Feeling like a champion having survived our first week as a family of nine, wee hour feedings and fussings have been slightly easier with reading. Here's what's on my mind:
This book, The Hole in Our Holiness,I loved, and I wasn't surprised at the controversy over it. It is our nature to cry legalism any time anything convicting or uncomfortable is pointed out to us. Reading this book, I didn't see a hint of legalism pushed. I think this quote I read in the small hours this morning perfectly sums up human nature and why a book like this is necessary.
Hard work is not the opposite of grace, it is the result of experiencing grace.
D. A. Carson explains:
People do not drift toward Holiness.
Apart from grace-driven effort, people do not gravitate toward godliness, prayer, obedience to Scripture, faith, and delight in the Lord.
We drift toward compromise and call it tolerance; we drift toward disobedience and call it freedom; we drift toward superstition and call it faith. We cherish the indiscipline of lost self-control and call it relaxation; we slouch toward prayerlessness and delude ourselves into thinking we have escaped legalism; we slide toward godlessness and convince ourselves we have been liberated.
Sean and the kiddos made candycanes the other night, a December tradition. I'm making these with the kiddos this morning. Crafting with kids is one of my favorite things to do - a great excuse for embracing mess and glitter and getting sticky glue fingers! Late last night the kids helped me make the dough for these and I cannot wait for tea and cookies this afternoon. It is simple luxuries like these that bless the tiredness of the day.
This sweater is on the needles for Benjamin, in stripes, of course, as I'm loving stripes of wool and using up remnants of yarn as of late. Below is the project I finished the morning he came. How can you resist a sweet baby in woolen stripes? I cannot. If you are on ravelry, you'll find me under Cultivatinghome. I'd love to follow your projects too, so leave a little comment letting me know where to find you on ravelry.
Sean and I celebrated our fourteenth anniversary last week. As rough and farmgirl as I consider myself, I love girlie things too, like vintage jewelry. Sean gave me this pretty vintage aquamarine ring, which also happens to be my birthstone.
Hope the beginning to everyone's week is going well!