Monday, January 28, 2013

faithful


Last night as I was falling asleep I prayed that God would wake me up at 5:00 a.m. Although, I love mornings, lately it's challenging to wake up early. Whatever reasons I can make don't seem that important when 7:00 rolls around and I haven't spent time with God. Our days start full force, the kids need diapers changed, breakfast needs to be prepared, and sin starts early, so before 8:00 I'm already in the midst of life and it's hard to slow down. 
I needed God to help me get good rest and wake up with enough energy to read my bible without falling asleep.


This morning I opened my eyes at 4:56. I was a little tired, but refreshed. I put the kettle on and went to see if it was snowing...I'm always hoping that it is. Waking up to snow makes me giddy. I love it. It was black outside my windows, but I could see little flakes that looked like falling diamonds. As the sun started to rise I could see snow covering the ground and frost on every branch.



"I will recount the steadfast love of the Lord, the praises of the Lord, according to all that the Lord has granted us."
Isaiah 63:7

God's faithfulness surrounds me and watching the snow fall makes me see it again. It's easy for me to think back and recount God's steadfast love. It happens everyday and often is taken for granted. Knowing God is faithful gives me such strength during trials and I'm thankful that I can look back on the road I've walked and see Him every step, but knowing He is faithful doesn't erase the pain trials can bring. My day is starting fresh, but I'm weary from burdens that haven't yet lifted.



 Tears come easily lately. I find myself in a constant place of needing God's strength. If I try to push through for a moment in my  own my mind is quickly overtaken with worry. I tire of my weakness and long for the day when I will no longer struggle. I'm so thankful for God who loves me despite my sin. I read this quote the other day. It wasn't something that was profoundly new to me, but it hit me in a way it never had before. I've drawn much comfort from it lately.



"Yet it is no strange thing that has happened to you, as Peter said in his epistle, it gives you a share in Christ's suffering. To me this is one of the deepest but most comforting of all the mysteries of suffering. Not only does He enter into grief in the fullest understanding, suffering with us and for us, but in the very depths of sorrow He allows us, in His mercy, to enter into His; 
gives us a share, permits us the high privilege of filling up that which is lacking in His own. He makes, in other words, something redemptive out of our broken hearts, if those hearts are offered up to Him. We are told that he will never despise a broken heart. It is an acceptable, sacrifice when offered wholly to Him for His transfiguration. Oh, there is so much for us to learn here, but it will not be learned in a day or a week. Level after level must be plumbed as we walk with the Shepherd, and He will do His purifying, purging, forging, shaping, work in us, that we may be shaped to the image of Christ Himself. Such shaping takes a hammer, a chisel, and a file-painful tools, a painful process."
Elisabeth Elliot. 






Monday, January 21, 2013

the last of Christmas...

After this I'll be ready to move on to the New Year like the rest of you. If you follow on Instagram you've probably seen these, but that's okay....take another look.

After Christmas the whole fam packed up and headed to the beach for a couple days. 

Our first stop...In 'N Out. One of the things I miss most about California:)

Elijah is in the stage of asking every couple minutes if we're there yet. He was so excited to get to the beach...we finally made it and it was so worth the wait!

Caleb and I LOVED being at the beach again. It was so beautiful and the weather was perfect.

The house we stayed at had everything you'd want...pool, spa, tennis court...beach, so we pretty much never left. Lots of good times just hanging with our family.






We came home and spent the rest of the time at Papa and Yiayia's house...we celebrated birthdays and had spend the night parties. We also had a stray dog show up and Amelia was in love.






Even though we were there for three weeks our time seemed to go by quickly, but we did get a chance to sneak in sometime with friends. They were quick visits, but I'm so glad I got to see these people. 
Kirra is a sweet friend of my and we got to meet up for a quick Starbucks date.

 Davi and Katy are two good friends that I try and see every time I'm in California....it's always such a blessing to be with them. 



Katherine is another one of my closest friends that I miss terribly...I only got to see her for about an hour, but it was wonderful....if only you'd been there Kenzie.

And that just about sums up our trip....the very short version:)





Wednesday, January 16, 2013

the best part...

being there. 
We really enjoyed our time. It was packed and we made the most of our three weeks. The first couple nights were spent at my sis in laws house. Our time there was so sweet, just being with each other. I miss them terribly.



Elijah was in heaven spending time with his only boy cousin (on this side of the family)










My sister Becky was able to drive up to see us. She's only see Amelia once she was born and her husband Kyle hadn't met her yet, so it was a special treat to have them. It was a quick trip, one night, but it meant the world to us that they came. 



Nay LOVED Uncle Kyle.

Daddy met us a couple days after we got into town and we were so happy to see him.



Nay had asked Yiayia to take her to get her nails painted weeks before we went down. She was so so happy when we were finally able to go.



Mom and I got to sneak away for a quick coffee date. I love our times together.


Went to Les Miserables with Caleb and his youngest brother...and might have gone one more time later in the week...and i would probably go again if someone would take me.

Christmas Eve.



Christmas Morning.





And that was only the first week....more to come.
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