Today I put in my first garden! Sowing and planting was a lot of work, but I thoroughly enjoyed it. I always love being outside on sunny days, and it was nice to be able to be productive while catching some rays! (I caught a few too many rays, as it turns out; I guess I should have used more sunblock!) I kept thinking how amazing it is that those little tiny seeds will soon sprout and poke up through the dirt and grow and bear fruit. Maybe I now better understand on a very small scale why farmers love what they do.
Do you ever think that the Lord causes you to think of someone for some reason? Last night I dreamt about a high school classmate of mine whom I haven’t seen or thought of for years and woke up thinking that I should try to look her up. I shrugged off the thought rather quickly, though, because I didn’t know her new last name. Then tonight, as I was getting ready for bed, I discovered that this very girl whom I dreamt about had in fact looked me up through Facebook, an online networking utility. What a strange coincidence that we should reconnect just hours after I had thought of her! Maybe it was nothing more than just that–a strange coincidence; or maybe the Lord was working in His sometimes mysterious way. Whatever the case, I guess it serves as a good reminder to pray for those who cross my mind….
I was looking at an old friend’s Facebook profile the other day, and she had the following quote listed in reference to our hometown: “There is nothing like returning to a place that remains unchanged to find the ways in which you yourself have altered” (by Nelson Mandela).
Upon reading this quote, I immediately thought of the change that happens in our lives because of salvation. I think I’ve mentioned in a previous post that although I accepted Christ as my Lord and Savior at a young age, it wasn’t until my first year away at college that I really started to grow…and change! My first summer back from college, I got together one night with my three closest high school girlfriends. As we sat around talking, I remember my best friend in the group saying, “You’ve changed. We’re you like this in high school… I mean, all religious and stuff?” At the time I remember feeling hurt and disappointed that I had obviously been too conformed to the world around me to stand out as a Christian even to my closest friends. But looking back, I realize that it really wasn’t until after high school that I began to change as a result of my salvation; and how thankful I am that a change was noticed by my friends that night! May God receive all the glory for what He has done in me!
Romans 12:2 says, “Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind….” May I be continually changed because of my great God who saved me, justified me, and sanctifies me!
For an encouragement to those who might be afraid to reveal their new selves to old friends–“I am not ashamed of the gospel, because it is the power of God for the salvation of everyone who believes…” (Romans 1:16).
“The days are long, but the years fly by.” I heard this quote about motherhood at the Women’s Conference I attended on Saturday, and I think it hit me harder than anything else I learned that day. As I reflect on it, I have been encouraged by the truth it holds. Let me just say, it took no time at all to realize the truth of “the days are long!” Motherhood is a 24/7 job, and most of it is about serving someone else. But now I am beginning to learn the truth of “the years fly by.” Abel, our son, is already two; and our “baby” Amariah is 10 months old!
Even though the days are long, I know that because the years fly by I must embrace each moment of motherhood and make the most out of each day. When I thank the Lord each night for the day He has given me, I hope that I will be able to say that I accomplished something that made it all worthwhile.
What a blessing it is to be a part of the body of Christ! When Travis and I moved to a new city where we knew virtually no one, we had no idea how we would ever find a good church. But God, by His awesome sovereignty and grace, quickly led us to a Bible-believing church, blessing us with the opportunity to become a part of a body of believers who truly seeks to live in Him and to walk as Jesus did (1 John 2:6). Not only do we have the privilege of worshiping and celebrating together with the body each Sunday, but we also have found true fellowship there. With fellowship has come accountability, encouragement, learning, and real friendships. There is no stronger bond than one founded on Christ. Praise God for the fellowship of believers!