So I spent an hour for this post typing it up and getting pictures on it, and somehow it got deleted…HATE IT!! I had so many thoughts and so many updates, now to start over and I know it’s not going to be the way I wanted it, I am going to have to shorten everything (just got home from setting stuff up for a bridal shower for Carrie tomorrow at Brooke’s and it’s too late with having to wake up early). I have been MIA this week as it’s been quite the busy move! I am excited to be in my own place and still settling in. I am making lots of progress, but there are so many little projects to do. The move took literally ALL DAY Saturday as I ended up having to pack up the rest of my room that morning because the week took an interesting turn on Thursday. It’s funny how the Lord continues to show me that my plans are not always His plans and I can move forward with His with joy. After work on Thursday I ended up spending 5 hours at the hospital with Amy and her family (a coworker and good friend) as their middle son got LOTS of stitches and staples; then her other 2 children stayed with me at my parent’s house and went to school with me on Friday. Then Friday I went to the Lecrae and Matt Papa concert at Summit. It was so great! Such a gospel-saturated, Christ-centered, and God-glorifying concert. So thankful for men who use their God-given talents to glorify Him.
I finally feel like I am moving forward with my life. Not totally because of the move, but it is helpful with this transition I feel that I am in. I feel free. I am no longer holding on to control (that I really didn’t have), no enslaved to my own distractions, and feel refreshed in my focus on the Lord! I am excited for what He has ahead of me and trust that His plan is better!
On Sunday, we went as to Summit to be together as a family. JD continued our study in Hebrews in chapter 2, where we are given 4 points about Jesus…religion changes by command, the Gospel changes by sight, the sight of Jesus. When we see Jesus in the right way, we are completely changed. We need to see Jesus:
- He is a King who got involved- He was the Creator, knew the problem, and chose to be the solution. He really was the only solution! He knew it would be messy and still got involved. What’s amazing is not that “good” people suffer, but that “bad” people have a God who pursues them and tasted death for them, for me!
- He is a Champion who saves- Our Champion took on the greatest fear (death in ALL of it’s sting) all alone and defeated it! Because of this, the sting has been taken away from death if we are in Christ and we can spend an eternity with Him!
- He is a Brother who is not ashamed of us- We are the family member who He should have been ashamed of, but He CLAIMS us and identifies with us.
- He is a Priest who can help- We don’t need any other priest! He engages us without judgement, with understanding, and with assured victory.
After church, we had a picnic for Mother’s Day (3rd annual Mother’s Day picnic- it’s all our mom ever asks for now). Then last night we made a belated Mother’s Day dinner at my place and gave her a gift (pictures hopefully to come). I hope my mom knows how special she is to each of us and felt very loved and celebrated!
So my sisters both stayed with me the first night in the house (which was Sunday night :)) which was so fun to have them there for that! I’m am so grateful to be so close with my family and to have them near by while I still have my independence as well! I love being able to see them so often even while I am starting out on my own! Before I go, here are a few pictures of the progress so far:
Well folks, that’s all for now! Can’t wait to put up curtains and decorate when I get some time!!!