Lindsay is with my parents on day trip and lunch out, Emma took the younger three to meet up with Tim after work this morning to do some yard work for an elderly woman he met. She had placed an add in the local paper about free fire wood - she'd had a tree taken down and now needed someone to come remove it. Tim is always on the look out for firewood - we heat with it some, and he provides it for my parents too. He mentioned to me that this lady could use some work done in her yard, he spoke with her, she gladly said yes, and he and the crew are on the job! He likes providing opportunities for the kids to learn to serve others joyfully!
I am home with Kamryn, and she is still asleep. Using these quiet moments to ponder and write. Kayleigh is managing a store now and that is keeping her hopping. We are proud of how hard she is working and that she is learning and growing a lot.
I recently found my self caught up inadvertently in some drama, and that made me realize that we have a refreshing lack of that around here most days! We are busy, working, serving, opening our home, discipling others, and for the most part try not to get caught up in that kind of thing. We are not a family big on competing with other families or other people for attention or for some recognition. We know we are sinners saved by grace and we try to walk in grace with others and as a family. We are not perfect, by any means, and are thankful for God's mercies which are new every morning!
I've been reading Elisabeth Elliot's book "The Shaping of a Christian Family." It is not a 'how to' book, it is the story of her family and the choices they made (her grandparents, and her parents) and how that shaped the family that they had. I like that it is simple really, though not easy. You want a home where Christ is central? Then make him central in all that you do.
I just had a call from Tim, they have finished their yard work. He said that the woman was appreciative. I appreciate his heart to serve others, and that he teaches the kids by example.
My heart is full of thankfulness this morning.
Philippians 1:6 - being confident of this very thing, that He who has begun a good work in you will complete it until the day of Jesus Christ
ps- the Peonies and Roses are from my garden last year. Come on Spring!