Ramona Geraldine Quimby

28 03 2007

Oh those favorite books of mine in elementary days past. Beezuz and Ramona, Ramona the Pest, Ramona the Brave and on goes the list. I visited those memories today when Grace (the 6 yr old I nanny) announced that her teacher Ms. Graefe was reading Ramona the Pest to her class. Grace discussed in detail Ramona going to her first day of kindergarden, and recalled many hilarious moments in the book’s tales. Susan’s boingy curls, plain Willa Jean, Howie, and chasing boys on the playground to kiss them.

Chasing boys on the playground seems to be something Grace has recently found delight in. She mentioned that there is a boy in her class that she likes named Evan. She then sheepishly said, “Bethany, he is a little fat, but I just call him strong, because fat isn’t nice and he is very strong, he can lift logs on the playground all by himself!” She then proceeded to say, “We were chasing boys today and I chased Evan, but I didn’t kiss him, even though I like him.”

Oh my! I only wish there had been another adult in the room for me to laugh with. Josh and I laughed out loud over starbucks this evening and confirmed that homeschooling and confining our children to their rooms until they are 37 may be a good idea after all. I am so thankful for this season of life, I have opportunities to instruct and care for children that are not my own. I am learning everyday!

On a side note I did mention to Grace that kissing boys was not a good idea when you were 6 years old. Her simple 6 year old response, “yeah, I know.”





Faith in Future Grace

21 03 2007

I’ve recently started reading John Piper’s book, “The Purifying Power of Faith in Future Grace.” One may ask as I did, “What is faith in future grace? and how does this faith have purifying power for the believer?”

Well as I’ve come to understand it, faith in future grace is being satisfied with all that God promises to be for us in Jesus. This faith has the purifying power it does because it looks to the future and embraces those promises of God as more satisfying than the promises of sin. Therefore, if I am not satisfied in who God promises to be or I begin to doubt those promises than I start to sin.

Piper notes that all sin comes from failing to live by faith in future grace (or failing to believe that God is who He says He is). I got thinking about that. Can all of my sin truly be attributed to failing to believe that God is who He says in His word? I shared these thoughts with my accountability group and each of us were able to specifically point to how this was true in our lives.

If this is true then it is important to realize that Satan’s goal is primarily then the destruction of our faith. I may think he’s making me angry, lustful, prideful, selfish, or lazy but if I look back at the root it is really that I don’t believe that God is who He says He is, I am believing that sin is more satisfying then God! Are you getting this????

I have certainly failed to live by faith in my pride. I have not trusted God and trusted my own ability more then depending on God. This has set me up to rule my own heart and leads to impatience, anger, and self-righteousness. Why have I not trusted God? Ultimately because I have believed that His promises and His goodness will not come true for me, that God is holding back from me. And this mostly comes in the area of not being able to conceive (we have been trying for about 3 years). I go from time to time doing well believing God in this area, but for some reason it seems to be a foundation/stronghold for unbelief in my life. Sometimes I question, if I just had a child would I be satisfied? Would my trust in God be restored? I have to answer no, it would not. I realize that the error of my way is not because I don’t “have” something. My sin is that I have believed that “something” will satisfy me beside Christ. At first it may have been getting married, and thinking Joshua would fill my heart, then if I could just work with kids that would be enough, now if only I had a child of my own. . . but then it could be, if only I had a house, if only we made more money!!!! And the if only’s continue never finding their satisfaction because Satan has destroyed my faith in all that God promises to be for me in Christ Jesus.

So. . .whether you are dealing with unbelief, anger, worry, fear, impatience, or whatever. . .I challenge you to go to the Word and dig out those treasures. Memorize and cling to the promises of who God is. And so today I leave you with 5 verses that I am meditating on that describe the incredible character of our God.

Numbers 23:19 God is not man, that He should lie, or a son of man, that He should change His mind. Has He said, and will He not do it? Or has He spoken, and will He not fulfill it?

Psalms 145:17 The Lord is righteous in all His ways, Gracious in all His works.

Psalms 100:5 For the Lord is good; His steadfast love endures forever, and His faithfulness to all generations.

Isaiah 57:15 For thus says the One who is high and lifted up, who inhabits eternity, whose name is Holy; I dwell in the high and holy place, and also with him who is of a contrite and lowly spirit, to revive the heart of the contrite.

Deuteronomy 32:5 The Rock, His work is perfect, for all His ways are justice. A God of faithfulness and without iniquity, just and upright is He.

-BT





Picture Update

20 03 2007

I’ll post a couple pictures here but check out flicker on the side to see the most recent updates.  First is Grace and Carson coloring, second is Belle smiling!

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I need to remember this. . .

5 03 2007

2 Corinthians 10:17-18

17 “Let the one who boasts, boast in the Lord.” 18 For it is not the one who commends himself who is approved, but the one whom the Lord commends.

Our pastor addressed self-righteousness yesterday in his sermon based out of Mark 2:1-3:6 reminding us that it was not for the righteous that Christ came, but for sinners. Oh how dear this is to me today. Christ came to save sinners. . . I am a sinner, and he has rescued me! And as I read the verse of the day on our blog (2 Cor 10:17-18) I was reminded that I am not to boast in my own works, but only in the Lord. He is the Great One, The Lord of ALL, Holy and True, Righteous in All He does, Good at all times. Oh what peace this truth brings to my soul!

On a side note, we have officially gone over a month without posting. . .argh! So no promises, but this is not a trend we plan on continuing. More picture and life updates coming soon.

-BT