Winter wonderland mid-eighties.
Indochine is my favorite restaurant in Tacoma. Downtown in the heart of the city, it’s owned by Russell and his beautiful wife and family. I’m always so blessed by his kindness and of course - the food is delicious. It will be a sad day whenever I leave this city and this restaurant… If you’re ever in town visiting, you can be sure I will take you there! This is Jungle Curry Chicken - one of my fave dishes.
I will be heading to Tennessee and Ryan will be in Austria. He and a group of other fellas will be capturing footage for the IFAF (International Federation of American Football). I will be the host for Summit Ministries' Christian Worldview conference for Educators for one week and photographer for the student conference the week after. It will be a bit sad being away from Ryan for a couple of weeks, but I know we're both going to have a blast! Oh - and the guys are planning on catching a Jack Johnson concert in Switzerland… why not?! :-)
This week, I picked up a book that a friend loaned to me several months ago. I’ve been so blessed by the first few chapters. The premise is that marriage isn’t only intended for producing children, our own comfort or personal happiness but our holiness which is ultimately pleasing to God.
He continues with the idea that as God was faithful to Israel and Christ’s indissoluble relationship to the church, our marriages are to reflect the same faithfulness. Quitting is no longer an option only because “divorce is bad”, but our marriages are to reflect (for the world to see) the same dis-solubility as Christ’s commitment to the church.
Further as Christ has reconciled humanity to God, we are to be ministers of that same reconciliation to our spouses… This idea, in and of itself was so profound… as one of my weaknesses is the “quits”… Not that I would ever leave Ryan, but I’ve never been presented such a profound idea as my marriage being a witness of God’s faithfulness and reconciliation to humanity in Christ!
"As our partners and their weaknesses become more familiar to us, respect often becomes harder to give…"
In a section on Respect - appropriate for both husbands and wives, Gary - the author, explains how Paul thanks God for the grace that has been poured out among the new churches. Even in their immaturity and many faults, he points out God’s grace in their lives. He uses this principle to demonstrate how we show respect to our spouse.
"As C.J. Mahaney so eloquently explains it, we can be thankful for our fellow sinners when we spend more time looking for ‘evidences o grace’ than we do finding fault. If my wife is more aware of where she falls short in my eyes than she is of how I am witnessing evidences of God’s grace in her journey of progressive sanctification, then I am a legalistic husband, akin to a Pharisee. Giving respect is an obligation, not a favor; it is an act of maturity, birthed in a profound understanding of God’s good grace."
Sacred Marriage by Gary Thomas
Love must be learned, and learned again and again; there is no end to it. Hate needs no instruction, but waits only to be provoked.
—Katherine Anne Porter
This is how we roll. At least once a week (when we’re not busy!), Jami and I grab a morning coffee together. Our favorites are Satellite Coffee (serves Stumptown) and Metropolitan Market. Jami LOVES Met Market… there’s a special treat for everyone there. Today, I bought an almond croissant and a 12oz 1-pump Coconut Americano with room for a bit of Soy. Delish!