to Sin

Taken from The Rebelution. Very timely. Very true.

Because a little sin leads to more sin.
Because my sin invites the discipline of God.
Because the time spent in sin is forever wasted.
Because my sin never pleases but always grieves God who loves me.
Because my sin places a greater burden on my spiritual leaders.
Because in time my sin always brings heaviness to my heart.
Because I am doing what I do not have to do.
Because my sin always makes me less than what I could be.
Because others, including my family, suffer consequences due to my sin.
Because my sin saddens the godly.
Because my sin makes the enemies of God rejoice.
Because sin deceives me into believing I have gained when in reality I have lost.
Because sin may keep me from qualifying for spiritual leadership.
Because the supposed benefits of my sin will never outweigh the consequences of disobedience.
Because repenting of my sin is such a painful process, yet I must repent.
Because sin is a very brief pleasure for an eternal loss.
Because my sin may influence others to sin.
Because my sin may keep others from knowing Christ.
Because sin makes light of the cross, upon which Christ died for the very purpose of taking away my sin.
Because it is impossible to sin and follow the Spirit at the same time.
Because God chooses not to respect the prayers of those who cherish their sin.
Because sin steals my reputation and robs me of my testimony.
Because others once more earnest than I have been destroyed by just such sins.
Because the inhabitants of heaven and hell would all testify to the foolishness of this sin.
Because sin and guilt may harm both mind and body.
Because sins mixed with service make the things of God tasteless.
Because suffering for sin has no joy or reward, though suffering for righteousness has both.
Because my sin is adultery with the world.
Because, though forgiven, I will review this very sin at the Judgment Seat where loss and gain of eternal rewards are applied.
Because I can never really know ahead of time just how severe the discipline for my sin might be.
Because my sin may be an indication of a lost condition.
Because to sin is not to love Christ.
Because my unwillingness to reject this sin now grants it an authority over me greater than I wish to believe.
Because sin glorifies God only in His judgment of it and His turning of it to good use, never because it is worth anything on it’s own.
Because I promised God he would be Lord of my life.


Blogging must be addicting.

I'd like to welcome the newest member of the blogosphere - Kyle. He's my brother-in-law and a fantastic uncle to the kiddos. Check out his first post! It's great!

Friday, August 28, 2009

A family of blue eyes

Our friends, the Kear's, hosted us at their home in Arkadelphia last weekend. We enjoyed the super Southern hospitality and these family pictures!

Thursday, August 27, 2009

New sheets, please

When I look at my new blog background my mind races for all the things I'd like to have in that print. An apron. Curtains. Dish towels. Table cloth. Matching summer dresses for Abi and me.

But, mostly, I'd like a set of king sized soft cotton sheets.

Those flowers would guarantee sweet dreams.
I'm going to think on that for a while.

Thank you, Aqua Poppy Designs.

Cowgirl Cookies!

I am in love with these cookies! And, the jar. And, the ribbon. And, the sticker thing. And, the bow. And, just about everything else! Check out all the info over at Bakerella.

New...or new to me

Our life continues at sonic speed. Not sure how fast that is, but I'm pretty sure it's fast.
We're in the home stretch of finishing the church - the final city inspection is Monday at 1pm! And, things are trying to get going smoothly with the insurance world. I'm going to pick up our signs tomorrow! Pics to come, I'm sure.
So, here are some new blogs for you to enjoy:
The Kears - One of my college suite mates and her hubby are expecting Crosby in January!
The Ashworths - Friends of friends, they're expecting a baby in Feburary 2010!
There Goes Kim - I went to college with Kim. I love reading her journey life - work, newly married, and recipe finding!
The Rebelution - Very interesting movement among the nation's young people!
Ok, the little girl (who is fully crawling!) is fussy. Those teeth are boogers! Literally and figuratively!

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Updated Pics of the kids

Cookie Delivery!

Today, we (the whole family) went to two local schools to drop-off trays of cookies for teachers. Tomorrow is their first day back. The cookies (Chocolate Peanut Butter Blossoms) were from our Agency and we provided a card and brochures. You know, marketing 101. Here are some pictures...

What marketing ideas have you used or enjoyed? We would sure love to hear from you!

Church Landscape Pictures

Catching Up

Fine. I'll admit it. I'm the worst blogger ever. Well, I'm the best blogger-checker, but I definitely have not been disciplined to post. I have lots to discuss. But, lately, I'm been so bone tired, that I'd rather mindlessly look at your blog.
We are in full swing with getting the business going. It's exciting. And challenging. I had a near breakdown yesterday. The learning curve is steep. Plus, I'm still waiting on passwords, access to certain things, etc. Oh well. I have to keep telling myself it won't always be like this. I'm so ready to be at a place where all of this is turn-key.
We've also been busy finishing up at the church. It's looking great! Chris has worked so hard (plus me, his slave) with the landscaping. The project is so much bigger than what we first thought! But, it makes the church so inviting and lovely! Dad and Micah have busted some serious man-hours doing just about everything. This week the doors will be hung (after being painted), carpet laid, cryroom and nursery glass put in, and some other stuff. We had a great meeting on Sunday afternoon about the kids ministry. I so appreciated everyone's ideas and passion!
The kids are crazy funny. They are perfect playmates for each other. Abi is trying her best to keep up with her brother. And, he is just as gentle with her as ever!
I also have recently seen an example of mercy. Not sure if I'll post about it. Maybe. We'll see. Ok, good night.

Thursday, August 13, 2009

I would rather

read other people's blogs than write on my own!