Monday, April 25, 2011

AWARD ALERT!!!

I am humbled. My paltry attempts at blogging have caught someone's eye! I certainly do not deserve this award and I humbly thank Mindy B @ My Own Sense and Sensibility for this undeserved honor.


The only condition for receiving this award is to Pay It Forward. Here are the requirements:
  • Thank and link back to the person who nominated you.
  • Share 7 things about yourself
  • Select 15 recently discovered, stylish bloggers to receive this award
  • Contact these bloggers and tell them they have been selected. Hopefully, this will make their daySmile
So before anything else, THANK YOU MINDY B. you TOTALLY rocked my day!!!

Seven random things about me: 
  

Thursday, April 21, 2011

What Jesus did for us...for me!

Easter, like Christmas, happens every year.
Easter, like Christmas, involves the 3Fs (food, family, fellowship)
Easter, like Christmas, may include a new clothing article
Easter, unlike Christmas, does not include frenzied shoppers, naughty and nice lists, gifts or (for the most part) decorations inside and outside the home
Therefore, Easter,unlike Christmas, is not considered such big of a deal.

How wrong we are to think this way! Easter should be the biggest holiday we celebrate every year for without Easter(Christ's death, burial and resurrection) we would not have this glorious chance of fellowship with our Maker as we would still be in our sins!

And if Christ has not been raised, then our preaching is in vain and your faith is in vain. We are even found to be misrepresenting God, because we testified about God that he raised Christ, whom he did not raise if it is true that the dead are not raised. For if the dead are not raised, not even Christ has been raised. And if Christ has not been raised, your faith is futile and you are still in your sins. Then those also who have fallen asleep in Christ have perished. If in Christ we have hope in this life only, we are of all people most to be pitied.(1 Cor. 15:14-19 emphasis added)

Why would we celebrate the birth of a person who did not change our circumstances in anyway? But, Praise the Lord that He did! Praise the Lord that the veil is torn and direct access to the Father is granted! Praise the Lord that we have an intercessor who sympathizes with our weaknesses, as He has been tempted in every respect as we are, yet without sin(Heb. 4:15)

But what did it cost You Jesus? Can I truly understand the magnitude of the sacrifice You offered for us, for me?

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Come close, listen

Amazing song, wonderful message:
Come close listen to the story
About a love more faithful than the morning
The Father gave His only Son just to save us

The earth was shaking in the dark
All creation felt the Father's broken heart
Tears were filling heaven's eyes
The day that True Love died
When blood and water hit the ground
Walls we couldn't move came crashing down
We were free and made alive
The day that True Love died

Search your heart you know you can't deny it
Come on, lose your life just so you can find it
The Father gave His only Son just to save us

The Earth was shaking in the dark
All creation felt The Father's broken heart
Tears were filling heaven's eyes
The day that True Love died

Monday, April 18, 2011

Looking back

An excerpt from my 2004 journal:

I need to always remember what is reality and what is fantasy. I am broken, clumsy, awkward and weird. This was really driven home this weekend when I invited M to sleep in our [Roommate & I] room. Of course sometime during the night my throat closed up and I started making my 'noises'. M was surprised as this was the first time she heard them. As is usual, Roommate made fun of me and they both were giggling thinking that I was fast asleep. Well that hurt and just served to make me feel more insecure [...] just a reminder of one more imperfection that I have. This is just one more reason why I am pretty sure I will not get married. I mean who would want to live with a person who is clumsy, awkward and most of all makes weird noises??? Will I ever find someone who will not laugh at me? Will I ever find someone who will accept me for me? I wish...what's the point? I highly doubt I ever will so that ends my story today.

What sadness! What despair! What misery I put on myself! I forgot to remember that God holds me in the palm of His hand(Isa. 41:10). That He is working in me, to will and to work  His good pleasure(Phil. 2:13). Most importantly, God works all things for the good of those who love Him!
How I wish I could go back and comfort me during this bleak time and remind me that this God who is bigger than my circumstance is yet always present with me in my circumstance, my sadness and despair. In the words of an old hymn:

"Be not dismayed whate'er betide, God will take care of you"

Monday, April 4, 2011

1000 gifts: 33 - 46

Just continuing with thankfulness to God for His blessings...

#33 unexpected encouragement from a friend about my walk with Jesus
#34 a chance to sleep in with MrH on a weekday!!
#35 meeting someone new and immediately knowing we will be great friends
#36 having a shared burden with MrH of wanting to become more and more like Christ
#37 a beautiful sunny day after 4 days of heavy wind and cleansing rain
#38 a new jewelry organizer
#39 wet noses and doggy kisses trying to wake you up
#40 getting up early and going on a breakfast date with MrH just because
#41 strawberry and cream scone yum!

Friday, April 1, 2011

DIY: Jewelry Organizer

MrH was off this week for spring break and can I just say, "He is the best!". He has been doing all these projects around the house instead of taking some well deserved time off and just relaxing (yup, that is what I would have done). He simply says, "I enjoy doing this stuff. It's fun!"
Well one of the *fun* things we got to do together - it was more of I instructed and he did lol - was upgrading my jewelry storage system. For reasons I cannot fathom, MrH did not like my nailed in the wall using a shoe  well mounted, square pegboards that served to organize my stash. So, we made a trip to our local thrift store in search of a frame and found this beauty: