This week was another … incredible week. The weeks are really flying by till our … trip to … DRUMROLL…. Europe. I’ll share more about that during the trip, but I’m really looking forward to 5 weeks of time with my family, driving, exploring, sleeping in the car, and hopefully eating some European chocolate. However, let’s review this week. What happened? I’m learning about healing and that healing is … slow. I’m not the most patient person in the world, but I’m thankful that healing is teaching me to wait on the Lord and not want healing, especially for my gut, right now. Honestly, it’s been kind of a down week for the gut, but I’m not hopeless; I know that the Lord has been teaching me to pray, wait, hope, rest, be faithful, and obedient in this waiting season. But I can’t say it’s easy.
Hiatuses: (aka: breaks or fasts) from things are something that is coming to my attention more and more this week as this year has been a FAST year. There has been so much happening with life changes, people coming to our house, stepping back from the blog, but focusing more on relationships, and I’m realizing that fasts from things or hiatuses are so beneficial, so you can focus on other things, grow deeper in seeking and wanting and desiring the Lord more, and that you don’t have to have those things to live.
With that, the last thing this week taught me is that happiness isn’t something that has to be dependent on what’s happening in the day for me. I too often tend to be an ’emotional’ rollercoaster, but on Friday night I was reading an incredible chapter from a book called, ‘Adorned’ by Nancy Wolgemuth on self-control. She talked about how self control starts in the mind and how we HAVE to lean on Jesus to enable us to have self control. She reminded me that self control is only possible through Jesus. She said that it’s not a rigid, stiff person who just doesn’t ‘do anything’ but rather a person who can say ‘No’ to the things that are harmful or hurtful to them as a Christian. It’s a person who’s controlled by Jesus, not by their feelings, or sin, or any hurtful desires.
It made me realize that I had been letting my ‘happiness’ depend on my emotions instead of asking the Lord for self-control and a mind to see the truth. Instead by His grace, my heart’s desire is to see the truth of how Jesus has redeemed me from sin, how Jesus is victorious, how God is good, and that God never changes.
With that lesson from that book, I’m GRATEFUL for this week that reminded me I need Jesus every single minute to enable me to have the self control to see the truth and not be driven around by circumstances, my hormones, my feelings, or anything else.
In the times that I am tempted to be driven all around by my feelings, I want to remember this truth from Romans 8.
‘No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. 38For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons,k neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, 39neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.’ (Romans 8:37-39)
Now with that I want to definitely recount some of the many many happy moments from the week (even when they were hard)
Hiking on Friday With Two Crazy Huskies
Getting to Clean Up After Dogs (Knowing That It Helps Remind Me of the Blessing It Is to Be Able to Work)
Getting Cuddles From My Husky
Eating Mexican 3 Days in A Row
Listening to This Song and Being Reminded That It Is Well With My Soul All Because of Jesus
Soaking Up These Last Weeks of Summer Heat
Crying Several Times … Being Overwhelmed With God’s Incredible Rich Grace
‘In whom we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of his grace’ (Ephesians 1:7)
In the Midst of Looking at All The News (because I’m a news reporter for my job) Remembering That Jesus Is Our Only Hope
‘These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world.’ (John 16:33)
Being Powerfully Reminded That God Is Near to the Broken Hearted
‘The Lord doth build up Jerusalem: he gathereth together the outcasts of Israel. He healeth the broken in heart, and bindeth up their wounds. He telleth the number of the stars; he calleth them all by their names. Great is our Lord, and of great power: his understanding is infinite. The Lord lifteth up the meek: he casteth the wicked down to the ground.’ (Psalm 147:2-6)
Finishing Up This Jar of PB – Sometimes you just have to do the good ole peanut butter with no extra flavorings, just peanuts and salt.
Seeing My Parents Celebrate 27 Years of Beautiful Loving Marriage.
To my sweet parents… I have seen you walk in love, walk in the liberty of Christ to love one another, to be unselfish, to be kind, to be totally 100% dependent on Jesus and His sacrifice on the cross for sinners like us. I have seen you only grow in love over these 27 years. I realize that a stable marriage is a gift from God. I feel so privileged to have walked 24 of those years alongside you, see you blossom in the beauty of the gospel of Jesus Christ, see you grow in your hope in God, see you keep your eyes fixed on eternity and living for Jesus because He died for us, and model what forgiven sinners look like day by day.
‘ For, brethren, ye have been called unto liberty; only use not liberty for an occasion to the flesh, but by love serve one another. For all the law is fulfilled in one word, even in this; Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself.’ (Galatians 5:13-14)
Those verses really describe my parents. They use their liberty in Jesus to truly love others, and it has been a lesson that I’ll never forget.
Remembering Sweet Charlie And All The AMAZING Things He Taught Me About Love
And that’s a wrap. I’m thankful to be writing this on a quiet Saturday afternoon after a very full week. I am also so thankful to have been able to meet a friend who is moving to Japan next week; we’ve been friends for 13 years. It was an incredible treasure to get to see her and recount God’s goodness, the sweetness of knowing Him, of seeing His rich grace on our lives, and marveling at how Jesus makes it possible for friendships to continue for so long.
We also got fro-yo together which was pretty wonderful.
Thank you Meg so much for this Week In Review link-up. It’s always fun and good to hear what everybody learned from the week, struggled through, is thinking about, and the things they enjoyed from each week.
‘Hast thou not known? hast thou not heard, that the everlasting God, the Lord, the Creator of the ends of the earth, fainteth not, neither is weary? there is no searching of his understanding. He giveth power to the faint; and to them that have no might he increaseth strength.’ (Isaiah 40:28-29)
Now I want really want to hear about your week:
Have you ever taken a hiatus from something and found it to be beneficial?
Do you ever find your happiness being dependent solely on circumstances instead of perspective?
How have you seen God’s rich grace lately?
Is there a married couple in your life that you love to watch/observe and learn from?