70svintageus4thumb 70svintageus6thumb 70svintageus5thumb 70svintageus3thumb70svintageus8thumb gwenparty14thumbOne of the most important things and hardest things about being a part of a family, is to be careful in how you train your children.  The most important thing is the salvation we have received by grace through Jesus who died and rose again.  In our marriage and in raising our children, we’ve been focusing a lot on the gospel and living it out while being able to build disciples of Christ out of our children.  In doing so, I have been longing to live out the fruits of the Spirit within my own home: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control (Galatians 5:22).  Sometimes it can be a major challenge, in which I do fail in, but work against myself to overcome my failures to excel.  Outside of our home I try to live these out while also thinking about “one-anothering”.  One-anothering is to uphold the greatest commandment of loving God with all of our heart, soul, strength, and mind and the second greatest commandment to love our neighbor as ourselves.  We believe these are challenges, but ones that are worth it.  Since working on these I have seen much growth in our lives individually and together.  I want to be genuine in each relationship I make.  I realize that I have failed many of the relationships I’ve made with others and I have mourned losses and have been hurt and have hurt others.  I have failed at loving my neighbors and now I have begun to reach out to them (be it people in other countries or people in the communities I am in).  I am sorry for the wrongs I have done.  I am sorry for not living up to a more Christ-like standard.  I am glad that I have been forgiven.  I am glad that I can live in forgiveness. I am glad that I can forgive others who have hurt me as well.
“A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another: just as I have loved you, you also are to love one another.  By this all people will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.” -John 13:34-35
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  1. Very insightful! I like it when you write your thoughts and reflections on living out the Word. I need to really start loving others too, because my mind keeps battling with me about whether or not they want my love and if my efforts will even matter. It’s especially hard to love others who will not accept your faith and/or who mistreat you. I constantly have to tell myself that I am no better, because I am a sinner too.

    Wonderful photography as always1 🙂


  2. BEAUTIFUL post. You said it all so well.

  3. Your boys are so handsome! 🙂 And love what you wrote Amen!

  4. Your boys are so handsome! And Amen to what you wrote!!

  5. Beautiful, insightful, and full of wisdom are in your words! Thank you!

  6. Favorite line: “I am glad that I have been forgiven. I am glad that I can live in forgiveness. I am glad that I can forgive others who have hurt me as well.” What a breath of fresh air is grace!

    Love the last b&w pic of Leto, btw.

    Oh, and not to be *that* person….but you missed goodness and faithfulness as fruits of the spirit 😉

  7. really wonderful post Victoria! I can see you’re really growing a lot and it’s wonderful to hear the effort you’re making to raise your children to also love your neighbors. I get a little upset sometimes when I see people living such pretty nice lives but only love their own families and don’t help others.


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About Victoria / Justice Pirate

Victoria. Anabaptist, Wife of Rob, Mom of two boys, minimalist, quilt maker, Resources Adviser/Social Media Manager for anti-human trafficking awareness organization Justice Network (justice-network.org).


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