Incomprehensible…is a good thing.

(This was a post I wrote in July after a sermon at Community Bible Church called God: Part 1. It is actually something we are talking about with the middle schoolers about all year long. God…what we do know about him, and embracing what we cannot know about him.)

I was challenged this past Sunday (July 27) about the box we tend to put God in. We feel more comfortable with a God we can understand, a God we can control, a God we can predict. The scary, amazing thing is that we will never be able to impress these ideals on God because no box will contain Him.

We will continually be frustrated and annoyed if we keep trying to define God on our terms and with our limits. We need to open our boxes and allow our mind to be blown by the amazingness that is our God.

No matter how much time we spend studying and learning about God, we will never grasp everything about who He is. In fact, the speaker at church suggested that there are attributes and traits of God that we don’t even have words for. I had never considered that before. In heaven for eternity, we will be learning new things about our amazing God!

To be honest, the fact that I can’t fully comprehend God has never really bothered my heart, it has actually comforted it. If I understood all of who God was, if I knew how His mind worked, if I could wrap my mind around His ways, I could not be saved by Him. If I could comprehend Him, He could not step in and rescue my soul from the pit.

Think about it…when you’re trapped in a house on fire, when you are in a wreck, when you suffer a heart attack, it isn’t someone inside the house, inside the car, or beside you when the pain starts who typically steps in and saves you. It is someone outside the situation who has the ability, skills, peace, and knowledge to save you from danger and death.

It is no different with God. For human sinners to be saved, there must be a being who isn’t bound by our sin, knowledge, time, or abilities. He must be more powerful than death, stronger than sin, and more complex than us.

So, instead of shaking our fist at a God who doesn’t work on our timetable, who won’t give us two weeks notice, and who brings storms our way sometimes, we should take a new approach and let God out of our restricting boxes. All those boxes do is limit our faith and our ability to trust. It doesn’t give us control of God.

We should start marveling at how much we don’t understand about God. We should allow ourselves the freedom to admit we don’t know everything about Him. And that it’s ok for that to be the answer to a question. “I don’t know.”

The speaker at church encouraged us to read Knowledge of the Holy by A. W. Tozer.
I should be getting a copy soon and I will share what mind blowing quotes and thoughts God brings out of the book for me.

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What is something you’ve never fully understood about God? Does it bother you? Is your faith limited by the size box you have closed God into?

Baby Blueberry – 14 Weeks

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How far along? 14 weeks. BB is approximately the size of a lemon, about 3.4 in. and 1.5 oz. BB is wiggling his/her toes and thumb-sucking.

Total weight gain? 3.5 pounds

Maternity clothes? I have enough for right now. I have 3 pairs of pants I will begin wearing and am wearing a lot of stretchy skirts and dresses.

Movement? Still too early for that.

Miss anything? lunch meat, white rice, all my regular summer shorts, feeling carefree (there is just so much going on right now)

Food cravings? fries

Have you started to show? I’ve started to show. You can’t see it from the front necessarily, but if I turn to the side, you can see a little bump.

Sleep? Sleep has been ok. I sleep well, and I wake up refreshed, but then around 9 or 10 I’m exhausted again.

Looking forward to? Seeing my parents and sister on Thursday and Friday. We’re celebrating my upcoming birthday and the 4th of July!

Symptoms: Fatigue, lots of extra mucus and flem, moodiness (I was emotional before pregnancy, so this isn’t helping), back pain, hungry more often, sore breasts, back pain, itchy skin (sometimes), some mild discomfort where I think my abdominal muscles are starting to stretch out

Belly Button in or out? Still in, but I don’t think that will last very long!

Gender? We should find out sometime in August at my 20 weeks ultrasound. (I think it’s a girl.)

Best moment this week? Closing on our house! Yay! Phillip has started ripping out carpet and painting the nursery. Attending my friend Amber’s gender reveal and finding out she’s having a GIRL!

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Our community group members who were able to attend the gender reveal (some people are hiding though).

What do I know? I know that I can’t wait to find out whether I’m having a girl or a boy! I am glad I bought the book Babywise, it is highly recommended by friends. I will be using Alva cloth diapers because they are actually reasonably priced. I will probably have a Target registry, a buybuyBaby registry, and an Amazon registry.

Note to the Blueberry: Dear Blueberry, I hope that you feel warm and safe in my tummy. I am doing everything I can to keep you and me healthy. I can’t wait to see your little nose, and fingers, and toes. I know you will grow up so loved in our family and our circle of friends. Daddy likes to give my belly raspberries so you can feel the vibrations, I hope it doesn’t shake you up too much. Also, please come in December, because if you come in January, you owe me $1000 to repay the insurance deductible. (Just kidding, you can come whenever you’re ready.) I love you! – Your Mommy

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Baby Blueberry – 13 weeks

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How far along? 13 weeks. BB is approximately the size of a peach, about 2.9 in. and .81 oz. BB’s intestines are moving from the from the umbilical cord to baby’s tummy!

Total weight gain? 3.5 pounds

Maternity clothes? I am going to have to put some time and money into finding some. There may be some at the thrift store my husband works at, so hopefully there will be some perfect pants for me. I bought two more shirts off ThredUp this morning and can’t wait to wear them.

Movement? Still too early for that.

Miss anything? my energy, lunch meat, white rice, sleeping through the night

Food cravings? fries

Have you started to show? I’ve started to show. You can’t see it from the front necessarily, but if I turn to the side, you can see a little bump.

Sleep? I’ve been having trouble going back to sleep sometimes when I wake up. Take today, for instance, I woke up at 5 am and couldn’t go back to sleep. Makes for a tired working mama.

Looking forward to? Hopefully finding out what the turn around time is for our USDA paperwork and putting in our 30 days notice at our town home.

Symptoms: Fatigue, lots of extra mucus and flem, moodiness (I was emotional before pregnancy, so this isn’t helping), back pain, hungry more often, sore breasts, back pain, itchy skin (sometimes)

Belly Button in or out? Still in, but I don’t think that will last very long!

Gender? We should find out sometime in August at my 20 weeks ultrasound. (I think it’s a girl.)

Best moment this week? Enjoying my day off with my husband. We watched some Big Bang Theory, went to Target and looked at baby things, and just hung out together. He’s my favorite person!

What do I know? I know that dresses are really comfortable, squash and zuchinni roasted in the oven is delicious, and that smoothies are yummy. I also know that my little one is going to end up with A LOT of clothes…just because I have a love affair with clothes.

Note to the Blueberry: Dear Blueberry, I can’t wait to meet you. I can’t wait to see your little eyes open for the first time. I can’t wait to hear your first cry. I can’t wait to introduce you to the amazing world we live in. Somethings are scary, but there is an amazing God who has redeemed it all. I’ll teach you all about it…me and your daddy. Stay healthy in there. I’m doing everything I can to keep you healthy from out here! I love you! – Your Mommy

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Love,

Elise (and BB)

Baby Blueberry – 12 Weeks

(Sorry this is a bit late. I was 12 weeks on Friday, June 13th)

How far along? 12 weeks. BB is approximately the size of a plum, about 2.1 in. and .495 oz. Almost all of the baby’s systems are fully formed.

Total weight gain? The scale I bought didn’t work. Whenever we would step on it, our weight would change from one time to the next, so I threw it away.

Maternity clothes? I still need pants, but I can still wear regular tops, but they are getting a little short.

Movement? Still too early for that.

Miss anything? my energy, staying up a little later when friends come over, lunch meat, white rice

Food cravings? fries

Have you started to show? I’ve started to show. You can’t see it from the front necessarily, but if I turn to the side, you can see a little bump. (though this week’s picture seems smaller than last week’s)

Sleep? I can’t get enough of it!

Looking forward to? Hearing something about our house this week. We are scheduled to close June 25th, and we’re hoping the USDA paperwork will come through by then and all the repairs will be done by then as well.

Symptoms: Fatigue, lots of extra mucus and flem, moodiness (I was emotional before pregnancy, so this isn’t helping), back pain, hungry more often, sore breasts, back pain, itchy skin (sometimes)

Belly Button in or out? Still in, but I don’t think that will last very long!

Gender? We should find out sometime in August at my 20 weeks ultrasound. (I think it’s a girl.)

Best moment this week? Taking care of my sweet husband on Thursday. He sprained his ankle (which isn’t fun), so I took him to the doctor. Then, I got medicine and another brace. We went home and ate Zaxby’s for lunch, watched Friends, and cleaned up the house a bit. These are my favorite moments in marriage-just living regular life out together.

What do I know? I know that I love my choice to go with a midwife. ‘Midwife’ means “with woman”, so the entire philosophy behind midwifery is that they remain with you for the duration of your labor and delivery. I love that I will have their constant support and expertise during those critical stages. I also know that a water birth sounds amazing!

Note to the Blueberry: Dear Blueberry, I can’t decide if you are a boy or a girl. Either way, you will be a delight. Sure, you’ll spit stuff up on me, and poop in the bath, right after I finish cleaning you. You will say ‘no’ a lot and won’t listen to what I tell you to do sometimes. You will make me angry, and sad, and happy. Sometimes all at the same time. But you are a delight. You are a gift from the Lord. I hope you will learn that quickly, and never forget it. I love you already!

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Love,

Elise (and BB)

Rain…it’s a beautiful sound.

I woke up this morning and was just lounging around in bed. Then, I heard it start. Rain, falling gently, watering the earth. Rain has always been one of my favorite things. I love the sound it makes as it hits rooftops and runs down gutters. I love that smell about five minutes before it starts.

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So, I told Phillip I was going to sit outside and listen to the rain.

Here I sit as the clock moves to 7 am, watching the world come alive as it is watered. The birds are having breakfast- cardinal, titmouse, sparrow, mourning dove, and chickadee. They are calling to one another after a quiet evening. The grass is receiving the rain like a welcome gift. I placed my tomato plants out so they can enjoy the drops as well.

Whenever I think about rain, I am reminded that it is part of God’s covenant promise. In Genesis, God floods the entire Earth because it was filled with wicked people who only did what was right in their own eyes. The only righteous man God found during this time was Noah whom He saved, along with the animals, on the ark Noah built. After closing Noah and his family and the animals inside, God flooded the entire Earth with 40 days of heavy rain. When the clouds lifted, there was no land to be seen. After many days, the ark came to rest on a mountaintop and when the land was dry, Noah, his family, and the animals descended out of the boat. God made a covenant with Noah there.

“8 Then God said to Noah and to his sons with him: 9 “I now establish my covenant with you and with your descendants after you 10 and with every living creature that was with you—the birds, the livestock and all the wild animals, all those that came out of the ark with you—every living creature on earth. 11 I establish my covenant with you: Never again will all life be destroyed by the waters of a flood; never again will there be a flood to destroy the earth.”

God promised never to flood the earth again.
Even though the rainbow is technically the sign of God’s covenant, I remember this story when it rains too. I know that this rain will never wipe out everyone. There will be tragic storms that destroy neighborhoods and lives, and these events are no less sad. However, I do have hope because this rain will never wipe everything out. Instead, it will water and nourish the ground, the animals, and God’s people.

I love these beautiful promises in Isaiah 43: 1-3a:

“1 But now, this is what the Lord says—
he who created you, Jacob,
he who formed you, Israel:
“Do not fear, for I have redeemed you;
I have summoned you by name; you are mine.
2 When you pass through the waters,
I will be with you;
and when you pass through the rivers,
they will not sweep over you.
When you walk through the fire,
you will not be burned;
the flames will not set you ablaze.
3 For I am the Lord your God,
the Holy One of Israel, your Savior;”

Let your heart rest in this today.

Love,

Elise

Baby Blueberry – Week 11

I will be updating the blog each week of my pregnancy beginning today! I’ll be filling out the same form and sharing my weekly bump pictures. I hope you enjoy watching Baby Blueberry (BB) grow along with my husband and I.
 
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How far along? 11 weeks. Baby Blueberry (BB) is approximately the size of a lime, about 1.6 in. and .25 oz. BB’s fingers and toes are no longer webbed.

Total weight gain? 3 pounds

Maternity clothes? I am beginning to need maternity pants, but they are SOOOO expensive. However, I did go shopping with my pregnancy buddy, Amber, and found some shorts and shirts at Ross. I am praying some cute stuff will come in the store I work at. Right now, I am using my BeBand with a few pre-pregnancy pants.

Movement? I sometimes feel like there is a flutter in there, but I know it’s way to early to feel movement, so it’s probably just my muscles and ligaments beginning to adjust and stretch.

Miss anything? Lunch meat, white rice, pineapple

Food cravings? Strawberries, fries, and red meat (I’m assuming this last one shows that my body is craving iron.).

Have you started to show? I guess I’ve started to show. It’s easy for me to see, but I don’t know if others can notice it unless they are looking for it.

Sleep? I can’t get enough of it!

Looking forward to? Going to Carowinds with the youth group on Tuesday.

Symptoms: Fatigue, lots of extra mucus and flem, moodiness (I was emotional before pregnancy, so this isn’t helping), back pain, hungry more often

Belly Button in or out? Still in, but I don’t think that will last very long!

Gender? We should find out sometime in August at my 20 weeks ultrasound. (I think it’s a girl.)

Best moment this week? Talking to my pregnancy buddy, Amber, about our registries and walking through the store with her and looking at some different options and celebrating my sweet husband’s birthday (which was June 3)! He opened his presents, we went to my first appointment with the midwife, we played Monopoly, and then went out for dinner.

What do I know? I know that there is a lot of stuff you can buy for a baby, but some of it is so unnecessary. I want to make sure we’re not filling the house with junk we don’t need, so Phillip and I will walk through a whole registry list and decide if the items are needed or not.

Note to the Blueberry: Sweet baby, your daddy and I have been waiting for you for awhile now, and can’t wait to show you the beautiful world we live in. There are so many people that can’t wait to meet you and love on you. Know that we will make mistakes. We won’t always parent or discipline you the right way or with the right motives, but we will always love you and we will do our best to recognize our mistakes as soon as we make them. I can’t wait to touch your little fingers and toes and see your first smile, hear your first laugh, and watch you grow.

Phillip was taking the picture and he keep shooting when I wasn't ready, so he captured my annoyed face.

Phillip was taking the picture and he keep shooting when I wasn’t ready, so he captured my annoyed face.

Love,

Elise (and BB)

New Blog Theme

I wanted to change the blog a bit and make it more social media friendly.

I found this super cute, chic theme and it grabbed my attention! It’s called Adelle. What do you guys think?

Love,

Elise

P.S.-Be looking for an all new, exciting blog tomorrow!