Michael & Emily Dewalt’s Wedding Slideshow

(Posted by Emily Harlan, soon to be Dewalt if the sectary of state will ever take care of my paperwork! )

A special thanks to Kim Westrate for her time spent in doing this for Dewalt and I. Although it was not shown at the wedding… we have a blog right!

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Honeymooning in Florida

(Post by Emily Dewalt)


Embracing our Accusation

For the past couple weeks as I have attended church, first in Indiana, then at the church I attend in Grand Rapids, the topic of message has been about the impact of sin, spiritual death, total depravity, and total inability. It has been both a sobering aspect to reflect on and yet such a beautiful aspect to ponder! I know that YES! YES! As I know very well, I am TOTALLY  UNABLE to gain anything good apart from the SAVING POWER of Christ! This morning I turned on some tunes on my computer and I got ready for a day with my dearest boyfriend Dewalt, the Shane and Shane album, Pages started to play. As I enjoyed the beats and the lyrics the song, Embracing Accusation, came up, and at the time it didn’t occur to me amazing message that this song was conveying to me! As I sit here pondering back on what I could possibly write I my itunes popped up with that same song! I remember hearing this version of the song that someone edited in a powerful, and always passionate exortation from John Piper at the end of the song. Both the Sunday messages from the past weeks, the experiences I have had even today, and this song are such a powerful reminder of how sobering our sin and wonderful our Savior really is. Please as you listen to the song read the lyrics below and share in these truths.
Embracing Accusation- Shane and Shane
The father of lies
Coming to steal
Kill and destroy
All my hopes of being good enough
I hear him saying cursed are the ones
Who can’t abide
He’s right
Alleluia he’s right!

The devil is preaching
The song of the redeemed
That I am cursed and gone astray
I cannot gain salvation
Embracing accusation

Could the father of lies
Be telling the truth
Of God to me tonight?
If the penalty of sin is death
Then death is mine
I hear him saying cursed are the ones
Who can’t abide
He’s right
Alleluia he’s right!

Oh the devil’s singing over me
An age old song
That I am cursed and gone astray
Singing the first verse so conveniently
He’s forgotten the refrain
Jesus saves!


Kindness

I was given a book yesterday, and although I it seems I must be in great need of more material to read, because I am at the recieving end of numerous books, but I am excited to get into this book! The book is The Law of Kindness, by Mary Beeke. In this book Mrs. Beeke has put it plainly how we all could do a better job of putting kindness into action, whether you are a husband, a wife, a teacher, or even a child. After meeting Mrs. Beeke I am sure that she could teach me as well as many others about what it truly means to show the kindness of Christ to others.  Check the book out, I also believe that this book will be given out at the Desiring God Conferance this year, on The Power of Words and the Wonder of God, so it must be worth reading!


Rejoice

I love to rejoice in life! I find that it makes life so much more enjoyable and true, it is very easy to rejoice in the joyous,  “summer” times of life. But as we all know and struggle with, we are urged, even commanded to rejoice in the Lord through the hard, “winter” times in life! Through the hope of Jesus Christ, it IS possible! There are so many references in the Scriptures dealing with rejoicing it must be important to God! So on this day- July 31, 2008, make a conscience decision to REJOICE! Through whatever muck and mire you are experiencing in the external today, find that hope that comes from internal hope of Christ.

Listen to David, the man after God’s own heart say,

6 “I hate those who pay regard to worthless idols,
but I trust in the LORD.
7 I will rejoice and be glad in your steadfast love,
because you have seen my affliction;
you have known the distress of my soul,
8 and you have not delivered me into the hand of the enemy;
you have set my feet in a broad place.”

Psalms 31:6-8 (ESV)