Monday, April 16, 2012
For months, I’ve been pondering the correlation between the life of Jacob and the engineer. How on Jacob’s fleeing journey from Esau (our home, Minnesota), he met God and God promised him four things: (1) your descendants shall be as dust of the earth, (2) in you and your descendants, all the families of earth shall be blessed, (3) I am with you and will keep you wherever you go and will not leave you until I have done what I have spoken to you, (4) I will bring you back to this land.
After the journey to foreign land (our Tennessee & Montana), as Jacob returns "home", he again encounters God and actually wrestles with Him all night. Before Jacob leaves he asks God to bless him and God also changes his name. I’ve wondered about the wrestle. I’ve wondered about the change. Would our name be changed from “wild man” to something else? Yesterday, in corporate worship while I communed with God pondering faith, confidence that God is who He says He is and that He will do what He says He will do, I felt like God said have faith because I’m changing your family. I see it: since our move, the engineer consistently seeking God’s face and leading spiritually. The golden heads little personalities becoming more like Christ’s. I just read this morning that we all are being transformed into the likeness of His glory. We are the changed family: Metamorphoō. The greek word to change into another form, to transform. I am humbled that I should become more like my Savior, I don’t deserve it, but I will sit in a posture with my hands open, ready to receive what gifts He deems.
In the midst of all the outward change in our lives right now, we focus on inward change. It is hard, but in align with Hebrews 12:2, we choose to run the race with endurance, our eyes fixed on Jesus, who also persevered the tortuous cross for the joy set before him, while the circumstances with family are akward, while we have few friends, while the engineer is away, we persevere for the joy set before us. The joy of being a changed person, more like Christ!

1.     Christ’s endurance for the joy set before
2.     Joy that is possible
3.     Christ defeating the death
4.     Hope
5.     TIME with God
6.     Dry house
7.     Flashes of light in sky
8.     Peace
9.     Jesus Calling
10. Workout finished by 5:15
11. Facebook
12. Dawn
13. Sarah
14. Intimate prayer with each of the golden head girls
15. Music
16. Ambersky dance moves
17. Christ’s power available to me
18. Dreams
19. McDonalds (the smiles it brings)
20. Van
21. 4 bathrooms
22. Pianos
23. Shopping
24. Coupons
25. Cash
26. Airplanes
27. “Own time”
28. Splat of tiny raindrops on window
29. Big drops rolling down pane
30. Dream of the engineer
31. Banana bread
32. Dad
33. The “yes” from the compassionate one…the party’s here
34. Sutterfly
35. SLR
36. Vacuum
37. List of to dos
38. Treats for the class
39. Silk flowers
40. Rhinestones
41. Sewing machine
42. Sewing project
43. Choices
44. Menus
45. Telling time with calculated one
46. Hot tub
47. Boisterous one “reading”
48. Imaginary friend, “Lisa”
49. Satisfaction felt after fixing
50. Anticipation of fun
51. 10 for 10 Sales
52. Dead flies
53. Flower pots
54. Spinach
55. Joy of baking
56. Eyes
57. Focusing on the nearer, not the further
58. Green
59. Poetry Café
60. Big sisters
61. Butter
62. Daddy coming home
63. Princess book
64. Reading
65. “Think” (Pooh)
66. Anne Streeter
67. Inductive Bible Study
68. Bend of trees, looks like dancing
69. Razor
70. Shampoo
71. WiFi at McDonalds
72. Strong backs
73. Five of us together
74. Early bedtime
75. Stretching muscles
76. Blueberry Frosted Mini Wheats
77. The blue-green right before sunrise
78. Grandparents
79. Heart to heart with grandma
80. Home
81. Christian Stanfill’s “Jesus Paid it All”
82. Christ saving me from death, paid my debt!
83. Texting
84. Spooning close in bed
85. Short prayers so we can get to sleep faster
86. Popcorn prayers
87. Warmth of the engineer’s body in bed
88. 5 around the fireplace in the morning
89. Sweats
90. Patience and endurance of cousins raising a little boy with downs
91. LifeLight
92. Tick tock of clocks
93. Graphics
94. Checks in the mailbox
95. Watching the calculated one write a book just like I used to when I was little
96. Watching the boisterous one make a wall of cereal boxes to hide behind
97. Listening to the compassionate one retell a story
98. Leftovers
99. Sweet, juice flowing from oranges
100.    Gummy vitamins
101.    Yeast
102.    Packages in the mail
103.    Stack of grapefruit
104.    Drops of dew on glades of grass
105.    Arranged shoes
106.    Blue bird
107.    A body that can run
108.    Bike paths
109.    Humility
110.    Quick to forgiveness
111.    Forbearance
112.    WeedBGone
113.    Babysitters
114.    Freezers overflowing
115.    Casserole in the fridge
116.    Shadows cast upon the table
117.    Imagination
118.    Dirty bathtub water
119.    Being made in the image of God
120.    Tiller

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