Having a great time at the family retreat! Just had to get two cranky people back for nap time. ... The kids came back too. 😉
Quite an adventure to kick off the family retreat! In heavy traffic we ran over something small in the road that blew our tire. Thankfully, we safely pulled through the lanes of cars to the side where we could assess the damage. Sometime later some amazing friends came back to help us change the tire to the spare and we still managed to get to the retreat! We just arrived a lot later than planned. Unexpected blessings all over the place: We already had dinner and we even stopped for coffee (very helpful). We had a tablet with one movie for the kids to watch as they were getting annoyed with sitting for a long time. Multiple families were willing to come help us. An officer stopped to see if he could help. More friends were waiting to help us get settled at the campground. Another friend from church is watching our dogs. The kids LOVE the room and their beds. We are so thankful and encouraged!
First day in the office was a blast! Couldn't ask for a better welcome! Thanks First Free staff for being awesome and a lot of fun!
This is a great verse from my devos this morning. Why would refusing to accept criticism predict sudden disaster for a person? One simple reason: There were warning signs all along but he or she didn't notice and others did. Since no one is perfect, all of us have warning signs in our life about things we need to work on, refine, remove, repent, and submit to God. Many times, we see these warning signs long after others do - sometimes after it's too late to correct our actions. When we face disaster because of our poor decisions or lack of awareness, it appears to us as sudden and devastating. But chances are, there are people around us who saw it coming. They may have failed to warn us or we may have failed to listen. Perhaps we set up walls that kept people from telling us the truth. Either way, what we see as blindsiding devastation could have been avoided or lessened by surrounding ourselves with wise counselors who tell us the truth - and actually listening to them. These people are like our canaries helping us to avoid a major blunder. You've probably heard the expression about a canary in a coal mine. Miners used to bring canaries with them into the mines as an early detection system for toxic gases. Canaries are more sensitive than humans and become sick more quickly when exposed to things like carbon monoxide. If a miner saw a bird lying on the floor of its cage, it was time to get out! Has someone been sharing warning signs with you but you've been too proud, self-absorbed, or distracted to notice? It could be your spouse, your kids, a parent, a friend, a coworker, or the prompting of the Holy Spirit. Whoever it is, pay attention! Use discernment. Not all criticism is equally valid and most criticism has elements of truth and misunderstanding. Ignoring the warning signs of others (our canaries) will lead to what seems like sudden disaster. As Proverbs 15:22 says, Plans go wrong for lack of advice, but many advisors bring success.
Date night at some of our favorite spots!
Nice one, Chipotle! #casualprofessionalism
Here's something I've been thinking about as I study Luke 10:25-37 today on the story of the Good Samaritan. #priorities #margin #busyness
Happy 4th birthday to Jackson! Couldn't ask for a cooler kid. Even likes doing yard work with me! Had a dino themed party that he loved. 🐊
I am so proud of Jenny for the great job she did speaking on Biblical Community to our ladies at Common Ground last night! Biblical community is not about being participants but contributors.