Trading my ashes for beauty….that He might be glorified.
Share Four Somethings: June 2022
Happy Friday and time for June’s installment of Share Four Somethings. This week has been a tough one…and, interestingly, I started off May’s Share Four Somethings with the exact statement. Hmm. Life really does go in cycles and, I suppose, that gives me hope that “lighter” days will return as well. As always, I’m grateful for this monthly look back at God’s faithfulness and goodness. I like (and need) the intentional focus. So let’s jump right into my thoughts for this month. And, don’t forget the entire link-up can be found here (starting tomorrow).
Our time in Lancaster (PA) did not disappoint. Somehow, the rolling hills, green pastures full of cattle, and sharing the road with Amish buggies just refreshes us like nothing else. I will admit we endured one of the worst dinners we have had in a long time (just gross) but even that could not spoil our time. Our VRBO spot was just lovely. It was located on a flower farm. A farm to grow flowers – who knew:) Our breakfast at The Coffee Co was delicious. If you are in New Holland, I highly recommend. We spent our time leisurely dreaming about our future and rehearsing our blessings now, as well. It was exactly what we needed.
I have been meditating on, pondering, and even doing some studying on the idea of “renewing your mind” – as mentioned in Romas 12:2. This renewing of the mind is essential in order to keep us from conforming to the world. I learned so much from an article I read by John Piper. Here are a few quotes:
“We are perfectly useless as Christ-exalting Christians if all we do is conform to the world around us.
“…. non-conformity to the world does not primarily mean the external avoidance of worldly behaviors. That’s included. But you can avoid all kinds of worldly behaviors and not be transformed. Transformation is not switching from the to-do list of the flesh to the to-do list of the law….but is a transformation of the Holy Spirit through faith in Jesus Christ……”
My goodness – but there is so much to “chew on” in just those few sentences. And the article I printed off was four pages. Four pages of wisdom and good stuff.
Yes, I saved this t-shirt that I recently saw on Pinterest. Added it to my “I really need this” list (if there were such a list)! To some, it probably sounds rude but, to me, it is just the reality. I am not a hugger. I have a lot of friends who are huggers. I go to a church FULL of hug-loving people. And, it can be a challenge for us non-huggers desperately trying to preserve our sense of protected space!! Maybe a t-shirt would help. I dunno. Tell me – are you a natural hugger??
My family – our little group of four – are not huge talkers. Or, more accurately, sharers of our feelings. We tend to isolate and bury our feelings. I come by it naturally and suppose I have (unintentionally) passed it on to my children. But we are aware…and we are working on it. This last week – which has been the hard part of the month – we have really made progress. Talking through the hard. Leaning on each other. Do we have it all figured out? Um, no but I really saw progress this month. I’m so grateful for these people I share life with –
I would love to hear about something you have achieved this month. Or even something (random and/or silly) you saved. Let me know…and have a great weekend ahead, friends!
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