Friday, March 30, 2012

Rest up buttercup.

I have a week off!! Hooray! I am SO grateful for the rest. Here's a little update!

The week began with Beka, my best friend from Oregon, gracing us with her presence for a week. She got a tattoo :)

On Wednesday I was able to head over to Joy Dawson's (a world renowned Bible teacher) & help her type up some notes for a TV interview she has this Saturday. She always teaches me so much, here's one little encouraging tidbit... So she and her family have worked as unsalaried missionaries for something like.. 45 years.. living by faith & trusting God to provide. They live according to the principal in Matthew 6:33 "But seek first His Kingdom and His righteousness & all these things will be added to you"... So the way she explained it to me is that she prioritizes her finances by looking at the "interests of God's kingdom".. basically that means living with a combination of wisdom & generosity. She and her husband Jim are always looking for opportunities to give of their resources to help others. They have given away cars.. money.. clothes.. household items.. in fact Shaun and I have received quite a lot from them. Recently they gave us the best, most comfy couch, ever. Then when it comes to "seeking His righteousness".. she said this means pursuing holiness and being quick to deal with her own sin. She is regularly asking God to show her where she has missed the mark, then she repents and gets back on track.. seeking to be made holy in Him. In living according to this principal she has always been provided for! Its not always been easy for her, but God has ALWAYS been faithful to meet her needs!

Meet Joy Dawson! (PS. Shaun & I think this photo is hilarious.. her husband Jim took it and it makes me look like a giant! )

On Tuesday night I went to Models For Christ and we spent the evening focusing on the topic of pornography. It was so helpful for me.. ah.. I can't even tell you, it would take too long. I'll just tell you a bit- we listened to Mark Driscoll teach on God's view of porn, and heard from a woman who had worked in the industry for many years. It was so good for me to hear this teaching because I have struggled in my own life with impure thoughts. Not like I watch porn.. though I have seen my share of pornographic tv... and I wrestle with having impure thoughts when I am intimate with Shaun. Sorry if it feels like I'm sharing too much, but I'm trying to be authentic here.. and authentic Jessica struggles with this stuff. There would be times when I would have the pornographic images that I had seen would pop up in my head and instead of focusing on my husband, my mind would wander to what I had seen before. Well... in learning about the pain of those who work in the porn industry, and the way that God designed for sex to be, it gave me a new perspective on this sex stuff. God is so good. He created sex to be enjoyed, fully! And I can do that without inviting anyone other that my husband into my bedroom! Haha sounds so simple.. hmm. It is actually possible to have a pure mind and have an amazing sex life. What an awesome thing. AH.. I love that.

I like him so much.

Last night Meredith and I went shopping and made a special dinner! Soy, ginger Tilapia. Cooked spinach. Rice Pilaf. Anddddd (my favorite part) S'more Ice Cream sandwiches from Trader Joes! Then at 1:30am I made my very first batch of homemade granola! I had a bowl this morning & it was delightful. :) Shaun took a picture of it!

Do you have a few minutes? Watch our outreach video to Chile! Shaun and our friend Michael put it together! You'll like it! God bless you friends!

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