Ok, I know I said I would post pictures...but I can't seem to find the cord to the camera to download them! So please bear with me. For now, just randoms.
Do you think it is possible to be addicted to your backyard deck? It doesn't matter whether it is morning and we're eating breakfast, or afternoon watching the boys play in the woods while the birds eat at the feeders, or evening listening to the sounds of nature and talking by the light of candles--I think I am addicted. And I don't want to be saved!
When the boys and I were talking about evolution being taught in school, we decided that we are just a little bit glad that it can be difficult to be a Christian these days because it brings us closer to God. Each time we are faced with another hurdle, we turn to Him to help us get through, and He always does. Then it confirms our belief in His power, and in His ability to see us through. And it feels good to me--and apparantly to the boys too-- and that feels good too.
Summer is coming to a close, and while I am not seriously considering home schooling--for reasons I won't get into- it does have a certain appeal. I don't want the boys to go back to school. I love having them home. BUT it means I can work again w/o worrying about them and their time, so I AM looking forward to that part of it!
When I think of those whom I may have differences with (gratefully there aren't many) I think of this verse, and it is helping me remember that maybe, just maybe these are the people who need my prayers and patience the most.
Love must be sincere. Hate what is evil; cling to what is good. Be devoted to one another in brotherly love. Honor one another above yourselves. Never be lacking in zeal, but keep your spiritual fervor, serving the Lord. Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer. Share with God's people who are in need. Practice hospitality.
Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse. Rejoice with those who rejoice; mourn with those who mourn. Live in harmony with one another. Do not be proud, but be willing to associate with people of low position. Do not be conceited.
Do not repay anyone evil for evil. Be careful to do what is right in the eyes of everybody. If it is possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone. Do not take revenge, my friends, but leave room for God's wrath, for it is written: "It is mine to avenge; I will repay," says the Lord. On the contrary:
"If your enemy is hungry, feed him; if he is thirsty, give him something to drink. In doing this, you will heap burning coals on his head." Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.