"...let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easliy entangles, and let us run with perseveance the race marked out for us. Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfector of our faith..." Hebrews 12:1,2
"Therefore, as God's chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience...And over all these virtues put on love, which binds them all together in perfect unity...and whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through Him" (Colossians 3:12,14,17).
This was one of the passages that the pastor read at our nephew's wedding. 17 years ago, those words were read at our wedding. I am thankful for those words from the book of Colossians and the reminder to put on love even when I don't feel like it. How often I fall short of that, which makes me oh so grateful for having such a loving and forgiving God.
It was a beautiful wedding and my list of gratitude stems out of the wonderful weekend that I had.
Continuing to give thanks....
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-a lovely new member of the family
-a beautiful, Christian couple
-lots of love and affection toward their cousins
-wonderful, fun loving in-laws
-witty MC's and a fun loving couple
-sense of humour
-my supportive, loving hubby
-sharing similar interests with his father
-the Pauls in my life
-the goofy side of the groom (showing his infamous hockey move/dance)
-family (I really missed Deborah at that point- she stayed a my sister's)
-knowing my baby girl was in excellent care at my sister's house
-getting dressed up
-my snazzy boys
-Jesse wanting to wear a tie!
-feeling like a princess
-celebrating their marriage ceremony with ice cream!!
-the groom's many smiles
-being so proud to be Laura's husband
-a ring bearer taking his job very seriously (I tried making goofy faces at him, but that didn't work)!
-a moment so beautiful
-the thunder, passing by during the ceremony
-a beautiful wedding and a beautiful couple
-a fixed van
-Deborah had fun with her cousins and aunt and uncle for her first sleep over
-texting (to get updates on my baby girl)!
-Nicole making new friends so easily
-a very successful week of Vacation Bible School
-Jesse being a great help in the nursery at VBS
-Curtis loving all the stations at VBS (especially the crafts)
-the immense generosity during our VBS week as we collected over $500 for Africa's drought and famine relief and lots of food for the local food bank
-children singing their hearts out for God during our closing program (always brings tears to my eyes)!