Feels Like Winter Already

Update: November 2, 209

This is Jackson’s public high school! Doesn’t look like a university?

I’m beginning to think every week is passing by quicker and quicker. I remember back in high school, especially my sophomore year, when it seemed like I would never graduate, and now it seems I can barely slow down the time that I have or have enough of it!

Anyways, this week has been pretty fun and hard at the same time. Tuesday night Mark attended a karate class at our church while I helped a woman in our sunday school class at Albion College. She works with Intervarsity (a college outreach program which also hosts Urbana) and I helped her serve pancakes to a freshman and international student dorm building. It was so much fun, and was great to interact with believers outside of our bubble of a school. It was also a eye opener to how different it is between a Christian college and a secular college. I think we made around 100 pancakes that night haha.

Saturday night Mark had to work, but I dressed up as Waldo (like in Where’s Waldo) and drove with a group of friends to Rives Baptist Church to Trunk or Treat. It was freezing cold but we had a blast seeing how everyone decorated their cars, eating candy, donuts and apple csider, and admiring everyones’ costumes.

This truck went all out

Here are some girls that came from NTBI
(a cat, sleeping beauty, an eskimo, Goth girl and a snowman haha)

I love this time of year, and I’m really looking forward to Thanksgiving (my favorite holiday!). Classes are still great as ever! And are continually convicting me of my wrong worldview or growing me in areas I didn’t know about. Lately in Soteriology we’ve been talking about what all happened the moment I believed. The moment I put my trust in Christ I was justified (declared legally righteous, became at peace with God, and now a friend of God), identified (no longer with Adam or this fallen world, but with Christ through His death, burial, and resurrection), positionally sanctified (given freedom and the right to live the Christian life, eternal security), adopted (I became God’s child by birth through regeneration and his child by adoption, became an heir with Christ), regenerated (been imparted with eternal life through a new birth, a new creation, and resurrection), received the indwelling spirit (making it possible for me to do the will of God and has sealed me unto the day of redemption), and I have been given all spiritual blessings. This is the part I want to focus on.

The moment I believed I have been given everything I will ever need (spiritually) for my Christian life. There is nothing that remains for me to aquire in order to be able to do what God wants me to do! But still, I must remember that I can have everything I need, but not know how to use it. I need to be praying and asking God for wisdom and growth in the things He has already given me, remembering that growth and understanding in these blessings takes time. Before this class I remember that in my prayer life I would ask God, “Lord, please give me patience so I can be patient towards others” or something like that. But now I realize that through Christ I can produce spiritual fruit, like patience, and that it is something that I am capable of doing in my life. I don’t need to ask God for patience, I just need to take God at His Word and recognize what He has provided in my life and walk in those truths. It basically comes down to my choice in my thinking and in my actions. Isn’t it awesome that all believers are able to walk worthy of our calling in Christ!

“His divine power has granted to us all things that pertain to life and godliness, through the knowledge of Him who called us to His own glory and excellence,
by which He has granted to us His precious and very great promises, so that through them you may become partakers of the divine nature, having escaped from the corruption that is in the world because of sinful desire.”
2 Peter 1:3,4

Medicaid update: I sent in some more verification paperwork to the Department of Health and Safety and to our medicaid advocate, which means Mark is still being processed (not denied!). It’ll probably take a few months at the least till we know anything.


Prayer:

  • That we can have a positive attitude with all of our reading that is due
  • Continue to be praying for Medicaid – that it will cover Mark’s medical bills
  • For cooperation with all the doctor’s offices with our minimal payment plans
  • One lady gave birth to Octavia last week and the baby in ICU, please be praying for them both. Also, another pregnant lady on our floor went to the hospital last night, pray for safety and a easy delivery!

Praise:

  • Through working and with the help of others, we have paid off the rest of the school’s bill for the semester and are still not in the hole for this month. Thanks everyone who have helped us out financially!
  • Union Gospel Church had a food bank for married couples at NTBI, so Mark and I received two boxes of canned and boxed food – such a blessing and an encouragement!
  • Mark is on snow crew this week – and it hasn’t snowed yet 🙂 No waking up at 5:45am … yet haha
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One Comment on “Feels Like Winter Already

  1. It took me a VERY long time to get what you're learning now. When I was 15 or so, God impressed upon me 2 Peter 1:3-11, and 2 Tim 2:15. Sitting in the RV in 2003, I had come to the end of my thoughts, as to how I got so messed up w/various things over the course of my life (which goes faster and faster the further you get from high school). His response was the 2 Tim verse followed by 2 Pt verse. Stay with it. You are 'spot on' in the Word. Keep it up. … Woo-hoo! Praise the Lord! Glad to hear about the semester in the black. Love ya, Jenn

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