I am thankful for… a hardworking and caring husband.
Only in the past couple of years have I started paying attention to the liturgical year. Growing up as a Baptist, I knew that Advent and Lent existed, and that’s about all I knew about the liturgical year. But where did these things come from, why do most Christians observe them? I really think that things like Advent and Lent make the most sense in the context of the Christian year, or liturgical calendar.
I’ve taken a Church History class but haven’t done a lot of research on the liturgical year, and the Wikipedia article didn’t give any information about its development (haha). I think it is a great way to make sure you think about the complete life of Christ each year.
The first day of Advent is the first day of the new Christian year, and you start thinking about Christ coming to earth as a baby. But the last Sunday in the liturgical year is Christ the King Sunday, where Christ returning and reigning victorious is the focus. Initially it felt weird to me to jump from thinking about Christ the risen victorious King to Christ the child of humble birth. Like slamming on the theological brakes.
However, upon further reflection, there are a lot of things that flow together between the two celebrations. Anticipating the second coming of Jesus implies that he has already come once. Thinking about Christ coming at Christmas, seems to naturally also point our minds to his second coming. Especially with Christ the King Sunday in my rear view mirror, the Advent Scripture readings that herald Christ’s first Earthly coming ring with foreshadowing of Christ’s next coming.
These thoughts give me cause to reflect on my readiness for Christ’s second coming. After reflecting, I am forced to admit that there are some spiritual cobwebs that need to be cleaned out of my soul.
Lord, help me be ready to meet you both in the manger and on the throne.
I haven’t been a very good Compassion blogger lately. They had an awesome blogger month a little while ago that I didn’t make time to take part in and I promised myself I would make time for it this month. I couldn’t have guessed that the need this month would be so great.
Here’s the information I received from Compassion:
Super Typhoon Haiyan hit the Philippines on Friday, Nov. 8 causing mass destruction. According to UNICEF around 1.7 million children are believed to be living in areas in the typhoon’s path. Currently electricity is out in major cities. According to CNN.com, nearly half a million people were forced out of their homes due to the storm. This storm has rendered thousands of children and families displaced and helpless, in need of urgent help.
Many children sponsored by Compassion live in the Philippines. Amazingly, the most recent post I saw on Facebook said that none of the Philippine Compassion children have lost their lives. Praise God!
Hopefully it is not news to anyone that this has happened. Thanks to social media, even those of us who don’t have cable or get the newspaper can keep up on the events. If you want to know what is going on, you can just Google it and get more information than one can feasibly read on the situation. I am not one to judge why natural disasters happen, but I do believe that they happen because our world is fallen and broken. When these things happen, it reminds us that our home was not supposed to be this way. We were made for something better.
It is hard for me to even imagine what the people displaced by this storm are going through. Often when these kinds of things happen I wonder why I am so blessed as to be spared. I still don’t have a good answer to that question, but I do know that I can use this opportunity to raise awareness and to give – and you can too.
To celebrate our five years of dating, I’m going to post our love story in several parts, one a week. So be on the look out for the next installment in a week.
Five years ago today, on November 10, 2008, Andy and I started dating. You would think that means that he asked me to be his girlfriend five years ago today, but that’s not exactly what happened. More accurately, 5 years ago today Andy asked me to marry him and I said, “Well… that’s a little too intense, but I’ll date you.” But I guess we’re getting ahead of ourselves.
The story begins… well it could begin in 1989 when we were born… but we’ll start in 2007 when the two of us arrived at the illustrious College of William and Mary. In fact, we unknowingly moved into dorms right next to each other in the same complex. I’m not sure when we met (I think it was in the first few weeks of school..?) but I know where we met – at the BCM House. I think Andy claims that he remembers the first time he saw me because he thought I was pretty but maybe he’s just trying to earn some brownie points. Honestly, I can’t remember the first time I met most of my friends. To me, it is the relationship I have with them that makes them memorable, not the first meeting.
I have a fuzzy memory of sitting with him and some of the other BCM Freshman at dinner and feeling awkward because I was trying to make conversation but failing. Andy is a pretty quiet guy and doesn’t feel the need to fill the silence when he’s in a group like I do. If he doesn’t have anything to tell you, he’s okay with being quiet. This characteristic probably contributed to me being convinced that he thought I was weird and annoying right up until the day he asked me out. Even to this day sometimes I’ll ask him, “Are you sure I’m not annoying you?” and for the millionth time he’ll tell me, “no”.
Our first ever Facebook wall exchange. Back when you had to write back and forth on a person’s wall to have a conversation. Thanks to Facebook I could go back and relive the awkwardness. Clearly this conversation is epic and has life long love written all over it.
The first two pictures I ever took of Andy. The epicness continues. If you had told me when I took these pictures that I was taking a picture of my future husband I would have thought you were crazy. Not because I didn’t like him, but because we were just friends and I was pretty sure that he thought I was weird.
The first picture we were both in on Facebook. (I know, the cheesiness is probably killing you by now.)
At some point during the Spring semester of our freshman year, my interest in him started to grow. He started to be someone I thought of when I wanted to hang out with someone. I needed a partner to play Spades with one night, and with lots of butterflies in my stomach I gave him a call. He walked me home from Spring Formal and we stood outside my dorm talking for an hour or more. At this point, I didn’t know how unusual this was for him. The whole time I felt super awkward and nervous. When I went back to my room, I told my roommate that I thought he might like me, but I wasn’t sure that I liked him. I was still trying to sort out my feelings after ending what I thought of at the time as a serious relationship a few months before. Ironically, when I would return to campus in a few short months, I couldn’t wait to see him after he moved back in.
One of my co-workers also has a photography business on the side and at the beginning of October he posted that he was going to run a fall mini-session special: $35 and you get 20 digital images with print release. It just seemed like too good of a deal to pass up, especially with Christmas cards on the horizon. Well, I am soo glad we did it, I just love how the pictures turned out. Seriously, it was a steal. We also did a fall photoshoot last year. Both times the pictures have turned out so well that we may make it an annual thing.
I decided to share a few of my favorites on the blog – it was hard to narrow it down to just five. If you want to see the rest, you can go here and definitely check out Epling Photo if you’re in the Pike County, KY area. He gave us such good service with such a quick turnaround (we had the proofs within hours), I feel like he deserves some good promotion.
1. I love the rainbow of fall colors in the background of this photo, especially the bright yellow.
2. It just wouldn’t be us if there wasn’t a dinosaur photo somewhere in the mix. In the past, we have acted like dinosaurs, but we switched it up a bit since there was a dinosaur in the park playground. I normally prefer color photos, but I really like this one in black and white.
3. This is my absolute favorite from the whole shoot. Doesn’t Andy look so handsome in this one?
4. In this one we’re walking down main street and I love that you get a little peek at the fall mountains in the background.
5. This one is just fun. Although in all the leaf throwing photos, Andy has facial expressions that remind me of the The Hulk.
Get excited, at least one of these is probably coming to a Christmas card near you!
Linking up with Hallie at Moxie Wife for some Wednesday favorites.