Isaac Victor

We are humbled, excited, proud, and any other positive adjective you choose to introduce our second child, Isaac Victor Pearce. He was born on March 8, at 8 pounds, 3 ounces and 20 inches long. Some more pictures can be viewed here.

“Isaac” means laughter, which characterizes our lives for the last several months. From finding out we were expecting him just six months after Mikayla’s birth after many struggles, to the Lord’s gracious provision to our family and perfect, providential timing, laughter has been a staple in our household. Victor is my middle name, and was my maternal grandfather’s name. He was a humble, hard working family man, and I’m honored to pass his name on to Isaac.

As with Mikayla, and inspired from my older brother’s family and his two kids, we’ve chosen a “theme Psalm” for Isaac. We chose Psalm 113 for Mikayla, as her name means “who is like God?” We chose Psalm 103 for Isaac, which is a wonderful psalm of God’s goodness, mercy, and faithfulness to His children:

Bless the LORD, O my soul,
   and all that is within me,
   bless his holy name!
Bless the LORD, O my soul,
   and forget not all his benefits,
   who forgives all your iniquity,
   who heals all your diseases,
   who redeems your life from the pit,
   who crowns you with steadfast love and mercy,
   who satisfies you with good
   so that your youth is renewed like the eagle’s.

The LORD works righteousness
   and justice for all who are oppressed.
He made known his ways to Moses,
   his acts to the people of Israel.
The LORD is merciful and gracious,
   slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love.
He will not always chide,
   nor will he keep his anger forever.
He does not deal with us according to our sins,
   nor repay us according to our iniquities.
For as high as the heavens are above the earth,
   so great is his steadfast love toward those who fear him;
   as far as the east is from the west,
   so far does he remove our transgressions from us.
As a father shows compassion to his children,
   so the LORD shows compassion to those who fear him.
For he knows our frame;
   he remembers that we are dust.

As for man, his days are like grass;
   he flourishes like a flower of the field;
   for the wind passes over it, and it is gone,
   and its place knows it no more.
But the steadfast love of the LORD is from everlasting to everlasting on those who fear him,
   and his righteousness to children’s children,
   to those who keep his covenant
   and remember to do his commandments.
The LORD has established his throne in the heavens,
   and his kingdom rules over all.

Bless the LORD, O you his angels,
   you mighty ones who do his word,
   obeying the voice of his word!
Bless the LORD, all his hosts,
   his ministers, who do his will!
Bless the LORD, all his works,
   in all places of his dominion.
Bless the LORD, O my soul!

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Joyful for my lack of time

Between two jobs, finishing my degree, home responsibilities, and church-related duties, I’m having trouble finding time to even think about blogging. But perhaps the number one reason for my lack of time is:

I wouldn’t trade my time with her for all the time to blog time in the world. Can you blame me?

Mikayla Grace Pearce

Praise God for the birth of our little girl, Mikayla Grace Pearce. She was born at 10:18 a.m. this morning; 8 lbs, 3 oz, 21.5 inches long. We are now home from the birth center (great experience!), and are snuggling our little girl.

Mikayla means “who is like God” and Grace means “unmerited favor.” Both are very relevant and meaningful in the birth of our little girl. Psalm 113 is a great example of these truths in our lives:

    Praise the LORD!
    Praise, O servants of the LORD,
        praise the name of the LORD!

    Blessed be the name of the LORD
        from this time forth and forevermore!
     From the rising of the sun to its setting,
        the name of the LORD is to be praised!

    The LORD is high above all nations,
        and his glory above the heavens!
     Who is like the LORD our God,
        who is seated on high,
     who looks far down
        on the heavens and the earth?
     He raises the poor from the dust
        and lifts the needy from the ash heap,
     to make them sit with princes,
        with the princes of his people.
     He gives the barren woman a home,
        making her the joyous mother of children.

Elizabeth A. Pearce, Psy.D.

This past weekend was the Regent University commencement exercises, in which my wife was hooded and was bestowed the Doctorate in Psychology degree with all of the rights and privileges thereto appertaining. Here are a couple snapshots from the weekend; you can see a full album on my Facebook page. Congratulations, darling!

Weekend in Photos

I can’t get enough pictures of William “Liam” Isaiah Pearce, and I’m confident you can’t either. Here are a few highlights from our birthday celebration in New Jersey Sunday afternoon (celebrating Grandad Pearce and Aunt Elizabeth’s birthdays). There was also another birthday celebration (literally) on March 29 at 12:38 a.m., but I’ll wait to post some pictures of our beautiful new niece until the proud parents, Brittany and Kory, can post some. [Note: I’m lazy so these are straight off the camera; click to enlarge]

Information Overload

Church: Uncool people need Jesus too. “As I’ve looked at some amazing plans from church planters, I’ve started to notice a trend. They all sound the same.” Ironic that the post comes from the homogeneous hipster Acts29 network. Kevin DeYoung has a good reaction post to this as well: They need good pastors and good churches everywhere.

Church: Make sure it’s liturgy, not liturgay. Doug Wilson at his best, writing about worldview: “A worldview is not just thoughts in your head, even if they are orthodox thoughts. A worldview consists of four major components — catechesis, narrative, symbols, and lifestyle.”

Preaching: 10 important things to ask a potential pastor. R.C. Sproul, Jr. lists these 10 questions, and then answers them for himself. He lists Nathan Clark George and Troy Polamalu in his lengthy list of heroes.

Books: A new book is coming out March 15 that I’m excited about: Welcome to a Reformed Church: A Guide for Pilgrims, by Danny Hyde. A great interview with Hyde about the book is also available here. You can buy it here.

Photography: 10 deadly post-processing sins. Humorous and helpful. Included are vignettes, processing fads, and oversaturation.

News: Couple let baby starve to death while raising virtual baby online. How sad is this? How sad is it that I’m not surprised that a story like this finally broke?