As We Walk Together

Pressing on towards the finish line

Remarkable Marriage May 14, 2012

Filed under: life,marriage — aswewalktogether @ 6:28 am

Over the past several years, one of the blogs I follow has highlighted the story of two people, Ian and Larissa.  In 2006, Ian was in a head-on collision with an SUV and suffered brain damage.  Here are some of the early updates and requests for prayer:

Valentine’s Day 2007

Christmas 2008

Summer 2009

Ian’s Blog

And then, last week, after quite a while of not really hearing much about them, this video made the rounds of the internet!  What an amazing story of God’s grace and of what marriage really is!  Here are some posts from Larissa discussing more of the details:

Why We Got Married

Contentment in Suffering

A Daily Disabled Life

Anyway, I just wanted to share.

 

 

 

 

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Christ-Centered Motherhood May 13, 2012

Filed under: goal,life,marriage,parenting — aswewalktogether @ 7:40 am

I read this quote this morning and was promptly convicted and encouraged:

I have come to believe that if a woman’s priority is not her relationship with Jesus Christ she will end up with an anemic soul. And women with anemic souls, whether they are single or married, with children or without, will forget or downplay the gospel and thereby not live it out.

I was convicted because I much more often make myself the priority, not that I would say that, because it sounds bad, but that is how I effectively live a lot of the time.

I was encouraged because I regularly have long lists of things that need to be done or ways I need to change and so forth.  And regularly it seems that the list that grows the longest is that of things I am not getting done or ways I am not changing.  And if my righteousness is to be found in such demanding expectations, then I am forever crushed and condemned.  But this post reminded me that there is only one item/person that should really be on my list: Jesus Christ!

The law is summed up in this: “Love the Lord your God with all of your heart, soul, mind and strength.”  If this one thing is being pursued, then all else will “fall” into place.  If I am loving Jesus with all of myself, then and only then will I be able to love my neighbor as myself (and I am thinking especially of my roles as wife and mother).

Not that I can muster up such love and devotion on my own.  If I try that, then it’s only me working on a to-do list again and trying to make myself righteous.  My motives are still only about me.  But the glory is that He has done it all!  I don’t need to depend on my own merit (I will only ever be found extremely lacking!) – I come in Christ’s merits!  We love Him because He first loved us! I didn’t merit His love – He loved me when I was an enemy!  And His grace is a free gift to all who come to Him!

So, this is my prayer this morning, this week, this month, this year….that I would love Jesus more.  I pray that He would help me to see more of Himself as I read His Word and pray and that I won’t be able to help but delight in Him more and more.  I pray that I would grow in understanding and being awed by His gospel – that a holy God would love His people so much that He wouldn’t wait for them to come to Him (they never would have done it), but He would become one of them, though a perfect man, and He would own all of their shame and blame and sin on the cross before His Father in their place, die in their place and raise again from the dead as a sign that His sacrifice was accepted, all so that His people could be saved from their sins and have real life in Him!  And I pray that that would trickle over to my relationship with my husband and my children.

 

Building Blocks of Healthy Families March 14, 2012

Filed under: life,marriage,parenting — aswewalktogether @ 11:09 pm

My husband has been doing a series on the Building Blocks of Healthy Families, and I wanted to post the links to the sermons here.

Gospel Fluency

Biblical Vision and Priorities

Dynamic Body Life

Healthy Marriages

Directional Parenting (unfortunately, this one may have not been recorded, due to a malfunctioning computer)

Personal Mission (not up yet, so I’ll try to remember to add it when it is available)

 

 

This is True Marriage! December 19, 2011

Filed under: marriage — aswewalktogether @ 11:01 pm

This is love!

 

Idealized Domesticity November 3, 2011

Filed under: life,marriage,parenting — aswewalktogether @ 8:41 am

I came across this good post warning of the dangers of idealizing domesticity and turning it into a sort of sacrament, when it is really just self-sacrifice, which all believers are called to in Scripture.  Not to downplay the importance of it or to say that we cannot glorify God in it, but all of life is worship, not that we might be comforted and find meaning in what we do, but that we may be comforted and find meaning in who God is and what He has done for us.

Read the article here. 

 

31 Days of Love Challenge to Wives October 15, 2011

Filed under: marriage — aswewalktogether @ 10:44 pm

I just wanted to share a series of posts that I have found helpful in encouraging me in my marriage as a wife to my husband.  I am only on day 9 now, so I am not sure of everything posted yet, but they have so far been very helpful in directing my thoughts and prayers, so I thought others might benefit from them, too.

 

What are You Watching? October 14, 2011

Filed under: life,marriage,parenting — aswewalktogether @ 11:32 am

Pastor Rob Flood challenges us to examine our screen habits, from TV to computer, cell phone, ipod,….  He addresses men, specifically, but I think this can also be applied to women and even our children, as we are seeking to direct them in building godly habits now.  He says:

And here it is:  pay attention to what you’re looking at.What you look at consumes time…precious time.  What you look at leaves seeds behind…visual seeds that continue to sprout fruit, even once you’ve turned your eyes away.  This is commonly accepted when it comes to sensual images, but it is much more than that.

and,

The eyes are so often a gateway into the heart.  And, when the heart is yearning for something to distract it, it most often goes to the eyes for an outlet.

Read the entire article here.