it is 7:45, the family is about to wake up. i have been able to sit and have some great quiet time for the last hour. it is hard to get up and do it, but always so nice once you get into it. i have been reading through luke and have really been enjoying it. on saturday, one verse in particular really got me. it's apparently lukes version of the sermon on the mount, or a sermon very similar to that, talking about loving those who do not love you, etc..... luke 6:35 "but love your enemies and do good, and lend expecting nothing in return; and your reward will be great, and you will be sons of the Most High; for He Himself is kind to ungrateful and evil men." the last part is what got me. we are evil and ungrateful men, he has the power to squash us out and not deal with us anymore and he continues to love. what an example He is to us. then today i was reading in chapter 7. the first part is about a roman official who had a slave that was sick, he called to have Jesus come heal him. then, after sending men to get Jesus, he sent more to stop Him from coming to his house. why??? because he realized He was completely unworthy of having Christ enter his home. It says Jesus even marveled at him. he got it, he understood how unworthy we are of God. God has been working on my heart, showing me that despite how good i look (spiritually) on the outside, i am in desperate need of his saving grace. i have felt in the past that my sins are not as bad as the murderer, adulterer, thief, etc..... in reality, "all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God". yes, me too. it is so much easier to offer grace to others when you realize what grace has been offered to you.
both kids are talking, time to start a new day! halie has her first day of ballet today! i'll post some pics later.