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We have a new key ring around here, if you know what I mean...... • • “Yes, I truly have reason to bless the Lord for abundant supplies; His treasury has been wide open to me, His riches have constantly outweighed my necessities. He has multiplied His mercies above all my desires.” -Susannah Spurgeon
“I am afflicted and in pain; let Your salvation, O God, set me on high! I will praise the name of God with a song; I will magnify Him with thanksgiving. This will please the Lord more than an ox or a bull with horns and hoofs. When the humble see it they will be glad; you who seek God, let your hearts revive. For the Lord hears the needy and does not despise His own people who are prisoners.“ -Psalm 69:29-33 That last verse holds more weight for me than it ever has. But, more than that, as I read this passage this morning, I realized how appropriate and applicable it is for the current landscape of our national state of emergency and the worldwide pandemic called the coronavirus. So many words have been spilled on this topic and I don’t presume to add any additional wisdom to those of medical professionals, trusted church leaders, or those with greater insight than I into what is going on. I don’t know any of that. What I do know is that which I am compelled (and commanded) to say. So here I stand (sit), joining my voice with thousands of others by proclaiming what we pray and believe is more pleasing to the Lord than a sacrifice of ox or bulls, and that is this: God has not left the throne. He has not and will not ever abdicate. He faithfully remains in sovereign control over every molecule in this universe. Therefore, we have every reason to praise our God with a song and magnify Him with thanksgiving. We should let our hearts revive by commanding them to bless the Lord and forget not all His benefits (Psalm 103) because He hears the needy (spoiler: that’s us all the time, not just in a global crisis). He does not despise his people who are prisoners—whether imprisoned in a jail cell or in isolation or by physical ailments wracking their body. He does not despise His own people. Period. End of story. Christ’s blood is too precious for God to waste by despising those purchased and covered by it. Therefore: “Let heaven and earth praise Him, the seas and everything that moves in them.” -Psalm 69:34 No caveats. No conditions. He is worthy.

Follow me as I follow Jesus


“…Makes me want to buy school supplies.”


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).


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

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


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.)


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.


Haley almost cried.


This is the Post Office. I was googly eyed.


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



Be still my heart.



This is for my girl Lauren.






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



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



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.



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).


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. 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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