Bookworm Blaire

Many of you may not have known this but I (Blaire) have been doing a distance reading course through the University of the Nations (YWAM Montana Campus) for the last 6 months. Since January I have read over 8,000 pages from commentaries, dictionaries, church history books and many other works from top Christian theologians. As I finish the last book of my reading course, the Complete Works of Francis Schaeffer; A Christian Worldview 5th volume, I am taken aback by how much I didn’t know. I have had resources around me all my life that I took for granted. This reading course opened my eyes to how important it is to learn about the history of my Christian faith.  It was important for me to learn about the people who sacrificed so much for our faith and to know how Christianity has influenced the world around us. Today I see so many well educated people criticizing the legitimacy of our faith saying we are naive for believing in a Savior. What I have found is that the truth of the bible can really be pressed. My faith was heightened through my short investigated because the scriptures can take it. I encourage anyone that has questions about Christianity to ask those questions and take time to research for themselves. Ultimately I believe that God offers us all the opportunity to doubt our doubts about Him and have faith.

To be completely honest, many times during this Reading Course I have felt tired of reading. I felt tired after a long day at work or tired of waking up early to put more information in my brain. But now that I have finished I have never felt so passionate about what reading challenging books can do. Instead of scrolling through Instagram or Facebook pointlessly, which I am definitely guilty of, I can learn something worth while. I am so glad God called me to this school. It has matured me in ways I didn’t even know I needed to be matured in and it has humbled me with how much I didn’t know about my own faith. It has really grown my relationship with God and further rooted my faith in Him.

Our Favorite Quotes Right Now…

“A wise man once said nothing at all.” – Proverbs 17:28 & Drake Drizzy Rodgers

“Wisdom is the right use of knowledge. To know is not to be wise. Many men know a great deal, and are all the greater fools for it. There is no fool so great a fool as a knowing fool. But to know how to use knowledge is to have wisdom.”― Charles H. Spurgeon

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10,730 Miles and Counting

We’ve gone 5,970 miles on the ground (that’s 109 hours in the car) and 4,760 miles in the air. We’ve stayed in 14 different housings in 7 different states (and 2 countries)… in just 52 days. Thank you every single person who lifts us up in prayer, support, and friendship! We couldn’t move without you.

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Our time in Pennsylvania was filled with the best friends and family we could’ve ever asked for. We even got to celebrate our 1st year of marriage in a beautiful place away from home but home together!

   Montana was unbelievable! The TWO DAY van ride (one way) was… fun, but the amazing relationships and teachings were even better. It was an honor to help represent our base at the North American Hub of Biblical Studies.

Finally our trip to Bend, Oregon! What an amazing place to see both a friend’s family and a friend who feels like family.  If we learned anything from our near 11,000 miles on the road this summer it’s that relationship is the main point! It’s what God wants FROM us and it’s what he wants FOR us.

14117682_10154306369605638_5322733539260388208_nIMG_0102Favorite quotes right now…

“You can’t go on explaining away forever: If you see through everything, then everything is transparent. But a wholly transparent world is an invisible world. To ‘see through’ all things is the same as not to see.” – C.S. Lewis

Love must be sincere. Hate what is evil; cling to what is good. Be devoted to one another in love. Honor one another above yourselves. – Romans 12:9-10