Friday, March 14, 2008

Improvements to the Shoe and Other Fun Things

"It is most important habitually to contemplate our work in its proper character as a “work of faith.” As such, it can only be sustained by the active and persevering exercise of this principle. This is what makes it a means of grace to our own souls, as well as a grand medium of exalting our Divine Master.

It is faith that enlivens our work with perpetual cheerfulness. It commits every part of it to God, in the hope, that even mistakes shall be overruled for his glory; and thus relieves us from an oppressive anxiety, often attendant upon a deep sense of our responsibility. The shortest way to peace will be found in casting ourselves upon God for daily pardon of deficiencies and supplies of grace, without looking too eagerly for present fruit."

Charles Bridges

This morning I ran across this quote. I love the hope and peace that comes from 'casting ourselves upon God for daily pardon of deficiencies', don't you?

The kids -all but the one dependent on the milk factory- are in Texas with the Greatest Grandparents Ever. And the Greatest Parents, I might add. I am so thrilled and blessed to have parents and a very special Mother-in-law who love pouring themselves into our kids' lives and blessing us with a 'break'. So far we have eaten out several times and spent two very quiet and enjoyable evenings together. Tonight we'll go to dinner with friends, after I spend the day shopping. Wooo-hooo! Can you tell that I'm enjoying myself?

Lest you think all this fun might be too much, let me assure you that I have several productive projects in mind, too. Yesterday I spent much of the day paining dogs and cats on the walls of the kids' bathroom, to match their shower curtain. I will post pictures when I'm done. I have to admit, though, for me, that kind of thing is just as much fun as shopping!


velvet said...

How is it that you get more kids and have more time to blog? I can't keep up!

Loved the quotes.

Enjoy your break; you do have awesome parents!

cristina said...

I for one am jealous! However, a well deserved break, Candice!!
Happy Break to you, my friend!


Anonymous said...

The Charles Bridges quote almost brings tears to my eyes! I was just thinking how I carry such a heavy sense of "doing it all right" for God. I so easily forget that I work by faith, by His grace. More importantly, His grace really is sufficient!!! I want to live like it is, despite my sinful self.

Have a great week! I can't wait to see the pictures of the bathroom.