We went to church (and Bethany didn’t have to work, so she came too.)
“Everyone eventually imitates the kind of God they envision.” – Boyd
If you see God as angry, vengeful and always waiting for you to trip up; you are going to find fault with others, judge them and wait for them to make a mistake so you can pounce on them. If you see God as forgiving, kind, loving, there to pick you up when you fail; you are going to show kindness to others, to see things from their viewpoint, to understand them, to to love them even when you don’t like what they are doing. God’s love is not fickle, it doesn’t waver and it’s not conditional. The love that the world offers is rooted in if’s and maybe’s and because. ‘I will love you if you do this’, ‘I love you because you make me happy’, ‘Maybe I love you.’ Some may say that God does have a condition for love, that you love Him in return. But, God loves us in spite of ourselves. He loves us when we are the most unlovable, selfish, rotten human beings and He does so whether you want that love or not. If you ask – is God loving? The answer is yes, He loves you to the deepest part of yourself, to the highest of heights. His love is so vast that you may not be able to understand it – but it is there.
Psalm 100:5 For the Lord is good and his love endures forever;
Psalm 117:2 For great is his love toward us, and the faithfulness of the Lord endures forever.
Psalm 136:23 He remembered us in our low estate His love endures forever. 24 and freed us from our enemies. His love endures forever. 26 Give thanks to the God of heaven. His love endures forever.
Ephesians 3:17b And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, 18 may have power, together with all the Lord’s holy people, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, 19 and to know this love that surpasses knowledge…
They had pictures being taken, but I haven’t seen them yet….So, here are some old ones.
After church we went by the farmers market and poked around. I saw purple asparagus, but we didn’t buy any. The HR Mansion was open for people to tour and have a picnic on the lawn, super timing as James and I just finished the last episode in the mini-series yesterday.
We found out some interesting things like at least two street names in HR come from the novel (since parts of the series were filmed at the mansion they decided to name Venneford Ranch st and Centennial st after the places in the novel.) It was cool to sit and picnic looking at things we had just seen in the series. After lunch – bluegrass and ice cream at LM’s because…Mother’s Day.
James and I took a nap when we got home, it was probably the best part of my day! Later the girls went to Rock Bottom to eat and James and I went to Undici, a little Italian place in Englewood that you’d have to know was there. It was very formal inside, glass waterfall on one wall, dark interior, well dressed waiters, nice art, wonderful hand rolled and cut pasta and good drinks.
We kept seeing this place whenever we ate at Cochino’s (it’s right across from them.) It would make a great date night dinner. Presents from today: 2 letters from Hannah, chocolate covered strawberries and a cookie from Bethany, lotions and soap from the girls, and a cute dot painting from Grace.
I am blessed!
Our week – finals (Grace), worship dance performance, Walk2Connect, spa day, TNO, DMNS Dead Sea Scrolls exhibit, youth group, b-day pics, circus (shhh, it’s a b-day present for Hannah and she doesn’t know about it), HS skate, Ferris Bueller’s Day Off movie @ library, Stephen Brooks jazz @ Cheluna, baby blessing party for a friend, church, Hannah’s b-day.
Dinners this week – McD’s (dance performance), apple pork loin (Hannah), BBQ sausage and veggies (Grace), chicken quesadillas and soup, TV dinners (Cheluna for me and James), grilling stuff, Cici’s pizza (Hannah’s b-day dinner.)