Below are my favorite pictures for the month of December.
The first is my husband and me on a mini-vacation in Sandbridge, VA.
Second is a shot from the movie “La La Land”. Easily my favorite movie of 2016.
Next is the prediction of snow that is happening right now. We are up to 6″ and still have a few hours to go!
The last 3 pictures were taken while on that mini-vacation. The condo where we stay faces the west so we are able to get some really nice sunset pictures. I always look forward to seeing how the day will end. While sunsets with clouds are spectacular, the ones without clouds can be beautiful, too.
These are my favorite pictures for the month of October.
This is from the 29th and it was the evening that my youngest daughter was leaving to drive across country to live in Colorado. Lots of smiles but also some tears thrown in. I already miss her very much!!
Random cloud picture. I love taking pictures of clouds. They are always beautiful.
This is from our annual ladies’ retreat. These ladies are my sisters in Christ and I love them dearly! I love forward to this retreat every year. Good fellowship, good teaching, good food and great friends!
I’m doing my Swap this month as a blog post. My favorite picture of the month is actually a series of pictures. One evening when I was leaving a nearby craft store (where else??), I stepped out into the parking lot and was greeted with this magnificent sunset. I stood in the parking lot and took this series. There was another person taking pictures also but there were also many who were not even looking up!
These were taken with my phone and I have not edited them in any way. I think this is one of those “once in a lifetime” moments and I’m glad I was able to witness it.
The heavens declare the glory of God, and the sky above proclaims His handiwork–Psalm 19:1
Last night we went out with friends on their little boat to enjoy the sunset. We went out around 7:00 so the heat of the day was mostly gone. We had dinner on the water and then spent some time watching the sun set. The Lord certainly knows how to show off His creation!
Sunset on the Reservoir
I spent the afternoon at a friend’s house learning to make pot stickers. It was much easier than I thought and they turned out delicious. We had them for dinner tonight. It will now be in the regular rotation of my menu plan.
It was nice spending time working on something together while talking about parenting, politics, and discussing the Word and how it relates to those subjects and more. I’m thankful that my days are free and that I’m able to have time to invest in others’ lives. And that they are able to invest in mine. It’s what “one anothering” is all about.
Love one another. Be devoted to one another in brotherly love. Honor one another above yourselves. Serve one another. Encourage one another. Spur one another on to love and good works. That only happens when we step out of our own little world and spend time with together. I’m glad I was able to “one another” today.
This story really started months ago when a friend asked me to drive down to Atlanta to see Third Day on June 6th. She purchased the tickets; I got us a hotel room. Fast forward to earlier this week. My friend messages me to say that something had come up and she will not be able to attend the concert. I knew I didn’t want to drive all that distance by myself so I cancelled our hotel reservations. My friend felt really bad about it and I told her that it was fine. I really should stay home as I’m getting ready to go on a mission trip on the 11th.
The problem was that I really wasn’t ok with it. I was more disappointed than I should have been. All this week it has rained every day and that only contributed to my grumpy mood. The Lord had brought this situation into my life and I was not content. I was disappointed in what He ordained.
Staying home allowed me to attend a birthday party that I would have missed. The party was for a 13-year old. She had invited women who are special to her to come and to share some thoughts and Scripture with her as she enters into womanhood. I know that each woman there had the birthday girl in mind when they shared their wisdom/thoughts/Scripture but the Lord used those women to speak to me. As each woman spoke about contentment, not conforming to the world, being a light in the darkness, etc., I was convicted of my attitude. I am so thankful that the Lord uses people to sharpen us and to speak into our lives–even though they didn’t know it. I confessed my sin and discontentment. I laid it all before the Lord and told Him that I was content with the situation.
No concert, no matter how fun it is, could have compared to this afternoon. To see a young lady that wants to be held accountable for the way she lives was so refreshing. It was also very convicting. Do I have that same passion? Do I want women speaking into my life? I realized in that moment that as much as I love Third Day, this was so much more important. The Lord had to remind me to be content in every situation. Following the Lord in obedience is better than any concert.
Later this afternoon when I was home and checking Facebook, I saw an announcement that the guys will be in Virginia in August. Trusting in His plan and His way always brings blessings!