Monday, September 8, 2008

Intentional Living

As I thought, my record already isn't too good with this blog thing. It's time, and I've given myself fifteen minutes to compose this blog... I needed to somehow fit it into my schedule.
These past few days I've been thinking about what this next blog should be about. I think I have these lofty goals of what my blog should be, and in reality, that's impossible. It will take a while, but my blog is going to be raw composers and thoughts. They'll be unedited, sometimes incoherent, thoughts on a wide variety of things. There will not be a set length, a picture quota... nothing. It's stress free, just how I need it.
There has been a lot going on lately and there is SO many exciting things I could write about. Such as my surprise vacation to Colorado. Hello! I have the best husband ever. But, this morning something really struck me hard. During my quiet time, I composed a list from Colossians 3 as to what Christians should "put on" and what Christians should "take off." It was incredible. I've always know how as in the likeness of Christ we are to be set-apart, but I've never had a visual list like this. It goes something like this:
Take off:
  • Sexual Immorality
  • Impurity
  • Lust
  • Evil Desires
  • Greed
  • Anger
  • Rage
  • Malice
  • Slander
  • Filthy Language
Put on:
  • Compassion
  • Kindness
  • Humility
  • Gentleness
  • Patience
  • Forgiveness
  • Love
  • The Knowledge of the Word of Christ
What a difference. Seriously? This is a difference that most people do not understand. When Christ wanted us to be set apart, he REALLY meant it. It is not as though we mean to do any of the things on the "take off" list, but we do... usually without any conviction. I feel overwhelmed by the standard of Christ, but I love the grace God gives me from day to day. Thank you Jesus that You'll continue to give me grace everyday.
So there you go. Chew on that for a little bit, I think it will blow your mind.

I'll put some pictures up from our journey out to Colorado. It was perfect how everything worked out. Daniel's company bought a vehicle from Denver on ebay. They were going to ship it out here, but Daniel showed then that it was way cheaper for them to send us both out via plane, have us pick it up, stay in the Springs for a few days, and drive it back. Our food was paid for, a hotel room on the way back, and we spent a day in St. Louis to sight see. In Colorado Springs we spent a lot of time with our families. Daniel's family had soccer games all weekend, so we went to those. My family was having a BBQ, so we got to spend a day eating amazing food with them.
This is my sister, Morgan, and Daniel...gearing up to ride The Hog.

Daniel and my little brother, Kevin, on The Hog
My parents at their birthday party (My dad turned 50 and my mom turned 40) This is just precious :)
My perspective of the St. Louis Arch
Daniel's perspective
This had to be intentional in the city plans. The City Hall framed perfectly by the Arch. Saweeet!

I feel like there should be a benediction right here...
Until next time Ghostrider.


Anonymous said...

Hey girl! I love reading about you! Give me more!!!! =)

Rene. said...

i almost cried when I saw pictures of your parents. Oh how I miss the Yoders and ex-Yoder (that's you, brooklyn. haha.)