I love the fact that God's Word is "living and active" and how each time we read it, different things will stand out to us or speak to our hearts. No matter how many times we read it, there is always something more to learn . . . some new application that we hadn't realized before . . . some aspect to delve deeper into. I was reminded of that again today . . .
Recently I have been struggling with a certain area in my life and knew my own weakness and was struggling against it . . . when I opened my Bible this morning to read, in the very first chapter where I began a verse that I have read many times before yet had not marked in any way, especially spoke to my heart. And it is now underlined. :) It applied perfectly and was exactly what I needed to hear . . .
". . . Christ . . . who is not weak toward you, but mighty in you." (2 Corinthians 13:3)
After reading that verse, I had to stop and read it again and thank the Lord for how He uses His word to help us in our walk with Him. And to thank Him for this. That He is indeed mighty in me. I am, oh! so weak, but He is strong, and through Him and His abiding love, one can overcome. What an incredibly humbling and encouraging truth!
Needless to say, this was a wonderful start to the day . . . and as I went about the various tasks, this verse often came to mind and was a help and encouragement.
I had planned to try to take photos throughout the day to share more of a glimpse into 'daily life', but I ended up with only three. :) So you'll just have to imagine the yogurt making, the successful mozzarella cheese making, the unsuccessful ricotta cheese making, all the animal watering that Dad, Leah and I have been doing throughout the day due to the high heat (which is quite time consuming!), the laughter, the enjoyable conversations, the singing, the huge mountain of dishes (or, I should say, three mountains of dishes), the delicious 'garden' dinner, the many loads of laundry dried on the line, watering in the garden, picking bugs off of the squash plants, adding a hive body to one of our hives, and making zucchini bread.
But here are the three things you don't have to imagine :) . . .
Mom in the kitchen blanching beans (20 pounds of them to be exact which Leah and I picked yesterday) while she also worked on making this . . .
Blackberry cobbler! A friend of ours gave us a bunch of huge and delicious blackberries so Mom turned them into this . . . it was very good!
And while we ladies were busy in the kitchen, Dad worked on a teaching for tomorrow.
So that about sums up our day! Now with the evening animal chores all finished, I am guessing that everyone is beginning to gather in the living room now so I think I will go join them so that we can enjoy a relaxing evening together . . . one of our favorite parts of the day.
I hope that you all have a blessed and refreshing Sunday tomorrow!