July 30, 2015

Hey there. 

I determined not to have a dead blog for the summer but then I thought, "Hey why not take a blogging break during July?" And so I did. And it was great . . . but now I'm back.

Before I get into my posts lined up for August, I just want to recap and give some personal praise to the Lord for all He's done this summer (so far). Here's a brief touch in on a few of the recent highlights . . .



Work


In addition to waitressing and managing A Time 2 Write, I'm now officially a freelance writer! God went beyond my dreams to provide me with an amazing, part-time, work-from-home writing job.

Reunion/Traveling  

Our family reunion made the charts for one of the best weeks of July. It involved coffee shops, movies, laughing, not much sleep, reminiscing, and enjoying each other. We invented games, set off and watched fireworks, played volleyball, swam, ate delicious food and just caught up with grandparents, aunts, uncles, cousins and good friends from the area. We are thankful for our godly heritage and that we're all such good friends. A common heartbeat of the reunion was visiting Braum's, like one hundred times -- this is Newton's ultimate place to get soft serve yogurt cones or other rich, quality ice cream. They serve other things there too but we are mostly all about the ice cream. 

The Book Signing 

The Charlotte's Hope book signing was definitely a highlight as well as a visit to Ashlyn's farm for a classic, long overdue writers meeting. I also got to make friends with her adorable baby and catch a combine ride. 


Camp

I was blessed with six fifth graders to disciple for a week of uncharacteristically cool KS weather. It was a privilege to watch God work in their lives and serve alongside my sister and cousins.



Wedding 

My friend's wedding was stunning and simple. Set against Utah mountains in a small Bible church, she and her groom said "I do" in radiant purity. As beautiful, encouraging and holy as the ceremony was, I'm even more grateful that marriage is just a picture of Christ and His church. "[Jesus] gave Himself up for her [the church], so that He might sanctify her, having cleansed her by the washing of water with the word, that He might present to Himself the church in all her glory, having no spot or wrinkle or any such thing; but that she would be holy and blameless." (Ephesians 5:26b-27) This is what life is all about! Can't wait for that glorious day when the marriage of the Lamb to His bride will take place (Revelation 19:7).  

Hope

This past month I've been reminded how no matter what suffering, pain or trial comes our way, believers still have Him--every bit of His graciousness, goodness, beauty, love and joy are there in the absence of physical blessings. We have a friend in the hospital right now and how incredible it is to sing and worship God with him in a hospital courtyard . . . surrounded by a building that represents so much pain and suffering . . . and yet we can hold onto the hope and healing of our great God. We can celebrate His life, truth, worthiness and trustworthiness. 

"For momentary, light affliction is producing for us an eternal weight of glory 
for beyond all comparison."
2 Corinthians 4:17

Can't wait for the rest of summer's adventures! It's great to be back home with all the people I missed. 



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