At work, inside burning buildings, Capt. Caleb Holt lives by the old firefighter's adage: Never leave your partner behind. At home, in the cooling embers of his marriage, he lives by his own rules.
Growing up, Catherine Holt always dreamed of marrying a loving, brave firefighter...just like her daddy. Now, after seven years of marriage, Catherine wonders when she stopped being "good enough" for her husband.
Regular arguments over jobs, finances, housework, and outside interests have readied them both to move on to something with more sparks.
As the couple prepares to enter divorce proceedings, Caleb's father challenges his son to commit to a 40-day experiment: "The Love Dare."
Wondering if it's even worth the effort, Caleb agrees-for his father's sake more than for his marriage. When Caleb discovers the book's daily challenges are tied into his parents' newfound faith, his already limited interest is further dampened.
While trying to stay true to his promise, Caleb becomes frustrated time and again. He finally asks his father, "How am I supposed to show love to somebody who constantly rejects me?"
When his father explains that this is the love Christ shows to us, Caleb makes a life-changing commitment to love God. And with God's help he begins to understand what it means to truly love his wife.
But is it too late to fireproof his marriage? His job is to rescue others. Now Caleb Holt is ready to face his toughest job ever...rescuing his wife's heart.
Friday, January 30, 2009
Wednesday, January 28, 2009
Tuesday, January 27, 2009
1 Lord, thou hast been our dwelling place in all generations.
This picture was taken at the Grand Canyon on October 28, 2007 while Ben & I were on our honeymoon. When we were there, a controlled burn had gotten out of hand, and a smoky haze covered the canyon. I am learning to use my photo editing software, and I discovered that I could still pull the colors out of this picture. Sure, I am not a professional photographer, but it is pretty, isn't it? It made me think of this Psalm. "When I consider the works of Thy hands...what is man that Thou thinkest on him, who is so unworthy of Thy love?" (Ron Hamilton)
Monday, January 26, 2009
Wednesday, January 21, 2009
- Health & Beauty Aids
- Teeth & Shaving (a separate category because there are so many of these coupons)
- Household supplies (cleaning items)
- Laundry & Soap
- Paper & Plastic (ziploc bags, toilet paper, paper towel, Kleenex)
- Cereal & Snacks
- Dry goods
- Refrigerated & Dairy products
- Frozen products
- Canned goods
I only save the coupons for items that I normally buy. If the coupon is for a different brand than my usual item, I save it in case the product goes on sale and I can get it really cheap. Coupons for products that I wouldn't consider using, or that I have no use for (like diapers) I send to a lady who gets them to overseas military families. The military families can use coupons overseas for up to three months after their expiration dates. Go here for more information. Sometimes I put a listing on Craigslist for an envelope of coupons to the first person who comes and picks it up. Someone else can usually use the coupons I don't want to use.
Also in my binder is a page protector for my Walgreens ad, Easy Saver catalog, and Walgreens Register Rewards & coupons. In the back of my binder is another page protector for dining coupons and non grocery related coupons (like Bed, Bath & Beyond, or Michaels). I also have a sleeve for rebate offers. I make a copy of the rebate and receipt before I mail it in so that I have a copy for my records.
When I am going to the grocery store I make my list and pull out all applicable coupons and put them in an envelope. I carry my binder into the store, in case I find items on sale or decide to pick up something for which I have a coupon.
Saturday, January 17, 2009
In the first instance, Jacob was afraid of Laban because he was trusting in himself, and not in God. God had given the command in Genesis 31:1, "And the LORD said unto Jacob, Return unto the land of thy fathers, and to thy kindred; and I will be with thee." If God has promised to be with Jacob, then Jacob had nothing to fear at the hand of Laban. God does not call us to go where His grace will not sustain us. Jacob could have avoided fear and worry by simply taking God at His word.
In the second instance, Jacob was afraid of Esau, but he allowed it to drive him toward God. Genesis 32:7-12 records the prayer of Jacob as he prepared to face his brother:
7 Then Jacob was greatly afraid and distressed: and he divided the people that was with him, and the flocks, and herds, and the camels, into two bands;
8 And said, If Esau come to the one company, and smite it, then the other company
which is left shall escape.
9 And Jacob said, O God of my father Abraham, and God of my father Isaac, the LORD which saidst unto me, Return unto thy country, and to thy kindred, and I will deal well with thee:
10 I am not worthy of the least of all the mercies, and of all the
truth, which thou hast shewed unto thy servant; for with my staff I passed over
this Jordan; and now I am become two bands.
11 Deliver me, I pray thee, from the hand of my brother, from the hand of Esau: for I fear him, lest he will come and smite me, and the mother with the children.
12 And thou saidst, I will surely do thee good, and make thy seed as the sand of the sea, which cannot be numbered for multitude.
When we face things in our lives that bring fear, anxiety, and worry, we must turn toward the Lord. Jacob had the right response in these verses, because he finally returned his trust to the Lord God.
Proverbs 29:25 The fear of man bringeth a snare: but whoso putteth his trust in the LORD shall be safe.
Philippians 4:6-7 Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God. And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.
Monday, January 12, 2009
This is just a freehanded tree trunk from a brown paper bag, and circles and hearts. SO EASY!
I think this one is my favorite - mostly because of the buttons that make up the butterfly's body.
This little love bird was so easy to make with two circle punches, and the sweetheart punch. I also love the brown paper with faux stitching. So much fun!
This is another butterfly I did without the buttons, and with a different color scheme.
Tuesday, January 6, 2009
Grandpa Paul with Ben & Andrea
On the 26th we hit the slopes of the Rockies for a ski day, which I have already detailed in this post. Then Kenny & Wesley headed back to the ski slopes on the 27th. They didn't last very long - it was bitter cold and they quit around 11:30. My brothers have never quit skiing early before that I can remember! Ben and Dad left the house around 2 or 3 a.m. to take a friend elk hunting in Craig (on the other side of the state). They had an eventful hunt. Everything that could go wrong did, and they ended up spending the night in order to get both elk and the snowmobile out the next day. Grandma, Aunt Jo, Aunt Robin, and Grandpa came over to our house for tea. Then Mom and I did a little shopping.
Wesley, Kenny, Andrea & Ben - ready to board the ski lift!
The Tea Party - Andrea, Grandma, Mom, Aunt Robin, Aunt JoEllen
On Sunday we had lunch with the Godby side of the family at the White Fence Farm. It's a local restaurant that specializes in chicken, but everything is served family style, and they have a petting farm, and an activity barn, and shopping. It's a fun experience. Tim & Ann & family came from Boulder with Grams & Gramps, and Leah & Marlin & family came down from Wheatland, Wyoming. Dad and Ben made it from hunting just as we were being seated. After the meal we took some family pictures, and then headed back to church.
My Family -Dad, Mom, Wesley, Kenny, Andrea, Ben
It was a great visit and it ended too soon. Our flight was not overbooked this time, unfortunately, so we did not win any free tickets. We spent four hours in the Cleveland airport. We drove from Washington D.C. to home. Actually Ben drove home while I slept. And then life resumed.
Hope you all had a great Christmas and a Happy New Year!