February 28, 2021 | Crystal Paine

We have been snowed/iced in virtually all of final week! Not solely did the children have enjoyable taking part in within the snow (see beneath), however we additionally made plenty of yummy meals — like this Magical Molten Chocolate Cake.

“If you could go back and tell your younger self a message, what would you say?” An interviewer requested me this query not too long ago as I used to be recording a podcast for my upcoming e-book launch.

I knew instantly what I might say: If I may return virtually 15 years in the past to my 25-year-old self, I’d look her within the eye and inform her gently: “You are liked extra wholeheartedly and totally by God than you’ll be able to think about. You don’t need to attempt more durable, be extra, do extra, or obtain extra to realize His love. You are sufficient in Him. You are already — as @jenniferdukeslee says — ‘pre-approved’. When God appears to be like at you, He sees a stupendous creation made in His picture.

“You can cease beating your self up over the place you may have failed. You can lay down that heavy burden of guilt you’ve been carrying round that you just’re not doing sufficient. And as a substitute, you’ll be able to relaxation and obtain His love for you.

“Someday, you are going to begin to understand the depths of His love for you. Someday, you are going to start to grasp the glorious grace of the Gospel and how it’s not just for the future but also for the very real real and messy of the present every day. And when you begin to understand this, it’s going to change your life — and give you more freedom and joy than you ever dreamed was possible!”

I didn’t fairly say it that eloquently on the interview, however I hope my coronary heart and message proven by means of: understanding and dwelling as liked has radically modified my life!

If you can return 15 years, what would you inform your youthful self? I’d love to listen to within the feedback!

Note: If you need to hear extra about this journey I’ve been on to reside as liked, make sure to pre-order a duplicate of my new e-book, Love-Centered Parenting (out there from Amazon, ChristianBook.com, & Bookshop.org).

I obtained a brand new Rocksbox set within the mail! Have you ordered your free set but?

Kaitlynn fastened her hair right into a ponytail at some point! She has the sweetest character and has actually began speaking and it’s simply the most effective!

We made a batch of Brown Sugar Biscuit Twists collectively.

This batch may not look that fairly, nevertheless it positive was yummy!

We couldn’t imagine how a lot snow we ended up getting!

The view outdoors my workplace window at some point final week!

She was not a fan of sitting within the snow!

But so long as she was held, she loved it!

All the neighbor children had the most effective time sledding and constructing snow males and taking part in within the snow for hours whereas we have been all snowed in. It was so enjoyable to see children of all ages come collectively outside and have enjoyable collectively!

After a protracted break from determine skating, Kaitlynn determined not too long ago that she wished to return to it! It means some early, early mornings on the rink earlier than faculty, however she’s loving it and is rapidly getting her jumps again (she virtually landed 4 fully-rotated axels yesterday!)

Kierstyn has been going with Kaitlynn and me on Saturdays to the rink. She loves watching the skaters — particularly the younger ones!

Silas’ crew simply wrapped up their ultimate basketball video games of the season. They ended up dropping most of their video games, however they performed onerous and discovered a lot character within the course of!

In distinction to final week’s snow, it was virtually 70 levels as we speak, so we took Kierstyn out to play out within the grass. I believe it was her first time to be sitting with naked toes within the grass and he or she liked it. I’m excited for hotter temperatures forward in order that she will get pleasure from plenty of time outdoors within the coming weeks and months!

The largest occasion of the previous two weeks was Kathrynne’s baptism. Our church held a smaller baptism service on Wednesday evening at youth group and every baptismal candidate obtained their very own tank! Kathrynne bravely shared her testimony of placing her religion in Jesus and was baptized in entrance of a room stuffed with younger folks. (Watch a brief video clip right here. And sure, we rejoice baptisms large at our church — together with with confetti and cowbells!!)

She requested me to organize one thing to share earlier than she was baptized and, with plenty of emotion and tears (my coronary heart felt it would burst!), right here’s what I shared:

“Over 16 years in the past, you got here into this world and we gave you the identify Kathrynne Elizabeth. Kathrynne means pure and Elizabeth means reward of God.

Our coronary heart’s want for you since start was so that you can reside a life that factors others to Jesus — a pure reward of God to the world.

Tonight, you might be publicly professing your religion in Jesus and your want to honor Him together with your life. We couldn’t be extra happy with you and the younger girl of God you might be turning into.

In the times, weeks, months, and years to come back, there might be instances when you’ll be tempted to decide on issues that dishonor the Lord and don’t deliver glory to Him.

Our prayer is that you’ll keep in mind tonight in these moments and keep in mind your want to publicly determine with Christ. It may not be cool to take action. It would possibly imply that you’re the one one who is selecting to not do one thing that everybody else is. It would possibly imply that folks misunderstand you and even make enjoyable of you.

But I can promise you this: you’ll by no means, ever remorse your determination to honor the Lord and select to glorify Him together with your life.

We love you and we are going to at all times be standing on the sidelines and cheering you in your journey of religion!”

This Week’s Goals

Personal Goals

1. Log 8,000 steps/day = 56,000 steps for the week.

2. Finish 3 books: Praying Women, Growing Slow, and Can’t Steal My Joy.

3. Fill out my behavior tracker on daily basis.

Home/Family Goals

4. Read 10 pages of A Boy’s War as a household. Read 10 chapters of The BFG aloud to Kirerstyn.

Work/Blog Goals

5. Set up reside occasion for my e-book launch evening. (More particulars coming!)

Fun Goals

6. Have an At-Home Date with Jesse (we’re going to make use of one of many Date Night in a Box Kits we obtained from Happily.)

How are issues at your own home? Did you get snow? I’d love to listen to if there have been any highlights (or onerous issues) previously two weeks. Tell us within the feedback!

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