Friday, January 1, 2010

A New Year - A New Challenge

Happy 2010! We had a very uneventful New Years Eve. We did get to go and visit with some friends from Columbus and meet their son who is also starting at the seminary this semester. It was nice to see some familiar faces. I ran into a girl that we met in Sunday school at Wedgwood Baptist and she invited us to a party that night with some seminary students, but Daniel and I decided not to go because we had to get the house cleaned and looking nice for his friends that came into town today. I now have 4 boys in the house. Want to know what they are doing at this very minute? Playing Super Mario Brothers on the Wii. This is only after they watched college football bowl games for the past 4 hours. :) Oh boys. We're glad to have them here though. Jackson isn't as glad because he had to give up his warm bed in our guest bathroom for the cold garage.

A lot happened in 2009. Daniel and I both graduated with our bachelors degrees. I passed the NCLEX. Daniel started his own business doing consulting work for a start up company. (Summit Consultancy can help your business needs!) I started a new job, quit that job, and got a new one. We got married and got a dog. We moved into one house, moved out of that house, and moved into another really far away from the first one. We said goodbye to a lot of friends as we all parted our separate ways. (Thank goodness for Facebook!) We watched many of our friends get married. We celebrated with other friends at the birth of their babies. We prayed for miracles for our friends Dan, Jeremy, and Ryan. We've watched God answer prayers for the boys, and we continue to see God's hand at work in the Vangsnes family. (http://www.caringbridge.org/visit/vangsnesboys/journal). We praised God for the blessings He brought us in 2009.

I've never been very good at New Year's Resolutions, but continuing to seek God and become the woman that He is preparing me to be has always been at the top of my list. I am a sinner and I have fallen very short of His glory, but through his grace and mercy I persevere each day. Part of my goal this year is to read. Daniel will be reading a lot through his seminary program (someone told him that it is not uncommon for each class to have 50 pages assigned each night - and he'll have 4-5 classes) so we can spend time together while reading and growing in the Lord. Daniel and I have so many books that we have collected over the years and I haven't had the chance to touch half of them. I want to start reading so I can start sharing and encouraging others with what God is teaching me along the way. I'm going to use this blog to help me. I want to share with you the things that God is laying on my heart so that He might possibly bless you in the way that He blesses me.

So, first book of the year is The Hole in our Gospel by Richard Stearns. (he's the president of World Vision and has quite a story of how he got to that position)This book was given to us as a wedding gift from a good friend. I'm only in the introduction as I'm writing this but there was one paragraph that stood out to me and I wanted to share it with you.

"...we are the carriers of the gospel -- the good news that was meant to change the world. Belief is not enough. Worship is not enough. Personal morality is not enough. And Christian community is not enough. God has always demanded more. When we committed ourselves to following Christ, we also committed to living our lives in such a way that a watching world would catch a glimpse of God's character -- His love, justice, and mercy -- through our words, actions, and behavior. 'We are...Christ's ambassadors,' wrote the apostle Paul, 'as though God were making his appeal through us' (2 Cor. 5:20). God chose us to be His representatives. He called us to go out, to proclaim the 'good news' -- to be the 'good news' -- and to change the world. Living our our faith privately was never meant to be an option."

Obviously this book is a challenge to our faith and how we live it out. I think this book will help me have a great start in pursing my desire to live my life out for my Heavenly Father. May God bless you this new year!

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