Monday, August 4, 2014

Day 216- A Puzzling First

Today, the family and I started working on a 500 piece puzzle for my "first."

We've had puzzles in our house before. I think the last one we worked on had like 15 pieces.  We think that doing a 500 piece puzzle as a family qualifies as a "first."  We've talked about doing this before so today seemed like a good day.  We were in a Lifeway Bookstore a few days back and saw this puzzle titled "After the Flood."  We liked it because it has lots of animals in it and we are hoping that will give us good clues on putting the puzzle together.

The other thing I like about this "first" is it gives us an opportunity to work on something together as a family.  Hopefully, a good bit of that time will be spent working on the puzzle at the same time, but also a family member can contribute whenever they have a little time. Honestly, I was probably the least excited about this "first" but the idea that the rest of the family thought putting a puzzle together would be fun was plenty enough reason for me to use this for a "first."  I don't know if the "After the Flood" theme will put the fear of God in us or not, but at least it will be fun to work on a puzzle.

Off to a good start

As we were working on the puzzle for a while tonight, we were asking for the box pretty regularly. You probably know why.  The box has the picture of what the puzzle is supposed to look like.  By looking at what the finished product is supposed to look like, it helps us a lot in gathering the pieces together. We started by grouping the edges in one pile and the rest in a different pile. I hate to bring up negative stuff, but someone put some edges in the wrong pile. I don't think it was Daddy.

As followers of Jesus, sometimes our life can be a bit puzzling.  We may not know why some events are happening or what their purpose is.  It is helpful at these times to remember what the big picture looks like.  The big picture is that God is glorified by His people loving Him with all their hearts and loving their neighbors as themselves.  We can know that every situation in life is an opportunity to glorify God by loving God and others. That understanding will help us keep the pieces of our lives in the right place.  Romans 8:29 says, "For those whom He foreknew, He also predestined to become conformed to the image of His Son, so that He would be the firstborn among many brethren."  God is about making us to be more like Jesus.  I should study Jesus' life, heart, and feelings and allow the Holy Spirit to make me like Him.  That will end up being a better picture than anything I can come up with on my own.

Putting the pieces together for the abundant life

3 things I thank God for today
1. Puzzles
2. That God knows everything
3. Ephesians 2:10- For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand so that we would walk in them.

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