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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

We are Healed

Well 2017 is gone, forever.  In one sense I'm sad life is flying by and I keep finding myself upset or disappointed in that fact.  Questions like am I in a good spot, do I have what I want, what will the future be like if I keep doing what I'm doing.  But this is so just me, me, and me.  I'm looking for things around me to give me happiness.  I turned 20 this year...and at first I wasn't happy about that.  I feel like a kid still.  I feel like I'm not good enough or I'm not where I should be, because I'm not really where I thought I would be or where most peope my age are currently at.  But I'm looking at the world to be my example, I'm comparing myself to others.  My identity is not in Christ, when I do this to myself and put this pressure on myself and others.  

After a week of no work or school and just finding myself being lazy, I came out of the Holiday's a little upset and overwhelmed.  But Monday I found a verse that gave me more hope then anything this world could offer; 

"With His wounds we are Healed." Isaiah 53:5

Living with that gives me the desire to live each day for Him, but also to be thankful that I am healed, I don't have to fit in...because I don't and I never will.  I don't have to worry about what people think of me, or where I am going to be this next year, but I can find hope that I am healed.  That with His strength I can get through this year, no matter what happens.

All pictures are from the month of December.  From decorating for Christmas to family traditions.  Evelyn and Owen had their first Uke recital, which was too fun and way cool.  We had a dear friend staying with us for most of the month, which for all of us was super exciting, but also trying at some times.  But the memories will last a lifetime.  From making a list of movies to watch (and having yet to watch them) to baking cookies and sharing our hearts with each other.  I was very thankful for the time spent with her staying with us.

We got to spend time with dear friends who had recently moved away, but came back to visit for a couple of weeks.  Kept up the tradition of caroling, but this time with younger kids and they kept things exciting for us all.
We spent time with just family; hiking, eating, SUP boarding, messing around with my silly sister and keeping up with family tradition by going to Coronado Island.


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