Link Love

This post is a must because I’m realizing I can’t {because I’ll never have the time I think I will} write an entire blog post on every cool article or thought provoking thing I read/encounter.
So, here we are with some links to awesome stuff & as always, my responses.

Some of my internet activity as of late:

Real Men Wear Babies {Just a cute photoblog entry.}
John tells me on an almost daily basis that he can’t wait to snuggle our baby & “wear” her in a wrap. He is too cute.
{Also, I love the photo of the Dad wearing the baby & vacuuming at the same time.}

Consumer Compassion
I don’t necessarily share the views of the article {but it certainly presents interesting information}.
Actually, I think the marketing of compassion {in the form of Buy One Give One, just raising “awearness,” etc} creates & often perpetuates apathy & indifference more often than not. How insane is it that our consumeristic culture has gotten to the point that people will choose where to SERVE {= give selflessly, sacrifice, lay down their lives, etc} based on what they’ll get in return. Um, can we say, missing the point?
A little over three years ago when I started getting involved with ministry stuff {going to Africa, working with the homeless, etc} it was definitely not as “cool.” But the people who chose to serve were absolutely willing to sacrifice to do so. Now, what matters is how they look doing it, & now that we’re facing possible persecution due to the laws being changed, more people are quitting. {Note: when we started, the laws were what they have been changed back to now. & We had more real commitment to the actual cause.}

Beauty, Marriage & Sex Podcast Series by City Church.
It’s a series. There are 2 up currently {the 2 most recent, from Proverbs}.
City Church is the best church community we’ve ever been a part of
{Of course, we’re only a part of the community now via podcast & remaining friendships, but alas…}
This series has been especially wonderful & redeeming, challenging & incredible.
They’re about 45 minutes each, but so, so worth the time. Truth will most certainly be spoken into your life.
I really, really urge you to listen to the series. It will challenge what you’ve been taught of beauty, marriage, & sex. If you’re a woman who’s struggled with appearance at all, it will speak to your heart. If you’re a man who has a definition or standard of beauty, you should listen to this. Seriously.
One of my favorite parts of the second podcast, about 30 minutes in:

“Satan’s primary strategy for us is NOT that we would get black candles & light them up in dark caves,  it is NOT that we would take our babies & throw them over the ravine, it is NOT that we would listen to rock & roll music from the 80’s backwards…
Satan’s primary strategy for us is given to us in Ephesians 2: that we would simply follow the pattern of this world. He doesn’t even have to tempt us with anything extraordinary, he just has us do what the world does & if we’ll stop & think about it, the world & its’ teaching on beauty is horrible, & God’s teaching on beauty is gracious & good & pleasurable, & it grows over time.
Why wouldn’t we pick that?”

Ashton Events
My neighbor. She’s an event & wedding planner. She’s an awesome girl & a really cool friend.
This is also the first customized WP site I’ve ever built. {Besides We Roquemore, but that doesn’t count because I haven’t done much, – okay, really any – customizing.}
Pretty exciting. We just launched the site today. Whoa!
I’d love your feedback.

I think this is plenty for now. But I’ll probably do more posts like this, occasionally.

The Middle

The wedding is still three days away but Lee Anne and I aren’t really single anymore. It hit me today that I already have the married man awkwardness about other girls when Lee Anne isn’t around (less awkward but still there when she is around). My whole person wants her. She isn’t perfect, I am aware of her faults, flaws and sinnfulness….

When I look at her I just see beauty, rich and deep and full and wide and REAL.

Even with my past struggles and failure, with pornography and other girls, I find myself loosing interest in anything but intimate adventures with my future spouse. The thing that excites me the most is being her best friend and lover. The combination of compainionship with sexuality just makes me realize that the best sex gets better over time. We get to start that journey in three days but we will enjoy it over the next 30+ years.

So as I look at where I am now: the body needed so much work, the finances still hurting, the mind lacking so much knowledge, the heart still wicked… I see that the journey is only getting started.

We are in the middle. The middle of a story that began with many rough life experiences and will end in a way we can’t imagine. The story is ours to live and His to write.

Everything, everything will be alright.

(Thanks Jimmy Eat World for inspiring some of the verbiage of this post)