Monday, March 10, 2014
Saturday, March 01, 2014
This is a new devotional for families by Jessica Thompson, co-author of Give Them Grace with Elyse Fitzpatrick. I had the opportunity to review this book for Crossway, and I'm so glad I did. In short and sweet little chapters, Thompson gives a key verse of Scripture, followed by a "case-study", so to speak. A child is struggling with something, and the corresponding truth from Scripture shows clearly how the truth of the Gospel defeats the lie that is preventing the child from experiencing the grace and truth of Jesus Christ's lovel. In closing, each chapter offers a few questions for the parent to ask, interacting with their own child, and finding ways in which they might relate to the what is being discussed in the devotional. Overall, it would be very easy for a family to implement this useful tool, and I would consider it most beneficial between the ages of 5-8.
Thursday, February 27, 2014
Well, she can't possibly be almost eleven months, right? Wow. It has just flown by. This little munchkin is such a gift of joy to our family. She is feisty! For sure! She loves to crawl, pull up, cruise a bit, and has stood on her own for a few seconds before sitting down. :-)
She just started waving when grandma left our house and she practically leaped out of my arms. Isn't is amazing how they just instinctively know that Grandma's house is the place to be!?
Oh, Evelyn Hope, we enjoy you so much and are so thankful for you!!!
Wednesday, February 19, 2014
So sweet!!! Emma and Caleb made dinner for Ben and I on Valentine's Day. It started with a beet salad, with goat cheese and walnuts, dressed with balsamic vinaigrette (thank you Jen Lehr for teaching me that trick!!!!), gluten free pasta with vegan sausage and marinara, and a vegan blueberry cobbler!!! Everything was fantastic!!!!! I told Ben, what am I doing!?? There's really no reason I should be cooking anymore. ;-)
Saturday, February 01, 2014
Wednesday, January 29, 2014
All day, people would stop us to say how cute we were in our matching shirts. I always thanked them and explained that this is survival, people. 6 kids and 2 parents means I gotta know what I'm looking for. My sincere apologies to the two unfortunate kids who happened to wear blue and black stripe shirts to Legoland that day, only to be chased down by a crazy, middle-aged blonde.
JUST KIDDING, people!!!!!
Thursday, January 23, 2014
Found in Him, by Elyse Fitzpatrick, unfolds for the reader some of the often overlooked truths inherent in the incarnation of Christ, and our union with Him.
Part One of the book, which includes more than half of the book, is devoted to examining aspects of Jesus' taking on flesh-His becoming like us in every way, that He might be able to fully sympathize with our weakness.
The second portion of the book then looks at how the intricacies of Christ's identification with humanity impact our union with Him.
This is a great reminder for us all to stop, and pause, and really meditate upon the work of our Savior. True to the gospel, Fitzpatrick refuses to hand out "to-do" lists for obedience and transformation. She relies fully upon the work of Jesus Christ to produce change in us, and encourages us to meditate and drink deeply of how the work that Jesus has already done on our behalf is actually what changes our hearts.
I really enjoyed the reminders of particular aspects of the incarnation-the transfiguration, His temptation by the devil, even His growing up. And perhaps what impacted me most in this book came in the form of the appendices- one being devoted to the Creeds of the early church, and the last being devoted to a chart by Puritan William Perkins, showing the ways in which Christ's work on our behalf brings about transformative work in us.
The chapter comparing our union with Christ to a bride and her groom might be a little difficult for men to stomach...Fitzpatrick acknowledges this in a discussion on the masculinity of God. This is the only portion of the book that I could see being difficult for the reader.
All in all, it is a good reminder for those who would want to meditate on the incarnation of Christ, and how we are found in Him.