Saturday, March 21, 2009
Thursday, March 12, 2009
Here are some memories from Fall 2008:
Wednesday, March 11, 2009
After the younger children went upstairs, us "older kids" had a wonderful dinner together. We enjoyed ourselves with some great conversation.
(This picture is just for fun - I guess you can tell which ones are the engineers who aren't any good at looking at the camera before we're told to smile!)
Our first Christmas and New Years together as a married couple was spent with many friends and family members. We definitely had a great time with everyone we had a chance to see!
Friday, March 6, 2009
I became one with John . . .
Our parents blessed us. . .
Our Pastors challenged us. . .
I am so thankful that by God's grace, we met and have been married now for 6 months! We often think back and are amazed at all that has happened. It was only 2 years ago this month that we were matched on eharmony. I had already determined to only correspond with a guy who showed initiative and leadership by initiating contact. John had determined to only contact girls that were of the type he thought he might one day marry. Thankfully, I was of that type! We were engaged about a year later and now we're a married couple.
Wednesday, March 4, 2009
This afternoon I went to the chiropractor who is in Utica, about 8 miles south of Mount Vernon.
It is a beautiful drive. I really like the Ohio landscape that is in the area that we live. There are nice rolling hills all around. Below are some pictures that I took at a few points along the way home from Utica.
Also a nice scene is my beautiful wife waiting at the door as I park in the driveway. The days of
coming home to an empty apartment are over! Miriam has definitely been worth the 30 year wait to get married.
Sunday, March 1, 2009
1 Miriam and Aaron began to talk against Moses because of his Cushite wife, for he had married a Cushite. 2 "Has the LORD spoken only through Moses?" they asked. "Hasn't he also spoken through us?" And the LORD heard this.
9 The anger of the LORD burned against them, and he left them. 10 When the cloud lifted from above the Tent, there stood Miriam—leprous, like snow.
13 So Moses cried out to the LORD, "O God, please heal her!" 14 The LORD replied to Moses, "If her father had spit in her face, would she not have been in disgrace for seven days? Confine her outside the camp for seven days; after that she can be brought back." 15 So Miriam was confined outside the camp for seven days, and the people did not move on till she was brought back.
It seems that Miriam was jealous for recognition. She felt that Moses had done something wrong by marrying a Cushite (possibly Zipporah). Maybe she felt that his wife was beneath his social standing. Maybe it was that she and Aaron were no longer able to influence Moses as they had before his wife was around. There are many theories about why they spoke against him because of his wife.
What we do know is that they were not happy and that Miriam felt somehow slighted. She felt that Moses had done something wrong and wanted to play judge.
God didn't look at it this way. He judged Miriam with leprosy for her comments. Thankfully he was also merciful to her and she was healed after one week.
What can we learn from this story?
1) That we shouldn't look for recognition beyond that which God gives
2) God doesn't look with favor on jealousy
3) God answers prayer and is merciful
4) We shouldn't feel superior as Miriam did because of the supposed sin of others. Let God be the judge
I'm sure there's more to be gleaned from these verses. Is there anything else you see?