"The life of holiness is the life of faith in which the believer, with a deepening knowledge of his own sin and helplessness apart from Christ, increasingly casts himself upon the Lord, and seeks the power of the Spirit and the wisdom and comfort of the Bible to battle against the world, the flesh and the devil. It is not a lonely or cheerless struggle for Christ gives the Spirit to the members of his body to help one another."
The Church, Edmund P. Clowney (Pg 89)
Just a blurb from one of the ten books on Joe's nightstand this week...not lonely or cheerless---we have the fellowship of the Holy Spirit to help each other...((sigh))...
The busyness of life surrounds us...sometimes lonely...sometimes loud....but always together.
Joe is well under way with his second year of seminary. Em is back to the soccer-mill. Practice twice a week and games on Saturdays. She had her first game last week and did an awesome job in position of goalie.
Nate had his first "play-date" today without me present. Big steps....
We had some tough moments this week and were shocked a little by the oldest's air-ance of grievances...how hard it is to be the big sister, how we make her feel left out sometimes, how hard it is to be almost 10 and at such an in-between age (yes, she used most of those words)...how unfair it is that she loses priviledges because of the allergies/illnesses of her brother...how she never has alone time with either of us...because HE is ALWAYS there. We listened, were thankful she found a voice for her feelings and are trying to do better at the things that we can...and yesterday we had a date at Panera (hot chocolate and a big cookie for her, hazelnut coffee for me)...and then we went to Wal-Mart and looked at girl things...and there was a smile on her face.