Unless the Lord builds the house, those who build it labor in vain. Psalm 127:1

Monday, March 30, 2009

Hume Lake

We are back from our weekend and though it had it's challenges getting up there it was well worth it as usual. It's funny how you don't see most of the people except once a year and you just pick right back up from the last conference. Something about being in a group of men and women who totally relate to your life style and the challenges it brings to your marriage and your family really ministers to me. When we first got married I never realized how important this conference would be to me year after year after year. I LOVE that the guys work hard and then we all get together and play hard for the weekend.The weather was AMAZING! Cold but clear and beautiful. Dan got up every morning at 6am and ran around the lake, me? I slept in. :) Our speaker was amazing and as he taught on Romans 8:28 (you've never head it like this guy taught it!) we were reminded that there are no bad circumstances and then we took an oath not to complain........EVER about ANYTHING!
He reminded us that God's sole purpose in our lives is to mold us into his image. You can be molded like clay (turned on the wheel and formed by the potter's hands) or you can be formed like Iron (put through heat and beaten) He,hee! I don't know about you but I prefer the clay scenario! ;) Ken also said that we should give "thanks" in EVERY circumstance. Now hear me in this I didn't say "thankful" and nowhere in the bible does it say to be thankful but to give thanks is entirely different. God knows that I am not thankful for my illness but do I thank him for the circumstance I am in? Absolutely! If I wasn't in this circumstance at this time at this place I could not be molded into the image of Christ the way he needs me to be. Is your marriage hard and mostly up hill? Give thanks because that is what God is going to use to mold you closer to his image. God is more concerned about my holiness than my comfort level.

One of the things that he said was,"Complaining is going to the dark room to develop our negatives." Think about that one for a minute. Complaining wants someone else to fix it and crying out to God is wanting God to pull us out of the hole.

Last thing I will share that I took away from this weekend is that when Ken pointed out that maturity in Christ is NOT the ability to do allot of things it's the ability to rest in Christ. I must say that got a huge AMEN from me because if I have learned anything through having to slow down from my health it is that I am ALLOWED to rest in Christ.

When we got to our room I was treated to these and a lovely card from our friends Brian and Yvonne. Thank you friend for helping to start my weekend off right. I love them!! :)


MLasch said...

"...maturity in Christ is NOT the ability to do allot of things it's the ability to rest in Christ."

AMEN to that as well!

{Erica Young} said...

Glad your weekend went great and you were able to relax for a couple days.

Winter feels like it's still here. We were out to dinner Sunday night for Kevin's birthday and as we look out the windown it's snowing hard. We got about an inch or so. But Monday the sun came out and it melted. Spring better get here quick, it's not as warm as it should be.

Jessica said...

How wonderful that you could have such a great weekend and be blessed :)

Rhonda said...

Challenges getting there? Hopefully that doesn't mean blown out tires again.
Glad to hear you had a great time (even though I KNEW you would.) And I ditto you & Michelle with a huge AMEN.

littlecbsmom said...

I am so glad you guys had a great weekend! I love the pictures, you look great!

I will have to e-mail you something I was reading just this morning on the giving thanks idea that really spoke to my heart too!

Thanks for sharing all you learned and how God is working! Great stuff!

Crystal said...

I'm glad that you had a such a great weekend (sleeping in;). And I can imagine how refreshing it must feel to be with people who experience your daily "life", b/c I can't imagine what it would be like to have your schedule.

Amen to "NO" complaining. That's the quickest way to put my attitude in the toilet.

Yvonne said...

Can you write my weekend recap for my blog, or can I just copy and paste and put some "love bites" on the last picture? I am so glad we got to hear the Word together, even though we didn't get to spend much time together. Love you.

{Erica Young} said...

I just watched Fireproof with the hubs tonight and that's my new fav movie. That movie summed up our entire life, I felt like it was us in that movie. I said I wanted the Love Dare book and he said yeah me too.

Eileen said...

Wow... powerful... I'm going to copy some of this and post it to my mirror!