Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Hungering for more.

John Piper has a heart for the Lord in a way that very few men possess in our society today. The boldness and passion for our Lord and Savior drips off the page and into the heart of the reader. This is an excellent book for any believer, young or old in the faith, to draw near to Christ and know Him in a more intimate way.
Delight in the Lord! This book is incredible for every season of life! Dive deep, don't be content with just believing but be infused with the WORD!!

“The pursuit of joy in God is not optional. It is not an “extra” that a person might grow into after he comes to faith. It is not simply a way to “enhance” your walk with the Lord. Until your heart has hit upon this pursuit, your “faith” cannot please God. It is not saving faith. Saving faith is the confidence that if you sell all you have and forsake all sinful pleasures, the hidden treasure of holy joy will satisfy your deepest desires. Saving faith is the heartfelt conviction not only that Christ is reliable, but also that He is desirable. It is the confidence that He will come through with His promises and that what He promises is more to be desired than all the world.”  - John Piper

Lord may I be a woman that is not content with just knowing a few verses here and there...but that I would be a woman of the Word. That it is what comes out of my heart always. Drinking deeply, often and never satisfied outside of You.

Thursday, April 25, 2013

Nothing says home like....

I was so super excited about finding this hello vinyl for my front door and the idea on the wreath!! I absolutely love how this turned out! Next step, pots and flowers!!!

Spring, I adore you.

Sunday, March 31, 2013

It's the little things in life...

Slowly but surely this household is getting ready for spring! Had to share a few of the finds from New England that just made it more homey around here! 

Saturday, March 30, 2013

A Whale of a Time

Mom, Jacob and I just got back from our big trip to New England! No, sadly I did not spot a whale this time...one day!! It was a long drive from Alabama to Maine but it was worth every moment in the car!

This is what I saw a lot of....books. So ready to be done with classes :)

Snow! Oh how I have missed you!!

Mom and Jacob, cute as always!

How neat is this!

And lets not forget about the houses!!

Water everywhere! I loved every minute of it!

Maine is beautiful!!

It was such a blessing and a sweet time to be able to spend a week with Mom. I am so thankful that God gave us the opportunity to do this! 
I'm already starting to ponder the next adventure...

Thursday, January 10, 2013

Goals or Habits

So I am not the best at times with following through on a lot of things

  • organizing books by titles
  • not drinking soda
  • think of more witty comments later 
  • finish this list 
Anyways, I thought I would challenge myself by instead of making yet again another "to-do" list to hide in my room I would broadcast it for my mom and sister to read (thanks girls for the support). 

So here we go....habits and accomplishments I would love to aim for this year....

  • Diligent in quiet time
  • Memorization 
  • Run half marathon
  • 25 minute 5k
  • Arms that look decent 
  • Save $1000
  • Pay off some serious debt 
  • Do something adventurous 
  • Visit a new city
  • Take a train to somewhere

Loving this:

I long to dwell in your tent forever
    and take refuge in the shelter of your wings.
 For you, God, have heard my vows;
    you have given me the heritage of those who fear your name.
 Increase the days of the king’s life,
    his years for many generations.
 May he be enthroned in God’s presence forever;
    appoint your love and faithfulness to protect him.
 Then I will ever sing in praise of your name
    and fulfill my vows day after day.

Psalm 61:4-8

Wednesday, December 26, 2012

A need for change

Wow another Christmas is over. So thankful that the reason we celebrate Christmas doesn't fade away like a day event does. I have so much to be on my knees about. Lots to be thankful for, lots to be broken over, and lots to pray about. Oh that Christ would consume my heart and my actions. That I would be an individual of action and not empty words. That my words would be tamed and controlled. That my actions and words would show Christ in gentle love and grace. I am pretty sure lately those are two things that I have not been.

So thankful for a sweet man's love that I don't deserve. He is so incredibly patient and loving with me. God really made a special man. 

I am very thankful for God's daily renewing grace and mercy, and 
that He promises never to leave or forsake me (heb 13:5).

I need to let go of the illusion of control. The desire to have things my way (no matter how "right" I think I am in things). I need to trust. I need to obey. I need to live. (I am needy)

"Such a high priest truly meets our need—one who is holy, blameless, pure, set apart from sinners, exalted above the heavens." Hebrews 7:26

Ever feel so unworthy and undeserving you want to run away from it but you can't? 

Friday, December 7, 2012

I the unkind, ungrateful

"Love bade me welcome: yet my soul drew back,
Guilty of dust and sin.

But quick-ey'd Love, observing me grow slack
From my first entrance in,
Drew nearer to me, sweetly questioning,
If I lack'ed anything.

A guest, I answer'd, worthy to be here:
Love said, you shall be he.
I the unkind, ungrateful? Ah my dear,
I cannot look on thee.
Love took my hand, and smiling did reply,
Who made the eyes but I?

Truth Lord, but I have marr'd them: let my shame
Go where it doth deserve.
And know you not, says Love, who bore the blame?
My dear, then I will serve.
You must sit down, says Love, and taste my meat:
So I did sit and eat."

George Herbert

This is speaking volumes to me today. I tend to be more on the end of viewing myself so poorly. I know how great my sin is. How I fail so often. I feel unworthy. I haven't earned what He gives. I can't repay or love back the same way. It burdens my heart, it overwhelms my mind. He knows me completely. There is such joy, such reassurance, such peace. And still I wonder...is He pleased?

I am so thankful for His Word, and for the pastors in my life that teach it so faithfully. This comes to mind....

"As for you, you were dead in your transgressions and sins, in which you used to live when you followed the ways of this world and of the ruler of the kingdom of the air, the spirit who is now at work in those who are disobedient. All of us also lived among them at one time, gratifying the cravings of our flesh  and following its desires and thoughts. Like the rest, we were by nature deserving of wrath. But because of his great love for us, God, who is rich in mercy,  made us alive with Christ even when we were dead in transgressions—it is by grace you have been saved.  And God raised us up with Christ and seated us with him in the heavenly realms in Christ Jesus, in order that in the coming ages he might show the incomparable riches of his grace, expressed in his kindness to us in Christ Jesus. For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God—  not by works, so that no one can boast. For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do."

Eph. 2:1-10

I can't get over it. I don't want to get over it. Lord, don't let me.