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When Sinners Say "I Do" Discovering the Power of the Gospel for Marriage

The gospel is something we need in every area of our lives.  In marriage and in singleness.  In joy and in sorrow.  In good times and in hard times.  When life feels good and when life feels confusing.  This book showed so much of my need for Jesus and His grace. It calls us to look at our own sins and not be so easy to point out the sins of those around us.   It shows the great gravity of our sins.  We can all tend to point fingers and defend or blame our sins on others or life circumstances.  I think especially today it is so easy to do this and not truly see our sins.  "It is wrong, not because of what it does to me, or my spouse, or child, or neighbor, but because it is an act of rebellion against the infinitely holy and majestic God." -Jerry Bridges "There can be no small sins against a great God." -J.I. Packer Dave Harvey mentions in the book that with true sorrow of our "little sins", our awareness of God and His mercy grow. Be quick to see our own

Choosing Gratitude

I finally finished Choosing Gratitude and, boy, was it good.

I feel like in this time and place for me it was great and would defiantly recommend it to most anyone.  I am so blessed in ways that most of the world doesn't even understand.  As an American, my comforts are more than most have, and yet I am so prone to grumble and complain.  This generation of Americans have the more comforts and wealth than most people in the world and just a few short years ago anyone had.  And yet we are still as unhappy, and possibly even more depressed.  We have this sense of entitlement, this sense of I deserve this and I deserve that.  But we don't.  We deserve death and wrath.  But God sent His Son down to earth, Jesus Christ, humbled Himself.  He became flesh and He died on the cross for my sins.  For me, so that I may spend eternity with God in heaven.

Check the above link to see a full blog review on my blog,  Journal of a Booknerd.  

This week our family is preparing for a trip we've all been waiting months to take.  We are going skiing and snowboarding!  It's been years since I've gone and I'm sure I'm not nearly as good as I was then (and believe me I wasn't even good then).  But we are all so excited.  It's a bit of a birthday get away for my dad and mostly a much needed family vacation.  I know everyone is crazy busy these days and our family is no different.  So a little time away with no distractions will be nice.  Not to mention we are actually going snowboarding.  Owen can hardly wait and is literally counting down the hours.  We are all excited in our own ways and for our own reasons.  

This trip will be a bit different for me in that I will have some school to do.  Yup, I'm bringing homework on our vacation.  But I'm thankful I'm taking an online and that I've been able to get most of it down this week.

Well, you probably won't hear from for a week or so, but I will keep you updated on our trip when we get back! 


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