>Pics, Packing and Perspective

>Some recent pics of Hailey and Justin …

I’ve been keeping busy this week as we are preparing to leave for vacation on Saturday to the Outer Banks. We’ll be spending the week there with Brian’s family. Since the kiddos have been outside playing every day this week I’ve been able to get a lot done already, however I still have some laundry to do (they still enjoy going through 2-3 outfits every day!) before I can finish packing.

While reading earlier this morning I came across this great section in A Gospel Primer on Perspective in Trials. I pray that when faced with trials and difficult circumstances in my life, I will view them in this way …

More than anything else could ever do, the gospel enables me to embrace my tribulations and thereby position myself to gain full benefit from them. For the gospel is the one great permanent circumstance in which I live and move; and every hardship in my life is allowed by God only because it serves His gospel purposes in me. When I view my circumstances in this light, I realize that the gospel is not just one piece of good news that fits into my life somewhere among all the bad. I realize instead that the gospel makes genuinely good news out of every other aspect of my life, including my severest trials. The good news about my trials is that God is forcing them to bow to His gospel purposes and do good unto me by improving my character and making me more conformed to the image of Christ.
Preaching the gospel to myself each day provides a lens through which I can view my trials in this way and see the true cause for intelligent rejoicing that exists in them. I can then embrace them as friends and allow them to do God’s good work in me.
A Gospel Primer, M. Vincent


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