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This is one of my best friends’ babies. In her hands is a custom order from someone who’s friend lost her son to suicide last week. A son who was this age once. A son who was fiercely loved and valued and squeezed tight. A son who will always be their baby. My heart cannot fathom the overwhelming grief. Our only hope? To lift our eyes to the One who is our help in every season and situation. Jesus, come quickly.
It seems the Lord is teaching me a deeper (more experiential) meaning of what Paul talks about when he describes servants of God as “sorrowful, yet always rejoicing” (2 Corinthians 6:10a). • You see, there is so much good happening. So much joy, provision, and depth of community. So many doors opening. So many opportunities to minister and be ministered to. So much love and humility and grace and kindness and care that it has made me—quite literally—cry into a plate of chicken and waffles from the mercy of it all. • These scattered beams can only be explained by the Lord, who is dropping joy bombs and grace explosions all around. • But it’s not all chicken and waffles. • (Link to blog post in profile ❤️)
“All in all, it was a never-to-be forgotten summer—one of those summers which comes seldom into any life, but leave a rich heritage of beautiful memories in their going—one of those summers which, in a fortunate combination of delightful weather, delightful friends, and delightful doings, come as near to perfection as anything can come in this world.” -L.M. Montgomery
“[It is] as if [David] had said, Separated from God I am nothing, and all that I attempt to do ends in nothing; but when I come to Him, I find an abundant supply of strength. It is highly necessary for us to consider what we are without God; for no man will cast himself wholly upon God, but he who feels himself in a fainting condition, and who despairs of the sufficiency of his own powers. We will seek nothing from God but what we are conscious of wanting in ourselves. ...the reason why God is represented as a portion is, because He alone is abundantly sufficient for us, and because in Him the perfection of our happiness consists.” -John Calvin, on Psalm 73:26

Follow me as I follow Jesus

Monday Morning Munch No. 137 – ‘Ello from London

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Cheerio from jolly ol’ England.

We’ve had a full week in London and today we leave for four days in Oxford (praise). We’ve taken most of our photos on Haley’s camera (she’s posted a lot of photos on her blog, check them out here and here) but below are a few from my trusty ol’ iPhone for your enjoyment (more will be following in the days to come).

I cannot believe we get the privilege of being here and seeing so much history and culture.

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We’ve visited pretty much every Jane Austen site possible (that’s a whole blog for itself) and almost all the main tourist attractions, like the changing of the guard at Buckingham Palace, Tower of London, Westminster Abbey, the London Pier and basically anything else you can name.

Yesterday we saw the crown jewels, Platform 9 3/4 and, at the British Library (be still my heart), the Gutenberg and Tyndale Bibles. I almost passed out. I wish I could have taken a million photos there but, you know, legalities.

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“The purpose of life, after all, is to live it, to taste experience to the utmost, to reach out eagerly and without fear for newer and richer experience.” -Eleanor Roosevelt

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Seeing all these beautiful people and places has been amazing but spending this quality time with Haley has been the best by far. I’m grateful for her, our adventures, late night conversations, tears, laughter and love for all things food (and Jane Austen). Praise for such a sweet time to discuss everything (the sentence could stop there) God has done in our lives over the last year and what we’re looking forward to in 2016.

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This is an accurate representation of each video we’re making to document this trip. Clearly it’s going to be great.

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Love the people you can be crazy with.

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“Books! And cleverness! There are more important things—friendship and bravery.” -Hermione Granger

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