How's your summer been?
Mine was a full one this year! Several weddings (and tasty cake), challenges, sunrise runs, hellos and goodbyes, music, and more. I've seen the Lord weave His perfection through my life and in the lives of everyone around me. Everything He ordains is good and right, and looking back, I wouldn't change any of it. Even the pain? The mistakes? The problems?
Ah...those are tough questions. They haven't been easy to accept, live through, or even like very much, but every breath of a believer's life is designed for good and the glory of God. I was reminded in my "Streams In The Desert" devotional recently that:
"God does not want us to be like vases of glass or porcelain. He would have us like toughened pieces of steel, able to bear twisting and crushing to the uttermost without collapse. He wants us to be, not hothouse plants, but storm-beaten oaks; not sand dunes driven with every gust of wind, but granite rocks withstanding the fiercest storms. To make us such He must needs bring us into His testing room of suffering. Many of us need no other argument than our own experiences to prove that suffering is indeed God's testing room of faith." -- J. H. McC
"It is very easy for us to speak and theorize about faith, but God often casts us into crucibles to try our gold, and to separate it from the dross and alloy. Oh, happy are we if the hurricanes that ripple life's unquiet sea have the effect of making Jesus more precious. Better the storm with Christ than the smooth waters without Him." -- Madcuff
Faith is given as He grows us in Himself, and wouldn't you agree that loving Him more is worth anything? And He is so kind to bless us with joys as well!
Now on to photos :)
What are you looking forward to this fall?
While the summer had a relaxed, spontaneous atmosphere, autumn is shaping up to be more scheduled and I think that's just how it should be :)
Fall 2016 Plans
- Getting regular chiropractic appointments to fix a neck sprain from a minor car accident
- Working on learning calligraphy
- Currently enrolled in a course to learn how to write good copy (for newsletters etc.)
- Teaching music
- Second shooting weddings nearly every weekend Oct-Dec
- Delving into Christmas music as a sister trio with mandolin, ukulele, and harp
- Studying health, herbs, and essential oils, as well as doing regular exercise
Get out there and get stuff done!