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Steven Curtis Chapman Interview with James Dobson

August 27, 2008 Leave a comment

I caught the tail end of the three day interview that Dr. James Dobson had with Steven Curtis Chapman.  It’s very good.  You can find it by clicking on the right side (Family radio tab) of the main page, the “Daily Broadcast” link.  The three parts are called “The God of All Comfort”.  Linked HERE.

One of the cool things that Dr. Dobson mentioned was how the secular interviews didn’t catch onto the spiritual aspect of the story, which was the biggest gist of their whole experience.

Also, thank you to all our readers!  In only five months, we’ve reached 14,000 webpage views!  Thanks!!

Loves Comes Softly Quote

Lael was watching a movie tonight, and I heard a quote that really struck me.  The main character lost his wife, his barn, and had to raise his daughter, Missy, on his own.  He was asked how he could love a God who allowed so many bad things to happen to him.  This was his answer.

Missy could fall down and hurt herself, even if I’m walking right there beside her.  That doesn’t mean I allowed it to happen.  But she knows, with a father’s unconditional love, I’ll pick her up and I’ll carry her.   I’ll try to heal her.  I’ll cry when she cries, and I’ll rejoice when she is well.  In all the moments of my life, God has been right there beside me.  The truth of God’s love is not that he allows bad things to happen.  It’s his promise that he’ll be there with us when they do.

Oprah is NOT a Christian, Her New “Church” is Very Anti-Christ

April 28, 2008 6 comments

Here is a short video where Oprah says that there are millions of ways to God, not just one through Jesus, and shows what she believes as being very New Age. It’s very disturbing stuff. It isn’t anything I haven’t heard before, but her amount of influence is what makes it worrisome.

Prayer Request and Surgery Info

April 16, 2008 3 comments

We just talked to Dr. Brown, the surgeon. It looks like a VERY mild form of Tetralogy of Fallot, and right now, they will just be patching the Ventral Septal Defect (Hole). As a matter of fact, Bryce may be getting MORE blood to the lungs than usual, rather than less than necessary. There is a SMALL chance (1 in 100) that he will need a pacemaker depending on the nerves in the area that they work on. PLEASE pray that this won’t be necessary, as there may be restrictions on his activities later in life, I would expect. We have to be here at 6:00 in the morning. His will be the first case of the day for Dr. Brown. Probably at 7:00 he’ll be taken back, with the majority of the good stuff happening around 8:00. Should take about 2-3 hours. After that, he’ll be in ICU for a day or so until the surgeon releases him, then he’ll be moved to the heart center. Hopefully it will only be about 3-4 days post-op recovery. Three days would be great! Please pray for a fast recovery. Thanks again for all your support. Things are going swimmingly, and we expect that everything will continue to go well. God is faithful and our Healer.

Lael reads a Psalm per day, she looked ahead at tomorrow’s. It is Psalm 41. AWESOME! Here are some highlights!

1 Blessed is he who has regard for the weak;
the LORD delivers him in times of trouble.

2 The LORD will protect him and preserve his life;
he will bless him in the land
and not surrender him to the desire of his foes.

3 The LORD will sustain him on his sickbed
and restore him from his bed of illness.

4 I said, “O LORD, have mercy on me;

heal me, for I have sinned against you.”

5 My enemies say of me in malice,
“When will he die and his name perish?”

6 Whenever one comes to see me,
he speaks falsely, while his heart gathers slander;
then he goes out and spreads it abroad.

7 All my enemies whisper together against me;
they imagine the worst for me, saying,

8 “A vile disease has beset him;
he will never get up from the place where he lies.”

11 I know that you are pleased with me,
for my enemy does not triumph over me.

12 In my integrity you uphold me
and set me in your presence forever.

13 Praise be to the LORD, the God of Israel,
from everlasting to everlasting.
Amen and Amen.

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Meaningful Excerpts from “Blue Like Jazz”

April 13, 2008 Leave a comment

“The most difficult lie I have ever had to contend with is this: Life is a story about me.”

“…no drug is as powerful as the drug of self. No rut in the mind is so deep as the one that says I am the world, the world belongs to me, all people are characters in my play. There is no addiction so powerful as self-addiction.”

“It comforts me to think that if we are created beings, the thing that created us would have to be greater than us, so much greater, in fact, that we would not be able to understand it.”

“When we worship God we worship a Being our life experience does not give us the tools with which to understand. If we could, God would not inspire awe.”

“I know our culture will sometimes understand a love for Jesus as weakness. There is this lie floating around that says I am supposed to be able to do life alone, without any help, without stopping to worship something bigger than myself. But I actually believe there is something bigger than me, and I need for there to be something bigger than me. I need someone to put awe inside me; I need to come second to someone who has everything figured out.”

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Thoughts on Growing Old

April 12, 2008 Leave a comment

We moved my grandmother into an assisted living facility today. She has multiple sclerosis and has regressed to the point that it’s not safe for her to live alone. It is a sad day. She’s been living alone for a few years, since my grandfather died from cancer. We hope that she will be able to make friends, and be accepted, and enjoy herself. So for that, we are relieved. No more late night phone calls for her kids, needing to pick her up off the floor. With everything going on with Bryce, it’s been a few days of deep thinking. Which is rare for me.

When we are born, for years we are totally dependent on our caretakers. We would die without their help. When we grow old, eventually, we are totally dependent on our caretakers. We would die without their help as well. Why is that? Why aren’t we born and grow to maturity in a day? Why did God create us this way? Is it because we need to learn to rely on others, like we need to rely on God? Is it so that we grow up to realize that the ones that took care of us, and kept us alive, make mistakes? And because of our closeness with them, these mistakes rock our world and make us realize that we are all sinful, when we’re hurt by the ones we love, and then the idea of God becomes more real to us? A caretaker that makes no mistakes, doesn’t yell at us when He’s mad, doesn’t forget to come to our baseball game, doesn’t forget to call on our birthdays (etc.), and cared enough that he died to save us from death? I don’t know why life is the way it is, other than God willed it that way. Someday, I will be unable to care for myself. I know it’s true, death comes to all men. But when that day comes, I’ll know I’m still loved and taken care of by the creator of the world, and that will help heal the sadness that comes with losing my independence.

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My Thoughts from Today

April 10, 2008 Leave a comment

I came home late today, and Brielle ran up to me and said “Hi, Daddy!  Miss you!”  Man, that hit me, what a cutie!  I love her so much.  I think she got the saying from me.  When I get home, I make a point to give her a hug and tell her I missed her today, and that it’s good to see her, and that I love her.  I guess it made a difference and something stuck!

I’ve been reading John lately.  To get to know Jesus better, I need to learn about Him, I love reading the New Testament.  Anyway, I searched today on why Jews don’t believe in Jesus because of all I’ve read over the years about how much the Jews hated Jesus.  The one website I saw listed a few spurious reasons why they don’t.  But there are so many prophecies and signs that He is the Messiah, I don’t understand why they don’t believe in Him, other than their blindness.  The arguments the Rabbi put forth were very weak, in my opinion.  The evidence for His divinity far outweigh what I’ve read against it.  I feel very saddened for the Jewish nation.

We watched the newest episode of “The Office”.  Just when I thought they couldn’t make the show more uncomfortable and realistic, BAM, it hit me like a ton of feathers (you think that wouldn’t hurt, but c’mon, a TON is a TON!).  It was really funny.

Here is a humorous picture of a kitten getting a bath.