I just have to share this photo with you because, y’all, it sums up our life right now, show cases our girls’ personalities to a T, and just cracks me up (so that I don’t cry).
Allen sent me this photo at about 9:00am on Wednesday, just two hours after I got to work. When I left that morning, the living room was clean, toys were all put away, kids were happy…
Then Allen left the room for a couple minutes and chaos ensued: the girls grabbed the (nearly full) container of oatmeal from the pantry and spread it all over the floor, along with a package of spaghetti noodles.
When Allen returned to this surprise, he calmly asked Ruth and Clara, “What happened?!” Their responses? Clara immediately burst into tears while Ruth refused to make eye contact.
Don’t we find ourselves in those situations all the time?! We end up away from our Heavenly Father (not because He left, but because we did). And all of a sudden, we succumb to a temptation that results in a huge mess. When confronted about it through the conviction of the Holy Spirit, we either experience godly sorrow that leads to repentance… or we deny our involvement and refuse to turn back to His face.
On Monday, Allen and I had a our monthly budget meeting (woooooo) and then talked about something I’d been considering all day: 90 days of Intention. I realized that we only had about 90 days left in the year and wanted to make sure they mattered. So we talked about some intentional things we could do these last 90 days to draw closer to the Lord and each other, invest in our family and health, and enjoy what is usually a crazy season.
As part of that, I’ve been getting up earlier than normal, making tea, and spending some intentional time in the Word. I’m currently reading through Philippians and loved thinking about these verses in particular the other day:
Philippians 2:14-16a – “Do everything without grumbling or arguing, so that you may become blameless and pure, children of God without fault in a warped and crooked generation. Then you will shine among them like stars in the sky, as you hold firmly to the Word of life.”
I’ve had verses 14 and 15 underlined in my Bible for ages… but had never zeroed in on the start of verse 16: “… as you hold firmly to the Word of life.”
It reminded me of Psalm 119:105 –
We don’t shine because of our good deeds or our holiness or our ministries or anything like that (in fact, later in Philippians, Paul says that we are to count all those things a loss compared to knowing Christ).
We shine because we hold the Word of life out in front of us and as it illuminates our feet and our path, it illuminates us as well.
So those are my favorites this week: pictures of real life and intentional time in the Word of life.
Oh, and this:
We reached 55% of our monthly need! Currently, our financial partnership team is comprised of:
- 24 individuals/families
- 18 in Alaska
- 6 outside of Alaska
- 1 church
We have many other prayer partners, as well and we are thankful for everyone the Lord has brought to our team. You bless us immensely.
Have a great weekend!