Thursday, August 26, 2010

Putting off the Old

The dog days appear to be behind us.  We finally broke that 100 degree streak and are enjoying the 90's.  Jenny has moved on as well.  She is now "Sandy" in her happy new home with the Mirandas.  I am reminded as the season changes of the way we change when we make Christ our LORD.  

Ephesians 4:21-24  if indeed you have heard Him and have been taught in Him, just as truth is in Jesus,that, in reference to your former manner of life, you lay aside the old self, which is being corrupted in accordance with the lusts of deceit, and that you be renewed in the spirit of your mind, and put on the new self, which in the likeness of God has been created in righteousness and holiness of the truth.

Oh, and how we need Him to help us make these changes.  To let go of selfishness, impatience, envy, and strife and to walk in the spirit of kindness and gratitude.  When I fall short His grace covers me and I start again.  As the old leaves fall off of the tree and the new ones will come in the spring, so too my old ways are laid aside, and His beautiful ways will come through.  And every year we will do it again until finally I will shine like gold on that last day.  Praise God!

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Dog Days

Dog days of summer, yes.  Over 100 degrees 11 days in a row...and counting.  This has been the summer of a new air conditioner, a new lawn mower, new air conditioner repair and new lawn mower repair.  But we are still smiling!!  God provided a way to get it all done.

But it's also really dog days...We picked up this precious little girl on the way to church Sunday.  This picture is after the bath.  She is sweet!  And needs lots of TLC and fun.  But we are not making a life change for a four-legged creature.  If we don't hear from her family (signs are up all over the neighborhood) we have a happy home waiting for her with two little boys.  We have really enjoyed our dog days.  I am sure that Milo will miss Jenny (we call her Jenny on the Block).