Thursday, June 26, 2008
Then, before I marry the love of my life, my wonderful friends surprise me. I really didn't speak of it for a week, til the shock and awe wore off. I'm so grateful for the excitement brought to me that weekend, not to mention the excitement Quinn felt. Quinn had no idea until approx 3 hours before the surprise. He was having one of 'those days' at the office, but by the time he came to pick me up he was on such an excited high, I was impressed, but suspected nothing. My sister and Mom came in to go dress shopping, but said they were going home early that night...at times I suspected something, but each time my suspicions were diffused.
Thanks for making the surprise trip Candice & Tom, thanks to everyone, I mean everyone for surprising me, and thanks to everyone else who helped out. The shower was perfect, when I walked in and saw all those people were there for me (and Quinn)...no doubt I was overcome. The gifts...Quinn and I were...just...wow. Thanks people. Thank you God.
Wednesday, June 25, 2008
We wanted to go to this little restaurant I know called Star Grill. It's quaint, interesting inside (stars everywhere), and really good food. BTW, it's plus 30 in Winnipeg, plus humidity. We get in there, no A/C, small, stuffy, it's loud, it just wasn't working for us. :( I was sad, because I really like their food, Quinn said let's try Osbourne or Corydon. We went down to Corydon and went to another place I really liked, Quinn hadn't been to before. Guess what? We ended up on the patio on Corydon, sipping cool drinks with good food! We'll go back to Star Grill in the winter, when we need it to be warm inside!
That was part 1, then we took a little stroll on Corydon, then off to mini golf. Guess who joined us mini-golfing??? 5 billion of our close friends :)
Yes, us and all our friends went mini-golfing, these friends decided to sit on us, have us for dinner and made us score badly on our golf game. I can't remember all their names, but I think it started with M and ended with O. We left them quickly, only to be joined by their co-horts at the ice cream stand. When we left mini-golf, they put in a quick call to their stand-bys, down on Jubilee, by the river. Needless to say, we had to escape, made off with our ice cream to the security of the car. We weren't the only ones - so many were confined to their vehicles with ice cream in hand...no 'enjoying the view' for so many.
I guess this is their 'season'...we need the 'cone'...lol (I'm so HAPPY, this is the BEST day of my liiiifffeee)(so funny!)...if any of you have watched Get Smart, you'll know what I'm talking about...lol...not for silence, for bug protection...I guess bug spray works too.
All in all, we had a great night out, just great, we're thankful. We have a good reason to celebrate early, we have a wedding to attend on the 27th. We're excited for Friday, for Jeff & Andrea, to be able to celebrate with them on their special day.
3 months and 3 days...
Thursday, June 12, 2008
"In order to build a list for what men should be looking for in wives, I need to go back to Scripture. The first qualification is the same: A woman must be a believer. Paul wrote, "Do not be yoked together with unbelievers" (2 Corinthians 6:14-15). That's a requirement we must all adhere to.
The next requirements are different for men and women and here's where it gets interesting. Despite our culture's best efforts to convince us otherwise, men and women are different. Jesus said, "Haven't you read ... that at the beginning the Creator 'made them male and female,' and said, 'For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife, and the two will become one flesh'?" (Matthew 19:3-5).
Where husbands are commanded to love sacrificially, wives are commanded to respect unconditionally. Paul wrote,
Wives, submit to your husbands as to the Lord. For the husband is the head of the wife as Christ is the head of the church, his body, of which he is the Savior. Now as the church submits to Christ, so also wives should submit to their husbands in everything (Ephesians 5:22-24).
While both husband and wife must be open to the blessing of children, and teach their children to fear, love and obey God(**) (Malachi 2:15, Deuteronomy 6:1-9, Ephesians 6:1-4), wives must be willing to bear the babies and take primary responsibility for their physical care in the early years (Titus 2:3-5, Proverbs 31:10-31).
Where men should be striving to have the qualifications of a spiritual leader, women should be developing the qualities that will make her a help to her husband. (Genesis 2:18) They include being self-controlled, pure and kind, as well as effective home managers.
In his commentary on Proverbs 31, theologian John MacArthur praises the role of woman, saying, that "caring for her household ... was the foremost priority of her life" (MacArthur Study Bible, p. 907). About Titus 2:5 he writes, "Keeping a godly home with excellence for one's husband and children is the Christian woman's non-negotiable responsibility." Noting that the book of Titus was written to a culture steeped in radical feminism, he says, "Modern feminism is neither new nor progressive, it is age-old and regressive" (p. 1856).
This is not to say women can't or shouldn't work outside the home; most women will when they are still single and even into the early years of marriage. But once married, and especially once the children arrive, there should be a perceivable shift in a Christian woman's priorities. This is about the attitudes of a woman's heart.
The text I read was more so for women; then they listed in short form - the contrary for men.
- A man must be a believer.
- He must be able and willing to provide for his family.
- He must love sacrificially.
- He must be honest, have a good reputation and strive for the qualities of a spiritual leader. (See Acts 6:3, 1 Timothy 3:1-7 and Titus 1:6-9)
**I want to add a piece to this...recently our pastor spoke of fearing God. Deuteronomy 6:1-2, explains the fear of God. Obeying his laws is not meant to be legalistic, as so many have learned of God before. God is not legalistic, by keeping his laws and commands, you can ENJOY LIFE! Our Pastor explained this way, THAT is what we should be teaching our children, not that we should cower in fear over God, but that He loves us and in following his laws, we can have life abundantly, to enjoy.