Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Back to the "Ironing" Board?

Yes, we are into the second week of school and I realize that I have gone from one uniform to another and am still ironing. It's not too bad, because there is something about a man in uniform. I think that the military actually had mercy on me, because it allowed him to wear coveralls most of the time (no ironing required).

Chris is enjoying his studies and a new found love of reading (sometimes it is a love-hate relationship). The first week was hard getting back into a pattern of study and home-life, but this second week has had more focus and seems to be going better.

Have I mentioned the classes? I don't think so ... He is taking Baptist History and Distinctives (the big reading class), Personal Evangelism, English Grammar, Systematic Theology II (right now doing angelology), Logic, Christian Home, General Bible Introduction (much on the version/text debate), and Acts.

Tuesday, January 6, 2009

New Years Resolutions

Jeremiah 6:16 "...Stand ye in the ways, and see, and ask for the old paths, where is the good way, and walk therein, and ye shall find rest for your souls. ..."

What a year 2008 was! It had its ups and downs and highs and lows as each year does. I must say that it has ended with some tremendous highs. God is good all the time, but his goodness and graciousness has been so evident in the last three months. God has taken us from a wilderness and desert to a place of growth and feeding. We are so thankful for our new church and the messages that challenge us to grow each week. My outward show means nothing. What is my attitude toward Christ? Why should I be content with where I am? I am supposed to "follow his steps." (I Peter 2:21)

We recently began the book In His Steps, by Charles Sheldon. The phrase has become a Christian tag line, but we must consider "What Would Jesus Do?" In light of the new year and the resolutions that fly around, I realize that anything right that I resolve to do would be accomplished if I was just following Christ. Would weight be a problem if I took care of my body as Jesus would? Would I be fearful on visitation or skip it all together if I saw the lost as Jesus does? Would I waste time in excess sleep or vain activities if I knew how short our time here was as Jesus does? Would prayer and Bible reading ever be glossed over, if I valued a relationship with God as Christ does?

So I have only one resolution ... FOLLOW CHRIST more this year.