Delight in Simple Things
Learn to like what does not cost much.
Learn to like reading, conversation, music.
Learn to like plain food, plain service, plain cooking.
Learn to like people, even those who may be very different from you.
Learn to shelter your family with love, comfort, and peace.
Learn to keep your wants simple. Refuse to be owned and anchored by things and
opinions of others.
Learn to like the sunrise and the sunset, the beating of rain on the roof and windows, the gentle fall of snow in winter.
Learn to hold heaven near and dear.
Learn to love God, for He surely loves you.
Game Night – Monopoly!
First Day of Spring – Free Cone day at Dairy Queen
I love that James still loves to play on the floor with cars. I caught this moment because not only was he driving his Lego car across the carpet, but the car sound effects were in full swing too. Love it!
Anna often likes to write our chores for the morning down on her white board so she can cross them off. I had to capture this last list: Pick up, Sweep, Vacuum, Bathrooms, Paint Nails. Love it.
My favorite way to LISTEN to scripture
Patching Mr. Bear – Again.
Signs of Spring
Freckles on both kids!
My new favorite addition to our dining room
Yesterday I talked with my dear friend, Corrie, for over an hour. It was lovely. We’ve been friends for many years – going on 18! – and are now separated by an ocean and many miles. We don’t talk often, but when we do, it does wonders for my soul. It feels like she is in my living room, sipping a cup of tea, talking about our hearts together – just like old times. We see her family once a year when they return to visit which we’re grateful for. But I’m still hopeful that one day they’ll return to Colorado.
Corrie, Lora, Jessica
There is something so special about those friends you’ve had for so many years. The ones where so many memories form the foundation of your friendship. The ones you continue to stay in touch with even when you’re separated. The ones where you can pick up with where you left off last time. The ones you have history with, stories with, and an understanding with.
I’m so very grateful for you and your friendship, Corrie, and pray, dear friend, for God’s nearness to you!
I have a devotional by Charles Spurgeon, the infamous English preacher, titled Morning and Evening. It’s one of my favorite devotionals – I love the timeless words, the clear truths he never shies away from, and the readings every day for both morning and night. Such a wonderful way to begin and end a day.
Last month I read this again and thought it was worth sharing. Everyone has some sort of “trial” they are facing – some great, and some small. But how comforting to know that God doesn’t just turn a blind eye to our hardships. I love the last sentence – that heaven will more than make up for the trials we experience to get there.
“We must through much tribulation enter into the kingdom of God.”
God’s people have their trials. It was never designed by God, when he chose his people, that they should be an untried people. They were chosen in the furnace of affliction; they were never chosen to worldly peace and earthly joy. Freedom from sickness and the pains of mortality was never promised them; but when their Lord drew up the charter of privileges, he included chastisements amongst the things to which they should inevitably be heirs. Trials are a part of our lot; they were predestinated for us in Christ’s last legacy. So surely as the stars are fashioned by his hands, and their orbits fixed by him, so surely are our trials allotted to us: he has ordained their season and their place, their intensity and the effect they shall have upon us. Good men must never expect to escape troubles; if they do, they will be disappointed, for none of their predecessors have been without them. Mark the patience of Job; remember Abraham, for he had his trials, and by his faith under them, he became the “Father of the faithful.” Note well the biographies of all the patriarchs, prophets, apostles, and martyrs, and you shall discover none of those whom God made vessels of mercy, who were not made to pass through the fire of affliction. It is ordained of old that the cross of trouble should be engraved on every vessel of mercy, as the royal mark whereby the King’s vessels of honour are distinguished. But although tribulation is thus the path of God’s children, they have the comfort of knowing that their Master has traversed it before them; they have his presence and sympathy to cheer them, his grace to support them, and his example to teach them how to endure; and when they reach “the kingdom,” it will more than make amends for the “much tribulation” through which they passed to enter it.