Come to me Beloved. Stand and Come to Me.
When I borrowed this book from a friend, I laid in bed that night and told myself I'd just read a chapter before I go to bed. I had many nights when I could not put this book down and stayed up way to late trying to fit in "one more chapter" until my eyes were so tired they would not stay open for another word. I found myself teary eyed many time throughout the book...which is not something that happens with many books that I read.
So, what was so special about this book? Well, first of all to give you an idea of what the book was about it was written based on the book of Hosea in the Bible. So basically it's about God's unconditional, redemptive, all-consuming love. A very powerful subject matter if you ask me. I won't go into too much detail about the story in case you want to read it for yourself but I'll say a little about it so this post makes sense.
The two main characters in this book are Michael and Angel. Angel would run away from Micheal's love several times throughout the book. And many times I found myself thinking, "You stupid, ungrateful woman. Can you not see what you have! Why do you continue to run back to your empty life" But as I was reading about each time she felt the need to run, it reminded me of all the times that I thought I could take my life into my own hands. Trying to go back to my life before God was in control of it. When I do this I feel empty and then God's unconditional love brings me back to where I need to be, and once again I am full of life. When I finished this novel, I could not do anything but that God for His forgiving, faithful and redeeming love.
"Come, let us return to the Lord; for he has torn that he may heal us; he has stricken, and he will bind us up." Hosea 6:1
Saturday, January 30, 2010
Posted by Amy & Justin Perry at 10:08 PM
We finished the nursery today!! Here are before and after pictures of his space:)
Now we are just waiting for him to get here!! I'll be full term next week!! We are hoping he'll come a little early;)
Posted by Amy & Justin Perry at 9:57 PM
Thursday, January 28, 2010
All was very normal at the 35-week checkup. He hasn't dropped into place yet, but should definitely do so soon. His estimated size is about 5 pounds and maybe 17-18 inches. If there was a 1-10 scale for feistiness in the womb, Noah would score an 11. I am predicting he will be a hand full.
Amy has sore, swollen legs and is uncomfortable about every other day. It is hit-and-miss. We had childbirth class last Saturday and will have lactation (breastfeeding) class this next Monday night.
For those wondering, we will be delivering at Harris Methodist Southwest off Bryant Irvin Road in SW Fort Worth.
The church shower for Amy is this Sunday (1/31) from 2-4 pm in the Fellowship Hall for all those who are in the FBC Benbrook family. We are getting to the point where most of the bigger items are taken care of and the need is shifting to diapers, wipes, etc. We are discovering that Pampers Swaddlers are our favorites followed closely by Luvs. I imagine for budgetary reasons we will be going with mostly Luvs!
One of our friends delivered today, another is delivering next week, then another the week after that, then us in four weeks, then three other friends in the early Spring. No, we did not get together and plan this. We just live at the Seminary, where we are second in America only to Babyland General in pumping out new infants.
Another update coming soon!
Posted by Amy & Justin Perry at 9:11 AM