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Surprised by joy

O Christian, the vows of God are upon you. You are God's priest: act as such. You are God's king: reign over your lusts. You are God's chosen: do not associate with Belial. Heaven is your portion: live like a heavenly spirit, so shall you prove that you have true faith in Jesus, for there cannot be faith in the heart unless there be holiness in the life.

"Lord, I desire to live as one
Who bears a blood-bought name,
As one who fears but grieving Thee,
And knows no other shame."

Charles Haddon Spurgeon, Morning and Evening (27 June, Evening: "Escaping the World")

These are good days. God has me stunned and unsure of my next steps, and joyful because of how clearly and graciously He has shown up. While those feelings might seem conflicting, they are not—with Him as my certainty, I can rest in His goodness, wait on Him, and learn to act in faith. And as for being stunned, a bit of awe truly seems like the right response.

And in this joy, He quietly, gently, steadily draws me to Himself, out of Egypt's bondage. Though He has long ago freed me, I often more readily trust captivity's security and comforts. In these good days, however, He reminds me who I am by showing me freshly who He is. That also frees me to risk.

More and more excited for Heather and Nate's wedding this Saturday. Just doing the layout for their program yesterday got me in the swing, I suppose. They must be ready to bust.

I think people rule out Vegas entirely too soon, however. It must not be in their seven-tabbed three-ring wedding planning binders.


As I start thinking about planning a wedding, Vegas does sound appealing. However, I've always of my wedding as a way of bringing all my friends and family together to witness me joining my life with another. And I can't see that happening in Vegas.

On the other hand, I can't wait to buy my three-ring binder.
You're getting MARRIED! Congrats! What a pleasant surprise this morning.

wait, wait wait! We're just talking about getting married. Nothing official!
If your friends don't like Vegas, you need new friends.
I like that text. Thanks for sharing it.
I'm a giver.
that icon is hilarious. lol
"Lord, I desire to live as one
Who bears a blood-bought name,
As one who fears but grieving Thee,
And knows no other shame."

Love. Makes me wonder if Phil feels up to composing something for it.

Huge grin. That is all.

Now I have to attempt to update before my trip falls out of my head.
Great idea. Grins all around. Update NOW!!!!
Lake Tahoe is better for weddings if a person doesn't like neon.
Can I get married by an Elvis impersonator there?

I didn't know that was a requirement.

Aren't there Elvis impersonators everywhere? Okay, I guess they're more densely congregated in Vegas.
"...for there cannot be faith in the heart unless there be holiness in the life."

Huh? Since when does holiness in your life come before faith?
I don't think that means "coming before." Consider a rose: it cannot be a rose unless it has thorns. Do thorns come before its being a rose? No. Likewise, a life of faith will exhibit holiness, by the power of the Spirit transforming the person.

If there is no holiness in the life, then how can there be faith in the heart? Did God just fail to come through on His promise for those who trust Him, to change their lives? I don't believe that's a possibility. It does, of course, come in His time and according to His design, but God won't somehow fail to exhibit His holiness in the lives of the faithful. If He gives one gift (faith), He will be sure to give the other (holiness).
well said! tricky word, "unless."
Ah, now that makes a lot more sense! Thanks.
I've been trying HARD to get my fiance to elope, with Vegas being a great option for that, but no dice. She wants the big wedding and all. And our three ring binder has been very helpful. -=]

Always with the binders. :) Best to you!
wait...heather and nate are getting married? is this the heather and nate from our old community group? have i missed something?!?
Yes, they are—I thought I told you they were engaged!