I will say that the Bates boys pull off what they are trying to pull off better than the Duggar boys, which I'm guessing is some sort of men's modeling motif. The only Duggars who looked halfway decent in that flag photo were Jeremiah and Justin. And don't get me started on Bunk Bed Jed!
Which of the Bates boys are in the photo? I'm guessing Lawson is one.
ETA: The caption was cut off, and I see why. Here it is, it wasn't what I expected. OK, so with that in mind, I'd say that while the Bateses look better, the Duggars' picture - marginally - better matches the message they were going for.
"There’s rarely a moment our inner peace, emotional state, and overall mentality can’t be improved to some degree with changes in our focus— from self to faith, from my negatives to all my blessings, from temporal things to eternal things, from despair to my hope in Jesus.
The great psalmist King David said this, “I had fainted, unless I had believed to see the goodness of the LORD in the land of the living... Wait on the LORD: be of good courage, and he shall strengthen thine heart: wait, I say, on the LORD.” Can we always control, know, or even understand life’s path and outcomes? No. But we can find comfort in the promise that whatever we face our Heavenly Father will walk through it with us, lift us up when we fall, forgive us where we fail, and give us a peace and fulfillment beyond our greatest expectation.
Does it sound too utopian? How can we even grasp all these promises? Well, He gives us a good place start in 1 Peter chapter 5: “Be clothed with humility: for God resisteth the proud, and giveth grace to the humble. Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God, that he may exalt you in due time: Casting all your care upon him; for he careth for you. Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour: Whom resist stedfast in the faith, knowing that the same afflictions are accomplished in your brethren that are in the world. The God of all grace, who hath called us unto his eternal glory by Christ Jesus, after that ye have suffered a while, make you perfect, stablish, strengthen, settle you.”
So however your day, week, or year (we all know about that one 🙋🏻♂️) has been going, be sure to never ever forget: your life still matters; your past doesn’t have to dictate your future; you’re loved to infinity by your Creator and He still wants to do amazing things in and through YOU.
Believe that. Talk to Him about it. Trust that He cares. He does.
Just a few Sunday thoughts 🙂 Have a blessed week 🤍"