Monday, July 25, 2016

jordan is 32

Reflecting on this guy today especially since it's his birthday.

Jordan is the most multi-faceted man you will mostly likely ever meet!  Let me prove it to you:

Jordan loves space.... outer space! He loves to gaze through his telescope, pointing out galaxies, iridium flares, explaining the latest and greatest space discovery.  His dream occupation would have been to be an astronaut.  If he had gone for it, he would have accomplished it.  Because that's another thing he is: an accomplish-er!  He thinks of something and makes it happen!

He built his own Ninja Warrior Course in our backyard!  He loves to be active.  His only favorite sport: CrossFit.  He loves a good Sunday afternoon nap, mountain biking, neighborhood walking.  He wants to learn gymnastics.  He taught me how to sew and finger-crochet! And the difference between a phillips and a flat-head.  He's amazing at designing, building, innovating, troubleshooting.  He loves a salt water aquarium and used to maintain his own,giggling with each new discovery peaking out of the live rock.  Yes, he giggles.  But he cannot burp.  Anyways, he also loves a good pipe, a good beer, wine, or champagne, okra, dark chocolate (85%) with peanut butter and milk.

The man has a cabinet of curiosities!  He loves butterflies, birds, skulls, rocks, elements, fossils, etc. and he has a collection of these to name a few.  For real, do you know anyone else that has a collection of these things?!

He loves to learn and he's the smartest man I've ever met.  He listens to educational podcasts all day long and retains what he learns.  Podcasts on health, Disney World, Harry Potter, sermons, space, sci-fy, how to brew the perfect cuppa coffee.... and so much more!  He loves to travel, boat, snorkel, fly (he used to take flying lessons!)

He loves music: jazz, folk, rap, pop, tango, bagpipes and bluegrass, and a very selective assortment of Christian music (Daniel Martin Moore and Gungor are his current faves).  He loves technology, fast cars, the feeling of a new pair of socks worn for the first time (it's a little weird how crazy he is about this actually!)  Irish kilts and the perfect pair of sweat pants!

He's a Harry Potter, Lord of the Rings, Star Wars, Star Trek  Nerd... uh, fanatic.  He's crazy about Jesus and wants you to be too.   He's a carpenter GENIUS!  He loves his Lego's (he's what you would call a 'Master Builder').  He loves models... putting them together and painting them. He loves architecture. He loves his friends. And dinosaurs.  And I'm pretty sure he's crazy about his family, immediate and extended.

He's a great dad, maybe since he's still a kid himself.  He takes out our splinters and kisses our boo-boos.  He dances with his kids and he dances with me.  He dates me, romances me, loves me like a husband should.  He is wise.  He speaks into my life.  He believes.  He forgives.

And he is OURS!  So thankful for this man and his 32 years!

Monday, June 13, 2016

love



 Yesterday our nation was attacked.  A gunman killed 50 people. 

 From CNN: ' The deadliest terror attack since 9/11 followed a clarion call (strongly expressed demand/request for action) by ISIS to its supporters in the United States to launch attacks during Ramadan, the Islamic Holy Month, which started last week.' 

The culprit: ISIS  
The victims: The LGBT community

We are at war!  And it's on our homeland turf.  What are we to do about this?  How do we overcome this?  There is so much hate.  So much intolerance.  And as a Christian, I feel I need to speak up.  Although I don't have the words to eloquently speak into this.  But the Bible does.  And appropriately, the words from the book of 1 John jumped off the page at me this morning.  Please, read this!  

1 John 3:
11For this is the message you heard from the beginning: We should love one another. 12Do not be like Cain, who belonged to the evil one and murdered his brother. And why did he murder him? Because his own actions were evil and his brother’s were righteous. 13Do not be surprised, my brothers and sisters,b if the world hates you. 14We know that we have passed from death to life, because we love each other. Anyone who does not love remains in death. 15Anyone who hates a brother or sister is a murderer, and you know that no murderer has eternal life residing in him.
16This is how we know what love is: Jesus Christ laid down his life for us. And we ought to lay down our lives for our brothers and sisters. 17If anyone has material possessions and sees a brother or sister in need but has no pity on them, how can the love of God be in that person? 18Dear children, let us not love with words or speech but with actions and in truth.

1 John 4:
7Dear friends, let us love one another, for love comes from God. Everyone who loves has been born of God and knows God. 8Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love. 9This is how God showed his love among us: He sent his one and only Son into the world that we might live through him. 10This is love: not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins. 11Dear friends, since God so loved us, we also ought to love one another. 12No one has ever seen God; but if we love one another, God lives in us and his love is made complete in us.


13This is how we know that we live in him and he in us: He has given us of his Spirit. 14And we have seen and testify that the Father has sent his Son to be the Savior of the world. 15If anyone acknowledges that Jesus is the Son of God, God lives in them and they in God. 16And so we know and rely on the love God has for us.
God is love. Whoever lives in love lives in God, and God in them. 17This is how love is made complete among us so that we will have confidence on the day of judgment: In this world we are like Jesus. 18There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear, because fear has to do with punishment. The one who fears is not made perfect in love.
19We love because he first loved us. 20Whoever claims to love God yet hates a brother or sister is a liar. For whoever does not love their brother and sister, whom they have seen, cannot love God, whom they have not seen.21And he has given us this command: Anyone who loves God must also love their brother and sister.

1 John 5:
1Everyone who believes that Jesus is the Christ is born of God, and everyone who loves the father loves his child as well. 2This is how we know that we love the children of God: by loving God and carrying out his commands. 3In fact, this is love for God: to keep his commands. And his commands are not burdensome, 4for everyone born of God overcomes the world. This is the victory that has overcome the world, even our faith. 5Who is it that overcomes the world? Only the one who believes that Jesus is the Son of God.


I guess what I am reminded of when I read this scripture is that as a Christian, I am called to love everyone.  Period.  No exceptions.  So that means even loving the ISIS man that wreaked havoc on the LGBT community.  If we have the heart of God in us, we would desire that all peoples and nations and communities would come to Him!  And to become VICTORS of this world of hate. 

My summary of this scripture:

From chapter 3:  Love even though the world will hate you. If I choose hate, I am a murderer.  Jesus is my perfect example and I need to pursue perfect love.

From chapter 4: God loved us first even in our broken, sinful state.  God is LOVE.  As Christians, having known God, we should also love one another (and that is how we will know if God lives in us.)  Rely on the love God has for us.  And that love is fearless and with that love, we love each other. 

From chapter 5: Everyone who loves the Father loves His child as well.  Whether that child be ISIS or homosexual or a selfish, impatient, broken and battered and angry, privileged white woman living out of her own self-righteousness (that last one would be me).

As a follower of Jesus, I get so angry when headlines about Christians include hateful descriptions.  If we are truly following Jesus' example, we would only hate evil but never people.  Do I agree with Muslims' beliefs?  No.  Do I encourage or condone homosexual activity?  No.  Do I pray for the lost who haven't found victory in Jesus?  Yes. In spite of our differences, they matter to God and Jesus died for us all!  I didn't do anything to deserve salvation and that's the same for every human being.  We are all broken.  We are all sinners.  And those of us that have accepted the salvation that Jesus gave up his life for need to love and fight for and pray to the means that others would know His love too.

So lets pray for this love to manifest itself into the ISIS community and the LGBT community and the Christian community that GOD would be glorified and His victories multiplied. 


Sunday, March 13, 2016

2016 winter happenings

It was a pleasant Michigan winter this year!  Thank goodness!  We went sledding down our own hill most of the time and only made it to the big sledding hill once.  We fed the birds (Charlie out of his hand!) and kept them happy throughout the winter. The kids took turns going on dates with dad and they enjoyed snow days with mom.  We had Briella and Jayce stay with us for 12 days when their parents were on vacation.  Jordan tried out his first official Ninja course through a Rockford gym.  Couldn't quite scale the warped wall yet but came very close!  He finished off the home gym in the basement and has used it consistently throughout the winter.