Finally the blog is back in business! So sorry about the long stretch of silence.. we were having some blog issues over the last month. So now we have lots of catch up to do! At the beginning of last month, John and I got to spend a day at Virginia beach. It was bitter cold and windy, but we had fun wandering around anyway. It had an abandoned feel about it which I’m sure is very rare for that beach.
We stumbled across this adorable vintage looking amusement park. We ate a delicious lunch at this little crabshack on the pier. It was a lovely way to enjoy the waves crashing without the bitter cold.
The beach is always such a treat – even when windy and cold. Hopefully next time will be full of sunshine and warm breezes and we will actually get to wear our swimsuits and get our feet wet.
Coming up next to the blog – pictures of my sisters Fiddler on the Roof performances and of my sister Sarah’s ballet recital!
Extravagance. The word leaves a bad taste in my mouth. Images rush to my head of .. opulence. Ridiculous expensiveness.. wasteful.. excessive..
But the word has been redefined for me.
I was having my morning alone time with Jesus and was reading in my devotional book about the widow who gave her two last coins. I’ve read the story countless times, heard messages preached and illusions drawn. But it hit me in a fresh way. A radical way.
“She gave extravagantly what she couldn’t afford – she gave her all.” (Mark 12:44b The Message)
That’s how Jesus described her to his friends.
It was a praise.
Suddenly, the word is beautiful. Giving more than she could afford.
That’s what Jesus is asking of us. To not just give enough that we feel better than the next guy.
To not just give our all.
He wants EXTRAVAGANCE.
What we can’t afford.
I’m so tired of living a life centered around my trio of most important people.
I’m tired of just being a great Christian. Tithing, serving, faithfully attending church.
I’m gonna give what I can’t afford. I’m gonna live an extravagant life.
I’m gonna climb out of my cozy,comfy boat and stagger onto the waves.
Radically take risks, join the war.
Follow the One who is the Light.
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i didn’t have time to post the last couple days with preparations for ruth’s wedding.. so here i’m finally catching up. the first picture is from her bachlorette party we had the night before. it was really nice and relaxed.. manis and pedis and facials, just being really girly.
and here is her dress.. it was so beautiful. you’ll be seeing some more photos from her wedding day pretty soon. it was absolutely gorgeous. we had the most exquisite sunrise of our entire beach time and the sunset was gorgeous right behind where the reception was..