Well, this is my (Daniel's) first blog entry ever, and I'm still not quite sure what to write, so here goes.
This week has been a very unusual week for me... just about everything logistical was "normal," but God made it pretty extraordinary. It's been absolutely incredible over the past few weeks to see Teresa really blossoming in faith and radiating Christ's love in ways I've never seen. It has truly filled me with joy to see her full of joy and passion and love, but, somehow, at the same time I was definitely growing hard-hearted. This came to a point on Thursday when a variety of things convicted me of this and broke me. Teresa spent a long time Thursday night just holding me and praying for me, and that was wonderfully encouraging and uplifting. At one point she was praying about 1Cor13:13 -"And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love." Those words have stuck in my mind since, along with Philippians 4:8 "Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirableif anything is excellent or praiseworthythink about such things." It's just amazing the difference when I do focus on those things and remember that in the end, what really matters and are truly lasting are faith, hope, and love, I really do know joy in a way I'm not sure I ever have before. Thanks be to God! May His joy rest soundly in you all!