(sometimes quiet time is much, much easier when there’s a cozy space and no one around…)
Advent 2017: Joy to the World: Day 10
“But now the righteousness of God has been manifested apart from the law, although the Law and the Prophets bear witness to it— the righteousness of God through faith in Jesus Christ for all who believe. For there is no distinction: for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, and are justified by his grace as a gift, through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus, whom God put forward as a propitiation by his blood, to be received by faith. This was to show God’s righteousness, because in his divine forbearance he had passed over former sins. It was to show his righteousness at the present time, so that he might be just and the justifier of the one who has faith in Jesus.
Then what becomes of our boasting? It is excluded. By what kind of law? By a law of works? No, but by the law of faith. For we hold that one is justified by faith apart from works of the law.” -Romans 3:21-28
God is so good (I feel like I begin all my quiet time saying this). We ALL are the worst and have sinned. Daily we receive His “grace upon grace.” I can’t explain, how freeing this is. I know so many unbelievers who think Christianity is just a bunch of rules and oppression. AHHHH, how do I scream with love and tell them that there is freedom in His sacrifice! He lived a perfect life so we don’t have to! Each and every time we fail, He is there to cover us in His blood. And what do we have to do for this forgiveness and love?
It’s the best gift ever. His grace and His righteousness are sweet, precious gifts; that we do not deserve, but are abundantly given. ❤
Ugh, now comes the difficult part- we can’t boast in ourselves or our works. It’s hard because I’m always looking for some way to look like I have my life together in an aesthetically pleasing way (even if my life is falling a part(ish)). That I’m living a life of lavish, instead of a life lavishly fulfilled by Christ. I can lie and say I’m boasting in Christ when I post something, but am I truly in awe in His glory and creativity? Or does it just look pretty and I need the envy or validation from others? Sometimes yes, sometimes no.
Today I was reminded to check myself before I post; and if I am boasting in myself or the Lord. I’m convicted to thank Him for His gift, the only gift ever needed. To praise Him and be filled with a crazy amount of joy that I WILL NEVER BE EXPECTED TO BE PERFECT! ❤ To stop comparing myself to others, because we’re all in the ‘we-stink-without-Christ boat’ together! Ugh, such a good reading today from She Reads Truth.
I know I’ve said it before, & I know I’ll say it again… but I LOVE THEMED PARTIES!
This past weekend we celebrated Baby S & Michel (…& I guess Mitch too) at Los Poblanos. Michel deserves the world, & I’m so glad her shower was at LP because it was perfect. We did an afternoon tea, which was out of this world delicious.
Meeting Michel’s friends was also so sweet. I’m such a friend hog/ small group person, that I didn’t really know a lot of her friend’s before this event… but I am so glad I got to love on Michel with her dearest friends at her shower. ❤ They are the nicest people.
Party planning can be a little stressful, but Michel’s shower was the least stress inducing event in the world. Definitely in part because her friend, Kristin, was the perfect co-host, (she did all the flowers herself!) & also because LP does everything to make it relaxing. I just want everything, ever, to be held there forever. I don’t think lavender fields will ever lose their magic.
Little Baby S, you are so loved. I pray that you will be healthy, happy, kind, motivated, & love Jesus. Selfishly, I ask God that you love me too. ❤
p.s. these tassel balloons are SO easy to make, and inexpensive! literally the most difficult part is getting them all in your car. 4 fit in a small car, so plan accordingly. also it was windy & when I was taking them out of my car the wind blew them into my face so several lipstick marks made their way onto the balloons. wouldn’t be a liz event if something embarrassing didn’t happen. 😉
November was a difficult month. It also was a time to reflect that when times suck there is still SO much to be thankful for. Sometimes your day is ‘the worst’ (please read that in your best Jean Ralphio voice), and the only nice thing about it is a good cup of coffee… and that’s ok. Good bye November 2017. I didn’t like you, but appreciated you very much.
*and I know I used the wrong “you’re,” it’s an inside joke. 😉
New Mexico is my favorite (minus the car thieves… and just general crime). This state truly has so much beauty.
Monday was a long day. It was a 6 am-6 pm work day. Ewww. It’s easy to hate these kinds of days, but it’s also so sweet to wake up and see the beauty New Mexico has. I MEAN LOOK AT THAT VIEW.\
One of the meetings was with an astronomer who showed us the Sky Shed Telescope at camp. New Mexico is the only Girl Scout camp with this intense type of telescope/ astronomy program. The second meeting was at The Blake in the Taos Ski Valley. OMG. If you ever ski Taos, stay here. The art alone at The Blake is worth the steep price to stay there. Also, Taos Ski/ The Blake is a B-corp. What?! SO COOL and ugh so beautiful. I can’t wait to go back.
Basically, I just love New Mexico, and it’s the best in the fall. ❤
After my car went on a week-long journey to wherever, it is back. I do not wish this stress on anyone. The thieves get away and I get to pay for all the damages they’ve caused (still less expensive than a new car!).
What’s sweet though, is last night as we were waiting on a few car repairs to take place, my sister prayed. She prayed for the person(s) who stole my car. That people would come into their lives to be the light. It was a prayer for their well-being and for them to repent too. I’ve forgiven them, but forgiveness does not mean that there aren’t consequences to sin. There are and there should be. As much as I forgive them, I also, would like to know that they recognize how much hurt they caused.
Anyway here are a few ways to help a friend who has had their car stolen OR damaged:
- Offering rides is nice, but sometimes people don’t want to inconvenience their friends (even if this means paying extra for an Uber). So instead of saying, ‘let me know if you need a ride,’ ask, ‘what time should I pick you up tomorrow to take you to work/ the store/ ect?’ This isn’t asking, it’s basically telling them that you’re coming. What time would they like you to come over?
- Check their social media before asking questions- chances are they’ve posted the story there and don’t want to repeat it over and over and over and over. Constant texts can be overwhelming. Remember, you’re probably not the only one trying to contact them. (But DO text them that you’re thinking of them/keeping an eye out/ praying/ sending good thoughts/ ect…)
- Share whatever post they’ve posted about their stolen car. Maybe you live states away. Maybe you only have 5 friends. It still means the world.
- Find out what was stolen from the car and, if reasonable, buy them a replacement. I had a box of La Croix in my car… that the mean thief (thieves) drank. My friend bought me another box. The little things mean a lot.
- Don’t re-victimize them. Yes I know I should have made sure all four doors of my car were locked. I don’t need the reminder. Yes I shouldn’t have left my favorite new vest in the car. Yes I probably should have bought a steering wheel club years ago. Yes the crime in downtown ABQ is terrible, how dare I live here. BUT ALSO PEOPLE SHOULDN’T STEAL! I should be able to leave all my doors unlocked (I didn’t) and all my valuables in the car (I don’t) AND PEOPLE SHOULDN’T STEAL! I already have to pay for all the Ubers, any damages the person(s) caused, the towing, the everything which is a lot. That’s already punishing the victim again and again. I don’t need a lesson from friends right now- I got that from myself, the insurance, the police, and my parents. I’ve learned my lesson (my car does now have a steering wheel lock, and so much more)- just please agree it sucks.
The picture is of Nephew grabbing Lanay’s hair. I just love him so much. He makes each day better.
Fall in Albuquerque is my favorite (minus the stolen car part). My heart has been kind of low lately, and as much as I try to remember that we are to praise God in the good and the tough times, it’s hard. BUT HE IS SO GOOD. He timed my bestie’s visit for the perfect weekend.
Lanay didn’t really have this trip scheduled out to Albuquerque, but then sadly, her grandmother’s health started to decline so she made the decision to turn her Colorado weekend fun trip into a visit to New Mexico. Her reasons were definitely not for me, but God knew I would need her encouragement this past weekend, and not just over the phone, but in person.
The support of a friend is such a sweet gift from our Lord. A friend to really pry into my heart. To make sure my positiveness was not just an external front, but that I truly was ok inside as well.
Unfortunately, I was sick for Lanay’s visit (AND didn’t have a car). Which I guess was good, because I wasn’t taking a lot of time from her family. But I wished we could have spent more time together… #selfish. 😉
Lanay is such a dear friend, and encourager. We don’t always have the same views, but we challenge one another to grow. I think that’s one of the reasons I treasure our friendship SO much. She makes me want to better my relationship with God. Also she’s so selfless, her parents live 30/45 minutes away from me, and she just drove, drove, drove me everywhere while she was here.
Originally I had planned to write about the Day of the Dead parade, which was GREAT. But I think the heart of any event is the people you get to experience it with… and that’s my Lanay Joy.
* In high school/ college we had a ‘cooking show’ called Lanay’s Thyme…get it cooking…THYME. OMG it’s still so clever. 10 year’s later and the show is still going strong. And by show I mean friendship.