Tuesday, December 30, 2008
Isn't this an amazing verse? I've started my new Bible reading plan for the year and began yesterday with Genesis 1:1. I like that the Bible starts with "In the beginning." Such a great story is to follow those words. And of course, to think about the whole idea of the heavens and the earth being created is mind boggling and awe inspiring. How does one create the earth?
Thursday, December 18, 2008
As I sit here in my toasty (72 degree) apartment and look forward to watching the snow fall in front of a nearby floodlight, I remember again how privileged I am. I never worry about heating my house or feeding my children or having clean water. When a gas line breaks, a dozen men are dispatched to fix it and I barely even have to deal with a twinge of worry. My life is so different than that of many millions of men, women, and children this Christmas season. To have a house as warm as I want it, to have an endless supply of clean and hot water, to have food for my children. Compared to most of the world, and most people in human history, I live a very strange and privileged life.
You may be like me, living this strange, sheltered life where the fears, so common to most people, never even cross our mind. You may be like me, and when you pray "Give us this day our daily bread," you spiritualize it, rather than thinking about real bread. You may be like me and be surrounded by strange people who think this kind of life is normal. Maybe not. Whatever the case, I am reminded today that I should be more grateful, and more humble. I am reminded of the single moms who don't know how they will pay their gas bill and buy Christmas presents this year. I am reminded of the dad who was already two months behind on his mortgage and just got layed off. And looking a little further, I am reminded of the child whose parents aren't there to protect her, and of the mom who cannot find clean water, let alone hot water. I am reminded of all this, and I want to be different. I don't want the comfortable illusion of American wealth to make me think I can protect and provide for myself. I don't want to forget God. I want to pray dependent prayers and show my girls what it means to live by faith in a God who is near to us and cares for His people. I want to be a man who cares, who remembers, and who gives. I want to be a dad who sacrifices, not only for my wife and children, but also for someone elses's children. I know this is all hard to do. Jesus said something about it being difficult for rich people (I suppose that even applies to rich people who don't seem too rich in a wealthy place like America).
I am reminded tonight that being privileged doesn't always equal being blessed. I suppose that is part of why Jesus said "it is more blessed to give than to receive" (Acts 20:35).
Tuesday, December 16, 2008
We hosted a little shower here last night for a friend. It was fun and all I had to do was get the apt ready and make this fancy snowman. (Idea from Chef Pam at Southern).
Little Anna in a sweet Christmasy outfit from Aunt Julie! Isn't she getting long?
Wednesday, December 03, 2008
Nannie and Hope spent lots of time at the table doing arts and crafts while mommy rested and daddy worked.
We managed to throw together a decent Thanksgiving dinner with Robin.
Auntie Rah-Rah and the girls.
Thinking hard while sleeping. (Notice her very long fingers - We have high aspirations for her being a piano player)
Mark's favorite things to do: read and hold a daughter.
Cheesy Hope smile on Christmas tree decorating night.
This is how Anna spent Christmas decorating night :)
Sunday, November 23, 2008
Friday, November 14, 2008
Anna Charlotte Rogers was born at 8:26 this morning, November 14. She is 6 lbs 14 ounces and 19 1/2 inches inches long. She is beautiful. We are so thankful for our second, beautiful little girl. She is a gift from God. Both Anna and her Mom are doing great. Stephanie is so tough and did so well. She is such an amazing Mom. Hope is a very excited, very proud, big sister.
Anna's first name comes from Luke 2:36-38. Anna was a prophetess who lived her life to worship God. She recognized Jesus when Mary and Joseph brought Him into the temple as a baby. The Bible says that when she saw the Lord Jesus "she began to give thanks to God and to speak of him to all who were waiting for the redemption of Jerusalem." Our prayer is that Anna will recognize Jesus Christ for who He is, the Savior of the world, and that she will spend her life telling others about the salvation He has brought.
Her middle name, Charlotte, is that of a Southern Baptist missionary, Charlotte Digges "Lottie" Moon (1840-1912). Lottie Moon spent thirty nine years teaching school children, proclaiming the gospel, and serving the hungry in China. If you go to a Southern Baptist church, you hear about her every December. If not, you can read a little about her here.
By the way . . . I am a very blessed and proud husband and daddy!
Sunday, November 09, 2008
Friday, October 31, 2008
She LOVED trick or treating. She was timid at the first house, but after she found out she got candy, she walked very briskly from house to house. (and in between each apartment she would say "more candy, more candy").
Monday, October 20, 2008
*John Piper - He is always able to give a clear big picture of God and the issue at hand. Why does womanhood and manhood matter? He answers this.
*Mary Kassian - besides the fact that she's a very good speaker, she was able to trace feminism from the 1950's to present day, and show how what has happend historically has greatly influenced how women see their role in the world today. She went from June Cleaver to Sex in the City. It was eye opening.
*Janet Parshall - She broke down I Samuel 1-2, Hannah's story of being barren and then giving her Son to God. She did this in a very vivid way, and in a way that pointed to Hannah's love for and trust in her God. It was a good challenge to give our children to the Lord.
*Joni Earekson Tada - She had to cancel at the last minute due to horrible pain, but managed to record her message. I have heard her once before and she is always a humbling example of joy in the midst of all things, and of a heart that desires nothing more than to live fully for her Savior, even with the great trials that God has placed in her life.
*Nancy Leigh DeMoss - her final talk was challenging and encouraging. She speaks with such grace and humility and strength. I appreciate so much her ability to teach to both married and single ladies with authority. Because she uses the Bible as her authority, she is able to teach on all topics of womanhood. She is all about our hearts being right with God.
Thanks for taking care of Hope and doing all the dishes while I was gone, Mark - you're the best. (Note, we had an unusually large amount of dirty dishes since the water had been turned off and we had to boil all of our water for several days if we were going to consume it. Therefore, no dishes had been done for several days! And no, we don't have a dishwasher.)
Monday, October 06, 2008
Sunday, September 28, 2008
Thursday, September 18, 2008
Mark and Uncle Kevin on the 4th.
The babies. Cousin Andrew and Hope.
Papa, Hope and Andrew - I think they are playing with a firework.
Hope made a princess hat for craft time.
Helping Nannie water the flowers in the mornings.
Fort Rogers guarded by the fierce Noah and Elisha.
Great Grandpa Rogers letting Hope do what Mommy said no way to - it was pretty funny. He is a very funny guy.
Sweet cousins Noah and Elisha.
Noah and Hope being silly.
Elisha and Hope - we think they look the most alike.
Auntie Jill and Hope.