We did it!
In August, my Sunday morning kids finished our study of ten of God’s incommunicable attributes — the characteristics we marvel at but cannot share. (How many can you name? I will list the ten that we studied in the comment section below.)
All that majesty has not been wasted on me as I’ve been busily canning tomatoes and beans and harvesting cukes from my garden; finishing up my summer job; and applauding my youngest son’s perseverance through the 4H fair season.
God has graciously answered prayer for my family over the course of this summer, and I’ve marveled at the abundance of His yeses. Given His infinite wisdom, I should be equally grateful for His gracious refusals. The truth is that, mistaking stones for bread and serpents for fish, I ask God for stones all the time when what He wants to give me is a fragrant and nourishing loaf. This is the point at which my faith is tested: when the loaf God offers looks for all the world like solid stone to me, will I trust Him and say, “Yes, Lord, I’ll take it”?
August Highlights . . .
. . . included a family canoeing trip down the Saco River. Best of all, the whole family was able to be there, so there was plenty of Morin rowdiness to liven up the 10.8 miles of quiet paddling through idyllic wooded waters.
Having participated in Jennifer Dukes Lee’s launch team for #TheHappinessDare gave me some unique insights to the journey. This Doer/Thinker spent a fair amount of time on the journey worrying that we wouldn’t be off the river before dark while my Relater/Giver husband was just livin’ in the moment, happy to be watching our crazy family of Experiencer/Doers entering into River Life to its fullest!
I’m thankful for the hospitality of others . . .
. . . who have featured my writing this month. Jaime Weibel of Seeking God has been encouraging her readers that their time with God is a priority and that everyone’s devotional life. To prove her point, she has shared the experiences and advice of a number of bloggers. Click here to check out her post — and to read my input.
At SheLoves Magazine, I was thankful to be trusted with the story of a godly woman whom I can describe only as a “carpe deum” warrior for Jesus. Her ministry travels took her to Uganda and the DRC earlier this year and — well, I’ll let you read her story for yourself. I will also share the link here to the ministry that caught fire in Uganda because of her vision.
At Living Our Days . . .
. . . the post that had the most readers for the month of August was “Why Read the Lists?” Inspired by my journey through I and II Chronicles with the patient husband, the long lists of multi-syllabic, mostly unpronounceable names imprinted on my mind the truth that God cherishes my uniqueness. He knows me by name.
The book review that had the most readers in August was based on the thirtieth anniversary edition of Becoming a Woman of Excellence. Challenging all our preconceptions, Cynthia Heald examines a biblical concept of excellence like a finely cut gem, turning it to reveal each face and its sparkling qualities:
There’s a sixteen quart kettle of spaghetti sauce simmering on the stove and a pile of school books that need my attention as we begin our new year of homeschooling.
Are you ready for a new season to begin — or are you clinging to the precious last days of summer?
Have you ever realized that you were asking God for a stone? What was the bread that He gave instead?
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As usual, I’m sharing this recap post with all the other friends who link up at Leigh Kramer’s place. Join us for a fun look at what people were reading and thinking in the month of August.
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