Thursday, October 30, 2008

The Sex Discussion

The women's group I attend each Thursday spoke primarily of sex tonight. I wanted to record somewhere some of the biblical references we used:
"There is therefore now no condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus, who do not walk according to the flesh, but according to the Spirit. For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus has made me free from the law of sin and death...Romans 8:1 and following.

"All things are lawful for me, but all things are not helpful. All things are lawful for me, but I will not be brought under the power of any. Foods for the stomach and the stomach for foods, but God will destroy both it and them. Now the body is not for sexual immorality but for the Lord, and the Lord for the body. And God both raised up the Lord and will also raise us up by His power. Do you not know that your bodies are members of Christ? Shall I then take the members of Christ and make them members of a harlot? Certainly not! Or do you not know that he who is joined to a harlot is one body with her? For the two, He says, shall become one flesh." But he who is joined to the Lord is one spirit with Him. Flee sexual immorality. Every sin that a man does is outside the body, but he who commits sexual immorality sins against hs own body. Or do you not know that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you, whom you have from God, and you are not your own? For you were bought at a price; therefore glorify GOd in your body and in your spirit, which are God's. Now concerning the things which you wrote me; It is good for a man not to touch a woman. Nevertheless, because of sexual immorality, let each man have his own wife, and let each woman have her own husband. Let the husband render to his wife the affection due her, and likewise also the wife to her husband. The wife does not have authority over her own body, but the husband does. And likewise, the husband does not have authority over his own boy, but the wife does. Do not deprive one another except with consent for a time, that you may give yourselves to fasting and prayer; and come together again so that Satan does not tempt you because of your lack of self-control. But I say this as a concession, not as a commandment. For I wish that all men were even as I myself. But each one has his own gift from God, one to this manner and another in that. I Corinthians 6:12-7:7

"For this is the will of God, your sanctification: that you should abstain from sexual immorality, that each of you should know how to possess his own vessle in sanctification and honor, not in passion of lust, like the Gentiles, who do not know God; that no one should take advantage of and defraud his brother in this matter, because the Lord is the avenger of all such, as we also forewarned you and testified. For God did not call us to uncleanness, but in holiness." I Thessalonians 4: 3-7

The conversation centered around sex outside of marriage, but also touched on sex after marriage. A portion of the women being never married, a portion being married more than once, and a portion being still inside their first and only marriage, it made for an interesting and moving conversation.

Several women shared on what their beliefs and stance on sex outside of marriage was based. Several of us spoke from our own personal experiences. In the end, I walked away feeling that the time was a huge blessing to me and others, but that we did not all see eye to eye.

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Jason and the car

So Jason and I keep passing the Saturn back and forth. I gave it to him 2 years ago, and now today he gave it back. We have had a fun couple of days with him. Yesterday he came over and played some games with us, and Andrew was in brother heaven. We got our first look at his Army ring, nice and big and beautiful. We are playing Skipbo, and out of the blue he says,
You wanna know the best part? It was throwing a granade. The first time one went off I nearly pooped my pants it was so loud and shook the bomb shelter we were waiting in.
Yep its moments like those that really make being a mom...weird. Andrew of course was hanging on his every word. Having a brother who hurls destructive weapons is just too much goodness. I bet his friends at homeschool group are gonna hear all about it on Friday.

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Random Update

This week in pictures:
Traveling in the car with Andrew, of course his feet are bare and he catches me watching him and flips me a peace sign

Had to show off his Cool Ghoul costume to baby Benjamin

The book of worksheets Andrew has to work in each day the first thing when he wakes up.

The kids have a new place to play in homeschool group, and it has a stage. And they know how to use it. Watch out!

Yeah, trust me, I know...

Having a halloween-themed blog header when you dislike halloween is weird.

But then me and weird are longtime companions.

17 days til the wedding...ACK!

The IRS has set up a date to discuss our tax issues, its two days after the wedding. This is sort of the final/final hearing for 2005, 2006 tax issues. Something dramatic is likely to happen. Please pray that it is dramatically positive. Miraculously positive.

Thursday, October 23, 2008

In Case Someday We are Famous

23 days until the wedding.

Scott and I decided to look into writing a book series together. Our audience is the tweens. We worked on character bios last night and this morning I found myself thinking of them as soon as I woke up. Just in case we actually pull this off, and someone actually publishes it...this is when it all started. With Matthew and Abigail begetting Andrew and Hawthorne and Maeve begetting Azurite, and the A to Z spy club in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. For those in the know, yes, our two main characters are based on real kids.

More cute pictures of a little boy:
Scott and I recreated our first date on Monday while Andrew was at homeschool Co-op. We walked around the beautiful Lake Harriet and had coffee at Java Jacks. I sure do love this man!

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Still not much to write...

Lot's going on, but not alot to write!

Here is a cute picture of Andrew meeting Benjamin for the first time, he was missing him five minutes after we dropped them off at home. He's gonna be such a sweet helper with the little guy.

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Big News!

Somebody's got big news. Check it out here!

Monday, October 13, 2008


Yep, an entire post where I don't talk about the elephants in the room. OTHER news, Scott and I start a challenge on Wednesday for the next two months. We will weigh ourselves and measure our hips and waists tomorrow. We will record these figures. Then from 10/15 to 11/14 Scott will be in charge of our diet and exercise everyday. He lays down the law, we follow it to a T. Then, we reweigh and measure on 11/16 and then I get to lay down my plan for one month. On December 15 we reweigh again, and whichever plan netted the most weight loss is the one we will abide by from that point forward.

Of course I'll be spending my first day of his weight loss plan....oh yeah, I'm not talking about that...

And Thanksgiving will have to be factored into my month...

More news unrelated to wedlock or childbearing...

The gnats are gone...we had a week long infestation of fruit flies/gnats, whatever, and my knight in shining armor eradicated them. Bless him!

The house is super, uber, shiny clean, the laundry is all done, all the invites...ooops, never mind that last word...

I finished rereading Eldest, and started Brisingr. Good stuff!

Wednesday, October 8, 2008

We have....more waiting...

Days to baby: 0 (except someone forgot to tell the baby, so now we go into extra innings...)

Days to wedding: 38 Days til wedding invitations go out: ?? Well, they have arrived, in pieces, in Eagan and someone needs to bring them to mama so she can put them together and get them out the door...

If I'm still at home tomorrow, we are having a home cleaning intervention at our house. Things have gotten very out of sorts, and Andrew has gotten pretty demanding, and we decided a couple hours of hard labor will sweat out my cold and soothe us all and remind Andrew that life isn't just a giant play date. If this cold doesn't make it too hard for me to get out of bed...


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