Good Morning fellow Company Girls! Hope everyone is doing well this morning! I have nothing delicious to offer you today but you are more than welcome to come in for some sweet fellowship!
I am hungry for some good "girl time" today. I have gotten hopelessly behind on blogs this week and even missed getting around to all of you last weekend. I missed you and hope to do better this time around!
We had a great weekend with family! My husband's sister and her family came for a visit and our nephew spent most of his time with us. He was highly entertaining. He kept us laughing most of the time but my favorite thing he said was after watching one of the boys play basketball Friday night and then getting ready to watch the other play on Saturday. He declared, "I know someone who can play basketball. They are called the Saints. And they are better than you, cause they won the Superbowl!" I think we are gonna have to get him this summer and give him a little tutorial on sports!
We had more snow the beginning of the week, but it has ceased to have much of an effect around here. Schools went on as usual, although many were already out for President's day. This year, my children discovered that other schools get out and were a little distressed that our home school was still "in session". I guess the days of them cluelessly working through holidays are over! They will be glad, though, when we have a day in the spring. They will. THEY WILL BE GLAD!
That is about all that is exciting around here. The rest of the week has just been more of the same busy. This weekend, Dancer has a FULL social calendar with a play date, dance, overnight dance party, cheer leading and a birthday party all by 5:30 tomorrow night. The boys have basketball and Tigerfan's new to him truck died yesterday so it will all have to be accomplished with one vehicle! Good times!
How thankful I am for my Bible Study and the perfectly timed encouragement it brings. This week, we have been discussing God's mercy and grace. I would like to encourage anyone who has not experienced that amazing grace of God to just seek Him! I love that, though I have been a christian for thirty years, His grace is still at work on me. I am just a sinner. I am SO unworthy. I mess up every day in a hundred ways. Usually in the ways I KNOW I am going to mess up and should be prepared.
Tigercub is in a trying stage right now. He is into everything! And I mean EVERYTHING! And when he hears no, a fit is coming. A BIG one. Look out because toys are gonna fly! Everyday is filled with screaming and tantrums and flying books and Noah's ark animals. Everyday, I wake up preparing myself for the onslaught and trying to figure out a more effective way to calm the attacks. I don't really enjoy being around him right now. But I love that little guy like crazy. He is so cute! And when he wraps his little arms around me and kisses my cheek or looks at me and says, "dank-do" (thank you), it melts my heart a little bit and all those fits and rages just melt away. I know he will throw the fit again. I know we will have to defend ourselves from flying giraffes at any given moment but I have a greater hope that he will outgrow the tantrums and grow into the little guy that God created him to be. That is what I think about right now with God's grace for me.
He knew I was going to mess up. But He sent His son to die for me anyway. He knew, as a christian, I would struggle every day, but His grace covers me...not just once, but over and over, continually forgiving and nudging me in the direction of holiness. How amazing is that grace! How undeserving I am! Nothing I can do can ever earn it, and yet God freely gives it day by day, sometimes moment by moment!
"For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith--and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God--NOT BY WORKS, so that no one can boast." Ephesians 2:8-9
I know many of you are going through stuggles and trials right now, just know His grace is sufficient and many of us would LOVE to pray and lift you up! Just let us know. Let me know. Leave me a note in the comments and let me come beside you in prayer! And most importantly, if you have never experienced the grace of God in salvation. I pray you would seek Him. Ask me or Rachel Anne or many of the other Company Girls, find a pastor, or just start studying the Word of God. You will be so glad to rest in His loving, forgiving arms.
Finally, I wanted to leave you with our latest family photo. We had these made for my mother in law at Christmas and I think they turned out mighty cute!
Ya'll have a blessed weekend and I will do my best to visit with everyone! For more Coffee Talk, go to Home Sanctuary!