a consuming fire

one of my favorite pictures. from our first night in chicago, while it was raining.

one of my favorite pictures. from our first night in chicago, while it was raining.

this morning, i read hebrews 12 and was greatly encouraged and moved by the following verses:

Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight, and sin which clings so closely, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking to Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is seated at the right hand of the throne of God. (Hebrews 12:1-2, ESV)

Consider him who endured from sinners such hostility against himself, so that you may not grow weary or fainthearted. In your struggle against sin you have not yet resisted to the point of shedding your blood.(Hebrews 12:3-4, ESV)
Therefore¬†lift your drooping hands and strengthen your weak knees,and¬†make straight paths for your feet, so that what is lame may not be put out of joint¬†but rather be healed.¬†Strive for peace with everyone, and for the¬†holiness¬†without which no one will see the Lord.¬†See to it that no one¬†fails to obtain the grace of God; that no¬†‚Äúroot of bitterness‚ÄĚ springs up and causes trouble, and by it many become defiled;¬†(Hebrews 12:12-15, ESV)
Therefore let us be grateful for receiving a kingdom that cannot be shaken, and thus let us offer to God acceptable worship, with reverence and awe, for our God is a consuming fire. (Hebrews 12:28-29, ESV)
getting back from chicago has been a bit hard. the trip was great; however, coming back to no job was hard. i do not want a pity party for myself. nor do i want you to feel as though i am complaining. these verses though, gave me a fire.¬†encouraged my soul. we’re doing just fine (besides matt slightly drowning in yiddish) and God has things in control.
and chicago? despite our deadened feet from meandering over every block of chicago, our stomachs were never wanting and always happy. ¬†our eyes (at least mom and i who were constantly glued to our cameras) were in states of heavenly bliss. gino’s east and giordano’s pizzas were eaten (don’t give me any chicago pizza lip about where we ate). mccormick’s and schmick’s delivered to us some of the best food we have ever eaten (my parents said it was the best seafood they’ve ever had besides the fresh shrimp and scallops we cooked at myrtle beach).
and the architectural boat tour was worth every penny. we had an elderly gent who talked the whole 90 minutes about every building and the history surrounding chicago. our favorite quote “don’t take marble for granite”–in reference to a building that had been built with italian marble that started to disintegrate and had to be completely replaced with granite.

city scape: number 2

the pictures below are from matt and i’s honeymoon. we’ll be finally returning to the great city this summer with my parents to celebrate our 3rd anniversary…we just paid for our HOTEL!!!! our honeymoon was disastrous with both of our strong personalities clashing and overall evil/wicked/sinnerness (or perhaps i was just super bad and young and selfish….hum ho hee). however, my mother and i are truly estatic about the summer trip–she’s never been!!!