"My soul glorifies the Lord and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior..." Luke 1:46-47
"Life gives us brief moments with another...but sometimes in those brief moments we get memories that last a life time..."
Last night, after the girls went to bed,...I found myself flipping through photos of the past year. Funny thing happened. What started out as a humorously random moment in time, turned into a spirit filled moment of continuous joy.
-We make up
-We do it all over again
And then there's the condition of our hearts:
-We're selfish (especially me)
-We're wanting more!
As I write each ugly virtue about us, albeit vague, I can think of several specific moments in the past week that make me cringe. Spiritually, we suck.
And right now, although this is nothing to be proud of (and trust me, I'm not, its the constant source of my pain)...I find myself smiling. I'm smiling...and my spirit rejoices because my God is Savior! And again, continuing in my moment of joy, I am reminded that "there will be more rejoicing in heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine righteous persons who do not repent."
The Pasquels are sinners. Pia is. Hannah too. Sarah...ditto. And I feel like I'm leading the league in sinning percentage. We are sinners...and we make it look easy. But man, if heaven can rejoice over us...despite of us...well,
"God My Savior" says that "it is by grace [we] have been saved, through faith-and this is not from [ourselves], it is the gift of God."
I suck. We suck. But God loves us regardless. He pours His grace over us. Daily. And for this, my soul glorifies Jesus and my heart overflows with joy. This past year has been a daily collection of moments. The good, the bad, and the ugly. My family is not perfect, but through grace...they are beautiful.
Ice climbing in Ouray
This crazy little girl!
Jeremy and I hanging/climbing at "The Red" in KY this year
Enjoying yummy dinners on climbing trips
Spring Breaking with friends
Crazy little girls.
Passing on my passions to my family
Meeting my "real" brother in law..."BENNY" for the first time
Spending a day with the guys, relaxing, goofing, and laughing at each other
New goals, new challenges...good attitudes.
Boldness...or Stupidity. Can be the same.
Trying new things
Steeler football with my dad
Mind over Matter
Proudest Climb of the Year