Each and everyday, the Lord is showing me more of my shortcomings and how desperately I need Him. And it is hard. I am asking for more discipline in every moment of my day and for more patience with not only the things He is doing in my life, but for those in my life. For instance, I have noticed that it is easier for me to point out the things that Andrew could change or do slightly different, but will never state my own flaws to him. And that is an awful thing to be in the habit of doing. I want us to be the couple and the individuals that God has called us to be, and for some reason I want that to happen instantaneously.

"For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways," declares the LORD. "As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts. As the rain and the snow come down from heaven, and do not return to it without watering the earth and making it bud and flourish, so that it yields seed for the sower and bread for the eater, so is my word that goes out from my mouth: It will not return to me empty, but will accomplish what I desire and achieve the purpose for which I sent it. --Isaiah 55:8-11

My desire to please the Lord and to live my life completely devoted to Him is now something that seems as necessary as breathing. And I guess that sounds a little dramatic or whatever, but it is so true. I'm learning with the end of each day just how much I need the compassion and mercy that only He can give. I guess this post may seem a little personal or even a little scattered, but it is what is on my heart right now. Praise God for the mountains AND the valleys. Because we wouldn't know how good the mountain top can be until we've been to the lowest part of the valley.

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