Aug 6, 2007

Time to Blog!

I have a little extra time at work so I decided to give this blog thing a try. I figured it would be a good way to journal (if you will) the happenings of my everyday life in an effort to have record all of the things that God is teaching me. I wish I had started some kind of journal when I first got married because that was probably the biggest life change for me. I have learned so much from being a wife this past year. Fortunately, I’ve only been married for one year so I have many more things to learn and write about. I hope you enjoy the entries. I’ll do my best to post as often as possible.

What’s going on today? Well, I am currently at work, excited about posting this first blog entry! Just for the record though, I have been productive in other ways today as well—one of which was to return the past-due Blockbuster movies that have been in my car for a few days now. Kevin is out of town this week for a Collegiate Conference in New Mexico. It was harder than I though it would be coming home to an empty apartment last night. I led a Girl’s Weekend Retreat at my home church this weekend so I wasn’t actually home Friday night and Saturday night, but when I came home last night it hit me that Kevin wouldn’t be there for a whole week. This is the longest we’ve been apart since we got married. I realize it’s not the end of the world; it’s just different. I watched a movie last night to take my mind off of being home alone, and tonight I’ll be spending time with some seminary friends. I also borrowed some movies from my sister to hold me over for the rest of the week (thanks Sara!). So I’m certain I’ll be a pro at this “home alone” thing by the time Kevin returns.

One last thing before I post, Kevin shared with me last week before he left that he has been feeling like we’re becoming more focused on the things of this earth (“American Dream” type stuff) rather than on things above. I totally agreed with him and we committed to pray that God would begin to bring us back to our first love—to refocus us on His mission. This is so important to us because we don’t know where God will have us after Kevin finishes seminary, and we don’t want to settle for less than His best. All that to say that the theme for the conference that Kevin is attending this week is Missio Dei (The Mission of God), Reconciling a World To Himself. Kevin didn’t know that that was the theme before attending the conference, but definitely sees God’s hand at work. Kevin has asked me to do some extra praying this week as well and to ask myself, “Am I involved in the ministry of reconciliation? Is that where my passions lie? Am I more concerned about my own comfort or about leading people to Christ?” I am challenged and can’t wait to see what God has for us!

“Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come. All this is from God, who through Christ reconciled us to himself and gave us the ministry of reconciliation; that is, in Christ God was reconciling the world to himself, not counting their trespasses against them, and entrusting to us the message of reconciliation. Therefore, we are ambassadors for Christ, God making his appeal through us. We implore you on behalf of Christ, be reconciled to God. For our sake he made him to be sin who knew no sin, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God. Working together with him, then, we appeal to you not to receive the grace of God in vain.” ~2 Corinthians 5:17-6:1




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