"It's a word the world uses to describe Christians, and we hear it all the time: Hypocrites! Thing is, they're right. God's people are hypocrites. We strive to "be perfect, therefore, as our heavenly Father is perfect" (Matt. 5:48). But like Paul, we often fail (Rom. 7). If your life is anything like mine, you find that the more you try to be faithful to God, the more you become aware of your own unfaithfulness and need for restoration.
But Christianity is not about God making bad actions good. Instead, it's about God making dead people come to life! That's what society will never understand. We are all hypocrites because we are still confined to live in our sinful nature. But we are holy hypocrites because, in the midst of our sin, God gives us new natures. Holy and hypocritical are not mutually exclusive adjectives. In fact, they describe in perfect detail the struggle between our old desires and new ones - the war between guilt and grace."
*** There seem to be many days that I struggle with my selfishness and impatience. But thank God, He is faithful, and His grace is sufficient even in my weakness!!!***________________________________________________________________
And some random thoughts...
Chase's favorite expression lately is "Let me tell you something," and then he'll go on to explain or point out something he thinks is important. He can be very talkative at times, and he still enunciates words very distinctly (sticking his lips out for many words)! :) And he's funny when he learns a new word in a book... Because every time you read the book to him, he's quick to point out his "new" vocabulary.
Cole made us laugh the other day when he asked if we could add a basement to our house. He asked if it would "cost $100." :) He's obviously got a lot to learn about how much things cost!
Callie has been a much later teether than our boys. She's 14.5 months old and only has 6 teeth!
This mama is ready for fall, and all of our activities that go with it, to begin! I like structure, and trying to fill our summer days with enough activities is exhausting! In less than a month, we'll start AWANA, MOMS, MOPS, a sport (flag football and/or soccer clinics), and preschool. Yes, we have decided that although Cole is technically old enough to start kindergarten (he makes the cut-off by a month), he's just not ready for it. With kindergarten changing so much in the past 20 years, its days have become so long and regimented (with mostly sitting), and we think Cole will be more ready to handle it next year. (He still takes a nap a couple of times a week, he's very energetic, and tantrums because he's tired still continue.) So he's going to be doing Pre-K five mornings a week this year. We have labored (ok, I have) and prayed over this decision for months and feel it's the right one for Cole. :)
1. Callie's toenails were painted for the first time... by her Aunt Steph, of course!
3. To say the boys like riding in the "car cart" at stores (Home Depot here) is an understatement!
4. So I still think that every outfit I put on Callie is so cute! She could wear a paper bag, and we would find her adorable! :)
5. She loves to snuggle something when sleeping. How precious is this?!
6. Book time...
8. Poppy, I'm sure you know that Callie has you wrapped around her adorable chubby finger! :)
10. Love that scrunched-up grin!!!