“If I do not feel far more for the grieved Savior than for my
worried self when troublesome things occur,
then I know nothing of Calvary love.”
The Lord has been teaching me much....and disciplining me as well. I had wanted to do a *deeper* post on all that I have been struggling with but just couldn't find the right words. I can say, though, that troublesome things occur...to all of us...to different degrees and at different times. Right now, we are dealing with our foundation crumbling under a corner of our house. Stressful? Just a bit! ;)
Loved ones graciously came over this Saturday (which, praise the Lord it was a beautiful day!) and helped begin the process of repairing the damage. Digging, moving block, more digging etc. Those guys worked hard. And more needs to happen. Right now, we sit with a massive hole in our basement (Don't worry though, there are braces holding the rest of the house up!).
I will (cringe to) admit that my patience has been waning lately. It's quite frustrating when the *fixing up* process of our house is an extremely slow process (14 years and going...) and the nice weather goes by much too quickly and we are forced to set aside home improvements for another season. Then the foundation starts to crumble and my heart saddens because now *that* requires time, money and energy (which means it isn't able to be put into other renovation areas). We need to begin splitting and stacking wood soon. The woodshed needs to be filled for this coming winter. Then deer season starts and Chris gets busy for weeks processing deer at the family's meat market. It's never-ending!
**But then...the Lord convicts me (big time) and I sit back and cry realizing how selfish and "stuff"-centered I have been. My eyes should be focused on Christ...not *myself*! Where is my grateful, content spirit? Why do I let the world seep in to my thoughts? It's a terrible struggle with the flesh. I despise the struggle. It's difficult and, at times, depressing. Joy *does* come though...when the Lord brings me back to Him and I realize that Christ has won over the flesh and I can rest completely in Him. I will still wrestle with the temptations, impatience and frustrations of this world while on this side of eternity...but it's completely worth the fight when you desire to do good and bring God all the glory because of what He has done for me.
“If we were less of what seems like ease in our lives they would tell more for Christ and souls...We profess to be strangers and pilgrims, seeking after a country of our own, yet we settle down in the most un-stranger-like fashion, exactly as if we were quite at home and meant to stay as long as we could. I don't wonder apostolic miracles have died. Apostolic living certainly has.”
I love reading Amy Carmichael's words...she is full of such wisdom. Her life wasn't easy nor was she perfect...but she found joy and rest in Christ.
“Praise Him who went before to search out a Resting-place.
May it be a place of victory too, for His own glory's sake.”
I *really* like her book If . Convicting...completely. Have you read it? If not, I highly recommend it! It's small enough to carry in your bag when you go places. A simple buy highly thought provoking read!
So, I guess this turned out to be a bit longer than I had anticipated. The truth is, I am terribly imperfect and *need* a Savior. What Christ has done for the likes of me is amazing...not because of *any* good in me but because of Who He is and His greatness! If I focus more on earthly things rather than on Christ, I have a problem and totally need to re-focus. Daily Bible reading and prayer is a necessity for the Christian life. Without it, you can not properly keep your focus on Him.
“The marvel of our Bible never shows more marvellous than
at such times, when you see it in deed and in truth the
Sword of the Spirit, and it cuts.”
Some photos from this weekend...
I'm telling you...Ruthie smiles...I love my pup!
Xavier was busy helping his Pop-Pop, I believe, when these pictures were taken...thus his absence...
Homemade pizza for supper one evening (using the pizza crust recipe from the Homestead Blessings cookbook)...
We've also kept busy with homeschooling, chores, and I've been making stickers! :) Thank you to those who have already placed an order. We all celebrate with each order that is placed! :)
Here are just a few of the things you'll find in my shop...
Homeschooling mamas...here are some great sticker flags to mark your field trips, co-op days and days off! If you have a custom order you would like made...message me on etsy! :)
You can find my etsy facebook page HERE. If you have friends who love planning or scrapbooking, I would really love if you would share my shop with them! :)
Today, we're taking the day off from schooling...Xavier has eight baby teeth that don't seem to want to fall out and it is not good for his grown-up teeth. He needs to go have them pulled today. Today is also my birthday so it's fun to just have the day to enjoy. :)
Thanks so much for stopping by. If you made it the whole way through this post, I appreciate it! It was a long one, for sure. :)
I hope your week ahead is great! I hope you'll stop again soon!
Striving to give God all the glory,