Today's Devotional

September 30, 2015

Hebrews 12:1-4 "Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us, Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God. For consider him that endured such contradiction of sinners against himself, lest ye be wearied and faint in your minds."

I love these verses in Hebrews 12! There is an amazing picture painted for us here, of running a race. Much can be said about this, but I just want to point to a few quick observations.

1) Picture a runner. We are exhorted to lay aside every weight and sin that would try to thwart us from running the race. Imagine a runner with a backpack full of games, a camera hanging around his neck, and reading a novel as he carelessly jogs along. Would you think he was very serious about running the race? This is not the picture we get in Hebrews 12. Christian, beware of getting bogged down with distractions that would cause you to lose your focus on Christ and the race we are to run.

Sin is obviously a hindrance. But there are other things that may not even be sin per say, but would cause us to be less effective in serving Christ. Hobbies, entertainment, frivolous and empty conversation, wasted time, etc. are all things that can creep into your life and stop you from running this race like you potentially could. We are told to "lay aside every weight". This doesn't mean that we can't enjoy a little recreation here and there. We all need to take breaks sometimes, and "catch our breaths" so to speak. Just make sure that it keeps it's proper place: to restore, refuel, and refresh you in order to be more effective in the future. Note that we are called to run with "patience" (or endurance).

2) What should drive us? What is our goal and motivation in the race of the Christian life? It is Christ! A runner must have his eyes set on the prize. He must be focused. "Looking to Christ..." This is how we live the Christian life. "Looking to Christ;" considering (thinking, meditating on) Him as verse 3 says. "Consider Him" says verse 3--and why? So you don't become weary and faint.

2 Corinthians 3:18 says "And we all, with unveiled face, beholding the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from one degree of glory to another. For this comes from the Lord who is the Spirit." So how do we get closer to God? How do we become more like Christ? By focusing on Him! As a runner focuses on the goal set before him/her, and runs with endurance to get closer to it and to reach it, so must we! Christ is our treasure! Christians, let us be focused on our prize. The fun and entertainments of this world are NOTHING compared to the infinite joy and fulfillment of knowing God. They are passing away. They are futile and temporary. They can be distractions and "weights" if we aren't careful. Let us focus on our prize, which is God Himself, and run with endurance the race that will bring us closer to Him!

The Results Are In!

September 29, 2015

Thank you to everyone who participated in our Baby Poll.  We received over 110,000 votes and some wonderful name suggestions.  We've listed everything below.

Results:

58,350 Girl

23,158 Boy

17,999 Boy/Girl twins

8,608 Twin Girls

3,096 Twin Boys

Top 5 Boy Names

Luke
Zachary
Sawyer
Noah
Benjamin

Top 5 Girl Names

Savannah
Sarah
Olivia
Rachel
Hope

The TLC Announcement

September 24, 2015

We are so grateful for the opportunity to share our enthusiasm about being new parents with the upcoming specials on TLC. It's a very exciting time preparing for the arrival our baby. We hope you’ll tune in. In the meantime watch for updates on theseewaldfamily.com.

This Week's Devotional

September 14, 2015

Many things about God are beyond our comprehension. As humans we don't like this. We like a little bitty god that can fit inside our itty bitty logical box and be understood by our tiny little human brains. Take the hypostatic union of Jesus for example. Jesus, 100% God, 100% man. The God-Man. Two 100%??? Doesn't make sense in our brains. Maybe that is because He is GOD and we are humans. Maybe that's because God is really BIG and we are really small. 

Maybe that's why Romans 11:33 says "O the depth of the riches both of the wisdom and knowledge of God! how unsearchable are his judgments, and his ways past finding out!" and Psalm 50:21 says "These things have you done, and I kept silence; you thought that I was altogether such a one as yourself:"

Praise God that He has revealed to us truth about Himself and the gospel, how to be saved, that we can understand. Verses so clear are given to us, like John 3:16 "For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life." There are many single and complex truths in God's Word that we are to study and learn and understand. But there are some things about God, that as we read the Bible we will be unable to fully comprehend. Things like the Trinity, the Hypostatic Union, and the relationship between's God's sovereignty and decrees and our human responsibility and free agency. In these moments, don't reject it because you can't understand it. Instead, take a step back and stand in awe of God. Take a moment to think on His words in Psalm 46:10: "Be still, and know that I am God:"

Please listen to Shai Linne's song "The Hypostatic Union"

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eCBC5Wn5a0Y

A Short Devotional

July 7, 2015

Hope you are blessed by this short devotional—Ben.

“If you love me, keep my commandments.” –Jesus (John 14:15)

Anytime we sin, it’s a slap in the face of God. Our love for God is shown when we keep His commandments; When we break them, we are showing hatred towards God. 

Sin is serious. 

"Ye that love the LORD, hate evil....” Psalms 97:10

Let’s be examining ourselves. Even the born-again believer will fall into sin. It brings us much grief. Sin is an act of spiritual adultery against the only One Worthy, the Lover of our Souls, who loves us even to death. Praise God that even though the struggle is real, and many times we fall, He is still working in us, and conforming us to Christ’s image! (Romans 8:29, Ephesians 2:10)

But if sin is the pattern of our lives, this can be a sign that we really don’t love God. If we say “I love Jesus” but our actions prove the opposite…well, what’s that old saying “Actions speak louder than words.” Our words are empty and meaningless unless backed up by our actions. 

Oh Lord! Deliver us from deception! It’s is easy to simply “say” but to really live it out and “do” is entirely another thing. So many deceive even themselves when they say they love Jesus—yet their lives show just the opposite! Free every Christian from hypocrisy! Help us to love you, and to be “doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving” ourselves. (James 1:22)

Lord, break our hearts for what breaks Your heart, and grant us true repentance! Help us to look to Christ, and live in freedom from the sin that so easily entangles us. 

 

Grateful and Blessed

June 17, 2015

We want to pause a moment and thank all of you who have been lifting us up in prayer. We are so grateful and blessed!

Our little family is, by God's grace, going to continue seeking to lovingly point people to Christ and encourage those who are down. God’s goodness and kindness to us even in difficult times is humbling and wonderful!

Baby Seewald is growing steadily and Mommy has been feeling some little, yet strong, kicks! We recently had an ultrasound, but aren't revealing our firstborn's gender yet. Can't wait to welcome this blessing from God into the world!

Here are some verses of exhortation for you all: "Therefore seeing we also are surrounded with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which does so easily ensnare us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us, Looking unto Jesus the author and perfecter of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is seated at the right hand of the throne of God." -Hebrews 12:1-2

Update from Ben

May 13, 2015

We've been traveling so much recently! Spring has been quite eventful! We're still trying to wrap our minds around the fact that we're expecting! The thought thrills us, yet we haven't had much time to let it sink in. ---I really enjoy traveling with the family. The Duggar's have been so many places and done so many things. But to me, each new city I visit, and every state and county I pass through yields new wonder. I love the diversity in this beautiful country! The mountains and valleys, the rivers and lakes, the people with their different dialects and subcultures. New adventures await tomorrow. New people to meet. New opportunities to share the love of Christ that has captured my heart. I'm so blessed to be alongside my beautiful bride and our little one on the way.