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Everything is a grace, everything is the direct effect of our father’s love — difficulties, contradictions, humiliations, all the soul’s miseries, her burdens, her needs — everything, because through them, she learns humility, realizes her weakness — Everything is a grace because everything is God’s gift.             -St. Thérèse of Lisieux

Lately, life has been so busy — so hard — in some moments I’ve thought  I might be swallowed by it. There’s no emergency or trauma causing this difficulty; it’s just life, the sort that happens to all of us. Since I know I’m not alone in this struggle, I wanted to share these words Mrs. Murr shared a couple of months ago that have been replaying through my heart ever since, to remind me and you “everything is the direct effect of our Father’s love.” Everything.

As for the actual happenings of our life, these are a few snagged from my phone camera:

  • listening to Hillsong’s latest album Zion on repeat (“Oceans” is particularly blessing me right now)
  • reading/swinging in the hammock
  • eating colorful meals
  • enjoying visits from my parents and other dear friends of ours
  • pulling weeds in the yard (these Mark neatly lined up on our patio)
  • babysitting Brighten and Shepherd (niece and nephew) a few times a week
  • researching, writing, and working toward publication  this semester (Mark)
  • exploring the outdoors a little more
  • eating lots of citrus
  • eating outdoors with friends
  • applauding the moon (Olive)
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    1. Thank you for sharing such kind words, Steph! I finally got an iPhone last Fall, and I’m amazed at the quality of pictures it can take. That said, I’ve really been trying to learn to use the real camera; my sister and brother-in-law are professional photographers, so I’m always asking them technical questions. It’s a slow process, but I’m loving learning. (Big smile.)

  2. What truth, my friend! If only we could ever keep these lenses ON:) No counting how many times I read your blog and think, “Oh. I’m not alone. And the Lord is still speaking.”

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