Monthly Archives: June 2012

Allotments

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Today in Sunday school, we discussed Joshua chapter 17. At first glance this is one of thos boring Old Testament chapters listing people long dead and obscure, unpronounceable place-names. One is tempted to dismiss or skip over this chapter and the others like it. But the Bible is the inspired word of God. Paul teaches that all scripture is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training (2 Tim 3:17), so that means that these obscure passages must have a purpose, something to teach us, right?

Joshua 17 is describing the land allotments for the tribes of Manasseh and Ephraim, in the promised land. It is very detailed, listing towns and describing landmarks and boundary lines. So, what relevance could this possibly have on our lives today?

Acts 17: 24-26 says:

The God who made the world and everything in it is the the Lord of heaven and earth and does not live in temples built by hands. And he is not served by human hands, as if he needed anything, because he himself gives all men life and breath and everything else. From one man he made every nation of men, that they should inhabit the whole earth; and he determined the times set for them and the exact places where they should live.

2 Peter 2:9 says

But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people belonging to God, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light.

As you seeing the theme here? God not only is aware of your specific situation, he has a purpose for you and he has ordained that you should be exactly where you are, at this exact time, for the purpose of praising and glorifying him. I, for one, find this very encouraging.

Neighborhood, with a capital “N”

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When my parents were married, May 24, 1986, they began to build a house. It was completed in October of that same year and by the time I came along in May 1988, they were well settled. From the day they brought me home from the hosiptal, until August 19th 2006, that is the only house I ever called home. Not many people can say that, at least not anymore. But from August 2006 to today, I have moved 11 times. Most of these were very small moves across campus from one dorm to another, but they still involved packing up everything I owned and relocating. Now that I am married, I want to settle and be able to provide Micah with the kind of stable childhood I had. But I don’t know if that will ever happen.

I find myself reluctant to get involved or build relationships because I don’t know how long we will be living here. And the weird thing is, I have no reason to feel this way. One, we have no plans to move, and two, this is the same community that I myself grew up in, so you would think it would be easy for me to fit in, get involved and get to know people. But, for some reason, I just don’t feel settled. Maybe it’s a result of renting, or perhaps it is God’s way of telling me that He has something else planned for us, I don’t know. What I do know is that I want to get involved, build relationships and “settle down” at least for now.

One way I am trying to start doing this is by starting a babysitting co-op. I want to develop the kind of friendships that make a neighborhood, a Neighborhood, full of people who really know and care for each other and hopefully provide a safe and lovingI environment for Micah to grow up in with close friends and other adults we can trust. After all it takes a village…

Serving God, running, diapers, ipads and rolling over

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So, here is an eclectic post about recent happenings in the White household.

Serving God:

Christian and I have been really convicted recently about our lacsidaisical prayer life. We have never really made a point to pray together on a regular basis and lately, neither of us have been praying much on our own either. We have been feeling rather lost for a while; searching for purpose and trying to figure out where God is calling our family to serve. In other words, we feel like we are just existing and not doing anything to make a difference. Two Sundays ago we attended Stony Hill Baptist Church for the first time and loved it! I was comfortable leaving Micah in the nursery (really big deal!), the people were friendly and welcoming and we both felt the Sunday School lesson and sermon were written just for us. (Joshua 1 and Ecclesiastes 1) After that I attended a ladies bible study, which I wrote about and again, I felt welcomed and comfortable. The book and discussion were very relevent in my life and only served to convict me more about my lack of relationship with God. I feel that I have gotten into a rut of performing and not worshiping. Obedience is more than just not sinning…a lot more.

So, Christian and I have started doing a devotional together: “A Call to Die” by David Nasser. It is gritty and asks some tough questions while leaving you no room for excuses. We are also making a point to pray together at least once a day and I have started praying over Micah, out loud, when I put him to bed.  I am also doing an Inductive Bible study by Kay Arthur studying the pentateuch. Christian is going through “Solo” a one year long devotional which uses The Message. I already have noticed some subtle changes in how we are relating to one another. Since we are going through “A Call to Die” together and discussing all of the questions  out loud it has opened up some doors of communication that we needed to open. The book asks some very personal questions which has required us to really confess our sins and weaknesses to each other and God; a humbling and bonding experience.

We have spent a long time saying, “What does God want from our family?” We have tossed around ideas of graduate school, military service, seminary, serving over-seas, adoption/fostering and many others, some of which we have seriously persued, only to come up short either because of finances, God not opening the door or lack of serious interest. So we go through the daily grind, doing the same-old-same old and not committing to anything. I still don’t know what the big picture is for our family, but I do know that if we serve Him and make Him the focus of our little, everyday decisions, we will be serving Him. It is stupid of us to sit around waiting for a booming voice from Heaven to tell us to move to Africa, enlist or enroll. We have His Word right in front of us, why not just do what it says and wait and see how He decides to use us?

Running:

Starting this week, Christian and I are training to run a Half Marathon. However, I am the laziest person ever and seriously lack motivation, so we are starting by training for a 5k, then a 10k, then the half. I have a nicely typed out spreadsheet with all of our workouts planned for the next 20 weeks (!). Today was day 4 and, surprisingly enough, I’m really excited with how things are going! My goal is simply to finish the distance and (hopefully) lose 20-30lbs of baby weight in the process.

Diapers:

I just received an order of 16 Kiwaii cloth diapers and I am super exicted about them! The price was excellent and the reviews were encouraging, now I just have to finish pre-washing them so I try them out for myself. 🙂

iPads:

We bought one.

Rolling Over:

Micah rolled from his back to his belly for the first time this morning. He has done it twice today, but he wasn’t very happy about it. 🙂

Reflections on Psalm 37:4

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Yesterday, I met with some awesome ladies from Stony Hill Baptist Church. We met to discuss a book we have been reading titled: “What Happens When Women Say, “Yes” to God” by Lysa TerKeurst. The book is about radical obedience and always being willing to say “yes” to God, no matter what he is asking you do to do. However, one of the topics discussed is how do we discern what God is saying to us? How do we know if this is really God asking me to do something, or just a product of my over-active imagination? This discussion made me think of Psalm 37:4

“Delight yourself in the Lord and he will give you the desires of your heart.”

I used to have this verse on a big poster in my bedroom as a teenager. At the time, I saw it more along the lines of a prosperity gospel, I do what God wants, he gives me what I want. It took me a long time to realize, that what it’s really saying is that if you “delight yourself” in him, then your desires and his desires will be the same.

There is an old song that the contemporary Christian music group, DC Talk, recorded titled, “My Will.” One of the verses says:

 I’m learning to give up the rights to myself

The bits and the peices I’ve gathered as wealth

Could never compare to the joy that you bring me

The peace that you show me is the strength that I need

The chorus then goes on to say:

It’s my will, and I’m not moving

Cause if it’s your will, then nothing can shake me

It’s my will to bow and praise you

I now have the will to praise my God

 If we are immersing ourselves daily in God’s word and actively pursuing him through prayer, we will come to desire what he desires. And he will give us the desires of our heart.