Saturday, January 31, 2009

Time alone

After a couple of snow days, we were able to get out and about to run some errands yesterday. The children’s desires for food (first on the list) and their own purchases (last on the list) were successful, so they were quite cooperative in between. You’d think I would have planned it that way. :-)

When we arrived home in the evening, we all went to do our own things for a time. I know, many families do this, but I usually feel as if I should do more to engage the children or my spouse in their activities or my own. However, God helped me to realize how individual we each are even though we walk this earthly journey together at this time. We had had two wonderful days playing, learning, serving, fighting, and mending together, really together, and now was a time for us to each just focus on our own needs of work or play or a combination.

Why bother to share this? Because I don’t want any of you to fall into the trap that I did about living life on purpose. Intentional intimacy isn’t about doing something together every available moment; it isn’t about making sure you are always focused on the other person in your life; it is about engaging your family members in meaningful ways, and sometimes those meaningful ways are to let them be on their own and plan for themselves what they will do for a while, even the younger ones.

Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Hello there

We are new to blogging, but we are not new to intentional intimacy, living life on purpose. Early in our marriage (11.5 years ago), God called us to move outside of our own individual desires and look at our marriage as being one with each other and with God--no matter what feelings or situations came along. It hasn't always been easy and it certainly isn't always fun, but we love each other, respect each other, and truly enjoy one another's company.
This approach to our marriage trickled down to our parenting relationships as well. We are not perfect parents by any stretch of the imagination, but we hope that our children know that they are loved, respected, and enjoyed.
It is our hope that through this blog as well as our website that we can help share some of the amazing truths God has revealed to us to help us live life more abundantly. We want each family to feel the connection to each other and to the Lord. Our prayer reflects that of the Apostle Paul's - "that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened, so that you will know what is the hope of His calling, what are the riches of the glory of His inheritance in the saints, and what is the surpassing greatness of His power toward us who believe." Ephesians 1:18-19a

Journey with us as we journey with Christ.