Thursday, December 24, 2009

Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas everyone. Please do not miss the best gift of all - salvation by grace through faith free to all who put their trust in God.

For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast. - Ephesians 2:8,9





We took a 3-day trip to Flagstaff last week to go play in the snow (about 2 1/2 hours north of here). It's nice to live in a warm place like we do, but close enough to the snow if we want to "get our fix".

Solomon and Miriam


Isaac and John


Becky


The view from our balcony.


Our family's coats. That's a lot of people!

(There are 8 in the picture. No, I am not pregnant. I brought both a coat as well as a snowsuit for the baby. If I don't say this, somebody will ask me about it.)



Our little snow princesses



At a cowboy museum in town



Hope you all have a wonderful Christmas!

3 comments:

  1. Hi! I wanted to stop and introduce myself, so you didn't think I was some creepy stalker. I found your blog via your husband's church website, which I found via his youtube account when I was browsing for sermons online. I just wanted to say I have truly enjoyed reading through many of your old blog posts! I am 24 years old, and my greatest desire is to be homemaker and a mom. God placed it on my heart when I was 20, soon after I was saved. However, my parents disagree, and they think it is smart for me to have a “career” After I graduated from high school I started college. After two years, I told them about my change of heart. They said that since they had been paying for my college that I was to finish my degree. I agreed, and became a nurse (which is ironic considering I am anti vaccinations and anti modern medication for the most part…there is always an exception). My parents then told me that if I wanted to remain at home, I needed to get at least a part time job as a nurse. I am now being courted by a really wonderful young man, but my parents dislike him because he is too “biblical”. I really wish I was making this up, but I am not. My parents says that he is too demanding and that he will lead over me. When I try to point them to the Bible, they come up with some excuse of why they don’t think that is correct. I keep praying that God will change their hearts. Wow, I just turned this into my life story! Sorry, I really just wanted to thank you. I sometimes get discouraged, and blogs like yours really help me. I also have listened to several of your husband’s sermons, and it is so refreshing to know that there are some people still preaching the truth! Thank you so much and God bless!

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  2. Such cute pictures! The children look so happy!

    blessings
    Mrs. White in Vermont

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  3. Emma,

    Thank you for writing. I apologize I am just now responding. Hopefully, your parents haven't married you off to their choice for a husband yet!

    If you are asking my opinion, my short answer is that I think you should kindly and respectfully disregard your parents' advice.

    The long answer is, that I never believe it is the parents' job to pick a spouse, although many parents seem to think so. I do think that it would be very wise to listen to their advice if they believe the Bible and have strong convictions, but such is not always the case. My mother and stepfather, for instance, are not Christians, and if I had to guess I think they would rather have had me marry another woman that a Bible-believing Christian. I do not know your parents or your circumstances, but it sounds very much like you have the right ideas about priorities in life. You will have to live with your spouse, and the Bible says that you can freely chose, as long as he is a believer. You will be the one who has to live with that choice until death parts the two of you, so pick the one YOU think is right for you.

    Your parents would probably not throw you out in the street if they found out you are engaged and planning to get married to said young man, if that is what you have decided. Sure, it would be great to do so with their full blessing rather their disapproval, but sadly such is not always possible.

    Please keep me updated!

    Mrs. White, thank you!

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