My mom took the boys today for an hour and I almost didn't know what to do with myself. The house was straightened, although the toilets could always use a scrub down (as Jax loves to pee by himself.!!) but for the most part, it was clean. Regardless, cleaning toilets didn't interest me in my hour of free time. Thankfully, the Lord spurred me on to spend that precious time with him. AND it was PRECIOUS! I constantly struggle in feeling like my relationship isn't as deep as it should be or as genuine which deters me from even spending time with the Lord. In struggling with this and talking to my dad about it, I've realized that during these dry times it just takes making the effort...even if we don't FEEL like it.
Being that I haven't had a steady quiet time for a while, I am not religiously reading a devotional each day or trying to read through different books of the Bible. So, sadly, when I do sit down with the Lord, I sometimes don't even know where to begin. Today, I just prayed real quick and asked the Lord to speak to me with his Word. I opened to Psalms to be encouraged. I was. I'll wrap this up quickly because I've found it's impossible to replay the greatness of your time with God to someone else...they just have to experience it for themselves...but I can definitely ENCOURAGE you.
PSALM 116. I read it once, then twice, and then wrote it out because I feel like it is my new life passage. I feel like life should have a formula and so should our relationship with the Lord. But it doesn't because God's gift is FREE. So when we receive it...???? I struggle with this too! So, because of all this rambling, you may understand why I LOVE this verse.
Psalm 116:12-14..."What can I offer the Lord for all he has done for me?? I will lift up the cup of salvation and praise the Lord's name for saving me. I will keep my promises to the Lord in the presence of all his people."
....And so I walk in the Lord's presence as I live here on earth! v.9
Don't you love him!?! It's so easy.
And on top of all that!!!...how can I not offer up my life in praise and walk in his presence when he has blessed my life so greatly?!?!?
And with that...I will of course update you with MORE pictures from July. Thanks for reading. ;)
One of our many trips to zoo.
Dancing baby boys. love them.
Random trip to splash kingdom with Jax. I love watching him and Jer play together.
The boys and all their friends. Luke and David Wallace, Maddox and Jaxson Gauntt, and Davis and Reed Carnathan.
the handsome love of my life.
so so sweet.
Jax loves his Popi.
Can't get enough of the superman picture!!!