Thursday, May 28, 2009
Tuesday, May 26, 2009
I have been following the girltalk blog for almost a year now. It has blessed me in many ways and discipled me on more than one occasion. Here is part of a recent post that i think is a PERFECT response to the previous post about my disaster vacation!
...What is your burden today? They come in countless shapes and sizes—from clingy colds (& stomach virus!) to crushing cares. But one thing’s for sure: our idols cannot bear their load. Leisure and escape don’t provide true rest. Sinful anger cannot relieve the pressure. Even friends are not strong enough to bear up under their full weight.
But have we forgotten? We have been borne by Christ since birth. He carried us from the womb and will not stop even when we are old and bent and gray. He alone has borne the full weight of our sin, and He alone can bear the burdens of life in a sinful world.
He doesn’t pop in once a week or every month to relieve us of our heavy load. Daily, everyday, today, He promises to bear us up. He will carry and he will save. Today. So big or small, let’s cast our burdens on Him. God is our salvation.
To read the rest of the post click here. I strongly encourage you to follow this blog..it WILL bless you!
Friday, May 22, 2009
We canceled the little 'party' we had planned with my family, but Hope and her kiddos stayed to at least say hello...Brennan seemed to feel fine so teh next morning, we left for the beach.
It was rainy, windy and cold, but our hopes were high. I awoke in our precious little honeymoon cottage at 12 throwing up..the entire next day it was windy and cool. My nausea continued through the day. That night Ben & i tried to enjoy a dinner on the beach. He awoke the next morning sick...
I will refrain from all details..but we DID have one last day to spend together both feeling well. Brennan did not get to come down to the beach b/c my mom got too sick to travel with him. The virus spread to my whole family..but we are home now and EVERYONE is feeling better PRAISE THE LORD!!! I had some pretty bad sunburn from falling asleep in the sun for an hour..and some swelling form the travel..
I am still looking for ways to count my blessings about the whole trip..so please point out God's goodness to me dear friends!!!
Friday, May 15, 2009
Saturday, May 9, 2009
Friday, May 8, 2009
Although i drifted a bit by giving tips on freezers and tans, I want to return to the theme of marriage. With our 5 year anniversary coming up, it has been a topic on my mind. The growth, change of heart and mind that has taken place in this half a decade. I can only pray that the next 2 decades will spike in this continual learning curve!
- amazed by grace (keenly aware of Christ forgiveness to ME)
- humbled by God allowing me to share in this picture of Him and His Bride
- eager to serve just as Christ was and is
- understanding that I am limited (not seeing all and hearing all)
- honest about my own sin
Philipians 2:5-8Think of yourselves the way Christ Jesus thought of himself. He had equal status with God but didn't think so much of himself that he had to cling to the advantages of that status ... Not at all. When the time came, he set aside the privileges of deity and took on the status of a slave, became human! Having become human, he stayed human. It was an incredibly humbling process. He didn't claim special privileges. Instead, he lived a selfless, obedient life and then died a selfless, obedient death—and the worst kind of death at that—a crucifixion.
Phiipians 4:6-7Don't fret or worry. Instead of worrying, pray. Let petitions and praises shape your worries into prayers, letting God know your concerns. Before you know it, a sense of God's wholeness, everything coming together for good, will come and settle you down. It's wonderful what happens when Christ displaces worry at the center of your life.
8-9Summing it all up, friends, I'd say you'll do best by filling your minds and meditating on things true, noble, reputable, authentic, compelling, gracious—the best, not the worst; the beautiful, not the ugly; things to praise, not things to curse... Do that, and God, who makes everything work together, will work you into his most excellent harmonies.
Hi friends, this is just what i have been encouraged by these last two days. I have struggled with clinging to my desires, my rights..i have been focusing on the worst, not the best..so this is something that i have been preaching to myself!
Monday, May 4, 2009
Okay as silly as this my sound, I have never been a bronze beauty. I have ALWAYS wanted to have a tan year round. It boosts my confidence. I am a sun-a-holic once summer hits, but there's always that first donning of the swimsuit (or shorts, a dress w/o hose, sandals, sleeveless..) In high school there was a failed attempt at self tanner. I didn't have a good product or good technique.
Last summer, Brennan was born in May and was too tiny to be out in the June/July/August heat for me to lay out, besides, i was nursing and i didn't seem to have that whole chedule down enough to get a break long enough to steal some rays. So THIS spring, i am like super-ultra WHITE. As you know, i am also prego, so NO tanning bed for me (not to mention that i was totally convicted about that with the whole your-body-is a temple..[so lets micorwave it?! NO!] )
I found TWO great products that i wanted to share with my white-protect-your-skin-from- cancer-and-still-have-a-tan, friends.
They are pictured above. Coppertone costs 7.99 at Publix and Loreal costs 9.99 at CVS.. CVS doesn't carry Coppertone.
My mom-n-law went to cosmotoglogy school and has a few tips for making it look its best:
- before your first application use an exfoliating scrub ALL over getting rid of old, dry skin
- after you shower (and shave) cover yourself in a deep mosturizer such as baby oil or body cream [this allows for all teh dry spots like ankles, knees, elbows and feet
- THEN apply the self tanner all over-everywhere your bathing suit won't cover, including your face and neck
- to apply to your back (if your hubby doesn't want to rub you down) squirt a small amount onto saran wrap and rub back and forth as if you were drying your back with a towel.