Monday, March 14, 2005


Here it is Monday and I feel like we haven't even experienced the weekend. I've wanted to sit down to blog but never seemed to have enough time.

Saturday we went to a wedding! Our pastor's oldest son got married! Pastor and his wife have 6 children and over the last year and a half 5 of the 6 will be married. The fifth wedding will take place in May. Their children have waited to find the right one and have married later in life. The wedding on Saturday was beautiful and a wonderful time of worship. There were three pastors involved with different aspects of the wedding ceremony. Jim and I came away joyful. We worshiped along with the happy couple. They included congregational singing and corporate prayer as a body praying for the new husband and wife. She is just perfect for him as he is for her!

Sunday is always extremely busy for us. Besides our Sunday school and worship time, my husband heads up Evangelism Explosion for our church which meets on Sunday afternoons for training. Right now, he is training two teams. That finishes up just in time for us to head out the door for our Sunday evening Bible study group. On the way home we try to stop and pick up a hot fudge chocolate milkshake for my Mom. :) We arrive home about 9 p.m.

Today, I took Mom up to Hill AFB to pick up her meds and for her to pick up a few items at the BX. I totally spaced her wheelchair so she sat in the car while I went into the BX for her. We filled up her car with gas and then went and picked up her meds. Now, the highlight for her (and for me) was stopping at one of our favorite Mexican restaurants called Garcias. They have great food and because it is so far away from us, the only time we eat there is when we have made a trip to Hill AFB. It was a beautiful day to make the trip. Not as warm as it has been but the sun was shining, the sky was so blue and the snow covered mountains were just breathtaking!

Tomorrow I meet with my book group. That is always so fun! Our next book is going to be Idols of the Heart: Learning to Long for God Alone by Elyse Fitzpatrick. I've already been reading it. One word of warning...don't read it if you are not willing to be convicted!

We haven't had a looooong detailed call from James since he arrived home from his cross country flight but we do know, because of bad weather, he had to change his flight plans. One of the bases he flew into, and spent Saturday night, was Maxwell AFB right outside of Montgomery, AL. So he called up his cousins from Auburn, Jack and Margaret, and they were able to meet him and see the plane and, I think, go out for dinner together. James said that it was a lot of hard work but a great time. Tomorrow is his check ride which is a 'biggy.' Pray for him tomorrow, please! Hopefully, once that is over and done with, he will have some time to call and talk with us. His dad will want to know all the 'facts', while I will want to know all about the 'experience.' LOL! Hopefully, he will read this before he calls so he will have a 'heads up' on what is expected! :)

Jim and I are reading through the Bible in a year together. Right now we are in Joshua. One of the things that mormons do not believe in is 'original sin.' They cannot grasp that even if we were never to sin after being born (which is impossible) we are still guilty of sin because of Adam's sin. And thus, they don't believe that God would hold us accountable. Their babies are not born into sin...they do not begin to sin until they are older. In our discussions with friends we have shared how we did not have to teach our child to want his own way, to say 'no', to throw tantrums, to disobey us... just like we know they did not have to teach their children those very same things. However, we had to work diligently to train them up to be obedient, to say 'thank you', to share their things with others, etc. Whenever we have that conversation it always leaves them with food for thought. I know that the Bible is very clear about our sin nature and the guilt that we have. As I read the other day about Achan's sin in Joshua 7 I was reminded once again how God held the nation of Israel guilty for one man's sin.

As I was reading some of my favorite blogs today I came across The Science and Christianity Showcase at Allthings2all. I haven't had time to peruse the different articles but look forward to taking some time this evening to do some more reading. Check it out!


Becky said...

Hi Claire...funny you should blog about original sin. I was just having that conversation with my husband last night. I was saying how suprising it was for me yesterday when my 11 month old got angry and pinched my face, grit his teeth (all 4) and yelled when I wouldn't let him play on the computer keyboard. Now, I know that I haven't taught him to be angry. I have never yelled at him or even slapped his hand. He never sees or hears any yelling at home, and as far as I know has never witnessed any acts of agression anywhere in private or out in public. So, where did that come from? If it is innate within us to be angry and agressive, than that is sin, whether we know we are doing it or not. Now, I see that the time has come for me to start that long and difficult process of discipline. Yikes. It came so much sooner than I thought it would. I was hoping to last until the 'terrible twos' came along.

Pilot Mom said...

The sad thing, Becky, is that people DO wait until the 'terrible twos' to begin disciplining. But by then a parent has so much more to deal with. Whereas, when you begin early, you sometimes can head off, or at least get a jump start, on behavioral issues.

Good to hear from you today! :)

Bob & Claire said...

We're also dying to hear what James says when you talk with him! Let us know! : )

Pilot Mom said...

I will, however, we have been informed it probably won't be until this weekend. PRAY for him!!!