Sunday, November 30, 2008

Photos and the Lack Thereof

My poor little Bianca (pet name for my Mac) is about as full as I was Thursday night. Stuffed with too many photos, songs and other files, she refuses to accept another byte (I am SO clever). This is why my "blahg" is so blah (there I go again...on a roll, baby). I might try to steal an hour or so to update picture-wise on Matt's laptop. We've got some great pictures of Halloween that have already been circulating on Facebook thanks to my sister-in-law. Not one picture of Thanksgiving though. Darn.

Some noteworthy events in the Chandler home:

I am officially 12 weeks and 3 days pregnant. Yay :)
The Christmas tree is already up (and has been for a week).
Audrey is reading!
Reid is riding his bike.
I had a random dream about a well-known blogger (at least in my circles) and now I feel like I know her. So strange! Has this ever happened to anyone??
Our family had Thanksgiving dinner with 2,000 people from our church and the Denton area. Spectacular.
Depending on the BCS, coach's, and other polls, I might only have to endure the Sooners' fight song a few more times. Seriously, I'm over it.
I've just started reading Piper's This Momentary Marriage: A Parable of Permanence. You can download it for free here.

Enjoy the rest of your weekend!

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Thoughts on Thankfulness (and Unthankfulness)

John Piper on why God would start with himself as king of Israel and then bring human kingship into Israel's history later through a spectacular sin (Israel's rebellious request for a human king):

"We should learn from this how stiff-necked and rebellious and unthankful we are...Each time they forgot God and went after other things. That is not just the story of Israel. It's the story of humanity. It's the story of my life and your life. Even as Christians, we are not steadfast in our affections for God. We have thankful days and unthankful days. And even our thankful days are not as thankful as they should be.

Just think of how joyful and thankful you would be if your heart responded to God himself and his ten thousand gifts with the admiration and gratitude of which he is worthy." (from Spectacular Sins)

As Thanksgiving is only two days away, I am especially struck by the truth of this text in my life. I am an unthankful person. Like Israel, I so often forget God and live as if He is an afterthought or bit-part in the story of my life. I forget how He's provided, rescued, saved, sustained and redeemed.

Lord, forgive me for so easily forgetting You. Help me to have a thankful heart always, not just at Thanksgiving. Thank you for Thanksgiving and other reminders of Your providence. Help me impart a spirit of thankfulness to Audrey, Reid, and, according to Your pleasing will, this baby growing inside me. Thank you for each day I carry this little miracle. Thank you for the grace, righteousness and perfect thankfulness imputed to me by Your Son. For that, I am forever thankful.

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Monday, November 10, 2008

Thank you!

Thank you all for the kind words and prayers. We treasure each one! I am finally feeling well enough to look at my computer. For the past three weeks random things made me nauseous:

my computer
my blog
my inbox
my Facebook account
listening to music
the smell of my car (it's not bad but I think I've finally nailed it smells like a new bandaid...weird.)
the road to Audrey's school

Just thinking about the things listed above made me nauseous...still kind of do but not so bad that I refuse to do them :) I'm not sure if it's because this is the third baby but I have felt much more sick and tired this go around. Thank you for your patience. I will hopefully resume a regular blogging schedule. Until then...