3bDo not think of yourself more highly than you ought, but rather think of yourself with sober judgment, in accordance with the measure of faith God has given you.
4Just as each of us has one body with many members, and these members do not all have the same function, 5so in Christ we who are many form one body, and each member belongs to all the others.
6We have different gifts, according to the grace given us. If a man's gift is prophesying, let him use it in proportion to his[b]faith.
7If it is serving, let him serve; if it is teaching, let him teach; 8if it is encouraging, let him encourage; if it is contributing to the needs of others, let him give generously; if it is leadership, let him govern diligently; if it is showing mercy, let him do it cheerfully.
9Love must be sincere. Hate what is evil; cling to what is good.
10Be devoted to one another in brotherly love. Honor one another above yourselves.
11Never be lacking in zeal, but keep your spiritual fervor, serving the Lord.
12Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer.
13Share with God's people who are in need. Practice hospitality.
14Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse.
15Rejoice with those who rejoice; mourn with those who mourn.
16Live in harmony with one another. Do not be proud, but be willing to associate with people of low position.[c] Do not be conceited.
17Do not repay anyone evil for evil. Be careful to do what is right in the eyes of everybody.
18If it is possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone.
19Do not take revenge, my friends, but leave room for God's wrath, for it is written: "It is mine to avenge; I will repay,"[d]says the Lord.
20On the contrary:
"If your enemy is hungry, feed him;
if he is thirsty, give him something to drink.
In doing this, you will heap burning coals on his head."[e]
21Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.
It was absolutely glorious this morning--such beautiful and *cool-ish/warm-ish* weather we've been having (instead of the so hot you think you're going to die type weather!!)!!
We had a super busy day! We ran a bunch of errands in the morning and got groceries....came home for nap and woke the kids up early from nap to get Amelie's
*Going to School* pictures taken.
They came out really cute!
It turns out the photographer was one of my husband's old students! She was very nice. =) Almost everywhere we go somebody knows my husband--such a popular fella! =)
We also had to take our car to get some work done on it today AND after the photo shoot came home and Amelie and I rearranged the entire play room to become her permanent-ish bedroom.
She and Maeve were sharing but Maeve was keeping up Amelie until 10 or later every night just talking to her! Amelie tried out the third floor on a trial basis and is doing great up there so tonight is her first official nigth in her rearranged space.
This week since the girls have been separated, everyone is sound asleep by 8.
It is amazing.
I can't even explain how much more restful it is!
I'm so thankful we have the space to split them up b/c it just wasn't really working! Amelie is in heaven in her new room-
-I do hope the girls can be back together someday--we might just need to wait until Maeve is a little older =)
That's it for now! It was a really good day and I'm off to help my husband work in his *man room* =)
When I was younger I yearned to be a Princess or live in a Fairy Tale.... my mind was always wandering in daydreams and wishing for different things than I had (even though the things I had were pretty great!). Here I am....25 years+ later and I still get stuck in daydreams... instead of embracing the present I spend my time wishing that things were different or that I were somewhere different.... and then, in my nightly Bible reading, I came upon this passage of Acts that really *spoke* to me:
Acts 17: 24-28a
24"The God who made the world and everything in it is the Lord of heaven and earth and does not live in temples built by hands.
25And he is not served by human hands, as if he needed anything, because he himself gives all men life and breath and everything else.
26From one man he made every nation of men, that they should inhabit the whole earth; and he determined the times set for them and the exact places where they should live.
27God did this so that men would seek him and perhaps reach out for him and find him, though he is not far from each one of us.
28'For in him we live and move and have our being.
And so, I am reminded that I am HERE
(Earth, America, New Jersey)
*for a reason*
He has determined my birth and my death and
the exact place where I should live
That is so comforting and encouraging to me I can't even explain it.
God is good.
All the time.
Even when there is weirdness and uncertainty and wishy washy hearts like mine.
The water was sooo much warmer this time than it was in June on our vacay. The sun was bright and warm. We enjoyed the early morning, non-populated beach. I saw jellyfish for the first time today... washed up on shore. Gross. We had a wonderfully perfect morning at the shore kind of day! And then we were home in time for nap and everyone was happy and sleepy and sandy and slept.
Today upon returning from Target (on a trip to buy things for my husband pet project--his "man room" =)) Amelie asked what Daddy was doing. I told her he was just getting some man things from the car....
Amelie replied, "Man things? What in the world are man things? Oh! I know! Man things are when you say you are going to do something and then you just don't do it!"
I was laughing hysterically at this assesment when Mr. Wonderful walked in and asked Amelie what "woman" things were....
"Woman things are when somebody tells you something and then you forget what they said a few minutes later."
Today my husband had an extra day off so we had a lazy morning and headed to Ikea later in the day! I've been wanting to find some *art* for our bedroom and they had just what I was looking for! I picked up three of these frames:
*Maeve and Amelie were totally obsessed with watching the workers who are putting up nice new window molding on the house next door. I couldn't get them off the porch even though it felt like it was 1,000,000+ degrees out! *Humidity = Ick. *I think Ezra could eat his weight in cheerios. Seriously. *I drank a strawberry milkshake today and it was divine. *Sometimes when I think about my husband I cry with happiness to know that he's mine. *I'm so happy to see it rain. My poor poor grass desperately needs it! *Something else that brings me joy? This: *For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. 12Then you will call upon me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you. 13You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart. Jer. 29:11-13 *Goodnight!