For this very reason, make every effort to add to your faith goodness; and to goodness, knowledge; and to knowledge, self-control; and to self-control, perseverance; and to perseverance, godliness; and to godliness, brotherly kindness; and to brotherly kindness, love. For if you possess these qualities in increasing measure, they will keep you from being ineffective and unproductive in your knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ. —2 Peter 1:5-8
People don't always notice the individual components of your faith that comprise it: faith, goodness, knowledge, self-control, perseverance, godliness, kindness and love. But they can tell that there is something about you that is... special. You are taking time to incorporate the details that make your faith genuine and impacting, and God is blessing you because of it. Just like a beautiful house.
Learned some new hous-y terminology from Eric yesterday. Tired of not knowing what to call things. So I know that those pieces of wood under the roof are called "rafters." And the corner rafters are either "ridge rafters" (outside corners) or "valley rafters" (inside corners), with some "jack rafters" thrown in for good measure. "Belly bands" are easy (we even have a fun name for the big belly band around the base of the house: the pot belly band!). The pieces holding up the trex boards on the lanai are called "joists." And the piece that the joists are attached to on the outside are called "girders." Thought girders only referred to steel in skyscrapers! Oh, and the bird nests at the top of the house under the roof are called... rats! I forgot what they're called. Puka vents? Shucks, guess I'll have to bother Eric AGAIN!
Sorry, no pictures today. Just more of the same. I'll have some tomorrow, though.