Happy Friday, Friends! I got back from my 8th grade trip late last night and am SOOOOO thankful for a day off today!
Erika, Narci and I are linking up and sharing our FAVORITES from the week and if you'd like to join us just link back to one (or all!) of us, grab our graphic and share your own Friday Favorites!
Griffin's FAVORITE is having her nails painted! She always picks rainbow colors and this time she wanted to add on some sparkles! We had a few little smudges, but overall I think they turned out well.
And her FAVORITE shoes are these little sparkly "faux birks" that I found at a boutique. She likes them because they show her toenail polish :)
Griffin is reeeeeeally into matching with me right now (which is so sweet!) and she picked out lots of yellow for us to wear to church. Girlfriend has good taste! As long as matching me is her FAVORITE I will totally oblige :)
My FAVORITE little baseball player!!! He's improving so much and having a blast!
And look what arrived while I was out of town!!! I have a feeling that this is going to be our new FAVORITE spot to hang out. I have a few other plans for out here (restaining the potting table, getting an umbrella and possibly a succulent wall), but we are so excited to have a place to eat lots of meals and make lots of memories out back!
Mason crafted two robots last week that are me and him. He was very worried that I would interpret his eyebrows as mad, when in fact they're just "robot-y" :)
We've been playing Topple and it is quickly becoming a FAVORITE in our game collection.
And this is where I've been hanging out the past three days! I chaperoned our 8th grade trip to South Texas and it may have been my FAVORITE school trip to date. I have more pictures and details that I'll share next week - it was absolutely beautiful and such a fun experience.
Lastly, I wanted to share part of a devotion I read this week...
WHAT GOOD FRIDAY IS ALL ABOUT
Consequently, he [Jesus] is able to save to the uttermost those who draw near to God through him, since he always lives to make intercession for them. (Hebrews 7:25)
The great passion of the writer of Hebrews is that we “draw near” to God (Hebrews 4:16; 7:25; 10:22; 11:6). Draw near to his throne to find all the help we need. Draw near to him, confident that he will reward us with all that he is for us in Jesus. And this is clearly what he means in Hebrews 10:22, because verse 19 says that we have confidence “to enter the holy place,” that is, the new heavenly “holy of holies,” like that inner room in the old tabernacle of the Old Testament where the high priest met with God once a year, and where his glory descended on the ark of the covenant.
So the one command, the one exhortation, that we are given in Hebrews 10:19–22 is to draw near to God. The great aim of this writer is that we get near God, that we have fellowship with him, that we not settle for a Christian life at a distance from God, that God not be a distant thought, but a near and present reality, that we experience what the old Puritans called communion with God.
This drawing near is not a physical act. It’s not building a tower of Babel, by your achievements, to get to heaven. It’s not necessarily going into a church building, or walking to an altar at the front. It is an invisible act of the heart. You can do it while standing absolutely still, or while lying in a hospital bed, or while sitting in a pew listening to a sermon. Drawing near is not moving from one place to another. It is a directing of the heart into the presence of God who is as distant as the holy of holies in heaven, and yet as near as the door of faith. He is commanding us to come, to approach him, to draw near to him.
If you're local and are looking for a place to find out more about drawing near to God this Easter I would love to see you at First Baptist McKinney this weekend. Shoot me an email (email@example.com) if you have any questions!
HAPPY HAPPY HAPPY Easter Weekend, Friends! We are celebrating A LOT this weekend - Easter, Mason's Birthday AND Griffin's Birthday! It's going to be fun! See you back here on Monday ;)