Daily Verse

"How can a young man keep his way pure? By guarding it according to your word. With my whole heart I seek you; let me not wander from you commandments! I have stored up your word in my heart, that I might not sin against you." Psalm 119:9-11

Why do we try to conform God to our will? Live in His word and know true joy.

"Make me to know your ways, O LORD, teach me your paths. Lead me in your truth and teach me, for you are the God of my salvation; for you I wait all the day long. Remember your mercy, O LORD, and your steadfast love, for they have been from of old."
Psalm 25:4-6

God reveals the truth of our time and all time to us through Scripture.

"The law of the LORD is perfect, reviving the soul; the tstimony of the LORD is sure, making wise the simple: the precepts of the LORD are right, rejoicing the heart; the commandment of the LORD is pure, enlightening the eyes; the fear of the LORD is clean, enduring forever; the rules of the LORD are true, and righteous altogether. More to be desired are they than gold, even much fine gold; sweeter also than honey and drippings of the honeycomb."
Psalm 19:7-10

All the laws in all the books in all the libraries of the world are but a footnote to the law of God.

"Trust in the LORD with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways ackowledge him, and he will make straight your paths."
Proverbs 3:5-6

To know and understand God comes not through our intellect, but through the wisdom given to us by the grace of God.

"My son, do not forget my teaching, but let your heart keep my commandments, for length of days and years of life and peace they will add to you. Let not steadfast love and faithfulness forsake you; bind them around your neck; write them on the tablet of your heart."
Proverbs 3:1-3

Don't measure success by society's standards. Use Christ as your measuring stick.

"The the LORD answered Job our of the whirlwind and said: 'Where were you when I laid the foundation of the earth? Tell me, if you have understanding, Who determined its measurements - surely you know! Or who stretched the line upon it? Or who laid its cornerstond...?'"
Job 38:1, 4-6

When we measure God by our limited standards, we attempt to measure the elephant by weighing one strand of its hair.

"Philip said to him, 'Lord, show us the Father, and it is enough for us.' Jesus said to him, 'Have I been with you so lon, and you still do not know me, Philip? Whoever has seen me has seen the Father. How can you say, Show us the Father?'"
John 14:8-9

Christ is God made flesh. If you want to know God, you must draw closer to Jesus.








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Thursday, December 18, 2008

Ethans Second Birthday Pics

I was able to pick up Ethan's birthday pictures today and am SO excited about how well hey turned out. Since they are dark, the scans didn't turn out so well...I will try an get them uploaded off the disk (yes I have copying rights to them) and get them in clear image on the blog sometime before Christmas!
This time I was able to do a collage with his name, because I am a member of the 'Smiles Club' for FREE!!!! Who can beat that. I was also then able to get ones of the shots on there that I was not able to get with my package. The shot on the bottom left corner is the only one we have of that pose. Isn't he a handsome little man!I think this is my favorite shot...the lady that took them, Tiffany, was feeling a little bummed about his not smiling. Not to worry though, he looks so serious most of the time! Tiffany is getting to know us pretty well since we are in there 5 times a year!
With birthday pictures I always have to have one of them holding the age they are turning
I wasn't so sure this was a good idea, but she told me to trust her...glad I did. He is just to adorable!
This 'candle light' pose is getting to be one of my favorites. I remember the first time they tried it was last year for EE's birthday and I was thinking they were crazy. However, they are becoming one of my favorite shots. How is a mother suppose to choose?
This outfit just screams sepia, so this one is the one we put in the old fashion looking
It seems as though his birthday part will be in Lake Crystal, MN on the 26th. If any of you are in the neighborhood, feel free to stop in!
I cannot believe that my baby boy is turning two! Just 9 months ago I was sure that he was either going to stay my 'baby' forever or at least need care 24/7 like a baby. Or, he wasn't going to be with us very long. We thank the Lord every day for the miracle He gave when he gave Ethan a somewhat normal life...he is a member of our family now, isn't he? Normal will be relative (right Grandma Pam?)