church with great friends in the morning + reading lord of the rings while drinking iced coffee and sitting in the sun in my backyard in the afternoon + eating delicious grilled chicken for dinner + editing vacation photos in the evening = one of the most perfect ways to spend a sunday.
while editing those vacation photos, i discovered this one, which was taken by bianca’s brother. it’s one of my new favorite pictures.
philadelphia was so awesome, and i can’t wait to blog all the rest of the pictures from the trip. (and hopefully not 6 months from now in the middle of winter… ahem.)
as a completely random aside… i am getting really tan this summer and it makes me happy. mostly because it means i’m getting outside, which i love.
and remember when i said i was reading forgotten god by francis chan and you should expect quotes? well here’s one that i love:
“for all a caterpillar’s life, it crawls around a small patch of dirt and up and down a few plants. then one day it takes a nap. a long nap. and then, what in the world must go through its head when it wakes up to discover it can fly? what happened to its dirty, plump little worm body? what does it think when it sees its tiny new body and gorgeous wings?
as believers, we ought to experience this same kind of astonishment when the holy spirit enters our bodies. we should be stunned into disbelief over becoming a ‘new creation’ with the spirit living in us. as the caterpillar finds its new ability to fly, we should be thrilled over our spirit-empowered ability to live differently and faithfully. isn’t this what the scriptures speak of? isn’t this what we’ve all been longing for?
it really is an astonishing truth that the spirit of him who raised jesus from the dead lives in you. he lives in me. i do not know what the spirit will do or where he’ll lead me each time i invite him to guide me. but i am tired of living in a way that looks exactly like people who do not have the holy spirit of god living in them. i want to consistently live with an awareness of his strength. i want to be different today from what i was yesterday as the fruit of the spirit becomes more manifest in me.
i want to live so that i am truly submitted to the spirit’s leading on a daily basis. christ said it is better for us that the spirit came, and i want to live like i know that is true. i don’t want to keep crawling when i have the ability to fly.“