Monthly Archives: August 2009

Aaron Ivey Band|Amos Story

albumThe Aaron Ivey Band recently released a CD, Between the Beauty and The Chaos, with beautiful and power lyrics that express a heart centered on making Christ known in song and through lives consumed with making a difference throughout the world. The song that stands out to me above the others is Amos Story. The lyrics become so much more powerful when understanding the heart of the artist singing them. Aaron Ivey and his wife, Jamie, are and have been waiting to unite their family, as two of their children, Amos & Story, currently live in Haiti. The adoption process out of Haiti has been long and there appears to be light at the end of the tunnel that their two kids could come to their new home to daily be with the parents that love them.

The song expresses the desires of a father who would give anything to be with his children, it is the perfect expression of parents who go through the adoption process, which transfers a child from their current identity, and gives them a new identity inside of a new family. It’s permanent so the child is not simply an outside addition, but seen as the completion of the incomplete family without them.

Here’s the chorus

I’ll find a way to get you here

If it takes my fleeting breath

Another sunrise hits the ground

And it’s a dark lonely sight

Light years away I hope you know

There is a somebody searching

For the way to get you here

I will get you here

The song moves me because the desires expressed by these parents only reflect the story and heart of God, who loves His children so much that He would and did give His very breath through His Son’s death on a cross, so that He could adopt them as children to complete the family of God and unite them with a Father that loves them without condition.

If you only have $0.99, it will best be spent on hearing Amos Story on iTunes, but if you have a little bit more, buy the whole CD, it’s absolutely amazing.

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“The lizard will tell you”

 

lizardEli is almost 3 and he has started to play pretend a lot lately. I wanted to share with you one of the funnier events recently.

Amber recently purchased rubber lizards from H.E.B. like the picture above and Eli absolutely loves them, best $2.50 ever. He lines them up in Roman battle positions opposite each other, stands over them and says “They’re about to fight…Go!” and looks expectantly at them waiting for them to maul each other before he steps in and makes the fighting happen. It’s awesome.

One Saturday a few weeks ago, Eli and I went to run errands, which I tell him are “adventures” so he gets pretty pumped. He wanted to take one of his lizards with us. We went to a Mazda dealership and looked at cars all while Eli held the lizard. On the way home, I heard him talking and looked in the backseat to find him saying the exact same things I said to him, but he’s telling the lizard “you have to hold my hand when we go in the street. Cars could hurt you.” and “Don’t touch that, it’s not ours”. I thought it was really cute and funny.

So when we are almost home, I tell him that he needs to tell Mommy about the adventure we went on and everything we saw.  When we get home, the following exchange occurs:

Amber: “Eli, tell me about your adventure.”

Eli: “No, the lizard will tell you.” And he placed the lizard on a stool and looks at the lizard in silence.

Amber (after waiting 10 seconds): “When is he going to tell me?”

Eli: “He is telling you, you have to listen.”

Amber: “Maybe he could speak louder.”

Eli: “He’s speaking very loud.” Obviously mom.

Amber: “Oh, well maybe you could interpret for me.”

Eli: “No, the lizard will tell you.” And then he proceeds to walk off.

It was one of the funniest things I’ve ever seen.

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Summer Pictures

So it’s been a while since we’ve posted some family pictures, so I thought I’d show you some of my favorites from this summer. Enjoy.

What are brothers for? Choking, of course…

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Eli with a Rockstar mohawk.

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Calvin “building” his adirondack chair

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Calvin enj0ying the finished product

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One of our favorite Austin spots is The Triangle. Great restaraunts and the boys love the fountains there.

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Calvin when we gave him his Boston souvenir

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They quickly became weapons and are now used as drums on the floor

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Eli showed Calvin how it was done

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Calvin loved his Boston Red Sox bat after a while

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The next 2 speak for themselves

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Eli and I have started to do the Kids Workshop at Home Depot on the 1st Saturday of each month. You get your own Home Depot Apron w/ your name on it and he loves it

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When Calvin sees the camera out, he’s learn to say “Cheese!” and he usually says for it a full 2 minutes…

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I am Joseph of Arimathea

The other night I was reading the bible in the gospel of Matthew and noticed something I hadn’t thought about before.  Matthew 27 walks us through the judgment, crucifixion, death and burial of Jesus Christ. The one part of that story I’ve never really focused on is the burial of Christ accomplished by a rich man, Joseph of Arimathea, but after reading it, I can’t help but think it to be a symbolic picture helpful in understanding the gospel, the fact that Christ died for you, which Romans 6 says you died with Christ to sin, and that He raised from the dead in victory over sin and death, in the same way Romans 6 says we were raised to a new life changed forever.

The story serves to prove Old Testament prophecy in Isaiah 53:9 about Jesus being buried in a rich man’s grave and that was definitely the primary intent of the author, but reading it the other night I couldn’t help but see it in a new light.

Matthew 27 talks to us about Joseph of Arimathea when it says in verses 57-60:

When it was evening, there came a rich man from Arimathea, named Joseph, who also was a disciple of Jesus. 58 He went to Pilate and asked for the body of Jesus. Then Pilate ordered it to be given to him. 59 And Joseph took the body and wrapped it in a clean linen shroud 60 and laid it in his own new tomb, which he had cut in the rock. And he rolled a great stone to the entrance of the tomb and went away. 61 Mary Magdalene and the other Mary were there, sitting opposite the tomb.

The part that really stuck out was verse 59, Joseph buried Jesus in his own tomb that he had cut for himself. While this was obviously a gesture of love for Jesus, the symbolism from the story is what strikes me. Joseph buries Jesus in his own tomb symbolizing Jesus’ death for him, entering his grave where Joseph had prepared to be laid upon death, but 3 days later Jesus raises from the dead out of Joseph’s tomb, symbolizing that sin and its consequences (death) no longer had eternal power over Joseph or anyone who believes.

It just struck me as I heard and read the story, I am Joseph of Arimathea, that Christ has gone to the grave that I dug for myself through sin, but He conquered it for me that I wouldn’t have to endure everlasting death, but be able to enjoy everlasting life.

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