And the moving continues! Thursday night we actually slept in the new house for the first time – and the best part was falling asleep to a perfect cacophony of crickets, cicadas, and…nature. Our old apartment overlooked the on ramp of a pretty busy highway, so to NOT hear the constant sound of traffic was pretty refreshing. And it was DARK! Not creepy horror movie dark, but legitimately out-in-the-country dark. Bliss.
I’m now writing this from our new desk, sipping coffee and enjoying THIS view:
We are in LOVE.
Funny story. We woke up Friday morning so excited to have coffee together on our deck. We’d even packed our coffee pot and several types of coffee the night before, when we moved our “essential items” into the new place. So we run downstairs, Kevin starts to set up the pot, I’m looking around…
“Um…Kevin? Did we bring cups?”
Which immediately led to an impromptu trip to Safeway to buy a container of disposable coffee cups…in pajamas (see below picture of my awesome pink sweatpants). I didn’t even bother to put my contacts in, so I was in my glasses, and my hair was haphazardly pulled into a ponytail. Yeah. We’re classy like that.
True, our new place is a little outdated and could really use some home improvement (we actually just realized on Friday that we don’t have a microwave! Although I think the fact we didn’t notice sooner is a testament to how often we don’t USE a microwave). But it has character, and just to be in a house, in a neighborhood, away from the hustle and bustle of a city is TOTALLY worth it. Plus, we’re kind of excited to get our hands dirty and do some work around the house. (Do me a favor and remind me I said that when I write a post later complaining about yardwork or home improvement, OK?)
Apart from moving, Kevin and I recently joined a small group through our church – something we’ve both been craving. Our church is doing a study on discipleship and are working through the book “Multiply”, by Francis Chan. Did you know there is a difference between being a believer and being a disciple? I didn’t, until we started studying this book. Taken from the foreward by David Platt’: “From the beginning of Christianity, the natural overflow of being a disciple of Jesus has always been to make disciples of Jesus. “Follow me,” Jesus said, “and I will make you fishers of men.” This was a promise: Jesus would take His disciples and turn them into disciple makers. And this was a command: He called each of His disciples to go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them and teaching them to obey Him. From the start, God’s design has been for every single disciple of Jesus to make disciples who make disciples who make disciples until the gospel spreads to all peoples.”
It seems like common sense, right? Yet how many of us think it’s enough to go to church on Sundays and pray before bed and maybe read the Bible every now and then? I know I do – but it’s not enough. God gave us this gift of salvation – this incredible gift that not one of us is deserving of – shouldn’t we at least want to go out and share that with the rest of the world?
We’re only one week into the study, but Chan asks some challenging questions of us – which I’d love to share as the weeks go on. I’m really excited to be part of a discipleship group, and I believe in my heart that God is going to change each and every one of us in the group for the better. Stay tuned on that!
The rest of our weekend will be filled with more moving, unpacking, and organizing, as well as church on Sunday and some time with my Mom, who is driving down to help us with some last minute stuff. Hope y’all enjoy your weekends as well!