And I am pretty pumped that the Lord says He is gonna come back and make this world perfect again like it originally was in the garden.
I mean, I'm excited for Jesus to come back and all, but I might also be equally as excited to be able to pet whatever animal I want, climb whatever mountain I want (without getting out of breath), and do whatever other extreme sports I want that I'm currently terrified of.
Before I went to Haiti back in May, a comment was made to me. In so many words, this person said, "I'm sure it's good you're going and all - it's good to help others - but are y'all even really making progress down there?" This person - like many others - had a bit of a hopeless mentality about Haiti. They knew about the storms and earthquakes that have ravaged the nation. They knew the poverty that existed in the nation.
This basically sums up our Father’s Day 😂 — Thankful for the wisdom this man has imparted to us and the laughs he always provides.
So crazy to sing about His Grace in a nation where many have not experienced it and in an ancient theater where thousands of years ago many more were murdered for sport for proclaiming it. Convicted of just how much I take for granted the beautiful freedom I have to proclaim His name and wonder if those early Christians proclaimed His name more often and with more joy and confidence while they were persecuted than I do now in my freedom. How grateful I am that the message of the gospel has prevailed through all persecution so that I would be able to hear it. So that I might be able to hear the sound of His amazing grace. So that I no longer am blind to my own depravity and his wreckless love for me. So that now, I see. Praying those of you who watch and read this might come to see it too. #howsweetthesound
Beyond thankful to have had the opportunity to travel with this one and learn more about the scriptures that our God has given us that are consistently enduring the test of time. Looking forward to sharing more about all the Lord taught us. Also thankful for people who use their gifts to make beautiful things like these amazing rugs.
“For we are co-workers in God’s service; you are God’s field, God’s building. By the grace God has given me, I laid a foundation as a wise builder, and someone else is building on it. But each one should build with care. For no one can lay any foundation other than the one already laid, which is Jesus Christ. If anyone builds on this foundation using gold, silver, costly stones, wood, hay or straw, their work will be shown for what it is, because the Day will bring it to light. It will be revealed with fire, and the fire will test the quality of each person’s work.”
1 Corinthians 3:10-13 NIV
This Acropolis once contained thousands and thousands of beautifully handmade idols and gods. Today, while these magnificent marble columns have been resurrected, we know, that that is all they are - marble columns. Incredibly humbled as I’ve seen the amazing work of the Ancient Greek people and yet saddened by how much of their work was done in vain. Paul came to a place just below the Acropolis and shared with them about the one true God. But many were so caught up in philosophizing, and talking about the newest ideas, and worshipping the beauty their own hands created, that they did not receive his message.
Convicted by how easily this could be true of us today. Will we worship our own work and build up our own kingdoms made of gold and silver and white picket fences? Or will we press on, living for the heavenly kingdom, and partnering with God as His co-worker, to live a life that will make an eternal impact - not just a temporary worldly one? The choice is ours. But Jesus didn’t come and die for us just so that we could be saved. He came and died for us because He wanted to set us free and make our lives count. What are we living for?
I seriously don’t know how they moved these things... 😂
But in all seriousness, amazed today as we were reminded of the Lord’s sovereignty in how He used the Greeks and Alexander the Great to provide a common language for the known world at that time, and in turn, a common language for the Bible. AND how He then used the Romans to build the roads and pathways by which Paul then used to carry the message of the gospel. God is crazy cool.
Just gonna leave this one here. If any of y’all struggle with control like I do, I think this might be a helpful resource 😊. Just a little bit about what I’ve been learning plus some questions that you can walk through by yourself or with your community to help you learn what you’re striving to control and how you can let go and grab hold of trust. #linkinbio #castyourcares
25 Things I’m Thankful For:
1. Friends who will do what you want them to do all day even if that means running some errands
2. Friends who call from work to sing you Happy Birthday brought to you by Watermark Urgent Care Plano // (also friends who called you yesterday cuz they wanted to be the first to tell you happy birthday...)
3. Poki restaurants like Hoki Poki
4. Desserts that you can hit with a bat
5. Friends from Hawaii who are much cooler than you are
6. Nothing Bundt Cakes
7. Roommates who do not forget the one time you told them that sometimes people in high school would pronounce your last name like “HUGGIES”
8. Movies and afternoon naps
9. Coworkers who become like family
10. A team that has each other’s backs
11. Coworkers who turn an appreciation dinner into an impromptu “We’re gonna celebrate your birthday too!” Dinner
12. God’s crazy faithfulness through it all
13. Everyone who thought to send me an encouraging text message or write me on social media
14. A family who reminds me I’m loved every day
15. A community of people around me who love Jesus and me and want the best for me
16. All the people who deal with my difficult ness even when it’s not my birthday
17. Roommates who leave you an encouraging letter even when they’re out of the country changing lives in Ethiopia on your birthday
18. Roommates who get excited about birthdays even though they’re not really your thing
19. A job where I get to wrestle with the brokenness of healthcare and walk with patients through it and their own brokenness to the one true healer and mender of it all
20. A life I do not deserve
21. Another year to learn more about a God
22. Another chance to love people better
23. Moments that become memories
24. Another year to grow closer to Jesus
25. This crazy beautiful life
Learning that investing in relationships is the hardest and most important thing you can do with your time. So thankful for the relationships the Lord has given me through these people.
“To love at all is to be vulnerable. Love anything and your heart will be wrung and possibly broken. If you want to make sure of keeping it intact you must give it to no one, not even an animal. Wrap it carefully round with hobbies and little luxuries; avoid all entanglements. Lock it up safe in the casket or coffin of your selfishness. But in that casket, safe, dark, motionless, airless, it will change. It will not be broken; it will become unbreakable, impenetrable, irredeemable. To love is to be vulnerable.” -C.S. Lewis
(Totally unrelated note: no matter what filter you put on this, I am still white as a polar bear. So imma go sit outside for a bit now 😂)
Super excited to announce the newest roommate on Devonshire. Congrats on the adoption @brit_bennett19. Can not wait to watch this little guy grow up 😂. @phil447 and I promise to take such good care of him. #Peter #Peterwasafisherman #nowheisafish #canyoufindpeter
He makes beautiful things. #EarthDay #ThisisHaiti #14Days
Thanks for letting us celebrate you Britt ❤️. Love how you bring people together and how your friends love you so well! Thanks for being you.
“Are you gonna post a picture?”
“No, you post a picture.”
“No you post a picture.”
“Okay but what should I caption it?”
...We didn’t actually have this conversation but this is probably how it would go. I guess it’s national sibling day or something. And I’m pretty grateful for this one. Love you @molliehu! Proud of all the adulting you’ve been doing lately 😜