Cutest 1 Year Old Rendition of "Everybody Wants to be a Cat"

Our oldest two kids are practicing for a play called The AristoCats.

They regularly break out into song and dance, so much so that their little sister has learned part of their performance.  

She's just too cute.  :)


To Avoid or Not to Avoid...Is that the Question?

Totally not related to the post below...but super cute.  ;)
"People who are content with the avoidance ethic generally ask the wrong question about behavior.  They ask, What's wrong with it?  What's wrong with this movie?  Or this music?  Or this game?  Or these companions?  Or this way of relaxing?  Or this investment?  Or this restaurant?  Or shopping at this store?  What's wrong with going to the cabin every weekend?  Or having a cabin?  This kind of question will rarely yield a lifestyle that commends Christ as all-satisfying and makes people glad in God.  It simply results in a list of don'ts.  It feeds the avoidance ethic.

The better questions to ask about possible behaviors is:  How will this help me treasure Christ more?  How will it help me know Christ or display Christ?  The Bible says, 'Whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God" (1 Corinthians 10:31).  So the question is mainly positive, not negative.  How can I portray God as glorious in this action?  How can I enjoy making much of him in this behavior?"

Don't Waste Your Life
John Piper

I recently finished this book, which is full of good stuff.

In this world of...

"Should Christians be watching 50 Shades of Grey's Anatomy or Desperate HouseFriends?",

I find the above quotes very helpful.

The question should not be "Should I watch it?"

The question should be, "How will this help me live for and love Christ more?"

 Asking the correct question helps clarify many things.

 Then, if I find out that this particular activity or entertainment or thing that I own does not help me serve and love God better, then I ask the next question...

"Am I willing to give it up?"  I pray my answer is yes.

Trying to ask more of those types of questions in my own life in all types of circumstances...


Favorite Activities

One of Nate's favorite activities is reading to the children.

One of the children's favorite activities is making huge messes (they call it a "fort")

It's fun stuff when you combine the two...at least for the kids.  The making of forts kinda stresses me out, but I try to roll with it and remember that it will get picked up...eventually.  :)

A Little Distraction

Practicing the piano with a little distraction...

She sure is a cute little distraction...

Thankfully she has a patient older sister who puts up rather nicely with little distractions.  :)


Listening and Learning

Home on Sunday with a sick baby, I am able to listen to and read the words of Pastor John Piper.

Thought I'd share the sermons that the Lord used to speak to me today:

The following words are from the last sermon that you have to read (the first two are auditory):

"Some of our decisions are governed by explicit biblical commands—thou shalt not commit adultery! But most of our decisions in life are an effort to apply biblical principles to situations that the Bible does not deal with explicitly. And the problem is that we often differ on how to do this. Matthew Henry calls these issues "points of prudence." Listen to his wise and sober words:
Even those that are united to one and the same Jesus, and sanctified by one and the same Spirit, have different apprehensions, different opinions, different views, and different sentiments in points of prudence. It will be so while we are in this state of darkness and imperfection; we shall never be all of a mind till we come to heaven, where light and love are perfect. (Commentary, vol. 6, p. 200"
"The point here is simply this: most of our life and ministry is made up of those kinds of decisions—the application of biblical principles to situations not explicitly dealt with in the Bible. And therefore complete agreement in these areas will not happen in the body of Christ until we no longer see through a glass darkly. And I suggest that we not too quickly assume that our different strategies for Christ are a bad thing." 
"Is it not a beautiful and encouraging thing that at the beginning of Paul's Christian life when no one would take a risk on his behalf, Barnabas came forward and saved him for the cause of Christ; but many years later, when Barnabas was falling away from the truth, Paul came forward and saved him for the cause? These men needed each other's different strengths."  
"Past experiences and past usefulness are no guarantee of future obedience. The Christian life is a race to be run and finished, a fight to be fought and won, and a faith to be kept to the end. There is no place for coasting or drifting."  

Such wisdom in these three sermons.

Listen, read, and be encouraged in your journey of faith with the One and Only God.

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