No man is poor who has a Godly mother.
– Abraham Lincoln
Happy Mother’s Day!
It gives me great joy every time someone says they see my mother in me. One day when I have children, I pray I am at least half the mom that she is. It is truly the richest of blessings to have a godly mother who loves and serves her family well.
Thanks, Mom. I love you.
When I am afraid, I will put my trust in you
– Psalm 56:3
Fear, worry, and anxiety emerge from an unbelieving heart.
God doesn’t believe for us.
Lord, help us overcome our unbelief. Help us get over ourselves and believe in Your character, Your love, and Your promises.
Faith is a transaction of will where a person transfers his trust to God.
All the water in all the oceans cannot sink a ship unless it gets inside. – Eugene H. Petersen
Above all else, guard your heart, for it is the wellspring of life. – Proverbs 4:23.
Normal people –> live in same city, date, get engaged, take engagement photos, get married.
Stephen and I –> short time in same city, move to different states, get engaged, live in different states, still be engaged, look for jobs in same state, still be engaged, elope?, maybe get Brett Photography to snap some shots after the fact. I apologize if you aren’t getting cute engaged photo Christmas cards from us, but this isn’t our first Christmas as fiances (here’s hoping it will it be our last!!) and our only photos are instagrammed. So, from both of us to all of you . . . Merry Christmas.
The greatest story ever. Retold by my brother and friend, Matt Papa. I hope you will take the time to watch it. This story involves you, whether you like it or not.
The Story of God
To God be the glory. Forever and ever. Amen.
I had a late night, an early morning, a day of class, then work. I was exhausted and possibly even a bit grumpy.
Then I arrived at work to find a beautiful poinsettia arrangement at my cube. I opened the note and it read: “Hang in there. Love, Mom and Dad.”
Nothing profound. Nothing life changing. Not the secret to the lottery numbers for tonight. However, those little words and that little thought brought so much joy and encouragement to my day.
I’m so thankful for people in my life who encourage me. However big or small the gesture, it is so appreciated.
I enjoy receiving encouragement. I’m sure others do too. Note to self: pass it on.
Thankful for joy and laughter. The kind of laughter that makes you spit out your drink, cry, and beg it to stop. The kind of laughter that has your sides splitting at the seams. The contagious kind. The kind that comes when you are so tired that EVERYTHING is funny. So funny. More funny than it should be.
This was last night. Put together two roommates, no sleep, end of the semester school work, and just awkward life stories and you get sheer hilarity.
It was so good. Just to laugh. To laugh until the point of exhaustion. I need more of that in my life.