In the middle of an 8 day work stretch, and I am just so glad that we had the chance to get together with some friends for a couple of nights of laughter and fun. James and Kerry were in town visiting family, and we were so blessed that they gave us two nights to share with them.
Steve and I were doing the math, and it has been almost 11 YEARS since the last time we were all together in one place. I have seen Kerry a few times, Steve saw James twice in that time, but never all of us together, and never with their 3 beautiful children. I couldn't help but stare as I watched my dear brother and sister in Christ parent these little peeps. In my memory, they were still newlyweds! But now- they are awesome parents who are loving their kids, loving each other, and loving their God. It was such a privilege to watch.
God really does love to bless our hearts. James took time 12 years ago to hang out with some rough people, Steve and I, put up with their whining toddlers, and share Jesus Christ with those same skeptics. I remember James patiently fielding my questions, dealing with our ugliness, and directing me back to the Bible, back to the Bible, every time for the answers. I truly believe my love of Scripture started because James told me everything I ever would need to know was in that book. He taught me to read it agressively, and God taught my heart to hear Him and love His Spirit through that time. Oh, what a glorious, awesome Father we have!
(Hailey is such a lover, she and Jazz had lots of fun playing, goofing around, and cuddling up for a movie.)
After so much bad the last few weeks, this was a great good!
"How priceless is your unfailing love!
Both high and low among men
find refuge in the shadow of your wings.
They feast on the abundance of your house;
you give them drink from your river of delights.
For with you is the fountain of life;
in your light we see light." Psalm 36:7-9