“If God is sovereign, then He is in control of all the details of my life. If He is loving, then He is going to be shaping the details of my life for my good. If He is all-wise, then He’s not going to do everything I want because I don’t know what I need. If He is patient, the He is going to take time to do all this. When we put all these things together– God’s sovereignty, love, wisdom, and patience– we have a divine story.”
A Praying Life , Paul Miller
“But who am I, and who are my people, that we should be able to give as generously as this? For everything comes from You, and we have given You only what comes from Your own hand.” -1 Chronicles 29:14
We had a wonderful final meeting with our Crown Bible Study this past Sunday in Sumter. It was so much fun to be with our friends in person, and to study what God’s Word says about money. We have learned so much, and we are grateful for how God has provided for us financially, but for the wisdom and new perspective He has given us on possessions and finance. Praise God from Whom all blessings flow!
A friend gave us the book Celebration of Discipline by Richard Foster. It has been very enjoyable so far. I was particularly interested in this paragraph from the chapter on “Meditation.”
“The church Fathers often spoke of Otium Sanctum, “holy leisure.” It refers to a sense of balance in the life, an ability to be at peace through the activities of the day, an ability to rest and take time to enjoy beauty, an ability to pace ourselves. With our tendency to define people in terms of what they produce, we would do well to cultivate “holy leisure.” And if we expect to succeed in the contemplative way, we must pursue “holy leisure” with a determination that is ruthless to our datebooks.”
- Buy a house
- Lead a Crown Bible Study group
- Go on a Family Life Cruise
- Attend a Weekend to Remember event
Go to Disney World
- Visit the Holy Land Experience in Orlando
- Go on a mission trip together
- See the Synchronous Fireflies in Tennessee
- Attend the US Open (Tennis Tournament)
Attend a seminar at the Billy Graham Training Center at the Cove
- Go skiing/snowboarding in Colorado
“Don’t pray for easy lives; pray to be stronger men … pray for powers equal to your tasks.”
-Bishop Phillips Brooks
We are both grateful for the work we have. I still remember my Italian professor in college saying: “Work is a privilege.” It is, and it was brought to my attention this week while reading Crown Biblical Financial study that God put work in place before sin. “The Lord God took the man and placed him in the garden of Eden to work it and watch over it.” (Genesis 2:15)
It is a very common joke and observation that to not work would be “the life.” And, it is easy to dream about not having to work. But, working and earning money to pay for our needs gives us a sense of purpose and dignity, not just financial provision. And, I without a doubt, believe that God provides work, and provides people with skills and the ability to work. That is why this verse is key: “Serve with a good attitude, as to the Lord and not to men, knowing that whatever good each one does, slave or free, he will receive this back from the Lord.” (Ephesians 6:7-8)
That is great motivation! When I have been able to turn my mind toward God at work, and work for Him, it is a night and day difference, a complete attitude shift. I will be quick to say that this is not as easy as I wish it were! When frustrations come, and stressful days, I struggle to be content and not grumble about work, much less work as if I am working to do God’s will in my heart. I hope I can continue to strive for that. Because when I am able to work for the Lord, work becomes such a joy and an act of praise and worship! And, it’s a wonderful thing!
Life has been a whirlwind for us over the past 3 weeks. Dan accepted a job with Accenture in Charlotte on January 24. We signed a lease for an apartment in the Charlotte area on February 1, and Dan’s first day at the new job was on February 4. The moving company packed up our Sumter apartment on February 5, and delivered all the furniture and boxes yesterday (February 11). Those are the major steps we have taken, but anyone who has moved knows that there are many other details that go along with moving! Multiple times over the past week, I have been thankful that Dan is finished with his Air Force career, just because I know that one of the many sacrifices military families make is frequent moving.
Our #1 goal at the moment is to unpack, and get everything in working order at our new place (specifically the washer and dryer.)
We are also currently memorizing a Bible verse each week with our Crown Bible study group. The accountability with that has been great for us.
We were encouraged in the Crown study, as well to talk as a couple once a week about our finances and financial goals. We hope to make this a habit on Sunday afternoons.
As far as health and exercise, we sure hope we can get back to running at some point, but it seems like that may take a while. We set a goal recently to not eat after 9 pm. This has proved to be difficult.
I was inspired to write down a few of these goals after seeing this post by Dave Ramsey.
We have movers coming tomorrow. I am a rookie to having the help of professional movers. Nobody told me what they do. And, I know that sounds dumb. But, I assumed a lot of things. And a lot of the things I assumed were false.
When we found out we were moving, my first thought was that I have an entire apartment to pack. So, I started packing, and I tried to go about it very quickly, yet methodically. I pulled everything off of the walls. I have created stacks of clothes and books. I have boxed up knick-knacks and food from our pantry.
After talking to three Air Force wives today, I learned that a moving company will do every bit of the packing for you. Wow. What a waste of stress, and detailed sorting, and organizing. What a waste.
Oh well. Now I know.
While reading a Lysa Terkeurst devotion, I liked this list of Scriptures that state who God says we are:
- forgiven child of God. (Romans 3:24)
- set-free child of God. (Romans 8:1–2)
- accepted child of God. (1 Corinthians 1:2)
- holy child of God. (1 Corinthians 1:30)
- made-new child of God. (2 Corinthians 5:17)
- loved child of God. (Ephesians 1:4)
- close child of God. (Ephesians 2:13)
- confident child of God. (Ephesians 3:12)
- victorious child of God. (Romans 8:37)
We were excited about the arrival of our first niece this past week!
Rachel Eve was born on January 16, 2013 at 12:30 pm, weighing 8 lbs. 4 oz. She is beautiful, and we had so much fun meeting her yesterday.
This is big brother with baby.
Today, Reid and his classmates were supposed to dress up as a storybook character for school. He was the Big Bad Wolf, and if you look closely, you can see him holding the three little pigs.
Carrie and Reid.