Friday, October 21, 2011

This Got My Attention

From Spurgeon's Morning and Evening Devotions

“The love of Christ constraineth us.” — 2 Corinthians 5:14

How much owest thou unto my Lord? Has he ever done anything for thee? Has he forgiven thy sins? Has he covered thee with a robe of righteousness? Has he set thy feet upon a rock? Has he established thy goings? Has he prepared heaven for thee? Has he prepared thee for heaven? Has he written thy name in his book of life? Has he given thee countless blessings? Has he laid up for thee a store of mercies, which eye hath not seen nor ear heard? Then do something for Jesus worthy of his love. Give not a mere wordy offering to a dying Redeemer. How will you feel when your Master comes, if you have to confess that you did nothing for him, but kept your love shut up, like a stagnant pool, neither flowing forth to his poor or to his work. Out on such love as that! What do men think of a love which never shows itself in action? Why, they say, “Open rebuke is better than secret love.” Who will accept a love so weak that it does not actuate you to a single deed of self-denial, of generosity, of heroism, or zeal! Think how he has loved you, and given himself for you! Do you know the power of that love? Then let it be like a rushing mighty wind to your soul to sweep out the clouds of your worldliness, and clear away the mists of sin. “For Christ’s sake” be this the tongue of fire that shall sit upon you: “for Christ’s sake” be this the divine rapture, the heavenly afflatus to bear you aloft from earth, the divine spirit that shall make you bold as lions and swift as eagles in your Lord’s service. Love should give wings to the feet of service, and strength to the arms of labour. Fixed on God with a constancy that is not to be shaken, resolute to honour him with a determination that is not to be turned aside, and pressing on with an ardour never to be wearied, let us manifest the constraints of love to Jesus. May the divine loadstone draw us heavenward towards itself. 

A Walk in the Park

The other day while Abby was away at preschool, I got to hang out with these cute gals on a gorgeous fall day! What could be better?

"I love to go outside in my stroller!"

Ready to play

"Look at all doze birds, Mommy!"


Our apartment building

Good time was had by all!

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

An Unmatched Epitaph

He trusted in the Lord God of Israel; so that after him was none like him among all the kings of Judah, nor any that were before him. 

For he clave to the Lord....

(2 Kings 18:5–6, spoken of King Hezekiah)

Monday, October 17, 2011

Too Funny

Tonight, we used 3 coins to shim up a wardrobe. As I tucked them under the foot, Joshua looked it over and then says without even thinking, "Yep, I think that's right on the money." We both about died laughing.

Friday, October 7, 2011

Surprise! (Austria, Pt. 1)

It began as a 5-day anniversary get-away to Krakow, Poland...

7 wonderful years!

A very welcoming entry

Our beautiful room

A gift for Prince Charming...

...and a gift from Prince Charming!

"Surprise! Krakow isn't our final destination after all."  

Our plane leaves in the morning!

To be continued....
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