About a month after my daughter was born my wife and I noticed that her eyes never stopped moving back and forth. We hoped it was just a stage and that she would eventually be able to hold a steady gaze. A month went by and it didn’t go away. We visited specialists and ultimately came to the conclusion that our daughter has an eye condition known as “Nystagmus.”
It’s January! It’s cold out, and I have a 1 year old whose favorite new word is “No”. So in keeping myself busy and as to not lose my mind, I was cleaning out some drawers this morning. I found this old journal entry. I have to give Michael some major props here. He has really gone after what I talk about in the entry below. His kryptonite holds much much less power over him these days.
Misfits, underdogs and unexpected heroes. The story of God’s church has been propelled through history by Outsiders. The jewish people expected a Messiah who would restore their kingdom as a great general and king. Instead they got a carpenter from the lowly village of Nazareth. He talked about a kingdom that transcended all other kingdoms but most people didn't want to hear it.
I recently heard a blogger, Glennon Melton, refer to life as “Brutiful” - a mixture of brutal and beautiful. Oh, how I love this expression! She is so right on - that is 100% true. There are moments that fill us up so high that we feel like we could climb the highest mountain and scream with our arms wide open, “I love my life”. There are other moments, however, that make us feel totally defeated. Think of the most brutal battle scene in a movie and picture the soldier (wounded, dirty, exhausted, crawling on the ground). We have all felt life beat us up to that extent.
When Whitney came up with this crazy idea to write an honest blog about our lives, marriage and what its like to try to follow Jesus, I was more than a little reluctant. My first thought was, “why would anyone care?”We live in the suburbs, and Whitney drives a mini-van. Taking our three young kids out to the local Hibachi restaraunt is about as adventurous as we get most weeks. A&E probably won’t be offering us a TV show anytime soon.