Thursday, June 27, 2013

As For Me and My House...

First: I don't know what the heck is up with my blurry header. Sorry about that. I just do not have good luck with pictures these days, haha. Facebook makes my pictures look funny, too. I'm clearly impaired in the technology department, so if anyone has a clue how to make my pictures look less fuzzy and more like they actually are, let me know!

I was not on the computer much yesterday morning, because the clouds parted and we saw ray of sunshine. That was our opportunity to book it out the door and take some pictures I've been meaning to capture for a while now, just in time for the start of summer.

We consider ourselves a pretty patriotic family. I am PROUD to be an American. We may not have as long and rich of a history as other nations, but by golly...what we've been blessed to accomplish in a short amount of time is pretty amazing. I consider it a privilege to have been born in this country, and I thank God often for the life we have here.

I love that we have the freedom to agree or disagree with each other, and I pray that those freedoms last for many generations to come. Many things divide us, but our freedom often unites us. So long as we can hold onto those freedoms we'll be doing alright. :)

I am so thankful for the opportunity to seek truth and knowledge in a world where many people are not given that privilege. Our family finds truth in the unchanging Word of God. While we are proud to be Americans, we don't find our moral code in the Constitution or any other manmade documents. The God-breathed scriptures will always direct our paths. It is our prayer that the truth directs the paths of our leaders as well - not political parties...not selfish agendas...not temporary "feel good" philosophies...but the solid, timeless, foundational truth. As for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.

There are many opportunities for "community" coming up, and I can't wait! Picnics, parades, celebrating our nation's birthday... I love coming together with friends and neighbors to celebrate life. Summertime is a great time of the year for that! It's hard to focus on our differences when we're busy celebrating together. If we could share love and community face-to-face every day, we would have a lot less problems and a lot more genuine understanding of one another. Love your neighbors. That, I do believe, is the key to it all.

I swell with pride when I see a flag waving or hear the National Anthem playing. I feel honored to share a history with men like George Washington, Abraham Lincoln, and the millions of others who have carved a path before us. I just love my God and my country! Love you, too! Haha. ;)

Romans 13:8-10 

Owe no one anything, except to love each other, for the one who loves another has fulfilled the law. For the commandments, “You shall not commit adultery, You shall not murder, You shall not steal, You shall not covet,” and any other commandment, are summed up in this word: “You shall love your neighbor as yourself.” Love does no wrong to a neighbor; therefore love is the fulfilling of the law.


Heather said...

Ahhh those pictures are killing me!! Too cute!

Adrien said...

I dread the day that taking pictures isn't "cool" or "fun" anymore, haha. Taking full advantage while I can! :)

Anonymous said...

Hi Adrien,

I have been a long-time reader of your blog. I don't even know how I came upon it, but I have been reading it daily for a long time. I don't always agree with your politics, but I find you funny and I enjoy your littles. I have 5 littles, myself.

Anyway, I have never posted on your blog when I read something I disagreed with, but I thought this time I might. You mention in your post about loving America because of the freedom it gives its citizens. And the ability to agree or disagree with others. I couldn't agree more with you on that. But then you continue to say that you pray our leaders govern this country according to the "truth" of scripture. But that's your truth. It's not my truth-I'm Jewish. It's not my neighbor's truth-he's Muslim. Or my sister's truth-she's Budhist. How can we have a country that is free and citizens who can express their views if the country is governed by one group's "truth?" I ask this in all sincerity. Can't we have a moral and just government that is not dictated by religion? And leave biblical truths to each person? I, too, am religious. I am an observant Jew. I homeschool my children because I want them brought up righteously and to love God. Just something to think on. Enjoy the 4th! Caroline

Adrien said...

Thank you for your comments, Caroline!

I totally see where you're coming from, thank you for asking and letting me have a chance to answer your question.

I believe in "absolute truth" meaning that one truth is all truth or it isn't true by definition. Haha. Does that make sense? I believe that there is a right and a wrong, a black and a white. So to say a Jewish person has "their truth" and muslim has "their truth" doesn't make sense to me. It's either true, or it isn't.

I believe that the scriptures are the true, infallible words of God. To me, that's not "my truth" but THE truth. We can agree to disagree on that one, but I bet we have more in common than you think. :) I do not believe that our government should dictate our religion AT ALL. No disagreement there. But because I believe in the truth of the scriptures as THE truth, that's what I would expect to hold my leaders accountable to. The Ten Commandments are suitable guidelines for life no matter who you are, because they are right and sound and true and form the basis of all of our moral laws. Does that make sense?

Please feel free to elaborate or ask more questions if I didn't answer yours!

Anonymous said...

Hi Adrien,

I get what you are saying. But it is so strange to me to conceptualize one truth. Although I am an obsevant, religious, Jew, I firmly believe that there are numerous paths to God. I would never assume that my path to Him was the right path for anyone else. Even another Jew. For instance, we keep kosher because we believe that God requires this of us. But let's say my son becomes president one day. Would you think it was acceptable for him to require all of America to keep kosher because he believes Torah (scripture) requires this? Surely you would miss your bacon! Ha ha. I don't think anyone would disagree with needing to abide by the Ten Commandments, but that is easily done through legislation, rather than hanging a tablet (ha) in very court house, so to speak. Murder, adultery, stealing, etc...are all prohibited through secular laws. Anyway, those are just my messy thoughts as I lie here putting my littlest one to sleep. My once-I-was-a-lawyer brain is working othe slow side right now. :) And I know we have much in common. Belief in God being only one. Mothers being another. And stay-at-home mothers even another. As to political parties, ahem, we'll just agree to disagree. Hee hee

Adrien said...

Haha, yes, more in common than not! :) I totally get that outside of the typical Christian faith it is hard to accept a "one way" path to God. Since we don't share faiths, we will probably never agree on that one, haha. For reference, this is one of many verses where that belief is derived from.

Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me." John 14:6.

In fact, that's what the entire Christian faith is about. Without that core belief, no one could be a "true" Christian. Anyway, hope you have a great day, girl! Keep commenting on other posts, I enjoy chatting with you! :) Do you have a blog?


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