For we died and were buried with Christ by baptism. And just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glorious power of the Father, now we also may live new lives. Romans 6:4
Last night Sunshine and Eby were baptized. I love baptisms; they make me cry as much as weddings. To see people publicly commit their lives to Jesus is incredible; to see my own children be baptized, well that just pretty much brings me to my knees. This was the first baptism in our new church building, and the place was packed; thirty-seven people were baptized.
About a month ago, we were hit with something very hard that deeply shook us. I cried and prayed, held on to Russ, made calls, and sometimes I just curled up on my bed hoping it would go away. Then early one morning I saw this small book on my desk. I received a copy of Risk is Right: Better to Lose Your Life Than to Waste It at the Spokane Orphan Summit and so far it had managed to make it into the long queue of “books I own and want to read some day.”
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Many of us are familiar with the popular verses written about love in 1 Corinthians 13. We read that,
4 Love is patient and kind; love does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant 5 or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; 6 it does not rejoice at wrongdoing, but rejoices with the truth. 7 Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. 8 Love never ends…
These verses are loaded with meaning, so much so that I’m stuck on the first three words, “Love is patient.” In the past, I thought about being patient for a period of time – a day, a week, or maybe a month? But the Lord showed me something last winter that I have been thinking about ever since.
5 O Lord my God, you have performed many wonders for us. Your plans for us are too numerous to list. You have no equal. If I tried to recite all your wonderful deeds, I would never come to the end of them. Psalm 40:5
#961 – 1,000 giving thanks
healing that only comes from God
the comfort of His love and the knowledge that we are walking the path He has placed before us
Russ by my side for every flight, every day, every appointment
Yesterday was full of friends, playing on the beach, sailing, and lots of fun. As evening came, I tossed in a load of laundry and began to tidy up the house. Wogauyu was sitting on a stool in the kitchen eating dessert as I put away the clean silverware.
He said, “Mom, do we still have to do chores while we’re on vacation?”