Sunday, July 17, 2011

Lies We Believe

I am in the middle of reading (very, very slowly) Doctrine by Mark Driscoll. It is such an intellectually and spiritually nourishing read. Today, I was reading, and something stuck me. I am on page 50, reading about the value of Scripture and the way in which God had everything to do with every word in the Bible. On this page, Paster Mark begins listing all that Scripture is, according to the Bible:

-given by God's inspiration
-the very words of God
-all we need to know God
-a perfect guide for life
-not to be take from or added to
-for everyone
-the standard by which all teaching is to be tested
-to be obeyed
-sweet like honey
-a lamp to guide our life
-food for our soul
-a fire that purifies and a hammer that breaks us
-a seed for salvation planted in us
-milk that nourished us

Good stuff.

Here is what I immediately thought of: Proverbs 31:10-31.

Have you ever been in one of those groups of women-- when they sit around and talk about how unrealistic that part of the Bible is. By the end of the conversation, it is concluded that it is a nice thought but not applicable to our culture.

Has this ever happened to you?

It happens to me often-- women my age are generally newly married, working, and/or in school.
When we arrive at verse 13, about wool and flax, we throw a fit. WHO has time for that?!
I do have to say that the conclusion always sounds nice-- we are in Christ. We don't have to worry about that. We are not condemned for our lack of housekeeping skills. Christ has completed us, therefore we can brush the verses aside.

The enemy is the ultimate deceiver. He mixes truth with lies in hopes of blinding and bonding us.
Truth: You are in Christ.
Truth: You are not condemned for being less than crafty and Betty Crocker-ish.
Truth: Christ more than completes us, as women.
Truth: I certainly do not have time to spin my own wool.
LIE: The "Proverbs 31 Woman" is irrelevant.
LIE: You can just brush these verses aside, and call them a "nice thought."

"An excellent wife who can find? She is far more precious than jewels.
Th heart of her husband trust her, and he will have no lack of gain.
She does him good, and not harm, all the days of her life.
She seeks wool and flax, and works with willing hands.
She is like the ships of the merchant; she brings her food from afar.
She rises white it is yet night and provides food for her household and portions for her maidens.
She considers a field and buys it; with the fruit of her hands she plants a vineyard.
She dresses herself with strength and makes her arms strong.
She perceives that her merchandise is profitable. Her lamp does not go our at night.
She puts her hands to the distaff, and her hands hold the spindle.
She opens her hand to the poor and reaches out her hands to the needy.
She is not afraid of snow for her household, for all her household is clothed in scarlet.
She makes bed coverings for herself; her clothing is fine linen and purple.
Her husband is known in the gates when he sits among the elders of the land.
She makes linen garments and sells them; she delivers sashes to the merchant.
Strength and dignity are her clothing, and she laughs at the time to come.
She opens her mouth with wisdom, and the teaching of kindness is on her tongue.
She looks well to the ways of her household and does not eat the bread of idleness.
Her children rise up and call her blesses; her husband also, and he praises her:
'Many women have don excellently, but you surpass them all.'
Charm is deceitful, and beauty is vain, but a woman who fear the Lord is to be praised.
Give her of the fruit of her hands, and let her works praise her in the gates."

pure. true. trustworthy. for everyone. perfect. effective. powerful. sweet like honey. a lamp to guide our life. milk that nourishes us. the very words of God. 

Does my life reflect this? Not really.
Should I strive to be the woman God created me to be? Always.
Am I saved by attaining these things (which I never could!)? Absolutely not.
    "All our righteous acts are like filthy rags..." Isaiah 64:6

"The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge; 
fools despise wisdom and instruction." Proverbs 1:7

Hear me say this: 

First, I am not promoting a works-based, religious, salvation earning mindset. 
I am not anti-gospel.
In fact, I would argue that the women that I have mentioned, the women who put aside the wisdom that is provided for us in the Word of God, are not living in line with the gospel.

The Gospel is the power of God to save and transform lives. 
How are our lives being transformed if we refuse to accept the wisdom provided for us God's Word? Are we really allowing God is make us into the people he has created us to be? OR are we allowing his to change us on our terms?

Second, I understand that different women have different lives.
I do not at all believe that our lives, as Christian women, should look exactly like the Proverbs 31 woman. She lived in a different time and culture. But I do believe that we have an enormous amount to learn from her. Proverbs 31 is certainly applicable to our lives and should NOT be avoided due to inconvenience.

What we can take away from Proverbs 31:10-31 is more than anything an attitude.

more thoughts on this to come...

Sunday, July 10, 2011

I said YES!

One year ago, Fletcher asked me to marry him. I am SO glad I said yes. 

Photo credit: Lang Thomas Leichhardt

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Good Morning Mrs. Magpie

Maggie is getting so big! I don't have a child to blog about, but I do have a little puppy! She is almost four months. She gets more and more feisty every day.

Here is the chain of events when Fletcher arrives home each day:

Seriously? All of her energy can not fit inside of her little body.

Sunday, July 3, 2011

Giles Wedding

We are so thankful for Mark and Ashley. Mark was Fletcher's roommate for about a year. Mark and Ashley, and Fletcher and myself, all started dating the same week, were engaged in the same month, and married just a few months apart. It was such a blessing to live life so closely with them for a short time. They are now expecting a little one!

About six months later, here is a few snapshots of their beautiful wedding. I was so thankful to be given the privilege of shooting this wedding. It was a blast.

A New Vision

"...Seeking to see that person only in the context of the cross. This simple method brings the imagination into play. Imagination is a power given us surely in order to enable us to enter into another's experience. Christ knows and loves the person and will transform my mind so that I see him as I could not have seen him before-- loved, forgiven, redeemed. In this way, by the offering up of the mind and imagination, I take my stand beneath the cross of Jesus. There things look very different from the way they look to the lonely self. Thus the only reality that the self would be able to see grows dimmer as the bright reality that can be seen by faith grows brighter.

"This is new vision. The deliberate decision to think Christ's thoughts by allowing Him to remold the mind leads to a different way of seeing, which in turn leads to a different way of behaving towards others."

-Elisabeth Elliot

"I appeal to you therefore, brothers, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship. Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind..." Romans 12:1-2

Saturday, July 2, 2011


This past week, my friend, Lindsey, let me took pictures of her sweet baby, Hadley. Enjoy!

Lindsey is such an encouragement. She is a wonderful mother.
And I can't get enough of her sweet daughter.