Wednesday, November 29, 2006

Thankful

This is my first post in months I believe. I am still up at 1:30am, and am done working on my paper for the night. For some reason I am not going immediately to bed. I just wanted to say there are a few things I am thankful for this year:

Stephanie - my wife, my best friend, and the best mother I could have ever hoped to raise a family with.

Hope - We named her Hope because she was created and born at a time when we were sustained by hope in God and his promises. Hope has now brought immeasurable joy to my soul. No matter how my day has been, one smile from her and I'm happy. I love being her dad, and am enjoying every smile, cry, diaper change, hug, laugh, kiss goodnight, evening prayer, song, story, and new thing she does. I just wish I could spend more time with her. Thank you Lord.



Here is a thoughtful look from Hope, in honor of finals week.

Saturday, November 25, 2006

Thanksgiving Trip

We just got back from our trip to New York. We are tired, but good. We had a great time visiting Mark's brother and family. Hope has turned out to be a good traveler. We had a great Thanksgiving dinner, trip the Yankee Candle Factory, and time with family. Here are some pictures of Hope's first Thanksgiving. We have lots to be thankful for!



Cousins Noah and Elisha, and Aunt Jackie greeting Hope.

Cousin Noah making Hope smile. (Thanks for the outfit Auntie Sherry!)


Hope in her 1st Thanksgiving outfit.

All of us at the Yankee Candle Factory.

Sunday, November 12, 2006

Chubby Cheeks and Blue Eyes



Until Mark's able to write again, it looks like this blog will consist mainly of pictures of Hope! We have had fun this last week with the Moore family visiting here in Louisville. Robin and I got a makeover, Hope got her 3 month pictures taken, Mark and I got to go on a date and go bowling, we went to Lexington and Frankfort, and we got to hear Mark preach this morning. We've had a great time. Thanks for coming Mom and Dad!

The pictures are courtesy of Aunt Robin :)

Monday, October 23, 2006

She's a smiler...


Here is a picture of Hope smiling. She does a lot of smiling these days and can melt our hearts pretty quickly. One of my favorite times is when I go to get her from a nap, and she smiles up at me like she is so excited. It makes you feel like a million bucks. She has started sleeping through the night, and splashing in the bathtub. Fun times! -Stephanie

Friday, August 18, 2006

More Pictures of Hope


Check out those beautiful eyes

This was the first time she found her thumb. Once it got in there she didn't really know what to do with it. She hasn't found it again.

Here she is in a 30 year old outfit that my brother or I would have worn home from the hospital if we had been girls.

Saturday, August 05, 2006

Hope is Born


God is so good. At 1:30pm on August 3rd, Hope Elisabeth was born into the world, via c-section. She was 7 pounds, 18 inches long, and absolutely beautiful. You can see for yourself. Both Mom and Daughter are doing very well. I have been kind of speechless the past 36 hours. I just keep smiling, thanking God, and telling people about Hope's birth and beauty. Here is a picture. There are more where this came from.

Saturday, July 22, 2006

Coming Soon

Our baby Hope will soon be born. We are excited and nervous. We are just about done with preparations (we have a few small things in the bedroom to put up). My parents just bought us a bassinet, so once I put that together we'll just about set. Steph looks extra cute when she's pregnant.

We'd appreciate your prayers in the next week and half.

After Hope comes I won't have much extra time to blog (unlike the last 2 months in which I have posted exactly 0 times). We'll put up pictures of Hope and updates on our lives. And I'll try to be a little better about jotting down some thoughts on ministry and our awesome God, and getting some conversations going.

Saturday, May 20, 2006

Well, this test confirms it...

Your Observation Skills Get A D+

You know that you remembered to put on underwear today...
But really, that's about it!


I've known I am not too observant for some time. This little quiz confirms it I guess. I'm actually surpised I didn't flunk. I find it impossible to describe what a person was wearing.... I once asked when my pastor added a patio enclosure to his house. It had been there ever since I had been coming to his house. Not only that, it was on the front of the home and I walked by it every week for two years.... I never remember a name from a movie.... I don't remember what I wore yesterday.... I didn't learn the street names in my home town until after I left.... etc. etc. The weird thing is that I remember most of the information from just about every book that I've read, and can recite many recent conversations word for word. The mind is an interesting thing. Take the quiz and tell me how you did.

Wednesday, May 03, 2006

Hope at 19 weeks

Here is a picture of Hope a little earlier. The ultrasound wasn't able to get a clear picture of everything, but you can get a pretty good look at her face and left arm/fist.

She's a cuttie.

Wednesday, April 26, 2006

Picture of Hope Elisabeth


Here she is at week 23. We think she is pretty cute. Her favorite position seems to be with her arms near her face. It is so amazing how tiny she is (just 1 pound, a little larger than a banana) and yet so perfectly formed. We are so thankful for her.
Well, I'm sitting here listening to the Giants game online and watching the gamecast of the Kings/Spurs game. I decided I'd try to put a picture on my blog for the first time.

I decided this was a good one... my rock n' roll family. My nephew in the front definitely rocks the hardest. Although his older brother has taught him just about everything he knows. Posted by Picasa

Monday, April 10, 2006

Happy Birthday Paul - we miss you

Today was the first really nice day of Spring here in Louisville. The flowers are about to bloom just like they were last year at this time. The weather can't help but bring a smile to your face. We love Spring time. Baseball, flowers, long days, warm weather - so much joy and hope in a season. Until last year I had never had a bad Spring. Last year was the worst of my life. This year is different. We are excited about Spring, and the hopes of the future. But our joy is muted by memories of how much more joy there could be today. I am glad Paul was born right as everything bloomed. His life was like a Spring flower. Beautiful, powerful, short. Every Spring for the rest of our lives will remind us of our first son, Paul Hudson. Every time the flowers bloom, every year when baseball starts, every year when we take long family walks in the cool late evening --- we will remember Paul and celebrate his life.

Happy first birthday son - we love you and we miss you.

Tuesday, April 04, 2006

Billy Sunday and Sin

I've spent all day studying early 20th century Fundamentalism. These guys had some hilarious quotes. Here is one by Billy Sunday:

"I'm against sin. I'll kick it as long as I've got a foot, and I'll fight it as long as I've got a fist. I'll butt it as long as I've got a head. I'll bite it as long as I've got a tooth. And when I'm old and fistless and footless and toothless, I'll gum it till I go home to Glory and it goes home to perdition."

You don't hear that kind of preaching every day.....

Saturday, March 25, 2006

End of Basketball Glory

Well, I started off well. 10 out of 12 picks the first day of the NCAA tournament. The only teams I still have right are Uconn and UCLA (and UCLA is playing right now and Uconn plays tomorrow). So I was only 2 out of 8 in the quarterfinals. Not too good.

In other pathetic basketball news. I played in a church league tournament this afternoon. My team lost all 3 of its games, by an average of about 18 points. I don't remember scoring a point today. They say basketball is fun. And it is. But I guarantee it is a lot more fun when your team doesn't get blown out, and you can score a dang basket. I guess God called me to the right vocation:)

Friday, March 17, 2006

first day of the madness

Last year was the first year that I can remember not filling out the NCAA Tournament brackets. This year I jumped back in, and have enjoyed watching parts of some games today.

I think this may have been my best first day ever.

If Washington wins tonight I will have finished the day 14 for 16.

I had Oklahoma and Syracuse winning. Syracuse will hurt a little becuase I had them going to the sweet 16 - but I am looking good so far.

Tomorrow I am going with the higher seeds all the way around except Northern Iowa over Georgetown and S. Illinois over West Virginia.

What are your picks for the final four?

Thursday, February 23, 2006

What a Savior!

Isaiah 61:1-3
"The Spirit of the Sovereign LORD is on me,
because the LORD has anointed me to preach good news to the poor.
He has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted,
to proclaim freedom for the captives and release from darkness for the prisoners,
2 to proclaim the year of the LORD's favor and the day of vengeance of our God,
to comfort all who mourn,
3 and provide for those who grieve in Zion--
to bestow on them a crown of beauty instead of ashes,
the oil of gladness instead of mourning,
and a garment of praise instead of a spirit of despair.
They will be called oaks of righteousness,
a planting of the LORD for the display of his splendor."

What a wonderful Savior. He brings good news to the poor, the brokenhearted, the captives, the prisoners, the mourners, the grievers. Our God is not a God of the strong and self-sufficient. He is a friend to the meek and poor in spirit. In Mark 2:16-17, "When the teachers of the law who were Pharisees saw him eating with the "sinners" and tax collectors, they asked his disciples: "Why does he eat with tax collectors and 'sinners'?"
17 On hearing this, Jesus said to them, "It is not the healthy who need a doctor, but the sick. I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners."

Are you a sinner? Do you feel like you don't have it all together? Is your soul nearly at the point of despair? Remember that Jesus is SAVIOR. He was not sent to the world to be the great recruiter, looking for the most religious, and most talented. He was sent to the poor, the broken, the despairing, the sinner - to save us, and turn us into "oaks of righteousness" for "the display of His splendor."

I am thankful that Jesus is a Savior. That when I see my sin, and laziness, and faults, the Bible doesn't turn me away.... God's word turns me to the cross, it turns me to the Savior. I think it was John Newton who said, "I am a great sinner, but Jesus is a great Savior."
I have passed the half way point at seminary recently (47 hours down, 44 to go). I have read a ton, kind of learned Greek, and have learned a lot of good stuff. But over the past year and a half, the biggest thing that I've learned is that I still desperately need a Savior. I still need the cross, I still need a "compassionate and gracious God, slow to anger, abounding in love and faithfulness (Exodus 34:6). I am still a broken sinner, needing a perfect Savior. I pray that as I cling to Christ and His cross, that my life will display His grace and kindness toward me - a great sinner.

Sunday, January 29, 2006

"Is this God's will?" Part I

I recently posted a response on a friend's blog. It was in a discussion related to how Christian's discern the will of God. It was so long I figured I should put it here too, since I so rarely post lately. I'd be interested to read your thoughts on the subject.

"So, how are we to discern between our own hearts and the Holy Spirit?"
Well, I think that we distinguish by the word. My heart will say all kinds of things in a given year, that I could easily attribute to God. But if I am in the word regularly, and letting my mind be shaped by God's word I will either have those inclinations of the heart confirmed or exposed as wrong. The Holy Spirit uses the word and applies it to specific areas of my life as I meditate on it. As a Christian my heart will have sinful inclinations, but it should also have an overarching desire to do God's will as revealed in the Bible. So in many cases my heart and the Holy Spirit's guidance through the word will line up well I think.

"Should a Christian never attribute to God extra-biblical wisdom for a decision?"
It depends. If by extra-biblical wisdom you mean Biblically formed wisdom, then I think maybe. The kind of wisdom that come from Biblical principles but then is applied to a situation the Bible doesn't speak directly to. For instance, if a man decides to marry a woman. If he has searched the Scripture to see God's instruction on the kind of person to marry, what a family is about, and how to pursue a bride... well then when he gets married I think it is fine for him to give credit to God's direction in finding his wife. But what usually happens is a guy likes a girl, prays "really hard," gets a mystical sense that this is God's will and then starts saying he knows it is God's will for him to marry the girl. The problem is that he hasn't consulted God's word. Plus, we don't KNOW that it is God's will until he actually marries the girl. James 4:13-16, "Now listen, you who say, "Today or tomorrow we will go to this or that city, spend a year there, carry on business and make money." Why, you do not even know what will happen tomorrow. What is your life? You are a mist that appears for a little while and then vanishes. Instead, you ought to say, "If it is the Lord's will, we will live and do this or that." God actually forbids presumption of His specific will, which is what so many people do.

One last thing on this, and then I'll stop for now. I do believe that God does guide us through a strong conviction, stemming from His word at times. Kind of like when a person is "called" to missions. There are specific calls to GO to all nations in the Bible. God may impress those deeply on a person's heart as she walks with God. God does lead that way I believe. But still, in those cases I wouldn't say much more than, "I think that God is leading me in this direction." or "I believe God has given me a passion to do this." We know it is inside of His will for us as Christians becuase it is commanded in the Word - but we do not know we will actually fulfill those desires because we are not God and don't control the future.