during family worship, my dad shared the following passage from spurgeon's morning & evening. i was just going to share a few select lines, but the whole passage is so good that it would be a shame to leave some of it out.
"I have learned, in whatever state I am, therewith to be content."—Philippians 4:11.
"These words show us that contentment is not a natural
propensity of man. "Ill weeds grow apace." Covetousness, discontent, and
murmuring are as natural to man as thorns are to the soil. We need not
sow thistles and brambles; they come up naturally enough, because they
are indigenous to earth: and so, we need not teach men to complain; they
complain fast enough without any education. But the precious things of
the earth must be cultivated. If we would have wheat, we must plough and
sow; if we want flowers, there must be the garden, and all the
gardener's care. Now, contentment is one of the flowers of heaven, and
if we would have it, it must be cultivated; it will not grow in us by
nature; it is the new nature alone that can produce it, and even then we
must be specially careful and watchful that we maintain and cultivate
the grace which God has sown in us. Paul says, "I have learned . .
. to be content;" as much as to say, he did not know how at one time.
It cost him some pains to attain to the mystery of that great truth. No
doubt he sometimes thought he had learned, and then broke down. And when
at last he had attained unto it, and could say, "I have learned in
whatsoever state I am, therewith to be content," he was an old,
grey-headed man, upon the borders of the grave—a poor prisoner shut up
in Nero's dungeon at Rome. We might well be willing to endure Paul's
infirmities, and share the cold dungeon with him, if we too might by any
means attain unto his good degree. Do not indulge the notion that you
can be contented with learning, or learn without discipline. It
is not a power that may be exercised naturally, but a science to be
acquired gradually. We know this from experience. Brother, hush that
murmur, natural though it be, and continue a diligent pupil in the
College of Content."
Saturday, February 16, 2013
Thursday, February 14, 2013
another day in the life post! but i have to be honest & say that these photos are actually from the last TWO days.
|pretty new pencils in the classroom=happy students|
|delicious cherry oreo balls from taste & send.|
|trip to goodwill.|
|tuesday night volleyball.|
|started reading the second book of the wingfeather saga|
|my 4th harry & the potters concert!|
|they have had the exact same set every time i have seen them. =)|
ps- happy valentine's day!
Wednesday, February 13, 2013
i posted this on facebook & decided it was definitely blog-worthy as well. my dad is basically macgyver. last week, he was driving back from downtown when it began to snow & his windshield wipers stopped working. using a bungee cord & duct tape, he contrived this apparatus where he manually pulled the wiper with the duct-taped bungee cord through the driver side window while driving down hwy 55. just another reason why my dad is the coolest!
here is the proof.
Thursday, February 7, 2013
Monday, February 4, 2013
my all time FAVORITE color combination is red & blue, particularly red with a robin egg blue, teal, or aquamarine color. my eyes are just automatically drawn to those two colors when i see them paired together. it's like love at first sight. i'll try to snap quick pics on my phone to document. here are a few that i've taken the past couple of months :
how can you not love it? =) i'm going to try to post more photos of this incredible color combo as i see it!
Saturday, February 2, 2013
wow, i can't believe it is already the second day of february! january really did seem to fly by! here are some "leftover" pictures from the month of january that i never posted.
|from top LEFT-RIGHT: merri & liam with matching hats, princess menzi, titus' "happy" face (we were trying to get him to do this...haha), & princess p.|
liam drew in my journal during c-group...so cute. remember that millennium falcon shirt from here? isn't it wonderful?
ps- today is the birthday of the cutest 9 year old i know! happy birthday menzi! i love you. =)