~I got a new phone. Learned some lessons in respect and patience in getting it. It is a smart phone. I was hoping for another "stupid" phone but couldn't find one that I liked. Smart phone it had to be. I am enjoying it.
~I have been given some sweet friends. Friends who *love* Jesus. People who are committed to holiness.
~Church is such a blessing. The Word is preached in its fulness- even when it hurts.
~ I am learning to become selfless. Probably my greatest fear about moving out of my family's house was increasing in selfishness. I am a selfish person by nature. (Who isn't?) I was not even selfless when I lived with my family so I knew that being on my own would only increase my opportunity to serve me. How horrible for my future spouse if God deems fit to give me one. So I asked God to give me eyes to see opportunities to not be selfish. I know I miss a whole lot of them but I am beginning to have eyes. Praise be to God that I have been given Ms. Juanita. I can not think only of myself.
~ 1 Corinthians 13:6 Can one truly enjoy in righteousness the vast majority of media? How often by watching tv or a movie, or listening to music do I "Rejoice in evil"? Am I taking pleasure in watching some wrong idea be presenting telling myself "I'd never do that. It is wrong. It sure makes for a good story." Do not get me wrong. I know that a good story has wrongs that are righted. It wouldn't show redemption otherwise. But am I careful to be sure that my diet of media shows a definite right and wrong? Or do I indulge in show that exalt sinful relationships? I am chewing on this one.
~ God has answered the cry of my heart in two large ways. One in the life of my family. One in my work situation ( in part. I expect that it will be complete soon enough.) He has also reminded me of a prayer fulfilled that I had forgotten about. He has acted according to His loving kindness not my faithfulness.
~I am launching out to help serve in the youth at church. I have been praying for the LORD to show me where to serve in church. I think, for now, it is going to be with middle school girls. We shall see. I have been itching to be involved but waiting semi patiently.
~ I had my church directory picture taken. I shall become a member officially (LORD willing) in a few weeks.
~ The "Cottage" has been painted! Two of my new friends helped me paint in exchange for dinner. I had a great time fellowshipping with them. The walls are almost completely finished (pictures to come). I need to pain the floor and some furniture. I also am in need of a bookshelf...
I am off to finish listening to "Divorce for Any Reason?" By Thabiti Anyabwile then write some essays.
Have a blessed day!