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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

The Lord is my Refuge

This week has been interesting.  Hard, but good.  I'm being stretched in so many ways; work, school, and etc.  Work is always helping me to grow to be a better person, though not easy, I'm learning to communicate, better organize myself, and work through my mistakes.  School is teaching me to schedule better and be patient.  My classes both have a lot assignments that are time consuming.  School can take up to 30 hours a week. Hey, I guess this is the college life. 
The Lord is good.  He is putting me in situations that are hard, but He is my rock, the thing that gives me the strength to get through each thing, though not always with the best attitude, but I'm growing.  He is teaching me to be patient, to love people who are harder to love, to trust Him and not worry, and to put others first and before my needs.  I don't always react the right way, I often get mad, or want something better.  I'm a sinner, growing in Christ through His grace and love.

I often worry about what people think of me.  This effects so much in my life.  How I act around people.  How I treat people.  How I feel about myself.  How I think of people.  It's pride in my heart that can rule most of my days.  It's funny to see how much it can take over my thoughts and actions, my joy or my worry.

All I need is YOU, Lord.

It's really nice to take a break, a moment to yourself and enjoy friends, family, and the things around you.  Hang out, laugh, be comfortable, enjoy the salty air, the cold breeze, greasy food, best friends, and just be myself.  I was able to do this last night, enjoying the night at Seaport Village, just talking, shopping, and eating.  I praise the Lord for moments like these.  Last weekend we went to the Zoo and Old Town for my dad's birthday and it was another nice break from the norm.  I love doing things like this.  I love being with people who make me feel comfortable being me, who don't want something from me, who just love me for me.  There is a lot to be thankful for, even in the busy times, there is always something to thank the Lord for.

But for me it is good to be near God; I have made the Lord God my refuge, that I may tell of all Your works. Psalm 73.28


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