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Heart of Glass

In Uncategorized on June 30, 2009 at 6:11 pm

We went camping with some friends this last weekend (more on that in another post).  Someone threw a used up beer bottle into the fire, and Nate, being the amateur photographer took several pictures of it.  It was interesting how after 10 minutes in the fire the bottle began to change it’s shape in response to the licking flames and rising temperatures, yet when someone took a stick and pulled it out the bottle was just as hard, and well, breakable, as you would expect a room temperature bottle to be.  It wasn’t moldable or flimsy, it just continued to become deformed and scarred under the pressure and heat of the fire.

IMG_1099Isn’t that just how our hearts can be sometimes?  Incredibly fragile and breakable, and under pressure we cave to the pressures, remaining hardened, but yet now left scarred by the “fire”.  It’s interesting that God doesn’t call us to behave like glass when put to the test, but instead says we are like silver to be refined and ultimately made into something new.  This bottle, when the campfire went out, didn’t look new at all.  In fact it looked alot what I imagine some people look like at the end of the their lives, used up and damaged beyond repair, but yet with hearts ready to shatter if handled recklessly.

My life has seen very few trials, but the most difficult one has been getting married and moving to another state.  I often feel frustrated with my new surroundings and my seemingly inability to act in godly ways towards my husband or my circumstances.  But as I watched that bottle be transformed by the fire, I was encouraged that God calls us to another way of escaping the marrings of the fire.  He doesn’t promise or ensure that we won’t have heartaches or seemingly impossible situations, in fact he promises the opposite, but we can be sure that He desires our good, the burning off of selfish ambition, the love of money, replacing it with something new, the beauty and freedom of submission, the placing of our hope in what we know to be, but have yet to see.  These are worth the fire and transformation.  Today I choose this heart and hand over my heart of glass, to be made new rather than hardened by the difficulty of life.  God, let it be so.

Home Sweet Home

In Uncategorized on June 10, 2009 at 4:19 am

Well, kind of. We touched down in Chicago today. Nathan has an arts conference and I came along for fun. For some reason that we couldn’t explain, we just felt more comfortable when we got off the plane and ventured out into the sea of white folk just like ourselves. Seriously, we never see this many white people. It’s great to be back in the Midwest and we are looking forward to spending a few days with friends from home. We’ll post pictures of our travels in a few days.

Housekeeping

In Uncategorized on June 8, 2009 at 8:43 pm

Before I got married, I had all these grand ideas of how I would keep my house clean, have dinner on the table every night when my husband came home, keep myself looking good (ie, showered, makeup, clean-underwear) for Nate when he came home and keep up on the laundry so that he never had to go in search of his favorite T-shirt.

Well, surprisingly enough, that isn’t how it’s gone (if you’ve been married any length of time, you aren’t that surprised). I work from home, and that has made it equally difficult to get things done around here, because I always feel torn between the two, housework and the other work that I actually get paid in dollars for and not kisses. It’s a bit disheartening at first to realize that you can’t be super-wife right off the bat and that there is a learning curve to getting the bed made and the dishes done.

So if any of you “super-wives” have any advise how to multi-task and stay up on all of this, I am all ear’s and Nate just might pay you…in dollars, not kisses.

Abby’s wedding

In Uncategorized on June 1, 2009 at 10:28 pm

This last week I flew home to be in my good friend, old roommate, and former life partner (until Andy and Nate came into the picture), Abby’s wedding.  It was so good to be with friends and see some familiar faces.  Abby is one of the few people I know that I can be a complete idiot and nerd with and not feel like I am a complete nerd and idiot.  It was a beautiful day, she looked even more beautiful, and I was once again reminded of the even more beautiful picture of marriage God has given us to remind us of Christ and his church.  It was an honor to be a part of their day, and we’re excited for all God has in story for them in the many years to come they will share.  Congratulations Sterns!

The new Mr. and Mrs. looking fine.

The new Mr. and Mrs. looking fine.

And then there were two

In Uncategorized on June 1, 2009 at 10:12 pm

This officially marks the beginning of the online presence of the California-based Eagles.  We’ve been married for almost two months now and thought it was time to get our rears in gear and start a blog.  We’ll try to keep you all updated on what we’re up to as we settle into married life and learn to make California home.