“There is no attribute of God more comforting to his children than the doctrine of Divine Sovereignty. Under the most adverse circumstances, in the most severe trials, they believe that Sovereignty has ordained their afflictions, that Sovereignty overrules them, and that Sovereignty will sanctify them all. There is nothing for which the children of God ought more earnestly to contend than the dominion of their Master over all creation—the kingship of God over all the works of his own hands—the throne of God, and his right to sit upon that throne … for it is God upon the throne whom we trust.”
A couple Sundays ago our daughters asked if they could please make dinner for us. Normally, I would say “no” because I wouldn’t think of the joy it would bring them and the whole family. No, normally I would selfishly think of the messes and extra work it would create for me. I wouldn’t think of the learning opportunity, I wouldn’t think of how my “no” would be killing their interest in domestic things like cooking for your family. I would think of how much more efficiently I could get dinner out, I would think of how I would have to answer endless questions and explain very basic things. Normally, it wouldn’t cross my mind that the Lord was giving me a chance to act out Titus 2 in my own home, it wouldn’t cross my mind that always saying no is indeed neglecting my responsibilities as a mother of daughters.
Thankfully, the Lord is rich in mercy and had very recently brought to my attention my sinfulness of saying no constantly. So, on that evening a couple of Sundays ago I said, “Yes. We would love for you to make us dinner.” And I cannot believe how much of a blessing it was to our family. The girls worked cheerfully together to put a beautiful dinner on the table for us. They were so excited and honored to be serving us. I found so much joy in answering their questions and cheering them along. I was so touched by their hard work that I didn’t even mind the two hours spent in the kitchen cleaning up after dinner.
They made us a lovely dinner of hot dogs, mashed potatoes and a veggie tray. For dessert they served sugar cookies and strawberries. They drew up individual place-mats for each person and set the table beautifully.
It was a wonderful evening for the whole family — a true blessing from the Lord.
152. I’m still rejoicing and thanking God for His wonderful gift of marriage to us. It’s such an amazing creation!
Marriage was the last relic of paradise left among men, and Jesus hasted to honour it with his first miracle.” -Spurgeon
153. The gift of photography. We have just received some of our wedding photos back, and I’m so thankful for them! How wonderful that God would give someone the idea to invent photography, to develop as much as it is today, and give certain people the gift to take excellent photos.
Our wedding cake
Our lovely daughters.
Right after feeding one another cake.
154. The grace to see Providence in so many ways. To see God continually working out our fallen lives to His glory is amazing.
155. An excellent sermon, reminding the body of the importance of prayer.
156. All the problems and joys that come with home ownership. What a tool of sanctification this will be!
151. Praise be to God that I am now married to such an amazing man! Our ceremony was Saturday and it was a wonderful, joyous day. I’m so thankful that God allowed our wedding to be stress-free and very happy for us. It meant so much to hear Josh say his vows to me, and to promise mine to him. I pray we never forget them.
“I take you, Hollie, to be my wife and I promise before God and all who are present here to be your loving and faithful husband, as long as our lives shall last. I will love you and give myself up for you, as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her. I will serve you with tenderness and respect, and encourage you to develop the gifts that God has given you.
“I take you, Joshua, to be my husband, and I promise before God and all who are present here to be your loving and faithful wife, as long as our lives shall last. I will love you and submit to you, as the church loves and submits to Christ. I will serve you with tenderness and respect, and encourage you to develop the gifts that God has given you.”
Next week is our honeymoon, as such Josh is working this week and I am home setting up house. I have a bunch of post floating around in my brain that I hope to get up soon! 🙂
God takes away the world, that the heart may cleave more to Him in sincerity.
91. The storms of life – they remind me who is truly in charge and to relinquish control to Him always.
92. My mom.
93. The recreational volleyball league I play on with my mom and some other ladies. I love that group! We always have a good time.
94. Quiet moments with my little ones.
95. Good rest and cuddles.
96. What a sweet little girl my eight year old is growing in to.
97. Peace that can only be found in Jesus Christ.
98. My memory verses this week. Job 22:21 – Acquaint now thyself with Him, and be at peace: thereby good shall come unto thee. And Romans 5:1 – Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ. Praise God that it is the faith that He brings me to that saves me! Nothing of my own merit. I would be so doomed if it were based on anything I had done.
99. To be singing hymns with my daughters. I cannot wait until my beloved can join us in family worship!