The Reward for Finishing

I finished a chapter the other day. I am actually cranking through chapters right now. It is pretty amazing seeing how quickly this thesis is coming together. I told Taryn that for the first time in this entire process I actually think I may finish. I have always said I would finish. I always thought it would happen, but I never actually believed it would. However, chapters are getting done and I am sending them off to my supervisor. I am quite excited about how it is all coming together.

Putting Off and Putting On

At our church here in Edinburgh, we just finished a sermon series going through the book of Colossians. I have always loved that book. There is so much packed into just a few chapters. In fact, when Taryn and I did our premarital counseling the first passage we studied with the couple doing our counseling was Colossians 3. There is this beautiful outward motion in the passage. It starts by looking at our reality ‘in Christ’ and then how that reality changes all of our relationships.

Decisions, Decisions, Decisions

I hate making decisions. Honestly when I have two things in front of me, I can usually make a decisive decision. However, give it a couple days (or even a couple minutes) and I immediately start thinking about how that decision has changed the course of my entire life.

Friends Near and Far

One of my best friends daughter is coming to visit us today. We are pretty excited to have her with us. It has been fun over the years to watch her grow up. I have known her since she was a child and now she is in her early twenties. It is hard for me to get my head around. However, in the Clausing house, there is great excitement to have Amy with us for a few days.

Hungry and Thirsty

I love food. I love eating food. I love reading about food. I love listening to podcasts about food. I love watching TV about food. I love food. I don’t just love the eating of food, but I love hearing about the science behind food. I love learning how to make something new. Even now as I think about certain foods my mouth starts to salivate. I can think about good BBQ is or an amazing Mexican meal, and I get hungry. Thinking about everything that goes into making that meal, makes me appreciate it even more. I love food.

Extraordinarily Ordinary

I smelt freshly cut grass the other day. I hadn't smelt freshly cut grass in a long time, but I was walking and all of a sudden I got the scent of freshly cut grass. At that same moment a flood of memories, experiences, and emotions rushed upon me. I became a bit nostalgic. I longed for the Spring and Summer. I became expectant that the season were about to change. I was excited about the possibilities of the future. It was an ordinary moment. Nothing special about it, no frills, no fuss, yet it had an extraordinary impact on me at that particular moment.

Who's your mother?

It seems there comes in a time in every PhD candidates life when they start working ridiculously long hours. I have hit that time in the program. I am trying to get my thesis written which means that I drop Calvin off at nursery in the morning, get into the office and stay there until around 30 minutes before he goes to bed so that I can get a little time with him before he is off to sleep. I don’t love the hours that I have to work right now to get this thesis done, but I know that it is important for my family and our future. This is especially true as we get closer to having Grace come home. The thesis needs to be done, so that when she comes home, I don’t have to worry about it anymore.

Strength to Stand

In his short book, The Sacrifice of Praise, Herman Bavinck writes a chapter on the ‘The Strength of Confession’. The chapter speaks about ‘the courage to give witness to the truth of God in Christ in a firm, trusting faith, openly and freely before each and every one.’ In the chapters leading up to this Bavinck demonstrates that he is aware of the challenges to a faithful confession of Christ. He discusses the elements that fight against us: the world, the flesh, and the Devil. By the time you get to this chapter the question lingers, ‘How does one stand and give a faithful confession of Christ?’