As the end of summer draws near we've begun switching gears around here. The long, hot, summer days leave time for reflection and a need for fall planning. We've been able to spend a lot of great family time together this summer and I know that Tommy, myself, and these kids will treasure the memories for years to come. There's also been challenges and heartache but I know that God is faithful to keep His promises. Hard decisions, weak times in our lives, and tears seem to often pave the road towards new seasons and times in life. And perhaps most importantly, they lead us to lean more on the One who has it all under control in the first place.
And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not. Galatians 6:9
And what about those times in which we fall short or even completely miss the mark? I've learned that sometimes the better my intentions, the bigger my shortcomings. Thank the Lord I have the love and grace of Jesus Christ for that one. For I know....
If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. 1John 1:9
When the waves of exhaustion and discouragement roll in, I'm reminded of this....
Being confident of this very thing, that he which hath begun a good work in you will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ. Philippians 1:6
Our God is faithful. He is just. He keeps His promises. Always. I'm not saved because I'm better than the next person, or because I always do the right things. I'm saved by the grace of a God that loves me enough to offer that gift. I need Him because I'm NOT good enough on my own and I never will be. And that's why Jesus died for me, and for you WHILE we were still sinners. I know who I belong to. Do you? It's a free gift, but we have to make the decision to receive it. And that is the only way any of us will ever be good enough. And thank God for that, because on my own I'd only make a bigger mess of things!
Gracie has been quick to remind me daily that "God is Faithful, He keeps His promises." She'll ask me, "for two months?" Then say, "Noooo....for eh-er". His words have been planted in her heart and she's not shy about sharing them. That was their VBS motto this year. (Or FBI motto, as Aiden called VBS by FBI instead all summer!) "GOD IS FAITHFUL, I CAN DIG IT". And here's some pictures of VBS 2011!
|Gracie, Cass, and the girls! It's so fun to see how great all of these kids are together!|
|Aiden and some friends. Is it just me or does he look all grown up?|
|At the program the kids put on for us!|
|Taken at the request of Ms. Alaina Jade herself! After a fun day in the sun at Splash Kingdom.|
|Aiden and Gracie enjoying our one tiny cantaloupe harvest for the year! They loved it though! It was so hot and dry this summer, we were glad to get even just one to enjoy!|
|A typically hilarious moment in our home! Lazy summer nights have been another memory to hang onto!|
From our 100 plus degree home to yours.....may you all have a wonderful day, cherish these last weeks of summer, and ask God to show you who you were created to be!