Turn My Striving Into Works of Grace

I’ve been doing summer things instead of blogging this past week, such as…

Checking out homeschool choices for next year.  Buying used books.  Reading longer.  Making salsa.  Swimming.  Watching my kids swim.  Replanting houseplants (they only get love in the summertime, poor things).  Sewing tablecloths.  Hanging curtains.  Spackling, sanding, and painting.  Making the kids do more chores than they’re used to (yay!).  Exercising.  Eating out.  Cleaning out all that stuff I never should have moved to begin with.  Buying spray paint with plans in mind.

So…all happy things.  I’m trying to not be overly ambitious or overly concerned with the list.  Summer is precious,  and one month of it is already gone.

TGC Women’s conference was lovely.  We were so immersed in the atmosphere that a tropical storm descended on Florida while we stayed there, and we had no idea until the drive home was extremely rainy.  I had a chance to reconnect with two friends from California while there, and had good fun with the ladies from here in Charlotte.

Katie and me

The messages are not yet up on the TGC website, but they should be soon.  If you have to pick just one or two, I’d choose Paige Benton Brown’s message on the temple of God and Piper on Isaiah 6.  Kathleen Nielson is no slouch, either.  Or Don Carson.  Or really anyone who spoke.  So I guess my point is, don’t just pick one or two.

The Gettys led us in song all weekend, and I was moved by the scriptural truths in their music.  Here’s a favorite verse from “Holy Spirit, Living Breath of God.”

Holy Spirit, come abide within;
May Your joy be seen in all I do—

Love enough to cover ev’ry sin

In each thought and deed and attitude,

Kindness to the greatest and the least,

Gentleness that sows the path of peace.

Turn my striving into works of grace.

Breath of God, show Christ in all I do.

4 Responses to “Turn My Striving Into Works of Grace”

  1. Stacey Lanier

    Such good words, Kelly! Turn my striving into works of grace…Yes, Lord. And summer is precious, one month already gone. I do want to enjoy it more than strive it away. Thanks for the reminder.


  2. Beth

    I've used a couple of Bible studies written by Kathleen Neilsen. I really like them. Her background as a literature professor lends a literary quality to these studies. They're good!Sounds like a wonderful summer so far. We HAVE to get together sometime soon. I'll be in touch.


  3. Kelly Keller

    I really enjoyed our visit last week! Hope you can make it again soon! (and thanks for the heads-up about our home warranty 😦 )


  4. Kelly Keller

    Oooh, I am filing away that suggestion, Beth! Yes, let's get together soon. I leave for MA the last week of July but other than that we are around!


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