Do it for the children!

I had some pictures show up in my Facebook feed yesterday that got me thinking. These pictures were of my daughter from birth until about 1 1/2. I am beyond blessed in my family, a loving and amazing wife and fantastic children. No matter how frustrated I might be in the rest of my life, reflecting on the blessings at home for just a few minutes reminds me of all that God has done. Yet many in positions similar to mine don’t look at it this way. They find themselves dissatisfied with married or family life and ignore the blessings God has provided. Many proceed quickly to divorce, others stick it out “for the kids”. Neither of these options are God-honoring. Kids are more perceptive than we often realize. They notice little things and will usually ask questions. “What’s that behind your back?” they ask when you try to sneak … Keep reading!

That’s life…

Having a family is all sorts of fun. There are unique challenges to be faced, as well as numerous questions to be fielded from young ones (like, “Where’s Mama?” asked seventeen times in a row by the almost-two-year-old). I couldn’t do all I do without my wife by my side. There are times of peaceful quiet. One of the more cherished events for me is being able to hold my sleeping young ones. It does not happen often, even when they are little, so it is special in a way that I can’t fully describe. Occasionally my older ones will wake up in the middle of the night and sitting up with them is what helps them go back to sleep, but usually it comes down to refilling a water cup and/or tucking them back into their blankets. Not that I don’t enjoy being able to give them even that small … Keep reading!

Episode 21 – Marriage and Homeschooling

http://media.blubrry.com/bite_sized_theology/p/jwexperience.com/podcast/Episode00021-MarriageandHomeschooling.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: Android | RSSI’m going to try a half-hour format and drop the food discussion from the episodes to help free up recording and editing time as well as to create a more focused approach to what I consider the important piece of this podcast: Theology. I may also consider a sabbatical in order to better define what I want to accomplish. More word as these scenarios develop. Food may still be a topic of discussion but in a different format, such as blog posts or YouTube videos. Stay tuned for details as I figure out what I’m doing. My wife and I recently attended the Homeschool Iowa Conference in Iowa City and were further encouraged in our plans to homeschool our children. We heard a lot of good information and were particularly reminded that homeschooling, just like marriage, is a team effort. Even … Keep reading!

Episode 20 – Wedding Food and Marriage

http://media.blubrry.com/bite_sized_theology/p/jwexperience.com/podcast/Episode00020-WeddingFoodandMarriage.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: Android | RSSWho doesn’t love a wedding? A highly festive event celebrating the love two people share as well as their becoming one. And what’s better than a flashy wedding ceremony than a bunch of tasty food? Not much! Marriage itself is meant to be a sacred endeavor, two souls uniting in an unbreakable bond. But this bond is more than simply love; it is meant to picture the relationship Christ has with the Church. Get in touch! Website: www.jwexperience.com Facebook: Bite-Sized Theology Twitter: @bite_sizedtheo E-mail:joe@jwexperience.com Amazon Referral Links: Starting Your Marriage Right: What You Need to Know in the Early Years to Make It Last a Lifetime http://amzn.to/2rSBkzE Love & Respect http://amzn.to/2qxt5cj The Exemplary Husband http://amzn.to/2sbxXB5 The Excellent Wife http://amzn.to/2qysza4 Disciplines of a Godly Man http://amzn.to/2rC9Bn3 Check out Peixoto Coffee! https://peixotocoffee.com/ Stop by the Seven Stars Family Restaurant if you’re ever near Clear Lake, IA https://www.facebook.com/pages/Seven-Stars-Family-Restaurant/227186637311161 Intro: “Alarming News … Keep reading!

We can’t do it all on our own…

Particularly in America, men are expected to be self-made and self-reliant. It is seen as weakness to ask for help. I struggle with this probably just as much as most other men, often to my detriment. Consider a couple of portions of Scripture with me. Ex. 18:13-27 “And it came to pass on the morrow, that Moses sat to judge the people: and the people stood by Moses from the morning unto the evening. And when Moses’ father in law saw all that he did to the people, he said, What is this thing that thou doest to the people? why sittest thou thyself alone, and all the people stand by thee from morning unto even? And Moses said unto his father in law, Because the people come unto me to enquire of God: When they have a matter, they come unto me; and I judge between one and another, … Keep reading!

Speak clearly…

Have you ever said you would do something and then didn’t do it? Or have you had someone do so to you? If you’ve ever been on the receiving end of this type of behavior, you know it’s quite frustrating. There are times when such activity merely creates inconvenience, but sometimes there can be devastating consequences. Matthew 5:37 and James 5:12 repeat the idea that we should speak plainly and let our word be our bond. In the context of both verses, the topic is about not taking oaths (the Jews were notorious for taking oaths that didn’t really mean anything), but I think we can make a general principle of saying what we mean and meaning what we say. We are constantly put into situations where we make commitments to do something or other. Maybe you work in a gas station or grocery store and you’ve agreed to set … Keep reading!

Just one more post in the storm…

Yep, I decided I’d write a little something after hearing about the Supreme Court’s decision from yesterday. I was saddened to hear what the ruling was, but I wasn’t surprised in the least. We live in a world that rejects God whenever it can, so to have the highest court in our nation say it is wrong to prohibit homosexuals from being legally married shouldn’t shock anyone. The prophet Jeremiah says it so simply: “The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it?” (Jer. 17:9, KJV). He goes on to say that God gives to “every man according to his ways, and according to the fruit of his doings” (Jer. 17:10, KJV; cf. Rev. 20:11-15; 1 Sam. 2:3). While it is the responsibility of the faithful to stand for truth, God will ultimately judge each individual that has ever lived. It would be easy for … Keep reading!

Hour after lonely hour…

While I am generally content to spend long stretches of time by myself, at heart I greatly desire human companionship and interaction. This has been driven home to me quite forcefully the past two nights. Being at work with little to do for my actual job has the benefit of having time to write, but it’s sad at the same time–and, if I may be so bold, a little creepy. I’m used to most or all of the ambient noises, but being alone isn’t all that fun. This experience reminds me of Genesis 2:18 and Hebrews 10:24-25, just to list a couple of verses. Man was made for fellowship. Marriage is perhaps the ultimate expression of fellowship as the husband and wife become one flesh. Marriage is also to represent the relationship between Christ and the church (Eph. 6:22-33), and I highly recommend it. I have been blessed and enriched beyond … Keep reading!