Friday, May 23, 2008

Deep Down Joy

We've been on Spring Break around here this week. During the normal Spring Break period all the kids were so sick with flu and we decided we'd have a real break later in the year, so we took it this week. Unfortunately, until yesterday the weather stunk so the kids have spent most of their break inside. After a hefty pricetag (although considerably less than if we had it done in a commercial garage, thankfully), we did get the brakes on the van fixed, so that allowed me to go rent a steam cleaner and attack my carpets. I guess it hasn't been a total loss for a spring break, even though my plans were a lot different. I'm still learning how to go with the flow and not get too upset when the Lord's plans are clearly and obviously different than mine. His way is always better than my way anyway, so it's a good thing to graciously accept what comes.

So, I have clean carpets and that's good. I also have several new designs in the store and that's good too - and you can see this week's newsletter here. I'm especially pleased with Unspeakable Joy, as it was inspired by a lot of thinking & praying this week about what it truly means to walk with Christ. You know, no matter what comes, no matter how long the season of trials and tears, stress and heartache, there truly is an unspeakable joy that anchors your soul.

Wherein ye greatly rejoice, though now for a season, if need be, ye are in heaviness through manifold temptations: That the trial of your faith, being much more precious than of gold that perisheth, though it be tried with fire, might be found unto praise and honour and glory at the appearing of Jesus Christ: Whom having not seen, ye love; in whom, though now ye see him not, yet believing, ye rejoice with joy unspeakable and full of glory: Receiving the end of your faith, even the salvation of your souls. (1Peter 1:6-9)

Great passage to dwell on.


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