So RP and I are endeavoring/grappling/praying/seeking/failing/succeeding/trying to live the church life. Like the real life, practical, day to day experience of Acts. Not just in a church building but in our home. Not just as a social or charitable network, but sharing Christ, shepherding young ones, speaking the gospel, and building one another up in life. We are blessed to be under a wonderful ministry regarding this very matter, but we’re still not really sure what it looks like. Kinda like we have the recipe and the photograph, but we’re not sure how it all tastes when it’s put together.
But in the meantime we’re endeavoring and here are a few pics of this week’s effort 🙂
After the prayer meeting:
Friday night group:
Introducing the newest Graham: Baby S!
and Baby S flys away…
Blending meeting in Chattanooga:
So this week was a lot of Baby S and the Grahams, but we’ll keep endeavoring and (if I can remember to take pictures) keep you posted.
Today was a rough day. For no good reason. Well, one reason was that I couldn’t stop thinking about our budget. Don’t get me wrong. I am sooo glad we are doing a budget. Budgets are like salve for your fiscal conscience. And something about just writing down what you’re spending and thinking about it causes you to spend less (also works with food and time). But I thought about it too much and then I had to talk about it and things just went downhill from there. Beyond that I think there was just a gray cloud over my head and so the topic that got the benefit of today’s gray cloud was the budget.
But. That’s not what this post is about. It’s about what made me happy. 2 things. 1) Getting with other believers. Some plans got cancelled and somehow RP and I found ourselves with a good meal and no one to share it with. After a few calls we found some friends/believers in our neighborhood who were free! Something about the saints coming over and joining you for a meal, just makes things better. Thank you R family for saving me from my self.
And 2) This verse from Jonah 4:10-11 in which the Lord says to Jonah, “You had pity on the tree that you did not labor for nor cause to grow, which came into being overnight and perished overnight; and I, should I not have pity on Nineveh, the great city, in which are more than a hundred and twenty thousand people, who cannot discern between their right hand and their left, and many cattle?” Why did this make me happy, you may ask. Well, I just felt like the Lord was reminding me, “Kristin, I know who you are. I know you fail. I know sometimes you can’t even discern between your right hand and your left. But I am still full of compassion towards you. I’m still taking care of you.” The Lord had compassion even on the great and evil city of Nineveh.
And since every good blog post should have a picture. And since I am still learning to take pictures of things as they happen, here is an irrelevant picture that I just really like of Pop Pop and baby Lily from last October:
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I heart family time. On the Phillips side, they’ve gone from 0 to 3 grandkids in less than 3 years. It’s fun watching the “cousins” grow up together.
Who's calling my name?
Kisses for Baby Quinn:
This morning I enjoyed from the sharing that the Bible is not like any other book. The Bible brings us to a living Person. If we read the Bible looking for answers, recommendations for living, or do’s and don’ts, then the Bible will be dry and difficult to understand. But if we read the Bible as loving seekers, seeking the living Christ in the Word, then we will receive life! Then our time in the Word will become a delight to us.
“The psalmist also delighted in God’s word (vv. 119:16, 24, 35, 47, 70, 77, 92, 174). He enjoyed the word of God and found it a source of delight. Every day we should have a time to delight ourselves in the Word.” (Life-study of the Psalms, pp. 459-460)
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So I need to “cultivate a habit” of putting things up here that tickle my fancy or are nice to remember. Ya know just in case I want to look at ’em in 10 years. So here’s to a perfectly lovely date night in a hip shopping center we can’t quite remember the name of….
I finally got the combination right this time…I think the key was to not try to make it healthy at all. Cheddar + mayo + beef + avocado…mmmm.
And discovered the bridge to Anthro! I’ve been so close this whole time!