Friday, January 9, 2015

33..34..

"But grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. To him be glory both now and forever! Amen."

January 3rd!

Sarah and I's birthday! Although, she is a year older than I (he he). So we are now 33/34 years old! Pretty cool age to be if you ask me. We are still young, feel young, and living young! Sure, there are cold days when aches and pains are worse...my back seems more sore than ever...and recovery time is prolonged. But for the most part, physically we're strong and feeling good.

As for the mind, I'm starting to realize I'm not all that smart. The older I'm getting, the more I realize I'm not as smart as I thought. In my 20s...I had everything figured out. Why even listen to others? Matter of fact, I can say I had a bad habit of not listening to others thoughts and opinions...I was already formulating my thoughts without considering others. Looking back and thinking about it...mmm, I don't like that version of myself. Kind of a selfish dude.

So as I age into my 30s...I'm realizing that there are way smarter people than I. And you know what? That's pretty dang cool. This means there's so much to listen and learn from others. There is a world of knowledge and experience to draw from. And the more I realize that I don't even know a fraction of a fraction...the more eager I am to listen, learn, and see new things...Another really sweet deal and realization is that I'm not called to be smart! I mean, its nice if you are...but take a closer look at the scripture above. It says to grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord. It doesn't say, "Know the grace and knowledge of our Lord..." Today, that means so much to me. It gives me the freedom to say, "I don't know!" And often times...I really don't. There's no need to be prideful and appear to know like you know...ya know?
In my 20s...I was a know-it-all. And today...I feel a little less like know-it-all and like someone who is eager to grow. And again, that's such a revelation for me. So, what is to grow? Several quick definitions are: to increase, to expand, to develop, to thrive, to come into existence from a source, to come to be, to allow development, a process, and to change. Ok, that's a good start. But spiritually, to grow implies so much more. As a person, if you allow change, development, and your heart to be processed and transformed...you must be:
-open
-transparent
-vulnerable
-unbiased
-ready
-willing
-honest
-trusting
-hopeful
You have to be,...right? You have to have some, if not all of these qualities to constantly develop and change. How can I grow if I'm not willing to change...or ready to try something new...or trust in another person. How can I grow If I'm not honest with myself and know that I can be better. How can I grow if I'm not transparent and vulnerable with you and tell you that, "yes...my shit stinks too!" You have to be hopeful! You have to be hopeful that one day your shit can stink a little less!
So with that being said...I like the idea of change. Growth is good. Growth is what is meant for us. Yeah, I like the sound of that...I like what this means...Spiritually, I like what it implies.

I am now 34 years old and I love being in my 30's. I know I am no longer the smartest guy in the room. Nor the hippest or coolest or strongest or best looking. But I know what I want to be. I want to be the guy that is growing in the grace and knowledge of Jesus.
*Extra Credit Stuff*
So, speaking of being open and honest...I am currently reading "Yes Please" by the wonderful, and hilarious Amy Poehler (yes, I'm a big fan and I can be her best friend if she would have me). She is great...and she has wonderful insight. I'm a big believer in all truth is God's truth. No matter what shape or form or that it can be from a raw, unlikely, unexpected, unchurch like place. So this is an excerpt from her book:

"I say "Sorry" a lot. When I am running late. When I am navigating the streets of New York. When I interrupt someone. I say, "Sorry,sorry,sorry." in one long stream. The sentence becomes "Sorrysorrysorry and it's said really fast, as if even the act of apologizing is something to apologize for. But this doesn't mean I am a pushover. It doesn't mean I am afraid of conflict or don't know how to stand up for myself."

She goes on to tell a story when she was younger about a guy on a plane being annoyed by her and Tina Fey's conversation. He bumped into her when the flight was over and proceeded to tell her that they basically annoyed him throughout the flight. She loses it, and yells out a long," F!@#(&$%^! You! and basically continues to curse him out.

Ok, so I think she insinuates that that wasn't cool, although he deserved it and she felt good doing it. But she continues in the book and now says, "But for the most part I try not to yell f!@# you. I try to say "yes please. And "Thank you." "Yes please" and "thank you" and "sorry, sorry, sorry."

After laughing out loud, I paused and thought, "huh...simple, golden rule...but nonetheless, Freakin' TRUE! And then just laughed some more. Yes, love finding truth in places I wouldn't have found truth in the past! Good stuff there.
What: Sarah and I birthday
Where: E-Rock, Fredericksburg, Reimers
Who: Bingham's, McGillicutty's, the Girls, and Beauty and the Beast.
Happy Birthday my sweet wife! This is to you! Another year, another year together...to the years ahead. I wish you the best! I don't have too! I already have it. I love you.
Ok, so here are the sights of our weekend.

 

Tuesday, December 30, 2014

My Spirit Rejoices

"My soul glorifies the Lord and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior..." Luke 1:46-47
 

"Life gives us brief moments with another...but sometimes in those brief moments we get memories that last a life time..."

Last night, after the girls went to bed,...I found myself  flipping through photos of the past year. Funny thing happened. What started out as a humorously random moment in time, turned into a spirit filled moment of continuous joy.
This past year, like every year, is a sum of the good, the bad, and the ugly. And in my humble opinion, the goulash of our everyday is absolutely beautiful. Our family, like yours...is not perfect. Nowhere near it. Actually, miles away from it. The Pasquel's are in constant need of grace and mercy:
-We fight
-We yell
-We cry
-We make up
-We do it all over again

And then there's the condition of our hearts:
-We're selfish (especially me)
-We're impatient
-We're envious
-We're prideful
-We're unsatisfied
-We're wanting more!

As I write each ugly virtue about us, albeit vague, I can think of several specific moments in the past week that make me cringe. Spiritually, we suck.

And right now, although this is nothing to be proud of (and trust me, I'm not, its the constant source of my pain)...I find myself smiling. I'm smiling...and my spirit rejoices because my God is Savior! And again, continuing in my moment of joy, I am reminded that "there will be more rejoicing in heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine righteous persons who do not repent."

The Pasquels are sinners. Pia is. Hannah too. Sarah...ditto. And I feel like I'm leading the league in sinning percentage. We are sinners...and we make it look easy. But man, if heaven can rejoice over us...despite of us...well,
I have no choice but to rejoice!!!!!... "God My Savior" says that "it is by grace [we] have been saved, through faith-and this is not from [ourselves], it is the gift of God."

I suck. We suck. But God loves us regardless. He pours His grace over us. Daily. And for this, my soul glorifies Jesus and my heart overflows with joy. This past year has been a daily collection of moments. The good, the bad, and the ugly. My family is not perfect, but through grace...they are beautiful.
So...more on moments and memories. The remainder of this post is some of my favorite moments of this past year (some already shown above, like Hannah's sweet letter to Pia.). Hope you enjoy:
Shaving Oliver!
Ice climbing in Ouray
This crazy little girl!
More Oliver
Jeremy and I hanging/climbing at "The Red" in KY this year
Enjoying yummy dinners on climbing trips
 Spring Breaking with friends
Crazy little girls.
Passing on my passions to my family
Meeting my "real" brother in law..."BENNY" for the first time
Spending a day with the guys, relaxing, goofing, and laughing at each other
Reimerstock...nuff said
Cousins
Teaching
Exploring
Friends!
New goals, new challenges...good attitudes.
Adventure
Wonder
Boldness...or Stupidity. Can be the same.
Asian tourists
Buzzed moments
 Trying new things 
Steeler football with my dad
Good Beer!
Mind over Matter
Proudest Climb of the Year
Sisters
Parenthood/Family
Marriage
 
Ok...2015...here we go.