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Daniel of Doulogos Name:Daniel
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About Me: I used to believe that evolution was reasonable, that homosexuality was genetic, and that people became Christians because they couldn't deal with the 'reality' that this life was all there was. I used to believe, that if there was a heaven - I could get there by being good - and I used to think I was more or less a good person. I was wrong on all counts. One day I finally had my eyes opened and I saw that I was not going to go to heaven, but that I was certainly going to suffer the wrath of God for all my sin. I saw myself as a treasonous rebel at heart - I hated God for creating me just to send me to Hell - and I was wretched beyond my own comprehension. Into this spiritual vacuum Jesus Christ came and he opened my understanding - delivering me from God's wrath into God's grace. I was "saved" as an adult, and now my life is hid in Christ. I am by no means sinless, but by God's grace I am a repenting believer - a born again Christian.
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Wednesday, October 27, 2010
Terms of Endearment.
I have never, to my knowledge, referred to my wife as "Spousie-poo".

Yet as I come to think of it, having invested myself this far in coming up with a silly term of endearment, I wouldn't mind tossing it out there tonight and see if it annoys her or not. You never know. Our sense of humor runs along that line where the absurd is funny.

Notwithstanding, any use of the term "spousie-poo" would be rather forced and affected. It doesn't flow from the heart, but rather is something we say because we think it might have the right affect.

I recall as a young man, in perhaps my first long term relationship (which thankfully did not end in marriage), I was "into" Pink Floyd, and hearing Roger Waters croon on to some hypothetical woman in the song, calling her "babe" I thought I might try spinning that one. For the next few months I tried to call my then girl-friend "babe" and make it sound normal, but even after several months it still came off as thin and insincere.

I remember my father used to call my mom "honey" all the time. I find I sometimes let that one slip with my own wife but it isn't the term I use most often. The term I use most often is sweetie. I don't know why. Sometimes I shorten that to just "sweets". I have never been able to call my wife "sugar" with a straight face, though I have managed to call her "doll" and "doll-face" a few times to my own amusement.

I call my both my sons "buddy" and all my girls "sweetie" (just like their mom!). I think if I had a dog, I might call him "fuzzball" or maybe "Chewie" since I always thought Hans Solo was cool.

I don't know why we use terms of endearment, but I do know that scripture uses a term of endearment to describe Christ, "Beloved".

God's love for Christ ought to give us pause, and fill us with wonder. Then when we can almost catch our breath, we should remember that all of us who are in Christ are so loved.

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  • At 6:21 PM, October 28, 2010, Blogger donsands said…

    I call my wife "My love", and Patti, and also Patricia. Her Mom calls her Tricia. her dad called her Patsy.

    It goes against the flow in my heart to think of God having a term of endearment for me. And that's good and right, and I thank God for feeling this way. However, I know it's true, and I take great joy in this truth.

    We were discussing last night at our growth group how Jesus called Peter His friend. Incredible to think that Peter was Jesus' friend. And Peter must have been overwhelmed with having a friendship with Jesus, the Son of God.
    Yet, Peter, in his 2 epistles to the church never mentions his friendship with Christ. he always speaks of Jesus as Lord and Christ.

    We always sing a hymn when we come together, and last night was my turn to bring a hymn.

    I brought "Jesus! What a Friend of Sinners".

    I thank our Lord for the hymn writers.

    http://www.cyberhymnal.org/htm/j/e/jesuswaf.htm

    "Hallelujah! what a Savior!
    Hallelujah! what a Friend!
    Saving, helping, keeping, loving,
    He is with me to the end."

     
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