How great are my privileges in Christ Jesus!
Without him I stand far off, a strange, an outcast; in him I draw near and touch his kingly sceptre.
Without him I dare not lift up my guilty eyes; in him I gaze upon my Father-God and Friends.
Without him I hide my lips in trembling shame; in him I open my mouth in petition and praise.
Without him all is wrath and consuming fire; in him is all love, and the repose of my soul.
Without him is gaping hell below me, and eternal anguish; in him its gates are barred to me by his precious blood.
Without him darkness spreads its horrors in front; in him an eternity of glory is my boundless horizon.
Without him all within me is terror and dismay, in him every accusation is charmed into joy and peace.
Without him all things external call for my condemnation; in him they minister to my comfort, and are to be enjoyed with thanksgiving.
Praise be to Thee for grace, and for the unspeakable gift of Jesus.
— Valley of Vision, Privileges, 284
“So then, just as you received Christ Jesus as Lord, continue to live your lives in him, rooted and built up in him, strengthened in the faith as you were taught, and overflowing with thankfulness… When you were dead in your sins and in the uncircumcision of your flesh, God made you alive with Christ. He forgave us all our sins, having canceled the charge of our legal indebtedness, which stood against us and condemned us; he has taken it away, nailing it to the cross. And having disarmed the powers and authorities, he made a public spectacle of them, triumphing over them by the cross.” Colossians 2:6-7, 13-15
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14 months and she is fascinated by every cabinet, walking along every edge, starting to explore every area even when she isn’t supposed to (Hello, fireplace.), and bringing us so much life and joy every day. She has 4 teeth up top and 2 on the bottom. She puts everything in her mouth and crawls miles a day, I’m sure. She’s taking one nap a day and loves her straw sippy cup.
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