I’m very happy to have a good chunk of time to just write about life tonight! I apologize ahead of time if this post is somewhat lengthy, but I’m just going to look back on the past month and you are welcome to join me 🙂 All the way back in December before I took off work for the holidays, my kids got to do a Christmas Program for their parents. This year us teachers decided to do the Grinch as a play with the 3 classes; well my coworkers thought it would be fun if I were the Grinch…since I love my little ones so much I was quite the sport and agreed to be painted green, dress up like santa, memorize lines, design the set, and act out the play! It was so much fun and I was so proud of all the kids!
I also got to go to Christmas at DPAC with my family, back in December, which was incredible! It was a joy to see people on stage using their God-given talents to honor Him and bless others…I left that place rejoicing in my Savior for coming down from heaven to be born as a baby and set His plan of redemption in motion! Just a few days after that was Christmas. Here are just a few pictures to describe what that time was like in our household:
After my grandparents and uncle headed back to Arizona, we loaded up the car and headed for Virginia for New Years. There are plenty of pictures to describe that time as well:
And now for the events of January so far…a few friends came over a couple weeks ago for making pizzas and watching a movie, the family celebrated Dad’s birthday, Chris and Lauren both went back to school, Ashley took exams and is about to start her new semester, I got a hair cut (well really just a trim), I helped my mom redecorate her kitchen and now we are working on the family room
got my first snow since I moved into my town home (I’m counting it, even though it didn’t even cover the ground haha)
and I painted some art for my room!
I have one more update before I get to the many things that God has been teaching me and reminding me lately—– I should have a roommate moving in mid-February!!!!!!!! I am so excited! She is wonderful, warm, kind, friendly, and best of all she loves the Lord! I am so thankful for this answer to prayer and can’t wait to see how everything works out! It’s funny how God’s timing is so different that what I would have anticipated and the way He does things doesn’t always make sense to me, but I am well-aware and grateful that He is always working out His plans!
Ok, now to the really good stuff! I have begun a new habit/discipline of “bookending” my days with time with God and I can’t believe I didn’t start doing it sooner. I love starting off my morning in His Word, surrendering to His Lordship, preparing my heart, and praying over the day to come; and I have now found a new joy (in these past few weeks) in finishing my night with remembering His goodness and grace in that day, confessing and repenting of sins from that day, glorifying Him through reading His Word while I sit in my bed, and filling my mind with Truth right before I go to sleep. I just LOVE it! God is renewing my mind and transforming my heart through the Scriptures, empowering me to do His will, conforming me more to His image, convicting me, and growing my discipline of prayer! I am so aware of how much more near I need to be clinging to Christ and how often I don’t look like Him; I desire to be with Him and to be like Him, so I want to spend more time making preparations to do so and more effort being intentional in spiritual growth! There is no way I can jam everything I have been learning this month, in detail, in this post…but I will try my best to keep the thoughts brief so I can touch on a bunch of them:
- The Truths of God need to be made greater in our eyes to overcome the lies of sin and flesh (Romans 8). We are no longer slaves to sin when we are in Christ, so we should not act like we are. We have been given power over sin in Him!
- Sin begins in the heart and then manifests itself in our lives. We must be careful not to just treat/fix the symptoms of sin (or the out-workings of it), but to check the root problem (the idol of the heart).
- We should treat others as Christ treats us.
- Love never seeks to get away with doing the bare minimum.
- The mind will never accept what the heart has already rejected. There will be many who will not believe in Jesus as Lord and Savior, not because the evidence isn’t there or the intellect isn’t “convincing” enough or they can’t get their doubts and questions answered, but because they have already decided not to believe and they don’t have a heart to receive revelation. Willingness to believe precedes belief and willingness to submit to God precedes knowledge of God.
- When you humbly submit to believe in Jesus, it changes the life to follow!
- If our Master suffered unjustly for us, who are we as servants to not expect to do the same for Him?
- The threat of the law may bring obedience, but it will never captivate the heart. Our obedience to Him stems from love of Him that we have from an understanding of His love for us.
- We have been given a new nature…we are to love what He loves and hate what He hates. We can’t say we love God and practice sin; yes, we will struggle with sin, but we can’t actively pursue that which grieves Him. We can not live habitually participating in that which Christ was nailed to a cross for.
I know those all seem like random little blurbs, but there is just so much to be learned/re-learned about God and following Christ. I’m thankful that His truth continues to freshly pierce my soul and that His Word continues to come alive to me. I pray that as the year continues, I will apply His Word and live out a life that loves and serves God and others!