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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

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“…Makes me want to buy school supplies.”

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Let’s settle some stereotypes real quick.

New York City Myth No. 1: It’s hectic, crazy, and fast-paced.

False. It’s surprisingly calm, relaxing, and peaceful. At least that’s the case on the Upper West Side (where Haley and I are staying and the only place we have explored so far).

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New York City Myth No. 2: People are rude (“It’s the North”)

False. Everyone has been so fun and friendly and warm.

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Praise for beautiful cities, relaxing days, and kind people.

Here are some photos from our first afternoon in the Big Apple. (You can see Haley’s here.)

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When we came out of Penn Station, we realized we just came out from under Madison Square Garden and then we flipped out a bit.

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Haley almost cried.

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This is the Post Office. I was googly eyed.

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This is the view out our hotel window (that’s the Hudson River in the distance).

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Be still my heart.

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This is for my girl Lauren.

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Central Park. ALL THE HEART EYES.

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Y’all. Fall is here and it is STUNNING.

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Notice our friends in the corner hailing a cab (aka showing us how it’s done).

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We randomly walked by this place and decided to eat dinner here, which will undoubtedly go down in history as one of our better life decisions.

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I’ve eaten a great deal of burgers in my life and this is by far the best. Praise God for AG Kitchen (the chef, Alex Garcia, has had two Food Network shows, something we didn’t know before entering the restaurant but we can now confirm he earned those shows).

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This is the way you look at the dessert menu. Are you serious?! SO FUN.

 

 

7 comments on ““Don’t You Just Love New York in the Fall?”

  1. manofmany10s@comcast.net says:

    that was great!!! What a nice picture presentation!!! So encouraging, wish I had a burger and fries, right now!!!

    I am soo blessed to have you two as mine. I love you both, alot!!!

    God bless and keep you. dAd.

    1. We’re having such a great time!! Love you, dad!!

  2. Lauren Gray says:

    Not how I would have pictured New York! Beautiful. Enjoy!

  3. Me either, and I LOVE it! ❤

  4. Louise Brady says:

    Crazy how familiar everything looks! Beautiful images! x

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