Sunday, October 18, 2009

That'll teach me...

I have been talking complaining about the weather for the past few weeks.
I was upset.
It seemed everyone was experiencing "Fall" but me.

Yesterday fall descended on our cheery city.

I was LOVING IT all day.

I had every window open; I began my "fall cleaning" (a weak beginning, but I did start) and felt officially approved to finish putting up our fall decor.
I was loving life.
Until last night...

We went out to eat after church and when we left the restaurant,

Swiping half of the kids ice cream after dinner didn't help...
But it was COLD!
I couldn't get in the car and turn on the heat and seat warmers fast enough.
All the while, my husband was laughing at me...

It was 60 degrees.

I didn't care.
It felt like winter to me.

And the kids wore feet pajamas to bed.

Be careful what you wish for.
All of a sudden, sweating by the pool was sounding good.
What's wrong with me?

On a more serious note (which doesn't show how completely ridiculous I can be), I wanted to share a highlight from church last night.
The service we attend has a great mix of contemporary worship but does not neglect the great traditional hymns which so beautifully communicate praise to our Lord. So many of them are full of such great wisdom and deep theological truths.

Sometimes I love just reading the lyrics....

Thought I'd share one of my favorites...

Take my life and let it be
Consecrated, Lord, to Thee;
Take my hands and let them move
At the impulse of Thy love.

Take my feet and let them be
Swift and beautiful for Thee;
Take my voice and let me sing,
Always, only for my King.

Take my lips and let them be
Filled with messages from Thee;
Take my silver and my gold,
Not a mite would I withhold.

Take my moments and my days,
Let them flow in endless praise;
Take my intellect and use
Every pow’r as Thou shalt choose.

Take my will and make it Thine,
It shall be no longer mine;
Take my heart, it is Thine own,
It shall be Thy royal throne.

Take my love, my Lord, I pour
At Thy feet its treasure store;
Take myself and I will be
Ever, only, all for Thee.

Frances R. Havergal
, 1874

"Therefore, I urge you, brothers, in view of God's mercy, to offer your bodies as living sacrifices, holy and pleasing to God - this is your spiritual act of worship." Romans 12:1 (NIV)

I love this current arrangement (which is how we sing it at church):

(if you want to listen, be sure to pause the music player on the right...)


Leslie said...

That is a beautiful song and such a good reminder that we need to honor God with all of our faculties. I always need to be reminded on/of "staying focused." You do sooo much, Kristin, and set such a good example. I wish you lived closer!! I know what I want for Christmas-- to come visit after the "event." How can we get there? I'm trying to think up a way. Love and miss you.

McCrakensx4 said...

Pretty song! Talking about cooler weather is something we wish for here too in AZ but once it hits I am wishing for warmer weather!! Can't make up my mind either!!

jen@odbt said...

Isn't it crazy how the weather changes from one day to the next? We actually had to turn on our heater this past week. Brrr...and then they're forecasting it to be 70 this Wed.

E @ Scottsville said...

Yea, I have not been wishing for fall and it has hit here! Some days are still warm, but others are downright chilly... I hate, hate, hate being COLD.

I'm already ready for summer to be back!

chili pepper said...

Hi, Kristin.

You sound so much like me. Love the "nice" fall weather but I hate being cold. It seems I can never get warm again. Now that we have the wood stove going again and I am warm, the weather is in the 70's again.

Love your fall look. I am so uplifted when I hear and read the lyrics to the good old hymns. I think those writers clearly had something in their faith that we so lack today.

Our church has beautiful music. After being away so long I felt like I was in a drought. Being back in our home church this weekend after 6 weeks away was balm to my soul. I wish the singing had gone on all day. And then the preaching started. Praise God!