Well, block number two is coming to an end and new classes are about to start up. Lauren and I are excited to get into 1 and 2 Peter and Family Relations. I’ve been learning a lot about Lauren (and maybe even more about myself) over the past block. I’ve been struggling under the business (for example, the other day Lauren and I were not able to even begin our homework until some time after 10 pm.), but through it we’re really seeing God’s grace and feeling the sufficiency of it in our lives.
One thing that hit me with particular strength were the last few chapters of Romans 8. God tells us how nothing, not even ourselves, not even the world, not even angelic powers or any created being can separate us from God. That really encouraged me personally and I know, from all the questions she’s been asking, that the truths of Romans are really playing on her heart as well.
Though things are going good, we (along with almost every other married couple) are really feeling the perpetual burn of this race we run. We really need the endurance (patience), that is talked about in Hebrews, in everything that’s going on here. It doesn’t surprise me to hear other couples talk about taking a semester off in order to “take back their marriages” because it really is crazy hard here. Married chapel never ends without several couples (and many times every couple) asking the group to be praying for them to have the energy to simply do their homework, and it is this request that I make to all of you. I need prayer, even on my “days off” (when I have hardly any homework) I feel as though I’m rushing just to get everything done. We’re also really trying to get into a habit of spending time in the word together as devotions, not including the 7+hours we spend studying the Bible for classes and homework. We could also use prayer as we face the daily struggle of learning to be united to each other, in purpose, and spirit, and mind. It’s a tough thing to do for sure, and it’s something I believe that will take many years to even comprehend, but nevertheless, it’s something we greatly desire. We’ve been meeting with Rex Gutwein (the president of NTBI Jackson) and he has encouraged us, in so many ways, to express love to one another in a personalized way that is suitable to each other. One thing I’m daily amazed by is the complexity of Lauren’s mind, I mean I knew girls thought differently then guys, but I didn’t think it’d be that different.
Oh man, another thing that definitely could use some prayer, is for the coming snow! Yes, it’s getting really cold and we just know that one of these mornings we’re going to wake up to a white world! Please pray for us, that we’d be able to adapt to that, me having to do snow crew, and Lauren having to learn to wear shoes instead of flip flops haha!
I also have a lot of praises also. Firstly, I’m so blessed to be married to Lauren, I know your all thinking that I have to say that and all, but no! It really is true! I don’t know how I’d be doing it without her. So that’s something that is worthy of praise. Also, praise God that Jon and Shanelle (my brother and sister-in-law, for all of you who don’t know) had little Elliot without much trouble (Can you say that having a baby isn’t much trouble? I don’t know, maybe I should re-word it?). Ok, so praise God that Jon and Shanelle had their baby! (That’s better). He’s such a cute little guy, and, by the look of him, he’s probably going to turn out just like his dad. Also pray for Carrianne and Julian (my sister and brother-in-law), as they are expecting another little bouncing baby. We’ve also been blessed multiple times from the other marrieds here with food and other things. Lastly praise God that we’re soon going to be parents…NO I’m kidding we’re not pregnant (though honestly I never will be pregnant so I don’t know why people always say “We are pregnant”?). Sorry I know it’s a bad joke, but call it a early April’s fools. Anyways I could go on forever with different things we’re thankful for but I really should be going, (we have yet another test to take tomorrow and I’ve barely studied for it at all). So with that I say goodbye and God bless.
Romans 8:38,39 “For I am convinced that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers, or height, nor depth, nor any other created thing, will be able to separate us from the love of God, which isin Christ Jesus our Lord.” What a beautiful end to a beautiful chapter, in such a beautiful book, eh?
Talk to you all soon, love you all so much!
In God: Mark & Lauren