Archive for January, 2009

Seriocity

Posted in Uncategorized on 01. 29. 09 by boltontk

lately a lot has been on my mind.

a house.

the future.

my job.

his job.

money.

happiness.

children.

doing God’s will.

trusting God’s plan.

what my purpose is.

who i’m supposed to be.

where i’m supposed to be.

who i am.

where i am.

what i want.

what God wants.

how much we’ve already been blessed.

i keep going back and forth between the thought of being so blessed and the possibility of losing something we’ve both been longing for.

the thoughts of something being unfair.

thoughts of being selfish.

thoughts of God’s neverending love.

visions of my brain exploding.

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It’s time to get off my butt.

Posted in Uncategorized on 01. 21. 09 by boltontk

life if short.

i had an epiphinous-type event the other night. i found my breaking point. i’m getting off my butt and doing something about it. God’s kingdom is too great for me to still be on my ass thinking things will happen themselves. life is too short to think that i have plenty of time. the calling is too strong to keep ignoring it.

so ever since i’ve gotten married i’ve been overwhelmed. i’ll be the first to admit. i couldn’t handle it. i’m a worryer. i’m obsessive compulsive. it’s hard for me to let things go. a perfectionist.

i was convinced i had no time for anything besides eating, sleeping, working and driving. i commute about 30-40 minutes to work everyday. it’s not my favorite thing to do. i even had myself convinced that squeezing a quiet time in would be a challenge. convinced i had no extra time.

so when it came to church, i go on sundays. i listen and learn. and go home. don’t get me wrong, I am not just going through the motions. i am a Christ-follower and love God. but that’s just it. i hate that that is all i do. there has got to be more. i keep having the feeling that just attending church is not enough for me. take it a step further. i want to volunteer. it’s an eating passion. but i don’t want to just greet people at the door. i mean that is important, but i want to do more! i feel a passion to do more.

i just have one problem.

i don’t know how to start. or where to go. or what to do.

so even though the passion is strong, the calling is great the overwhelming feeling of not knowing where to go or what to do has been keeping me on my butt about it.

so i hit my breaking point the other night. and with the help of my husband, hopefully today all of that will change.

it’s a big deal to me. no sure why. i don’t care if i clean toilets or wash windows. there’s a fire under my butt that’s making me move.

it’s strange.

i have watched my husband truly enjoy what he does. for once. it kills me cause i truly want to experience the joy he has.

from the book, in a pit with a lion on a snowy day: what if the life you really want, and the future God wants for you, is hiding right now in your biggest problem, your worst failure…your greatest fear?……..that is sooooo me.

i’m getting off my butt.

brevitās

Posted in Uncategorized on 01. 21. 09 by boltontk

hi. my name is kim. i’m travis’ other half. seeing how this is a family blog…here are some things i’ve been thinking about lately…

it strikes me harder at times than others, but i frequently find myself dwelling on thoughts involving the brevity of life.

recently i was talking with a friend about her plans for the future. she is getting married within the next year. she is not your typical girl who gets uber excited about wedding-things and is facing a bit of struggle getting through the planning process. her statements about the whole thing struck me quite in the most startling kind of way. i agreed with her ideals about being with the one you love is the most important part and all the uppity formalities are merely unnecessary extras. (short history about me: if you don’t already know, i had pretty big southern traditional modern style wedding. i’m a visual person and loved the whole process….) so i guess you could say it was a little strange to hear myself say that i agreed with her wholeheartedly. i mean when it comes down to it, all that matters is that you love that person, that you will be together for the rest of your lives and that you vow to love them forever. no one else has to be there. no one has to get dressed up. she was pulling out of life what was the most important to her and discarding the rest. the chaff.  which hilights the whole idea of taking advantage of the important parts of life when it is so fleeting. why waste the time to bother with the bits that fall away…she makes a good point. and i agree with her.

now i didn’t view the planning of my own wedding in that way because i wanted to make a big deal out of it. however i feel like her approach is the way aspects of life can/should be contemplated. life is the chaff. brevitas…..

it’s now a few days later that i am finally finishing this post. but funny thing is that what i’ve been going through is still somewhat l linked to all of the above. not pertaining to wedding things, but life…….next post.

God vs Science

Posted in God with tags , , on 01. 07. 09 by boltontk

Normally I hate fowarded Emails… but this one struck me as both intelligent and amusing, so instead of forwarding it on and clogging your inbox with more stuff, I will post it here incase anyone is interested.  Sorry for the length, but hey, its our blog so… I can.

Feel Free to comment with your thoughts on the subject.

Thanks for this Benji!

‘Let me explain the problem science has with religion.’ The atheist
professor of philosophy pauses before his class and then a sks one of his
new students to stand.

‘You’re a Christian, aren’t you, son?’

‘Yes sir,’ the student says.

‘So you believe in God?’

‘Absolutely.

‘Is God good?’

‘Sure! God’s good.’

‘Is God all-powerful? Can God do anything?’

‘Yes’

‘Are you good or evil?’

‘The Bible says I’m evil.’

The professor grins knowingly. ‘Aha! The Bible!’ He considers for a
moment. ‘Here’s one for you. Let’s say there’s a sick person over here
and you can cure him. You can do it. Would you help him? Would you try?’

‘Yes sir, I would.’

‘So you’re good…!’

‘I wouldn’t say that.’

‘But why not say that? You’d help a sick and maimed person if you could.
Most of us would if we could. But God doesn’t.’

The student does not answer, so the professor continues. ‘He doesn’t,
does he? My brother was a Christian who died of cancer, even though he
prayed to Jesus to heal him. How is this Jesus good? Hmmm? Can you
answer that one?’

The student remains silent.

‘No, you can’t, can you?’ the professor says. He takes a sip of water
from a glass on his desk to give the student time to relax.

‘Let’s start again, young fella. Is God good?’

‘Er..yes,’ the stud ent says.

‘Is Satan good?’

The student doesn’t hesitate on this one. ‘No.’

‘Then where does Satan come from?’

The student falters. ‘From God’

‘That’s right. God made Satan, didn’t he? Tell me, son. Is there evil in
this world?’

‘Yes, sir.’

‘Evil’s everywhere, isn’t it? And God did make everything correct??

‘Yes’

‘So who created evil?’ The professor continued, ‘If God created
everything, then God created evil, since evil exists, and according to
the principle that our works define who we are, then God is evil.’

Again, the student has no answer. ‘Is there sickness? Immorality?
Hatred? Ugliness? All these terrible things, do they exist in this
world?’

The student squirms on his feet. ‘Yes.’

‘So who created them?’

The student does not answer again, so the professor repeats his
question. ‘Who created them?’ There is still no answer. Suddenly the
lecturer breaks away to pace in front of the classroom. The class is
mesmerized. ‘Tell me,’ he continues onto another student.

‘Do you believe in Jesus Christ, son?

The student’s voice betrays him and cracks. ‘Yes, professor, I do.’

The old man stops pacing. ‘Science says you have five senses

You use to identify and observe the world around yo u. Have you ever seen
Jesus?’

‘No sir. I’ve never seen Him.’

‘Then tell us if you’ve ever heard your Jesus?’

‘No, sir, I have not.’

‘Have you ever felt your Jesus, tasted your Jesus or smelled your Jesus?
Have you ever had any sensory perception of Jesus Christ, or God for
that matter?’

‘No, sir, I’m afraid I haven’t.’

‘Yet you still believe in him?’

‘Yes’

‘According to the rules of empirical, testable, demonstrable protocol,
science says your God doesn’t exist. What do you say to that, son?’

‘Nothing,’ the student replies. ‘I only have my faith.’

‘Yes, faith,’ the professor repeats. ‘And that is the problem science
has with God. There is no evidence, only faith.’

The student stands quietly for a moment, before asking a question of His
own. ‘Professor, is there such thing as heat?’

‘ Yes.’

‘And is there such a thing as cold?’

‘Yes, son, there’s cold too.’

‘No sir, there isn’t.’

The professor turns to face the student, obviously interested.

The room suddenly becomes very quiet. The student begins to explain.

‘You can have lots of heat, even more heat, super-heat, mega-heat,
unlimited heat, white heat, a little heat or no heat, but we don’t have > anything called ‘cold’. We can hit up to 458 degrees below zero, which
is no heat, but we can’t go any further after that. There is no such
thing as cold; otherwise we would be able to go colder than the lowest
-458 degrees.’

‘Every body or object is susceptible to study when it has or transmits
energy, and heat is what makes a body or matter have or transmit energy.
Absolute zero (-458 F) is the total absence of heat. You see, sir, cold
is only a word we use to describe the absence of heat. We cannot measure
cold. Heat we can measure in thermal units because heat is energy.

Cold is not the opposite of heat, sir, just the absence of it.’

Silence across the room. A pen drops somewhere in the classroom,
sounding like a hammer.

‘What about darkness, professor. Is there such a thing as darkness?’

‘Yes,’ the professor replies without hesitation. ‘What is night if it
isn’t darkness?’

‘You’re wrong again, sir. Darkness is not something; it is the absence
of something. You can have low light, normal light, bright light,
flashing light, but if you have no light constantly you have nothing and
it’s called darkness, isn’t it? That’s the meaning we use to define the
word.’

‘In reality, darkness isn’t. If it were, you would be able to make
darkness darker, wouldn’t you ?’

The professor begins to smile at the student in front of him. This will
be a good semester. ‘So what point are you making, young man?

‘Yes, professor. My point is, your philosophical premise is flawed to
start with, and so your conclusion must also be flawed.’

The professor’s face cannot hide his surprise this time. ‘Flawed? Can
you explain how?’

‘You are working on the premise of duality,’ the student explains.. ‘You
argue that there is life and then there’s death; a good God and a bad
God. You are viewing the concept of God as something finite, something
we can measure. Sir, science can’t even explain a thought.’
‘It uses electricity and magnetism, but has never seen, much less fully
understood either one. To view death as the opposite of life is to be
ignorant of the fact that death cannot exist as a substantive thing.
Death is not the opposite of life, just the absence of it.

‘Now tell me, professor. Do you teach your students that they evolved
from a monkey?’

‘If you are referring to the natural evolutionary process, young man,
yes, of course I do.’

‘Have you ever observed evolution with your own eyes, sir?’

The professor begins to shake his head, still smiling, as he realizes
where the argument is going. A very good semester, indeed.

‘ Since no one has ever observed the process of evolution at work and
cannot even prove that this process is an on-going endeavor, are you not
teaching your opinion, sir? Are you now not a scientist, but a
preacher?’

The class is in uproar. The student remains silent until the commotion
has subsided.

‘To continue the point you were making earlier to the other student, let
me give you an example of what I mean.’

The student looks around the room. ‘Is there anyone in the class who has
ever seen the professor’s brain?’ The class breaks out into laughter.

‘Is there anyone here who has ever heard the professor’s brain, felt the
professor’s brain, touched or smelled the professor’s brain? No one
appears to have done so. So, according to the established rules of
empirical, stable, demonstrable protocol, science says that you have no
brain, with all due respect, sir.’

‘So if science says you have no brain, how can we trust your lectures,
sir?’

Now the room is silent. The professor just stares at the student, his
face unreadable.

Finally, after what seems an eternity, the old man answers. ‘I guess
you’ll have to take them on faith.’

‘Now, you accept that there is faith, and, in fact, faith exists with
life,’ the student continues. ‘Now, sir, is there such a thing as evil?’

Now uncertain, the professor responds, ‘Of course, there is. We see it
everyday It is in the daily example of man’s inhumanity to man. It is
in the multitude of crime and violence everywhere in the world. These
manifestations are nothing else but evil.’

To this the student replied, ‘Evil does not exist sir, or at least it
does not exist unto itself. Evil is simply the absence of God. It is
just like darkness and cold, a word that man has created to describe the
absence of God. God did not create evil. Evil is the result of what
happens when man does not have God’s love present in his heart. It’s
like the cold that comes when there is no heat or the darkness that
comes when there is no light.’

The professor sat down.

The student was Albert Einstein. Albert Einstein did write a book
titled God vs. Science in 1921…

If you read it all the way through and had a smile on your face when you
finished, mail to your friends and family with the title ‘God vs
Science’.

“I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty.
I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation .
. . . I can do everything through him who gives me strength.”
(Philippians 4: 12-13)

Christmas Time was Here

Posted in Pictures on 01. 07. 09 by boltontk
Our first Christmas together as a family, aren't we... special?

Our first Christmas together as a family, aren't we... special?

So this is our first Family Christmas… “Portrait”.

That would be myself, Kimbi and our pup, Sadie.

We are a rather odd family so far, though Kim and I have only been married a little more than 6 months, and have had Sadie for about 5 months.  We don’t have much, though through my wife’s creativity and artistic nature, and my ability to MacGyver most anything, we get by in style.  Ok not really sure what that style would be, but we do alright.

Just a note… if anyone has a little house sitting around that needs a happy little family to live in it, please let me know.  Our pup could use a yard, the apartment we are in has no good running room for her.

Anyway, perhaps I will get around to posting a bit more later, trying to keep up with this thing a bit.

-Travis

Welcome to the Bolton Family Blog

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , on 01. 07. 09 by boltontk

Well, here goes…

Kim and I have noticed neither of us blog enough to justify having one taking up space on people’s RSS feeds etc.  So, we are joining forces thanks to the inspiration of David Jolley ( davidjolley.wordpress.com ).  This will be the home of our family thoughts, pictures, and so on.  This way our friends and family can keep up with our ongoings, and the such.

So, enjoy, and feel free to give us advice on blogging and formating.

-Travis