5 Things I Learned in March

1. I’m a cold-weather lover. Well, within reason. I’ve always lived in the south, so this probably affects my perception of “cold”. But still, the creative part of me thrives on and loves the short days and coziness of winter. But apparently even I have my limit. Enough with the cold. Enough with the snow and ice and freezing rain. It’s the end of March, and I am SO beyond ready for spring this year!

5 things i learned in march

2. I have been reminded this month of the goodness and graciousness of God in providing me and surrounding me with good friends that I connect with on a deep soul level. He knows He created me to need that. I do not take friendships lightly, and the Lord has blessed me beyond what I could ask or imagine. And this week has been packed with meals and movies and car rides and Bible Studies and coffee dates and phone conversations with my people. My cup is full to overflowing! Such a precious gift.

3. I am actually capable of trimming my own hair and not messing it up royally. Win!

4. The new Vanilla Macchiato at Starbucks didn’t impress me. At all. I’ll stick with my usual Caramel Macchiato, thank you very much.

5. And finally, this. Because y’all, I barely have words to explain how powerful it is that in John 17, in His priestly prayer, Jesus Christ says His desire is that WE may be with HIM, so that we would see His glory and know His love. This is HUGE and continues to blow my mind a full week after recognizing the sheer beauty of this truth:

“Father, I desire that they also, whom You have given Me,
be with Me where I am, so that they may see My glory which You have given Me,
for You loved Me before the foundation of the world.”
John 17:24 (NASB)

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*linking up today with Emily P. Freeman at Chatting at the Sky as we all share different things we learned in March*

Living By the Spirit

This living by the Spirit.

This walking by and in and through Him each moment of every day.

Through this One who was sent to dwell with us and in us forever.

living by the spirit

I’ll be honest.

It’s hard.

But also?

It’s complete, it’s fulfilling, it’s satisfying.

It’s hope, it’s truth, it’s grace.

It’s life and breath and everything.

Yes, sometimes it feels like a battle. Like living outside of myself.

But also?

It’s worth it.

Because it’s right and holy.

And of course it feels like living outside of myself.

It is.

It’s full dependence on Him.

In this person of the triune Godhead, this Helper, this Holy Spirit, who teaches us all things, who reminds us of what Christ has said, who leads us to walk in obedience to His commands, who enables us and makes us to be more like Him.

In this Spirit who glorifies the One who sent Him.

In this Spirit who speaks only what He hears from the One who sent Him.

He reflects Christ well as Christ reflects His Father well.

And not just well, but perfectly.

Because they are One.

And we can’t even begin to love and obey the Father without Him.

We can’t possibly remember Christ’s teachings and walk in His righteous ways in our own strength.

But as we walk in the Spirit, we bear His fruit. Love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. The fruit that reflects the very heart and character of our Lord and Savior.

And though it may be hard.

This living by the Spirit.

It’s good.

“And I will ask the Father,
and he will give you another Helper, to be with you forever,
even the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive,
because it neither sees him nor knows him.
You know him, for he dwells with you and will be in you.”
John 14:16-17 (ESV)

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*linking up with emily t. wierenga for imperfect prose*