I wish I could press rewind and relive this New Year's weekend a thousand times.
We celebrated with family at Mimi and Papa D's. There were only minor injuries (and for our family that is no small blessing!) We even got pictures of everyone smiling!! Yes, miracles still happen. And they stayed in one place for longer than a minute. (I think Joel bribed the kids with candy and firecrackers...aren't we model parents?) I can even overlook the fact that the pictures were taken after Thaddeus decided to romp in the mud.
During the holidays, God kept bringing this verse to my mind and it seemed I was reading it everywhere. I'm loving the way The Message Bible phrases it (although I don't recommend The Message translation for studying, it's refreshing to read every so often):
"So here's what I want you to do, God helping you: Take your everyday, ordinary life—your sleeping, eating, going-to-work, and walking-around life—and place it before God as an offering. Embracing what God does for you is the best thing you can do for him. Don't become so well-adjusted to your culture that you fit into it without even thinking. Instead, fix your attention on God. You'll be changed from the inside out. Readily recognize what he wants from you, and quickly respond to it. Unlike the culture around you, always dragging you down to its level of immaturity, God brings the best out of you, develops well-formed maturity in you." (Romans 12:2 )
"Readily recognize what he wants from you and quickly respond to it."
That's what I want more than anything.