Hello dears! I’m all dolled up like the grand old flag, aren’t I? Heheh… You could say this post is a wee bit late. You could say that its way past Independence day. You could even say, “Why in the world are they posting such a patriotic looking COS in the middle of August?” And you’d be right! Its ok, you can state the obvious and ask the undeniable. But in my opinion, I think we should be able to wear red white and blue any time of the year. It’s good to be patriotic!
Dress: Made by Mom / Shoes: ThredUp / Brooch: Etsy / Earrings: Thrifted / Bracelet: Thrifted
This overdue post goes hand in hand with a way-past-bedtime activity I was indulging in last night–looking through our family photos. The photos in this post are old; the pictures I was looking at are old, but they all tell a story. These photos say that we had a splendid Independence day weekend with our dear Church community. It was a relaxing time to just sit back and not really have to worry about anything. There was only one big performance we had on the morning of the 4th, and that was at a local Farmers Market. It was a long performance, but it was good! The best part was we met a lot of friendly people who enjoyed our music. 🙂 If you want to see what we were up to, check out our 4th of July Vlog!
Back to what I was saying… As I was browsing through the pictures from our family photo album, some deep emotions were brought to the surface as I studied the images. Emotions like: joy which bubbled over into smiles and laughter; astonishment over how much all three of us have grown up within the past three years; excitement over how much our lives have changed in so many good and beautiful ways through our singing and blogging; sadness at how much I miss the “good old days” when life as a girl was simpler; unbelief at the thought of how much we have done in so little time.
There are treasure troves in heaven that are continually being filled with all of the good things God allows us to do here in this temporary world we call home. I have seen a few of them through the picture documentation of our lives over the past few years, and it is breathtaking!
It is breathtaking not in the human sense of the joy of our accomplishments, but in the supernatural sense that God has orchestrated everything to happen just as it did. We cannot return to the past. We can never undo what has been done. And thank the Lord that this is so, because He purposes us to do everything: the stupid, ruthless and painful, as well as the impeccable, glorious and precious.* The Lord Almighty is intertwining all of the good and the bad into His-story, one of the most awesome and beautiful love stories creation will ever witness.
Oh dear… The deep thoughts of my heart have made their way through my fingertips onto this screen again. Let me try to conclude my plethora of reflections.
After I browsed through the photo albums last night, I was greatly impressed with the need I have (personally) to truly, heartily, with every fiber of my being, strive to take every thought captive; engulfing the time it takes to accomplish my daily tasks with love, cheerfulness, gratitude and humility. I must be more of the mind of what my life is working towards–heaven and seeing King Jesus face to face. There are times when I think of how far off that day will be, and it seems like a small piece in my life story. But this is in fact far from the truth! I have to remind myself that I have no idea when my time is up! Thus I must do my utmost best to rule the day with the saving love of Jesus Christ, and allow His Spirit to work through me.
Time and again I suppress the inner-workings of the Holy Spirit to please my own needs and fulfill my own gains. This is wrong. This is sin. It is I who must die to myself that I might live for Christ. May He be near and present! May He truly be my everything!
Do you ever stay up late looking at old photos?
Have you ever come away from such an activity with mixed emotions?
Blessings on your weekend!
Jessica, the Eldest Sister & Singer
P.S. Dears, I know that most of you will take comfort and encouragement in the words that I have written here, but I want to acknowledge the fact that there are some of you who will not understand the full depth of what I am saying, because some of you do not believe in Christ. I want you to know that I am praying for you, and it is my earnest hope that Christ will one day make all of us new creations in Him! And dears, even if you cannot relate to a few of the things I have said today, I hope that you will take it with a grain of salt, and perhaps think over my contemplations and, LORD willing, one day understand them with the knowledge of Christ in your hearts. 🙂
*The Holy Spirit allows us to do good things. Otherwise we could not possibly do anything good in God’s eyes. All the good works done outside of being in Christ are counted as rubbish before the LORD. That is becuase we are fallen and sinful, but through the Mediator our good works are His works, because we are the Body of Christ! Hallelujah!)