This past Sunday we began our new series, Kill Switch. Opened by a super intense new Switchfoot song, my husband launched into a powerful message on the cross and sin.
The message was entitled "The Cross is the Kill Switch," based from Colossians 2:13-15. And I thought it was a such a timely message for all the people at Elevation who have recently given their lives to Christ.
My favorite point was, "get the dead cat out of your bed!" Crass I know. But my husband shared a true story about a lady whose cat had died and she wanted to sleep with it one more night. Disgusting. But oddly enough, we do the same thing with our sin.
Colossians 2:13 says we were dead in our sins, but God has made us alive in Christ. So many of us come alive in Christ yet we cling to our dead sin. A dead habit, speech, group of friends, relationship? How silly we must look to God clinging to what is already dead.
The cross is the kill switch! My husband said, "the cross is not only a crutch for our defeat, but its also a weapon for our victory!" What a powerful thought to propel us through the rest of the week!
You can listen to the message (week 1 of Kill Switch) here.
To those of you who were expecting my usual Monday morning commentary, you are going to have to wait until Tuesday because today is a special day.
Today is Graham's 2nd birthday. Happy Birthday Graham!
We've had a great weekend celebrating Graham. He had a special "beep beep" birthday party this weekend (check back later for pictures) and special blueberry muffins for breakfast.
And so in honor of Graham's 2nd birthday, here are 10 things I love about Graham…
- His scruffy little voice.
- The way he says "Walk a plank!"
- He is Elijah's little parrot, mimicking every word and move
- He loves music, any kind
- The way he says "Up mommy!" when he wants the music louder
- He is a great sleeper (2 hours during the day and 12 hours each night)
- He has the softest skin
- He loves groups of people
- He idolizes people (currently: Mack, Amy and Wade)
- He still gives slobbery kisses, that means he is still my baby!
This is what the Sovereign Lord,
the Holy One of Israel, says,
"In repentance and rest is your salvation,
in quietness and trust is your strength,
but you would have none of it."
Do not be quick with your mouth,
do not be hasty in your heart to utter anything before God.
God is in heaven and you are on earth,
so let your words be few.
That's all I have to say today.
I thought you might enjoy the latest clips from our boys…
The first is Graham singing along with the Black Eyed Peas. He just recently started singing the lyrics as well as playing the songs. Its super cute.
The second is Elijah. Don’t try to tell me my kid is not creative. He concocted his own drumset. How cute awesome it that? Child prodigy? Maybe so.
I am blogging from my phone because my Internet is down. I am thankful that I have an iPhone to keep me connected to the known world. Surprisingly I had a great experience with the cable company and they should be here within the hour.
With that in mind, I think I will list a few things I am thankful for…
• A full day at the house. The boys are making a mess and having fun. I think I have seen Elijah in 3 different costumes in the past hour.
• Cooler weather. Summer, I will miss your lazy days but not your scorching heat.
• Track suits. AKA professional attire for moms.
• The greatest husband in the world. He truly is a great man.
• Eating outside, no clean up.
What are you thankful for today?
Student Takeover at Elevation yesterday was arguably one of the best Sundays in the history of our church. Our students really came through in inviting their friends with over 7000 in attendance and 500 salvations. Wow! Praise God!
My husband's sermon was 4 questions that every student (adults too) needs to answer…
What is that in your hand? A question of calling.
Am I trying to win the approval of men or of God? A question of acceptance.
How can a young man keep his way pure? A question of integrity.
Who do you say that I am? A question of eternity.
Each point was powerful but I think the one I would have needed to hear the most when I was 15 was the question of acceptance. Maybe it is still the one I need to hear. Its funny because we often criticize students for falling to peer pressure but the funny thing is, many of us never grow out of it, we just learn how to hide it.
As adults we often struggle over what our peers think about us. How we live, what we let our kids do, how we spend our money. We can get so caught up in the approval of others that we cannot even discern what God wants for our lives.
My husband put it well when he said "You cannot live to be liked and live for the glory of God." I would do well to live by this.
If you have a teenager and you missed this message, you really should listen to this message. You can check it out here (Student Takeover weekend) later today. Actually, you should check out our new site, it looks awesome!
Its been a while since my last would you rather post and I can't wait to hear from you…
I have recently hopped back on the exercise wagon. If you know me well, you know that diet and exercise are not my thing.
As I am rapidly approaching age 30, I realize that my days of fast metabolism are coming to an end and it is time for me to do something about it. Only two problems… I love junk food and I hate to sweat.
I am a bread person. Actually, I love the whites, you know, bread, potatoes, pasta and rice. I seriously do not feel like I have eaten if my meal does not include at least one, preferably two, of the whites. I am getting better about brown rice, sweet potatoes, whole wheat pasta and wheat bread. And that I know is a good place to start, but about all I can do when it comes to changing my diet because I start to go all crazy thinking about all the things I can't eat that I never really cared about to begin with.
When it comes to working out, I have a last kid picked complex and I really hate getting sweaty. Nonetheless I am overcoming my childhood scars and I am back in the gym. They offer a weights class there that kicks my butt and I don't sweat that much, so I am at it 2-3 times a week and feeling pretty good about myself.
And now to the would you rather part. Knowing that the perfect combination is diet and exercise, if you only had to do one, which would you rather? Diet or exercise? For me its exercise as long as it doesn't include a lot of sweat. How about you?
I am not sure why I haven't felt like blogging the past few days. I guess everyone is entitled to a break. I spent the morning with my parents and we had a great time. We ate at the Flying Biscuit. Yum. Elijah's favorite restaurant.
Which leads me to my subject. Elijah. My little man seems to be going through a growth spurt. He has an insatiable appetite and has taken a nap 6 out of the past 7 days. He hasn't napped like that in, maybe 8 months.
The funny thing is how much he eats. Today at the Flying Biscuit he ate scrambled eggs, two pieces of bacon, a whole bowl of cheese grits and one of their enormous biscuits. Earlier this week he had 2 1/2 hot dogs at lunch.
My little man. Please don't grow up.
As special treat, a picture of Elijah and then one of me. I wonder where he got his love for dress up?
The other day we (Elijah, Graham and I) were riding in the car discussing what Elijah wanted to be when he grows up. It started out as a preacher but moved on to many more careers.
Then Graham chimed in, "I be beep beep." (Beep beep is what Graham calls cars, his personal obsession next to pirates).
Immediately Elijah said, "Graham, you can't be a beep beep when you grow up!"
Graham burst into tears.
How could I break such terrible news?
The arguing, and crying, went back and forth. Finally, everyone seemed to be satisfied when I suggested to Elijah that maybe Graham meant he wanted to be a race car driver when he grows up.
Just call me wise old Solomom (you know, King Solomon, 1 Kings 3 :))
A few pictures to enjoy while you recover from my terrible joke…