Monday, May 28, 2007

Elijah & "Roar"

This photo captures Elijah's personality well!

Wednesday, May 23, 2007

More Affectionate Lover

Mark forwarded this to me this morning, and I thought it was worth passing on. God's love is like no other...

God is the source of all masculine power; God is also the fountain of all feminine allure. Come to think of it, he is the wellspring of everything that has ever romanced your heart. The thundering strength of a waterfall, the delicacy of a flower, the stirring capacity of music, the richness of wine. The masculine and the feminine that fill all creation come from the same heart. What we have sought, what we have tasted in part with our earthly lovers, we will come face-to-face with in our True Love. For the incompleteness that we seek to relieve in the deep embrace of our earthly love is never fully healed. The union does not last, whatever the poets and pop artists may say. Morning comes and we’ve got to get out of bed and off to our day, incomplete once more. But oh, to have it healed forever; to drink deeply from that fount of which we’ve had only a sip; to dive into that sea in which we have only waded.

And so a man like Charles Wesley can pen these words: “Jesus, Lover of my soul, let me to thy bosom fly,” while Catherine of Siena can pray, “O fire surpassing every fire because you alone are the fire that burns without consuming! . . . Yet your consuming does not distress the soul but fattens her with insatiable love.” The French mystic Madam Guyon can write, “I slept not all night, because Thy love, O my God, flowed in me like delicious oil, and burned as a fire . . . I love God far more than the most affectionate lover among men loves his earthly attachment.” (The Journey of Desire , 137–38)

From The Ransomed Heart, by John Eldredge, reading 143. Ransomed Heart Ministries

Water Play

Tuesday, May 22, 2007

The Start of Something New

I've been inspired to create an official blog. Jamie & Annette are heading out on their new adventure, and Annette mentioned keeping up with us through our very lame Yahoo group that we started when Elijah was born. I got to thinking that I should try the official blog thing out! I may not have the time to post as frequently as I'd like, but it'll be fun to stay more connected with you bloggers out there.

We're expecting our fourth sweet blessing, due 10/25, so this will provide a great place to write about that little one. Just two nights ago, by the way, we were able to feel a little kick by placing our hands on my tummy, for the first time! I'd been feeling movements, but it's fun to share the experience with Mark!

I have to warn you that due to this pregnancy, my writing errors have skyrocketed. What is it with pregnancy and brain cells? Will they all return? So I will read and re-read my posts, as I must read and re-read all e-mails now, but please assume that I don't mean what I say if you read something really offbase : )

Why did we choose the name "The Freedom Adventure?" Because God keeps leading us along adventures that we wouldn't have dreamt up, and they result in more freedom. True freedom - joy, liberty and peace. We are truly blessed. More details on those past adventures later!