Saturday, January 21, 2012

Judah's First Haircut!

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Today was a monumental occasion, first haircut. Ever since we've been home my dad has said, "We need to take him to get his hair cut at the barber shop, like a big boy!" I really wasn't ready for such a big step (those curls!) but it really was starting to hang in his eyes. So, I figured, might as well go on. I knew it would mean a lot to my dad and would be such a fun memory for all of us to have done that together.

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So my dad, Judah and I loaded up this afternoon and headed to Mostettler's Barber Shop in Lincolnton, NC. It's a nice little shop, frequented by many hunters and outdoorsmen around this area - my dad's kinda place! At first he didn't know what to think when we sat him down in that chair on the little booster seat. He was looking around at all the deer heads on the wall and didn't want that cape around his neck. The barber knew this might be a problem and just clipped a paper towel around it instead.


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He asked how I wanted it done and I said I wanted to keep his curls and just get it trimmed a little and then to get the front part out of his eyes. Next thing I know, hair is flying and the curls have been clipped and nicely placed into an envelope. Goodbye curls! It's fine. I'm a little teary eyed just thinking about it. But it's just hair right? It'll grow back. He's going to get older, there are going to be changes. He's growing up! I can't stand it.

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All in all it was a great trip to the barber shop on this dreary, rainy day. The barber said that in all his years, he can only count on one had the number of kids that had done as well as he did. I'm glad my dad was able to join us - this was a day I'll remember forever! Love you Papaw.

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Friday, January 20, 2012

Despite Me

Here’s simply what we’re celebrating here. That, despite me, despite my continued failures, despite my shortcomings and foolish heart… God, because of the imputed righteousness of Jesus Christ to me, and His wrath absorbing death on the cross, and His resurrection, now sees me as perfect and spotless and holy. And not because I am! But because He is! Which is why Ephesians 2 is going to say that even the faith I had to believe in the grace was given to me by God, so I honestly have nothing to boast in! Like, I can’t even say, ‘Well, I believed!’ because the belief given to me was actually a gift! So that God so owns the glory, that everything is His. That’s why no one should walk with a swagger in the Kingdom, and no one should walk with a limp. Because we’re His.

- Matt Chandler

Full Sermon HERE.

Saturday, January 14, 2012

Judah at 19.5 months


Morning with mom

Just wanted to do a quick update on the things Judah is doing at 19 months so I won't forget!

Judah's vocabulary is expanding rapidly day by day and he's getting where he can almost repeat any word we tell him. Current words are: uh oh, hey, bye bye, hot, cold, clock, dog, cat, dada, mama, gee gee (grandpa Jack), papaw, mamaw, baba, more, up, shoe, sock, no no, water, naner (banana), apple, cheese, shew (stinky), cool, eye, nose, hair, hello, ruff ruff (when he sees a dog), moooo, Ooooo ooo oooo (like a coyote), choo choo, cow, truck, Shhhhh (finger up to his mouth), all gone (throws hands up in the air), hellooooo (like he's shouting into a cave), trash, tractor, boo, quack quack, tank ou (thank you), Elmo, la la la, cookie

He is starting to copy things we do by acting them out. He can: brush his hair, clean up by wiping with a cloth, drink with a cup, wave, give five, brush his teeth, wash his hair, dance, feed himself, feed someone else, spray air freshener and say "SHHHH" like it's spraying, blow his nose with a tissue, play peek a boo, pop up and say baaaa (like boo), brush his teeth

He's an expert climber, can eat with a spoon and fork with a little help, can drink out of a straw and also out of a cup but its pretty messy. He can walk backwards and has started running and we've been trying to teach him to jump but it's mostly just bending his knees and standing up really fast. He can fake cough, fake laugh and smile. He gives hugs and will lean in so you can kiss him on the cheek.

It's hard to believe only 4 short months ago Judah was learning to walk and now he's running and in only 4 1/2 more months he'll be 2 years old!

Friday, January 13, 2012

First Light


The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of his hands. Ps. 19:1
Found on this blog

Tuesday, January 03, 2012

Reading

One of my observations from being able to teach in different settings over the last few months is that (some) people love good book recommendations. They go into LifeWay or Barnes & Noble and they are overwhelmed at all the choices of "Christian" books available. Most of them are fed up with the self-help nonsense, they want something deeper, something meaningful, maybe even something to help them better learn how to read and understand their Bible. They don't want an academic textbook, they want something accessible, practical, readable, while also profitable to the soul. If you are one of those people I have a few book recommendations for you. These are all books I have either read myself or am planning to read this coming year.

J. D. Greear’s
Gospel: Recovering the Power that Made Christianity Revolutionary. This is the perfect book for Christians who need some theological and devotional “caffeine” and even more importantly, who need to rediscover the blazing center of the Christian life—the gospel.

Craig Bartholomew and Michael Goheen’s The True Story of the Whole World. This slim little 170-page volume presents the Bible as a unified and coherent narrative that is the true story of the whole world. For a more in-depth treatment by the same authors, see The Drama of Scripture: Finding Our Place in the Biblical Story.

John Piper’s Don’t Waste Your Life and/or David Platt’s Radical. Both are unsettling books. Piper and Platt challenge the reader to be shaped more by Jesus’ call to discipleship than by the American dream. Be careful with these books—they are dangerous.

C. J. Mahaney’s Living the Cross-Centered Life is a concise little book that shows us how to center our day on the life-giving reality of the gospel, and how to avoid the life-sapping temptations of legalism, condemnation, and feelings-centered Christianity.

Tim Keller's Prodigal God is a short little book that will blow the mind of most Christian readers. I have read and heard numerous sermons on this little Biblical story, but when I read this book I felt like I was seeing my faith in a whole new light, a very convicting and sanctifying read.

If you are still reading this post...good for you! You can handle these last two suggestions. The wimpy readers checked out when they read the title and saw there were no pictures with this post. You guys have read this far you can travel with me (via book) to the Middle East. Having done a good amount of research on good Middle Eastern books these are the two I came down on and plan to start on shortly: The Ayatollah Begs to Differ and The Shia Revival.

See also "Sending Santa to Amazon" by Bruce Ashford