Thursday, April 8, 2010

Love Sweet Love

via www.eleganceredefined.com
I love this picture (which I borrowed from Jenn M which she borrowed from this pretty little blog ).  It's just such a comfortable capture of sweetness.  It makes me miss my boy.  But, it also makes my heart glad that I have a wonderful, loving, god-fearing guy in my life that will always strive to protect and cherish me.  :)

Monday, March 22, 2010

My Trip to Florida!



The sweetest couple!  I'm so glad I got to meet Ty on my visit!  And Jenn is the best friend and cousin a girl could ever ask for!  It's sad that they live so far away!  I'm incredibly thankful that I got to take the trip to Florida and be a part of their big day!

These are some of the better pictures I have.   My camera was acting up, making it difficult to get good, clear photos.                        






 I was a little worried about spending 5 days straight with Jenn... I don't know if we've ever spent that much time together!  I thought maybe we wouldn't like each other as much as we thought we did.... Turns out we like each other even more!


A beautiful bride and beautiful Momma!

My first attempt at sushi!  It wasn't too bad.  The  flavor was great; the many various textures, I'm not so fond of. I do think I could learn to enjoy it.

Baby Quilt

Here is a few pictures of the baby quilt I made! A few of the girls and ladies at my church decided to do this project to donate to a local pregancy center. It was my first attempt at any type of quilt. I'm quite pleased and I had lots of fun! Hopefully it's a skill I will improve upon and put to further use in the future! :)

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Tuesday, February 9, 2010

...For everyone to whom much is given, from him much will be required; and to whom much has been committed, of him they will ask the more. 
Luke 12:48b

The verse that always kicks me in the butt and reminds me that blessings equal responsiblity.

Friday, January 29, 2010

God's Kids

I've been spending a good part of this blustery, snowy evening working on a letter to send my new little six year old, Ayunia.  I have recently become her sponsor through Compassion Canada.  She is from Okahapi, Indonesia.  I am in love with her already!  She has the sweetest brown eyes....  


 It's already been a blessing knowing that I have an open opportunity to witness, and show God's love to a child on the other side of the world.  I hope I can keep it up over the years and watch her grow and learn!


I hope that I will allow her to teach and encourage me as much as I hope to do for her.  I know it's going to be a humbling and eye opening experience.  Reading some of the true stories on the compassion website/blog amaze me.  The letters these kids receive are their personal treasures.  


It reminds me that all kids are the same across the globe.  They thrive on relationships, not on material things, not on entertainment, not on money.  Relationships change lives.  Especially ones that reflect the love of the Lord.  The point of this endeavor is to be a vessel that is filled with Christ so that He can be poured out in abundance upon Ayunia.  


The purpose for teaching my rambunctious Sunday school class of boys (and girl) should be the very same.  Going to church doesn't make Christ real to them, being taught "at" doesn't do it either.  It's knowing I genuinely am filled with Christ and that I want to share Him with them.  They need to know I think they are important, and that I care about what they care about.  Christ sure does.  


Now, after saying all that, I better get to work!  Sunday morning will be here before I know it!    





Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Observation...

The conclusion I arrive at after looking over the posts I've done thus far is this:

Anything I have worth saying comes out after 9:30 at night.  My brain must take all day to wake up! 

hahaha

Heart Check

Psalm 51:1
Have mercy on me, O God, 
According to Your lovingkindness;
According to the multitude of Your tender mercies,
Blot out my transgressions.


God's mercy upon my life is always exponentially greater then I care to imagine.  My time is often wasted on condemning or looking down on those on those who seem to be committing sins far worse than I'd ever dream of.  That's when I need to stop and realize who I really am.


My very breath comes from the Father.  It is only through His gracious sovereignty that I am the person I am, with the character I have.  My family and upbringing was from HIM, my salvation as a youngster -- from HIM. The desire I have to grow and serve the Lord today, guess what, it's from HIM.


My original nature is no better than anyone else's.  It's deprived and full of nothing but sin.  Even my good works are tainted.  It's only through the propitiation of the blood of Christ that I can stand before God unashamed (Romans 3:22-25).  And only through the Spirit the dwells in me and the Word He has provided for me that I can bear fruit.


If you're interested listen to this sermon by Bob Glenn called The Outrageous Love of God.  The key passage was Jonah chapter 4 while he also visits the parable of the generous landowner in Matthew 20.  It really reveals the pride we sometimes have as 'good' Christians.  It shows us just how wonderfully crazy it is that God would decide to love even me --- and even you.