"That is why we never give up. Though our bodies are dying, our spirits are being renewed every day. For our present troubles are quite small and won't last very long. Yet they produce for us an immeasurably great glory that will last forever! So we don't look at the troubles we can see right now; rather, we look forward to what we have not yet seen. For the troubles we see will soon be over, but the joys to come will last forever. For we know that when this earthly tent we live in is taken down—when we die and leave these bodies—we will have a home in heaven, an eternal body made for us by God himself and not by human hands. We grow weary in our present bodies, and we long for the day when we will put on our heavenly bodies like new clothing. For we will not be spirits without bodies, but we will put on new heavenly bodies. Our dying bodies make us groan and sigh, but it's not that we want to die and have no bodies at all. We want to slip into our new bodies so that these dying bodies will be swallowed up by everlasting life. God himself has prepared us for this, and as a guarantee he has given us his Holy Spirit.
So we are always confident, even though we know that as long as we live in these bodies we are not at home with the Lord. That is why we live by believing and not by seeing. Yes, we are fully confident, and we would rather be away from these bodies, for then we will be at home with the Lord. So our aim is to please him always, whether we are here in this body or away from this body. For we must all stand before Christ to be judged. We will each receive whatever we deserve for the good or evil we have done in our bodies."
With an eternal perspective, I soar with gratitude for:
a Canon XS 1000D camera, complete with an extra lens and case for a great deal!
my best friend
sunny sky and warm breezes drying laundry in less time than a dryer and much less expensive!
a developing 'Garden of Eden'
Lego sorting with twins on a Monday morning! Now that's their idea of 'school'!
heartfelt prayers for dinner
encouragement at just the right moment
a sweet conversation with a friend's daughter tonite sharing highlights
happy parents living under one roof with us
peanut butter and jelly sandwiches
handfuls of life giving potting soil
my 'heart-close' friend sending me bags of zinnia, hosta and marigold seeds, music and a beautiful card for my birthday
speckled angel kisses
Vulnerable touching in dark quietness under new sheets
connecting spirit to spirit through prayer
Your glory is higher than the heavens.
You have taught children and nursing infants
to give you praise.
They silence your enemies who were seeking revenge.
When I look at the night sky and see the work of your fingers—the moon and the stars you have set in place— what are mortals that you should think of us, mere humans that you should care for us?
the birds in the sky, the fish in the sea
O Lord, our Lord, the majesty of your name fills the earth!
*Is. 26:3; 2 Cor. 10:5
Pictures taken with my new camera
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