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Something to share...

from this blog: http://churchesferry.blogspot.com/
"Neat Christian Guy" vs. "Godly Man"
When I was in high school I remember a 40 year old farmer suggest that I attend Northwestern Bible College. He suggested I attend because there were many good-looking girls there that were looking for a "neat Christian guy" like me. As I listened to a recent interview by Matt Chandler - this idea came up of a "neat Christian guy" vs. a "Godly man". Matt was talking about complementarianism in the church. As I have reflected on the matter at one time being labeled a "neat Christian guy" (NCG) - my hope is that I have moved on from the fluff of that part of my life to be a "Godly man"(GM).

So, what separates the two. Here are my list of suggestions:

1. A NCG is liked by everybody while a GM has offended someone because the GM hasn't wavered on the truth of Scripture. A GM has hills to die on and will follow through with standing on core theological truths.
2. A NCG will be pursued by the ladies (most of the time these women have a low view of what they are looking for in a man) while the GM pursues a woman because God has told him too. For the record - my pre-marriage performance falls into the NCG on this one....although my wife did know what she was looking for in a man.
3. A NCG is the guy who cries at summer camp every year while a GM repents and owns up to his sin as "his" fault.
4. A NCG carries his Bible (along with his highlighter and other items that make everyone think he knows what he is doing) or relies on the Scripture being up on the screen while the GM carries his Bible and actually reads it.
5. A NCG provides for his family financially and calls it a day. A GM provides for his family financially and realizes that it doesn't stop there. A GM most importanly, leads and pastors his family.
6. A NCG many times grew up in a "Christian" home and might not even really have a regenerated heart while a GM many times grew up with stories of grace - and can actually tell you about those stories.
7. And finally NCG's are bored dudes who see going to church as a duty - while GM become elders, pastors, deacons, and LEADERS in the church.

The goal is to be a "Godly Man" - that means in my mind responsibility, courage, accountability, and repentence. As I look back and as I examine parts of my life that would be classified as "neat and Christian" - I almost want to throw up. Our tendency at times is to

* Want all the benefits of everything, but take NO responsibility
* Stand down and not fight for truth - at times we have NO courage
* Lie to ourselves and think we need no one around us to call us out - we want NO accountability
* Fail to say, "It is what it is" - and I am a dirty sinner - we NEVER repent and confess our sins

My prayer is that "Godly Men" would rise up and would lead. Women will follow, good husbands and good fathers will come about, and most importantly Jesus will be glorified as he made men to be men - not "neat" with potential.

The finished quilt...

I tied it with green string. Attempted to machine quilt it, but my machine just isn't cut out for that. And it doesn't help when you try to start that process late the night before you are leaving. :)

If you like the pattern it was inspired from here... by Crazy Mom Quilts. If you haven't checked out that website, it is a great one, packed with fun projects!

The weekend...

So took a little trek down to SD and MN to visit family...
My mom, sister and I had a great time together... we got pedicures, did a little shopping, made dinner and just hung out. My mom even helped me finish that quilt. It was so great. (thanks again mom and k for making it a great weekend!) I got to see my grandpa in the nursing home. We went to his room to find him, but he wasn't there. So we wandered down the hall to the lunch room and low and behold they were having a true Memorial Day service. It was so great to be able to be there with him for that service. I'm being told that this might be his last year, so it was really important for me to get down and see him. This weekend was a great time to do so. My cousin graduated. She gave a fabulous speech at commencement. And.... I got to deliver her quilt! Here is a horrid picture (my mom has a better one).

...she was so excited to get her quilt. It was well worth the trip. Plus her family didn't know that I was pregnant, so it was great fun to get to spill the news in person. Here are more pictures of her great party!

The food was outstanding... mango salsa with cinnamon and sugar chips...

...dessert shots... key lime, banana creme, and raspberry-carmel-chocolate...
Overall, great weekend, got to see and connect with so much family which is important for me, cause I'm not sure how much I'll see them with baby on the way... guess time will tell.
Other news... the carpet is in!!!!!!!!!

Hurray!! Many thanks to the generous man who put it in for me. It was put in the day I left for my trip, so today I've been admiring, decorating, rearranging and cleaning. Now we just need some trim work done and this room will be called good for the time being. As long as I strategically hang photos, the crack in the wall can be overlooked for a while. ;)
More photos later as I finally decide on where furniture and pictures are going.
Doctor appt number 2 tomorrow! Definitely getting a little belly. D and I are taking bets on how much weight I've gained. We shall see tomorrow and then on Wednesday is our 3rd anniversary... what a busy and great week!

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