Thursday, September 26, 2013

A Life Without Fences

This entry is titled for the chapter in which the following quote is found. It is in the book A Chance to Die: The Life and Legacy of Amy Carmichael by Elisabeth Elliot. I finished reading this book last week, and it was fantastic. Amy Carmichael was a missionary to India in the late 1800's and early 1900's. Her life was such an example to others of how to live wholeheartedly for Christ. While the whole book was great, this short excerpt really stood out to me, and I wanted to share it with you. 

My vow. Whatsoever Thou sayest unto me, by Thy grace I will do it.
My constraint. Thy love, O Christ, my Lord.
My confidence. Thou are able to keep that which I have committed until Thee. 
My joy. To do Thy will, I God.
My discipline. That which I would not choose, but which Thy love appoints.
My prayer. Conform my will to Thine.
My motto. Love to live, live to love.
My portion. The Lord is the portion of mine inheritance. 

Teach us, good Lord, to serve Thee as Thou deservest; to give and not to count the cost; to fight and not to heed the wounds; to toil and not to seek for rest; to labor and not to ask for any reward save that of knowing that we do Thy will, O Lord our God.

My favorite line, and perhaps new life motto: Love to live, live to love. Thanks, Amy!

Friday, September 6, 2013

Another Life Update!

Hopefully soon we'll have more to say than we went swimming and we went to the park. (Don't get me wrong, I love these things, but I'm pretty sure you're not reading my blog because the fact that WE went to the park excites you!) Kyle has medical approval and is working on getting his visa this week. Here's what we've been up to lately!

She loves the kettle corn at the Wichita Farmer's Market!

 We went on a surprise date to Strataca- the underground salt mines!

Our surprise date also included camping on the river's beach and kayaking. It was a very fun overnight getaway!

 We enjoyed several outdoor concerts in Wichita! Corinth and Mimi were dancing during this song!

 We spent time with GG in OKC! She LOVES her GG, which is so special to me, because my Grandma is a very special person in my life!

She also loves her Great-Grandpa Billy!

 We had all the family over for Labor Day, and Corinth enjoyed kicking around the soccer ball with Tara!

Some of the family enjoying time together on a beautiful Oklahoma day. Love my OK family!

Thanks for reading! See you soon!