We’ve shoveled snow, made pumpkin bread, watched movies, made art, danced, and played with the other neighborhood kids.
We love Minnesota with fresh snow. Still- this mama is ready to get out. asap.
I like your Christ. I do not like your Christians. Your Christians are so unlike your Christ. - Gandhi
I haven’t been listening. I’ve been sailing along. Now I look about asking “why?” Why couldn’t I hear this before? Why have I been comfortable… so comfortable being comfortable.
Month two of the fast: seven items of clothing for 30 days. I’m almost a week in. My closet has always been about this size. I don’t have clothes issues for a GIRL…right? Because I know many have much bigger closets- I didn’t think of the many who don’t.
Static has always surrounded the Christian life; so much threatens to distract us from the main point. People have always preferred details and rules..but when Jesus was pressed He said: “Love God. Love people.” -Jen Hatmaker
Tuning in. Past the static.
How do we put love into action? Convinced if we took these two commands- our homes, church, world would be entirely different.
I pray for new eyes to see..for a way outside myself and my tense/swirling chaos. - Shauna Niequist
This quote beautifully summarizes where I am. Today. I’m days away from ending month one of a fast I’ve committed to. The experience has been hard and good. More than anything- the fast has helped me apply discipline.
As a family, we chose seven places to spend our money in the last 30 days (only with a few slips). It’s forced me to plan ahead, to go without something I “needed” in the moment, and even to listen better because there was just too much before.
Last night Ryan and I visited with my Nan, Papa, and Uncle Rick which was a perfect way to spend a date-night this week.. we had the drive to catch up (without distraction) and a visit with some of my favorite people! Being with Nan -I’m constantly reminded to think of others.
To take a fast not only as a “break”- but as a challenge to actually take what I’m learning and apply it to the way I live. I’m excited (and nervous) to learn about how less could mean more.
The spirit of a fast: an intention reduction, a deliberate abstinence to summon God’s movement in your life. - Jen Hatmaker
You are three. And already you are a little lady.
You are social. Often you introduce yourself to perfect strangers.
Your vocabulary is extensive. Our pediatrician said she’s never heard anything like it (nor have I!)
You often tell me I’m your best friend. You have quite a few.. (best friends)
You color in the lines and sign your name on every piece of paper in our house.
Your excitement for life is amazing. You can hardly get the words out when you’re excited.
Your dad and I picked your name because it means “light”. From the first time I saw your face- you were taking in the world around you. I loved seeing it then as much as I do today. You are bright, alert, and one very dynamic little lady.
*photo by Kiley Marissa Photography*