I Am My Relationships

I Am My Relationships // Paul Tripp, y’all. Breaking us all down to the Gospel.

God created us to be social beings. His plan, from day one, was for us to live in meaningful community with one another. Our relationships are so important to God that He positioned the command for us to love one another as second only to the call to love Him (Matthew 22:37-39). Those relationships must be a very high priority as we make our daily decisions.

No sinner can ever be your rock and fortress. No sinner can give you a consistent reason for hope. Sooner or later, everyone around you will fail you. But there’s an even greater danger here.

As you look to this person for identity, you’re not really loving them – you’re loving you. You’ve turned the second great commandment on its ear. Instead of serving people because you love them, you’re willing to serve them so that they’ll love you. This kind of parasitic relationships is never healthy.

Read it and enjoy grace this Sunday.

planning

Y’all, I’ve been planning our wedding. (See how i really eased into that!?) It really is this unique time where you have the newfound freedom to talk with your other half about the future and then have the ability to actually make things happen. It still feels a little unnatural to me, but it feels most certainly like a gift. AND, we are, like, getting married!!!

There are decisions upon decisions to be made. Ones I never even dreamed of deciding (like using Jackson vine– 12 hours ago, I didn’t know what that was)! Venue. Date. Dress. Food. Flowers. Travel plans. Cake flavors. Wedding party. Guests. Invitation design. Rehearsal dinner options. Your color scheme–stumped by this. I’ve been feeling a little crowded with it all, but I opened my journal the other day randomly to my 22nd birthday and read:

lord, what you will, let it be.

This is my new motto as of this very second. How many times did I say “I” in the last two paragraphs? NINE REFERENCES TO ME. Yuck. Need my One+Only to get back to being my one+only. Here goes to letting it all be about Him! Lord, let it be your will even in something so typically “me” focused.

a new year

for 2012 i decided to make resolutions i would be able to keep. things turned out pretty well for me… my two resolutions were to bring recyclable grocery bags in when grocery shopping and to paint my fingernails regularly for work. if i had received a grade… i’d have given myself a B.

for 2013 —

I WANT TO TITHE REGULARLY

I WANT TO GIVE PRACTICAL, THOUGHTFUL, SMALL GIFTS

I WANT TO HABITUALLY PRAY BEFORE MEALS WHEN BY MYSELF

BRING IT ON 2013 — the year of the beard… (in more ways than one)

andrew

housekeeping thoughts

we have had three different groups in camp in the last 3 days. keeping. us. busy.

today i was in housekeeping. not one of my favorite things to do, but my brain started turning and my mind started connecting some dots and i wanted to see more of christ in my work this week… these are my thoughts:

cleaning camp — it’s hard work. and i only take part in turning camp over every now and then. we have to pick up the dirty things and sweep the floors before we can really get the rooms sanitized and vacuumed and bathrooms mopped and wiped down. my mind jumped to how christ ultimately cleansed us of our “dirtiness,” our sins + on the cross. and every day his mercies are new and i get a fresh start. housekeeping is like that in a way. cleaning up the mess. and it always becomes clean again.

obviously, the gospel is infinitely different and better (and perfect on its own!) than my housekeeping analogy. i’m sure there is a more eloquent way to connect those dots, but there is my muddled brain seeking to see more of the cross and the gospel in the little things.

hope your christmas season holds some stillness and rest //

“merry christmas and long live the King” -father christmas, in the lion, the witch, and the wardrobe

christmas shopping

confession: i have always waited until the last minute to do my christmas shopping. like christmas eve day.

this is what i dreadfully conquered year after year:

christmas crowds

this year is different. H A L L E J U A H !!!!! i am almost done (short only 4 gifts) and it’s only december 2! shopping stress avoided. that’s not what i want christmas to be about.. stress. i want it to be more focused on christ and his coming. and let’s be honest, that requires time. time that i won’t be spending shopping!

here are some christmas shopping tips that worked for me this year to change my bad habits:

  • i started thinking and brainstorming for “christmas gifts” in october // some may say that’s too early, but to find a bargain you have to look. to look you need time. to have time you need to start early. 
  • i created a google doc of christmas gift lists for my family + andrew // call me “crazy,” but i call me “organized” and i didn’t forget my good ideas when it was time to start shoppin’
  • every time i got a gift — i wrapped it almost as soon as i got home // no dreaded wrapping party for me
  • online shopping saved me // i accidentally got amazon prime, but it was a gift in disguise. free shipping on any and all items. amazon has been a big supplier of my christmas gifts.
  • i started budgeting money in september for the holidays // big ole shout out to dave brooks

speaking of online shopping, here are some of my favorite knick-knack sites:

Fab

Mark + Graham

Uncommon Goods

Furbish

Etsy

HAPPY SHOPPING, Y’ALL // christmas is happening