I would choose to walk to the car on Sunday and not stop and talk to anybody. I would choose to sit quietly with a book at night and never open my doors. Alone time is easier. It’s less messy. It involves a whole lotta less sacrifice. But isolation is killing our churches and stunting our spiritual growth. Fellowship is a means of grace, the rubbing shoulders with one another and doing life together. Messing up, asking for forgiveness, speaking the Word to each other, listening, praying for each other, entering in. Jesus prioritized meals and together time with people with seasons of rest and prayer. It kinda challenges my priorities and that’s exactly what I need. And when I look back, the best times of the year are times like this: fellowship, praying together, and studying the Word. It grows us.
I’m an introvert living a very extroverted life! I love people but I also need to be alone to recharge, which happens pretty much NEVER. Today we didn’t have a nurse, so Calvin and I took the time to amble these golden pathways in our neighborhood. I love the gold dusting that builds all September and October until the streets look heavenly. I ignored the papers and deadlines and sat down with Calvin to watch Lassie and read stories. I don’t want to miss this and find the tyranny of the urgent takes up too much of my time. Often I equate urgent with important and then feel like I’ve missed the whole point. Today that didn’t happen. 🍁
Plants do amazing things for us. We’ve buried them under otc products and lab imitations. These are the real thing, guys and we use them every day. . ➕Peppermint is a wake-up energizer and keep the neck tension so much better ➕Copaiba is amazing on all joints, teething gums. Wellness. ➕DiGize does wonders for all the digestive needs. Fast relief. ➕Thieves boosts our immune systems and relaxes most of our cleaners. ➕Lemon is full of antioxidants and detoxes the air and our bodies. ➕Lavender calms racing emotions, does all the skin wonders and is our first aid oil ➕Panaway is amazing on sore muscles. Great for the back, neck, legs... ➕Stress Away because our limbic system and smell are connected. Carry it with you. ➕Frankincense is good for anxious moments and is renewal for the skin ➕Citrus Fresh makes the laundry amazing and brightens the mood ➕Raven helps to breathe deeply and gives relief. It’s not a waste of money. It’s not a fad. They work alongside our body and are incredible. If you want a kit, today is the best day to buy - it’s the last day of the annual sale! See stories or get the sale via link in my profile.
Every night after church I have to spend time in the parking lot looking for Calvin. Evie or Noah usually push him right into their group of friends under the tree in the lot. Usually kids are climbing on his chair, putting things in his hands and he sits there just grinning. I’m so glad for these days. And I’m so glad for the ways my kids pave the way for Calvin to make friends. They don’t bat an eye and consequently, their friends don’t either. . Last night we were shaken by the news one of our friends passed away. Evan was a boy that’s been on our family prayer list for a long while now. It’s unsettling as you get to know so many other kids - struggling with medical needs or disabilities. And one by one, they leave us. I think that was part of the reason why there were lots of tears at bedtime. There are no categories when you lose a child. Disability does not lessen the grief of losing a child. Because there’s no distinction or difference. It’s that simple.
September sunbathing. 😎🍁
“My grace is sufficient for thee.” He knew the worries that would keep us up at night, the unsettled feelings when all is not right, the mountain that sometimes looms before us. So He gave us these words to speak to our unsettled minds and anxious hearts. My grace is sufficient for you. . This new addition to our room is from my friend Rachael at @first.things.first_co. Her hubby makes the frames and she does the design. ✨
The best kind of gifts are ones made by people you know. This wooden tic-tac-toe comes from the workshop of an older man at our church. He’s a man of few words and quiet faithful service. He’s the kind of man that doesn’t know the meaning of retirement and determines to do good with every day he has. We picked it up at a school sale last night. He seemed pleased, “a good pastime,” he said.
It’s the people who know you at your worst and love you anyway. The ones who make time even when their lives are packed full, just to help you shoulder yours. The ones who point out the road when you can’t see a step ahead. If you have those people, treasure them! They are gifts. 💛
“I am the vine; you are the branches.” John 15:1 . Our works - which are part of the fruit we produce - cannot declare us righteous before God, but if we have no good works, we have no saving faith. . The fruit we are called to bear is love for others, particularly love for Jesus’ other disciples, for we are to love one another in Christian community as Christ has loved us. Such love is costly, as it causes us to be willing to go so far as to lay down our lives for others as we imitate Jesus’ example. . This can only be in our lives by vital union with Christ. When we lean only on Christ and seek to have His teaching shape our lives, God will grant us fruitfulness when we pray for it. . //tabletalkmagazine.septemberissue
Good-mornin’, good-mornin’, good morning!!! 💜💜💜💜😆 Happy Friday! 😍 . . . . #lifewithviolet #everyday #naturalfamilies #kidsread
Getting My Kids to Read Good Books [new post on the blog - link in profile 😘] . My kids would read comic books all day long if I let them. So how do you make sure your kids are also reading good books? What about the classics or spiritual formation books? I shamelessly intervene and monitor their reading stacks as well as add to them. 😬
Nine years ago I was getting ready for a trip to Bangkok, packing our bags and wondering who you’d be. Not in a million years would I have dreamed this. So many times you’ve been hidden behind sickness and seizures, it felt like we couldn’t reach you. Too many days have been spent with your eyes closed, struggling to make it through the day. But you persisted with that never stopping joy that defines you. Dr. D says your will to live is what’s kept you with us. That’s what makes me especially glad for days like today. Days when your lungs are clear, and seizures absent. Days when your eyes are bright and your ears tuned to every single noise from the kids. And that smile....it reaches every crack left by the last decade and fills them up with joy that feels like it’s from another world.