Man, I'm having a hard time coming up with things to blog about these days. Since I try to just blog about what's going on in my everyday world, I'll share with you what was going on in my everyday world today. For work I had to research some Bible verses, many on giving and generosity ('tis the season and all). I've read these verses oodles of times, but I found them quite convicting today. I work for a charity and write a lot about giving. But much of the time, I'm afraid I talk more about it than I do it. That's not a good position to be in! So these verses were a nice kick in the katuchie. (My new word for behind.)
Proverbs 11:24-25: There is one who scatters, and yet increases all the more, and there is one who withholds what is justly due, and yet it results only in want. The generous man will be prosperous, and he who waters will himself be watered.
Proverbs 28:27: He who gives to the poor will never want, but he who shuts his eyes will have many curses.
Luke 6:30: Give to everyone who asks of you, and whoever takes away what is yours, do not demand it back.
2 Corinthians 9:6-8: Now this I say, he who sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and he who sows bountifully will also reap bountifully. Each one must do just as he has purposed in his heart, not grudgingly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver. And God is able to make all grace abound to you, so that always having all sufficiency in everything, you may have an abundance for every good deed.
(Isn't it funny how often we use that last verse outside of the context of giving? Not that it doesn't apply to others aspects of life, but how often do we apply it in the context in which it is given?)
And lastly, here's my family's baby fix: The baby seems to have doubled in size in the past four days. I got sick and couldn't hold her for two days, and I swear in that time she went from roughly 9 pounds to 37 pounds. (Or maybe just 10 1/2.) Since she was born, she has literally doubled in size. Here's a nice little comparison photo. One from her second week of life:
And one from Thanksgiving day:
And in other news, we used my sister's head of hair to find out what Allie will look like when she has long hair.
Instead we found out what she would look like if she were a dude in an 80's hair band.
And, to end on a cute photo, rather than one of a member of Motley Crue, here's one more.