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weekly 'what's up,' foxhole edition.

oh, you guys.  this week has been rough.  needless to say, i don't really have many photos to share.

i know i didn't do a friday post last week, though last week was actually really good!  we did a couple of days of homeschooling, and then a couple of good ames friends (who now live in chicago) came to visit with their newborn triplets!  i got to spend wednesday through friday snuggling babies and chatting with old friends... and not to hate on a good thing i've got going here in this little corner of the internet, but that was way better than blogging.  


kay, so i didn't shoot this photo, i stole it from their facebook page without permission, but i'm not even a little sorry, because it's clearly worth it to show off those cutie patootie babies.  and also make you jealous that i got to be the one to smooch them all the livelong day.  (the babies.  not the parents.  though alyssa looks so freaking great for just having had three whole people inside of her that i could smooch her, too.)

this week has been a little better getting into a groove for homeschooling, and we're slowly moving our school time to earlier in the day - at this point, we're starting between 10:00 and 10:30 and taking about an hour and a half.  finneas joins us for part of the time, and spends a little introspective time in the pack 'n play with his trains.  you gotta do what you gotta do, i guess.

admittedly, this week has been difficult for various reasons.  we have some heavy issues weighing on our family right now, and there are some tough things going on in my ministry to others.  god is really stretching me and growing me in trust and obedience, and in humbling myself.  i'm learning a lot about my own pride.  

i thought i'd just give you a little glimpse into what has offered me hope and encouragement this week, since it's kind of an unusual friday post.  

(i want to preface this by saying that i promise i did NOT pose this photo like an instagram junky.  i just looked down at the table and was like, 'hmm.  that looks decent.  i should take a photo.'  it probably makes me an inherently better person because my life just naturally looks like this.)



i'm reading in revelation right now, and it has been good for me in my quiet time to also read through the literature we get from Persecution/International Christian Concern (persecution.org) and the Voice of the Martyrs (persecution.com).  it's so eye opening and sobering to read through revelation at the same time that i'm exposed to stories of deep suffering and persecution currently experienced by my brothers and sisters around the world.  but it's so good to also see the decisiveness of jesus' victory in revelation at the same time that i'm reading about the gospel going forth and changing lives in frightening, hostile, and seemingly impossible environments.  god's church is moving, and jesus is coming back to put an end to injustice! 

"do not weep! see, the lion of the tribe of judah, the root of david, has TRIUMPHED..." (revelation 5:5)

as for the cards, those are bible verses.  some i'm committing to memory, some i pulled out to meditate on regarding the specific things going on in our life and ministry right now.  the one that is challenging my heart right now is romans 2:4: "do you show contempt for the riches of his kindness, tolerance, and patience, not realizing that god's kindness leads you to repentence?"  (really, the whole passage is good, i'd encourage you to check it out.)  i need to be mindful that god changes hearts through kindness, tolerance, and patience - GRACE.  this is how he treats me, and leads me to repentence, and this is exactly how i should treat others, even as i seek to challenge them to grow.  otherwise, i show that i don't understand god's character or what he's done for me.

if you're curious, the other verses on those cards are ephesians 4:29, 1 peter 1:22, and james 1:22-24.

these are the things my hungry heart has needed lately.  what spiritual things have you been thinking on or wondering about lately?

1 comment :

todd said...

2 Thessalonians 3:5

May the Lord DIRECT your hearts to God's love AND Christ's endurance.