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I’m in the middle of writing an article on loneliness as a means to drive us deeper into God’s heart and was just struck by the passage this nugget came from. The context is distress and anguish, feeling the grip of death’s crushing pull. Maybe you can relate. But the author of this psalm lifts his eyes above his circumstances and prays for deliverance. He meditates on the character of God; how He is gracious, righteous, and merciful. He remembers what God has done; how He preserves the simple and rescued him when he was flat on his back, hopeless and alone. Then comes verse seven. Circumstances haven’t changed for the author but, then again, God’s worthiness to be worshipped has never been contingent on ideal circumstances. No matter what our lives might look like right now, no matter how uncomfortable or excruciating our circumstances might be, if we have been redeemed by Jesus, we have every reason to “return to our rest;” for the the Lord INDEED has dealt bountifully with us. And He is worthy of our praise and confidence right here. •••• [Also, 1) this is not a staged photo and 2) you should go read all of Psalm 116 for yourself.]
Happy birthday to the best big sister! 🥳 You are as genuine and intentional as they get; you love deep and feel big, and I’m so thankful for your heart and life. 💜 Additionally, I’d like to know how much you were paid to hug me in this photo.
“Do not despair, dear heart, but come to the Lord with all your jagged wounds, black bruises, and running sores. He alone can heal, and He delights to do it. It is our Lord’s office to bind up the brokenhearted, and He is gloriously at home at it.” -Charles Spurgeon
“Theologians who limit the means of grace to overtly redemptive religious practices miss something about the God who speaks without words in the theater of His creation.” -David Powlison

Follow me as I follow Jesus

Oxford – Head of the River hotel excitement

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I’m in love with this city. 

Maybe I should clarify: I’m in love with our hotel. We haven’t actually, you know, been anywhere else yet… #introvertprobs.

We’re staying at Head of the River and it might be the best place I’ve ever been in my life. I’ve never before written a hotel review but I feel as though this might turn into one. Let’s make it easy: this hotel is like Mary Poppins—practically perfect in every way.

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All the rooms on our floor are named after writers who attended Oxford.

Ours is the C. S. Lewis room. ARE YOU KIDDING ME. My heart experienced spontaneous combustion and joy particles went everywhere. Sorry, cleaning staff.

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I just cannot express how much I adore Clive and HERE WE ARE.

Across the hall is J. R. R. Tolkien and down the hall is Oscar Wilde, Christopher Wren and T. S. Eliot. NO BIG DEAL. *faints*

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We have two windows and two windowsills that are perfect for journaling and sitting and dreaming and praying. Praise.

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Also, just look at this bathroom. Look at it. Look at it right now.

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IT’S A RAIN SHOWER HEAD. IS THIS HEAVEN?

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The outside courtyard. It’s raining. “Even the rain is charming.” -Haley

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One of the walls on the way to our room. (DID I MENTION WE HAVE A C. S. LEWIS ROOM?!)

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This is the pub/coffee shop downstairs. AKA: Our happy place.

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Haley described the hotel the best: it’s straight from a British movie.

Have you ever seen Leap Year? You know how the girl has to go to the pub counter to check into the hotels? That’s what we had to do. (Also, note to self: work on describing things better.) Oh my word, it’s so English and so beautiful and perfect. I cannot contain my excitement.

Now we’re in the pub in a quaint little cove across from the crackling fireplace writing, editing photos, journaling and constantly saying how ecstatic we are to be here.

God is so kind to us. Praise Him from whom all blessings flow.

5 comments on “Oxford – Head of the River hotel excitement

  1. Moritz says:

    Such a cool hotel! I like how it is just not like all the other hotels. Thanks a lot for the review 🙂

    1. It’s so awesome! You should definitely go if you get the chance. There’s not one thing I don’t love.

      1. Moritz says:

        Sounds truly amazing. Thanks a lot for the recommendation 🙂

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