Monday, November 7, 2016

I Love Sundays

A half hour to read and review after Robert and Kayla leave...
The cutest, smartest Sunday morning co-pilots you've ever seen...
 View to my right...
...and to my left. Proverbs 31:1-9 today...on what makes a man.
Self Control. Sober Judgment. Sacrifice.
 Back home and a helper...
 ...coffee brewing...three pots.
Real dishes and silverware...I love real dishes and silverware...
 ...and fresh, homemade food. (With help from two talented co-hostesses...Laura...and Laura)
Baked Ziti, Butternut Squash, Tossed Salad, Garlic Bread this week.
Pot Roast, Mashed Potatoes, Roasted Veggies, Pumpkin Souffle last week.
 Half of the smiling faces fit around the table...
 A vegan dessert for one of our favorite "Smithies"
Real conversations about spending both life and death for Christ...
 Inspirational viewing...Williams College...Haystack Prayer Meeting...Student Volunteer Movement
"If we are exiles and refugees on earth (I Peter), and if our citizenship is in heaven (Philippians 3), and if nothing can separate us from the love of Christ (Romans 8), and if His steadfast love is better than life (Psalm 63), and if all hardship is working for us an eternal weight of glory (2 Corinthians)...
...then we will give to the winds our fears and 'seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness' (Matthew 6). We will count everything as rubbish in comparison with Christ (Philippians 3). We will 'joyfully accept the plundering of our property' for the sake of unpopular acts of mercy (Hebrews 10)...
...We will choose 'rather to be mistreated with the people of God than to enjoy the fleeting pleasures of sin,' and we will count 'the reproach of Christ greater wealth than the treasures of Egypt. (Hebrews 11)"
~ John Piper, Don't Waste Your Life
I even enjoy washing the Sunday dishes, but I usually have some help...

...even from the pastor at the end of a long day.
Catching up with the college kiddos...tests...friends...football...sermon discussions...
...and then he's off again...an evening appointment with a non-church couple seeking marriage... but learning Christ for the first time...and how can he refuse that?

Self Control. Sound Judgment. Sacrifice.
My helper is off being a helper to another evening Bible study.  She's watching the little ones so the bigs ones can freely discuss and share and pray.

So...tea that's good for the tummy and an epsom salt bath for me, and this, that my dad sent and has taken me weeks to finish...
Texas Monthly articles are LONG, and so are Sundays, but I love them!

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