Turns out not everyone appreciates my honesty anymore. And that's ok.
I'm not out to try to force anyone to understand.
I don't understand it all.
But one thing I know is this-
"For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, declares the LORD. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts."
It may not ever make sense on earth....but as followers of Christ, we are not living for this earth....
We are all just putting one foot in front of the other and trying to follow Jesus by the grace that He gives us one day at a time.
And sometimes when something different than the norm comes up it's easy to cast judgement and assume that if its different, than it must be wrong.
But I want God's Word to encourage us all to remember that His call is different for each of His children.
And let's REJOICE in that!
1 Corinthians 12:4 "Now there are varieties of gifts, but the same Spirit;
5 and there are varieties of service, but the same Lord;
6 and there are varieties of activities, but it is the same God who empowers them all in everyone."
And also that when the Bible talks about the body of Christ, it is not referring only to a select group of His followers, but about ALL of His children.
1 Corinthians 12:11 "All these are empowered by one and the same Spirit, who apportions to each one individually as he wills.
12 For just as the body is one and has many members, and all the members of the body, though many, are one body, so it is with Christ.
13 For in one Spirit we were all baptized into one body-Jews or Greeks, slaves or free-and all were made to drink of one Spirit.
14 For the body does not consist of one member but of many.
15 If the foot should say, "Because I am not a hand, I do not belong to the body," that would not make it any less a part of the body.
16 And if the ear should say, "Because I am not an eye, I do not belong to the body," that would not make it any less a part of the body.
17 If the whole body were an eye, where would be the sense of hearing? If the whole body were an ear, where would be the sense of smell?
18 But as it is, God arranged the members in the body, each one of them, as he chose.
19 If all were a single member, where would the body be?
20 As it is, there are many parts, yet one body.
21 The eye cannot say to the hand, "I have no need of you," nor again the head to the feet, "I have no need of you."
22 On the contrary, the parts of the body that seem to be weaker are indispensable,
23 and on those parts of the body that we think less honorable we bestow the greater honor, and our unpresentable parts are treated with greater modesty,
24 which our more presentable parts do not require. But God has so composed the body, giving greater honor to the part that lacked it,
25 that there may be no division in the body, but that the members may have the same care for one another.
26 If one member suffers, all suffer together; if one member is honored, all rejoice together.
27 Now you are the body of Christ and individually members of it."
We love you all. We want nothing more than to love and serve and fellowship together united as the body of Christ until He returns.
We are slowly starting to adjust to our new normal.....and making lots of new friends.....
i decided not to fight the clothing battle on this day.....and this is what tekoa wore to school...she felt so very beautiful....:)
and she is officially on the vaulting team now....so brave! she is LOVING it!
oh and her pajama day at school was a major highlight in her life :)
neiko wears these boots from cousin josiah almost every day......even just around the house.....he is truly in love with them :)
oh and big news- we finally got a fridge for our pantry....i don't know HOW my mom raised 5 kids with only 1 fridge :)
this fridge is my new best friend.....and it makes me feel a bit spoiled.....but i totally share what's inside of it, so come on over and have a diet coke....or a juice box....
and this picture was taken by our dentist. :) he finds 5 kids packed into the room with me while he checks my teeth quite funny.
i would find it funny too, if i wasn't the last of 5 of us getting cleaned. it takes almost 3 hours....
we just got a new hygienist, and she commented on the amount of kids and then asked if we lived on a farm or something....:)
i sure love these guys.......and i sure can't wait til i can send them outside to play!!