We played at the mall a few days ago and even Enzo got to play a little. He's growing fast. He's started pulling up on things, although not very often since we don't have a coffee table (we did when Ruby was in that stage).

My lack of posting is directly related to my lack of free time. I don't have enough time each day to get what I need done so I hardly do anything unnecessary (let alone get all my needed stuff done). I can't even really articulate it without complaining so I'll just leave you with a cute photo.

1 Corinthians 15:19

1 Corinthians 15:19

If in Christ we have hope in this life only, we are of all people most to be pitied.

If Jesus wasn't who he said he was, and didn't overcome death than my faith in him to save me from my sins and death is futile and naive.

If, however, Jesus is who he claimed to be, the son of God who died to pay for our sins and rose from the dead, than he's not only the God I should be putting my faith and hope in but the only God worthy of my worship.

Jesus said a lot more than "love thy neighbor" and I'm trying to fill my heart with all his teachings and promises.

Today's "Slice" also really spoke to my heart this morning. (Oct. 11th)


Fall Colors

Philippians 2:14-16

I didn't make time to read until this afternoon but was immediately convicted by what I read.

"Do all things without grumbling..."
How often do I complain each day?
I'm not a really negative person but if I really pay attention I'm quite to find fault or inconvenience.

It's so hard to dress during this weather, the kids were really fussy today, and my dreads are looking like they need some attention were just three of many complaints I made today about things that have clear bright sides!

This weather is beautiful! I really enjoy drinking a hot cup of coffee on cool mornings.
My children love me and want my attention. I have to opportunity (and calling) to teach them about God's love through my own. 
My hair is symbolic of my freedom in Christ. I can choose to find my identity in Him or struggle to create and maintain it apart from Him. I'm glad I have dreads and although they take a little work in the beginning it's nothing compared to the time and energy I disliked putting into previous hairstyles.

Rather than comment about the less than perfect weather, irritating moments of childrearing or vain frustrations I'm going to try to praise God for... Well, for being who He is. Regardless of circumstance He's praiseworthy and any complaint I have fades quickly when I consider Him.

 14Do all things without grumbling or questioning, 15that you may be blameless and innocent, children of God without blemish in the midst of a crooked and twisted generation, among whom you shine as lights in the world, 16holding fast to the word of life, so that in the day of Christ I may be proud that I did not run in vain or labor in vain. 

Philippians 2:12-13

Ruby got a new sweat suit yesterday and she was very interested in the hood. Here she is informing us of that.

I continued reading in Philippians and while I've read verses 12 and 13 before and even heard a sermon or two on them I still feel like there's some mystery in them I still don't understand.

I know that God is the author and perfectly of my faith but what part do I work out? However, the thought of getting to heaven and having Jesus say "I never knew you" is frightening and does cause me to take my faith and relationship with Christ more seriously.

It also blows my mind to think about what it mean that God is working in me for His good pleasure.

I'm encouraged today to ask God about these mysteries and also to rest in His peace because even if I don't understand them He does and He's said that I just have to ask.

Fall Morning Snuggles

It's a chilly fall morning (finally!) and my sweet family is all snuggling in our warm bed. Have a wonderful weekend!

Philippians 2:3-4

 Do nothing from rivalry or conceit, but in humility count others more significant than yourselves.Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others.