this is the Jessica I mentioned many posts back
how she knelt before Joel and prayed the most amazing
prayer for him.......and can't you see why I
thought it was so amazing.....you can see
her heart through her face!!
The wedding that Caleb, Daniel and Bethany had opportunity to play in went beautifully! It was during the morning worship service and I have to say that I think its an excellent idea. When you go to weddings, you gather ideas of "how" to do it. I liked the way Jessica and her groom stood on the platform facing the congregation and the pastor stood on the floor in front of them, that way we could see them, their expressions and joy!!! It was a very simple wedding yet one of the few weddings I have attended where you "felt" the Lord's presence. There were no decorations on the platform, just the attendants and the groomsmen. The pastor gave a message before the actual ceremony began with the wedding party coming out. It was one I will remember mostly because of the wonderful story of their courtship and seeing how God brought them together and then knowing as your sitting there it really was a marriage made in heaven before the foundations of the world.
Yesterday the guys tried to go to work and it was a very nice day at our house but at the two job sites it was raining sooooooooo they were willing to work on the ceiling again here at the house. They got another section and half done, very glad for that! They are working today and its major hot here!! I am not complaining, we have had sooo much rain for weeks and I am ready to pick back up to the summer weather that I missed in all the rain!!! Mercy took a little swim today in her pool and I was tempted to get in with her as I sat nearby in a chair!! Bethany, Anna and Hannah (friend of Ann's thats here) took a little outing over to Stillwater to get something for the 4 wheeler. I think they are wanting their brother Elijah to get it running for some adventure!'
I don't know if I will always look at scripture through the lens of death and grieving but that's how it is for now. Hard things happen in this world and that will not change but what can change is how we view the hard things, the difficult roads that we ALL will walk down. I read some scriptures this morning and they gave quite a contrast or if you will two different perspectives that we can embrace. I am so grateful for the grace of God that has been given to my heart. As hard as it is with grace, I can not imagine this situation without God's grace. One perspective is in Mark 14:4, and there were some that had indignation within themselves, and said, Why was this waste of ointment made? That attitude leads to bitterness, unforgivness, and really a miserable rest of your life! The other attitude I saw as I read this morning was one of "believing" God for who he is and what he says. Mark 14:16, and his disciples went forth, and came into the city, and found as he had said unto them.......I was blessed by that little phrase, "and found as he said unto them." You see, Jesus had told them something before hand, he had given them promises, in this actual passage, he told them they would find the upper room to the exact specifications before they arrived. I like the truth that I have found him as he said he would be to one that sorrows and grieves, one that walks the valley of death. I have "found" him to be faithful, I have found that his grace is sufficient, I have found him to be true to his person, in character that he is all wise! Have you found him to be true to you as he said he would be? So really we can put any situation up against our great God and if we embrace and believe him, he will be found as he has said in his word, which is the infallible word of God! I liked another scripture that seemed to blend with these two, it was Mark 16:7, but go your way, tell his disciples and Peter that he goeth before you into Galilee:there shall ye see him, as he said unto you. Not only will we "find" him, but we will also "see" him as he said. Finding and seeing God in and through this journey has been the only way I have survived and its been through reading the Word. These two verses both end with "He said unto you and he said unto them." Its all about Who he is, his promises and He is true to His words! He will fulfill his promises to us no matter the situation. I pray you will embrace this perspective to your difficulties and not the other of feeling cheated, bitter and having a miserable rest of your life!
The agenda for tonight is vb. We played last night with some friends, the Jones Family, Natalie and husband Paul and their three children, fun time! Why do they have to play every night???? Guess they like it!!!! I am hoping to pick peaches this evening when it cools off at an orchard, so I am going to make a cobbler, I have been longing for one like my mom and grandmother use to make but I can not quite get it right.
Text from Elijah says: "I just wrung enough sweat out of my shirt to fill up a glass." Pray for safety in this heat!
I am doing the dreaded project of re-painting the bathroom cabinets because of the spill of nail polish.....ugh!!!!!! Its gonna be fine though!
Better go see what I can figure out for dinner.......something cold sounds good but I don't think hungry construction workers will want that!
Stay cool and if your near a pool, "swim for me!!!"