Today was another relaxing, uneventful day. Gavin finally made it out the door this morning with his Dad for a day of hard earned wages at the sign company. That left just the girls behind while the menz went off to work.
Gavin and Greta constructed an enormous fort upstairs in the loft yesterday that they intended to sleep in last night – but of course it never works out like that. They both wound up in their own beds at 11:30 pm after “irreconcilable differences”. The fort still remains and Greta was excited to show it off to Nora. We hooked Nora up to one of the portable oxygen tanks and brought her upstairs to see what the fort life was all about.
There wasn’t too much to do in there after awhile, so we went back down to the Milkies Café.
The KLOVE Encouraging Word today was a verse out of second Corinthians. It isn’t a verse I’d heard before and it was especially thought provoking. It reads:
For our present troubles are small and won’t last very long. Yet they produce for us a glory that vastly outweighs them and will last forever!
(2 Corinthians 4:17 NLT)
I was slightly taken aback to read that something I’ve often regarded as THE single most difficult thing I’ve ever been faced with seems to be reduced down to a pesky mosquito bite in God’s terms. Instead of assuming that this verse must be talking to someone who misplaced their car keys — CERTAINLY not me — I heaved a sigh of relief to look at my troubles in a different light. Yes, apparently this applies to me too. I can’t find any microprint disclaimers anywhere. Small and temporary? Really? I already see the production of glory, but to imagine that it will vastly outweigh all of this pain and it will last FOREVER made chills run down my spine and tears stream down my cheeks. What, o what in the world is God doing, I can’t begin to imagine… but I have a feeling it’s going to be AWESOME. Permanently awesome. THIS. ISN’T. ALL. THERE. IS.
It’s true(the bible verse). It may not seem like it’s true when we are in the midst of the “trouble”, but after a period of time, it becomes more clear of how the “trouble” produces glory.
Amen & Amen! My children seem to have adopted Nora as a spiritual cousin, fretting over her troubles and celebrating her successes. I am personally humbled to witness the great works that God is doing in her life and yours.
I just love all the “sister” pictures…they are so precious! Your girls are so lucky to have each other!
I enjoy seeing your kids interact and love that little Miss so much! Greta’s smile is infectious, just like yours! Look forward to seeing the same smile spread across Nora’s face someday!!! XOXO!
my kids actually willingly slept in the same room together for a MONTH- I was shocked. Then Jacob came to me one day and said “Mommy- I want my room back. Ava talks in her sleep and keeps me up all night long.” 🙂 Way to get in that fort, Nora!
wonderful verse that you were given. Greta is a wonderful example of what a big sister is. She evidentally learned well from you. Blessings to the entire family
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LOVE THE PICTURES, AS USUAL. I REALLY ENJOY SEEING NORA GROWING AND FILLING OUT. HER LITTLE CHUBBY CHEEKS AND LITTLE CHUBBY LEGS ARE JUST TOO CUTE. LOVE BIG SISTER AND LITTLE SISTER IN THE BIG FORT. SEEMS WHEN YOU NEED ASSURANCE THE MOST, GOD SENDS A VERSE OUT OF THE BIBLE, OR THREE BIRDS SITTING OUTSIDE YOUR WINDOW. EVERY TIME I SEE 3 BIRDS TOGETHER, I THINK OF YOU AND NORA. LOVE AND HUGS COMING YOUR WAY. GOD BLESS.