I hope everyone is doing well. I would like to offer you a delicious treat...but in all that has been going on lately, I have found myself being a little too generous in allowing myself to "cheat" on my new eating plan. So I have gotten rid of most of the "goods" and you will have to be happy with some water or almond milk or a chocolate chip cookie dough Poptart...cause that holds NO temptation for me!
We have enjoyed what has actually felt like the first week of summer this week! Tigerfan stayed home Monday for Memorial day and we enjoyed a nice traditional meal of Mexican food at a local restaurant. Okay, maybe not traditional...but no one had to cook and that was lovely!
We finally got our pool opened and the chemicals regulated so the kids had a great time swimming yesterday. We had a total of nine children over here swimming yesterday and it was great...that is summer! Today, Tigerfan's sister is coming for a visit and we have dress rehearsal for Dancer's recital which is tomorrow. It promises to be a busy week!
I have actually done two days of small things (amazing) although I searched high and low for something that required fixing with a power tool and couldn't find a thing. Then I woke up at 5:00 a.m. this morning and thought about the drain in our bathtub. Shoot, too little too late.
I have just begun reading a book called Organic God. I have only just begun but it is SO good. I am learning so much, already, about the God I have worshipped, but maybe not really known intimately for many years. I have had a lot of "inspiration" that I hope to share eventually, but my thoughts aren't quite there yet. I was hit with a lovely gift from God yesterday that I would like to share. I have been struggling lately trying to really understand or embrace how God really loves me. Ya know. I haven't "arrived", I still struggle, and I wonder how God can really love that. I don't pray like I should. I don't trust like I should. I don't have the unshakeable faith that I should. So yesterday, I was praying about that. Praying that I would be ture and faithful and really KNOW Him. Two different times, in two totally different circumstances, the words of these verses smacked me in the face. I have read them probably a hundred times with out really letting them sink in, but yesterday...they began to sink!
I pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, may have power, together with all the saints, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ and to know this love that surpasses knowledge--that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God.
I'm not sure I will ever truly grasp how wide and long and high and deep God's love for me is until I dwell with Him in Heaven. But these words are so beautiful and so encouraging. I don't know that any of you ever struggle with this like I have, but if you do, ladies...be encouraged. Don't just gloss over those words you have read over and over again. Read them and savor them and chew on them for awhile. He loves YOU. Deeply and passionately and perfectly and He wants you to know that!
Okay, I have restless children that need a Momma. I have been convicted lately that I haven't taken the time to enjoy life. I have run around from one event to another and the last year has passed by in a blur with few memories or joys. I have forgotten to just take time to be still and find the funny in the chaos. When I first began posting, I could find a funny story every single day to post about the life and times in the Tigerden and I have lost the ability to find the funny. So I am trying to be more intentional about it. So (drumroll please) this is mostly for my distant family that may be reading, but for the rest of you, enjoy a few moments of entertainment from BB, he is enjoying playing with the video features of the new Mac computer, I am not enjoying it, I do not know how to use it...these moments are endless around here!
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