Monday morning trivia: What is the only miracle (outside of the resurrection) that is accounted for in all 4 gospels? 🧐
K, I’ll tell you. 🤗
It’s when Jesus fed the 5,000. If you’ve been to even one Sunday school class in your life, I’m sure you are familiar with this story and it’s beautiful display of Jesus’s miraculous power.
But what struck me as I was reading this story again recently is what happened right BEFORE Jesus preformed this miracle.
John the Baptist, Jesus’s cousin and his homeboy, had just been beheaded. I’m sure this news was devastating, so Jesus ‘withdrew by boat privately to a solitary place’ (Matt 14:13). I’m sure he wanted to be alone to think and process and get himself right, etc. BUT instead, the people followed him and when his boat docked, he was met with large crowds - sick and hungry men, women, & children. So...what did he do? He rallied. He had compassion, healed their sick, and preformed the (second) most infamous miracle to ever happen in history.
Sometimes I wonder if our recent culture of intense ‘self-care’, ‘you do you’, and ‘putting yourself first’ has blinded us from doing the very thing that would heal our brokenness most - serving others. Perhaps the truest form of taking care of yourself is taking care of others?
It’s not to say that ‘me’ time isn’t important... right after Jesus dismisses the crowds, he went to be alone and pray. But I have to believe that our good father knew that in Jesus’s moment of intense grief, he would give him the greatest remedy that he needed to help him recover - an opportunity to remedy those around him.
#preachingtomyself here, but I feel like God is always wanting to correct what society or (more importantly) my own selfish heart wants me to think. WE is so much more important than ME. And through sacrificing for WE, we just might find that ME gets the true soul care it was looking for.... (the real stuff that Netflix and epsom salt baths and meal prep can’t provide). ❣️
Happy Monday, friends 🤓 ...
A surprise 🎉 pregnancy, start of new relationship, moving in together, and being new parents not even a year into dating can be a lot... so we decided to throw a marriage in there too 👰🏼 “Well that’s not enough for this year,” said the good Lord above.
Next on the agenda: We’re moving to the UK 🇬🇧 This is something we’ve discussed for the future, but are now doing by force as Harvey’s working visa was mismanaged in a company merger situation.
With only weeks to prepare and uproot the life we’ve built together over the past year, it’s been a rough ride, but we’re getting excited for the new adventure!
There are blessings in many challenging situations and we definitely continue to see that in our experiences together thus far. We have our health, we have each other, and we have our precious Arli Party who will never know the difference 👶🏼💕 I’m most excited that this move will allow me the opportunity to go full-time with blogging, spend more time with my family, and get to give baby girl the gift of travel and experiencing other cultures as she grows up... plus that precious little English accent 💁🏼♀️ Looking so forward to sharing everything with y’all and, as always, beyond appreciative of the continued love and support ❤️ Y’all seriously rock!!! ...