Good morning, friend. How are you? I know it’s been a minute since our last coffee/tea time. 
I’m getting married in 40 days! Not an excuse, but a little glimpse into where my presence has been lately. Routines have been out the window a bit, but there has been an abundance of goodness in this season (even in times of unknown with health and safety).
I was looking at some of our engagement photos the other day and noticed something new I hadn’t before. This time, I looked up. At the top of two photos I saw a keystone above our heads. A keystone is an architectural staple to an archway — it’s placed at the very center and keeps the other bricks or stones from falling out of place. It protects the structure and allows it to carry the weight. 
Seeing the keystone above us reminds me the Lord is the very center of our lives. He watches over us, holds us together, and keeps us ever close. By His grace, He carries the weight of every struggle, sin, and need we will ever have. What’s more — He is the cornerstone — our foundation. Cornerstones are the first block placed in constructing a building. My prayer is He would be the starting place of our lives together — the essential building block supporting all things to come. 
Let’s start on the ground level. May we be thoughtful about what we build, and how we build. It’s not about our own strength or our own ability, but completely relying on God to build the home in our hearts He intends. We will encounter construction delays, rainy days, a cracked window, and unpaved roads along the way — but the house God is building is far more beautiful and purposeful because He is building us into Himself. May it be so.
That’s plain enough, isn’t it? You’re no longer wandering exiles. This kingdom of faith is now your home country. You’re no longer strangers or outsiders. You belong here, with as much right to the name Christian as anyone. God is building a home. He’s using us all—irrespective of how we got here—in what he is building. He used the apostles and prophets for the foundation. Now he’s using you, fitting you in brick by brick, stone by stone, with Christ Jesus as the cornerstone that holds all the parts together. We see it taking shape day after day—a holy temple built by God, all of us built into it, a temple in which God is quite at home. Ephesians 2:19-22 MSG
Photos by Meghan Gray - check out her beautiful work!

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