Hey everyone! Wow, I have been slacking on the blog for December…can’t believe it’s December 4th already. Also can’t believe I am coming up on one year since I started this little blog; I hope it’s been as much of a blessing to you as it has been to me! (and I hope it continues to bless whoever reads it) It’s been quite the end of the week/weekend! Let’s see, I gotta go all the way back to Thursday. I worked all day as usual, then got to go to dinner with the wonderful Morgan! Seriously never get sick of hanging out with this sweet lady! She is always an encouragement to me as I get to see her growing in her knowledge and love of our Savior! We then headed to Cru, which was slightly a disappointment (speaker wise), but then we got to see Nik and Stacy (who we haven’t seen in way too long) and catch up with them for just a little bit! After work on Friday, Lauren got home and I stayed in to decorate the tree with the family! It’s a family tradition to do it together while listening to Christmas music. Some who know me well already know that my job in all of this is to supervise the fluffing of the tree and sing ridiculously with Lauren 🙂 Then I jump in and help with decorations. Us kids also take the opportunity to annoy our mom by putting all the old ornaments that we made as little ones in the front of the tree so she has to move them 😉 LOVE IT!
Then on Saturday, we waited for Uncle Chris and Michael to arrive so we could eat lunch at Amante Pizza and head to Charlotte for the ACC Championship game! We sat like 2 rows from the top of the stadium…haha it was crazy! You could feel the section shaking when people would jump up and down. Unfortunately, the VT Hokies lost to the Clemson Tigers…BUMMER! But, we still had a great time together and we cured our blues from the loss with a stop at Steak and Shake.
We got back today around 1pm. I hated that I had to miss church this morning. I seriously deeply miss Colonial whenever I can’t be there! I can’t wait to be back under the preaching of my dear pastors next week! This week I have been thinking a lot. As you all read on Tuesday when I was having an off day, I was not focusing well on the Truths of Scripture and for the rest of the week, I can say I was thinking differently! I am so thankful that the Lord quickly brought me back in to seeing His grace. I was reminded this week that I need a healthy view of myself. I need to view myself in light of the gospel of Christ. Without that lens on, I see nothing clearly. There has to be a healthy balance in my view of self; it can’t be too high or too low. I am not what it’s all about and I am a wretched, filthy, rotten sinner. There is literally NO GOOD in me apart from Christ in me! At the same time, I must not look down upon myself in a manner that demeans the work of God. He created me exactly the way He did and He works in me and through me…I am one of His chosen children. I was created in His image. As I was thinking about the way that I should see myself, I was also thinking about the way that others see me. So many people see me as one of two extremes. Most people who I work with or are getting to know me think I am the nicest person ever. While I am glad they see me as kind (because that is exactly what I want to be in order to treat people well and honor the Lord), I also know the sin that is in my own heart well. I want them to know I have flaws because I am human and I am not self-righteous. I want to be known by my good works, but not for the sake of myself or just for the sake of doing good works. I want to only do good for the glory of God. Then there are some people who only see my mistakes and won’t look past those to see who I am endeavoring to be in Christ. I pray that those people would see Christ in me, the way He is growing me. I pray the same really for those who think too highly of me. I want them to look past me and see God. I don’t need to be seen, Christ does! Christ is all that truly matters!
I have been crucified with Christ; and it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself up for me.
Only conduct yourselves in a manner worthy of the gospel of Christ, so that whether I come and see you or remain absent, I will hear of you that you are standing firm in one spirit, with one mind striving together for the faith of the gospel; in no way alarmed byyour opponents—which is a sign of destruction for them, but of salvation for you, and that too, from God.
Therefore I, the prisoner of the Lord, implore you to walk in a manner worthy of the calling with which you have been called, with all humility and gentleness, with patience, showing tolerance for one another in love, being diligent to preserve the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace. There is one body and one Spirit, just as also you were called in one hope of your calling; one Lord, one faith, one baptism, one God and Father of all who is over all and through all and in all.
For this reason also, since the day we heard of it, we have not ceased to pray for you and to ask that you may be filled with the knowledge of His will in all spiritual wisdom and understanding, so that you will walk in a manner worthy of the Lord, to please Him in all respects, bearing fruit in every good work and increasing in the knowledge of God; strengthened with all power, according to His glorious might, for the attaining of all steadfastness and patience; joyously giving thanks to the Father, who has qualified us to share in the inheritance of the saints in Light.