Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Have questions? Here are some answers.

To all the curious:

Yes, we're excited.
Yes, the boys are excited, too.
No, we're not really hoping for a girl.  Why set ourselves up for disappointment?:)  Besides, what would she play with?
No, this isn't why we bought the van.  But it'll sure come in handy.
Yes, in late June.
No, I'm not just gaining weight.
Yes, we know there's just one.
Yes, all plans are in His hands.  We choose to trust Him.
No, we don't know where he/she will sleep.  We do have a changing table that we're thinking of converting to bunk beds.
No, we're not finding out.
No, we're not sharing names either.  We've got to keep people's interest going somehow.
No, you're not the last to know.  We chose to be slow in announcing this time.

Phillips baby #6 due June 26.

Thursday, December 1, 2011

In the beginning

"And I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your offspring and hers; he will crush your head, and you will strike his heel."  Genesis 3:15

A prophecy and curse given to Satan in the garden, overheard by Eve.

Eve's offspring.

Through Eve, the mother of all living, we inherit our sin nature.  Born into sin, death is our inheritance.

What grace God shows to Mary in allowing her to correct this fault.  Where Eve made the choice to disobey God's command, Mary makes the choice to be obedient to her Creator.

"I am the Lord's servant," Mary answered. "May it be to me as you have said."  Luke 1:38

Where Eve and all her offspring have carried death in the form of a sin nature, Mary is now granted the opportunity to carry Life.

"In Him was Life, and that Life was the light of men." John 1:4

Through Eve, all die.

Through Mary, only because of her humble obedience, all are given the opportunity for Life!

"Yet to all who received Him, to those who believed in His name, he gave the right to become children of God--"  John 1:12

"Whoever believes in the Son has eternal life, but whoever rejects the Son will not see life, for God's wrath remains on him."  John 3:36

May we all be willing and obedient in carrying His love to others so that they may also have Life!

His plans are intricately woven, incomprehensible, and so full of RIGHTeousness and love.