Robyn, Aimee and Toby joined us and we all had a picnic dinner at Fernbank park and it was a lot of fun. Marley got through the whole day in a good mood despite having had no nap at all to boost her spirits. We talked about vacations, weddings and such things that are pleasent to talk about.
Been reading the old testament lately (decided to go from Genesis 1 and carry on mostly chronologically for now) and I was struck by several things.
Sometimes I feel like it is just impossible to keep track of all the members of my family because (now) there are so many more of them. Then I read about Jacob and his ENORMOUS (Duggar proportions) family. Now I feel like I should be able to manage.
Also towards the end of Joseph's story when his brothers are begging him not to take revenge on them. Even though they plotted to kill him, got him sold into slavery, landed him in prison for 3 or so years, and the like. So they beg him to be merciful and what does Joseph say?
19 But Joseph replied, “Don’t be afraid of me. Am I God, that I can punish you? 20 You intended to harm me, but God intended it all for good. He brought me to this position so I could save the lives of many people. 21 No, don’t be afraid. I will continue to take care of you and your children.” So he reassured them by speaking kindly to them.
Wish I was that forgiving. Something to work on. Not an east undertaking to be sure.
Also when I was reading about Moses I was struck how Moses was afraid to be God's moutpiece because he didn't feel like he was elequent enough. How often do I not say something because I think (/know) I will mess it up. Afraid to sound foolish. But God told Moses that the words would be provided to him and perhaps even better than that Aaron was brought in to help Moses. Nothing helps bolster courage like having a friend to stand with you.