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Friday, June 16, 2017

Go see Wonder Woman!



20 things I loved about Wonder Woman

This will be one of those movies that I will see again and again! 
You can just go ahead and add it to one my all time favorites!

1. The story begins with mankind being made out of God’s image.
2. Wonder Woman is sculpted from clay!
3. Wonder Woman talks about denying the pleasures of the flesh
4. The given choice between darkness and light in each of us
5. A classic story of good vs. evil
6. It forces the main characters to represent truth
7. It tells the story of childhood dreams
8. She was bold and courageous, standing up for what was right and good.
9. It talks about seeing past the bad to see the goodness in others
10. It makes you believe in the true power of love
11. Believing in strength beyond what you think you are capable of
12. It inspires HOPE!
13. She became the hero she needed to be.
14. It shows what sacrificing one’s life for the sake of another looks like
15. A story about bringing peace
16. Its about what you believe in, not about what you deserve
17. It tells the story of how only love can truly save the world
18. Fighting for those that can not fight for themselves
19. Being on mission to fight for what you believe in and giving yourself to that mission
20. It challenges you to ask the question…..What is Your mission? 

Thursday, March 02, 2017

a journey within our home

We recently welcomed a "stranger" into our home.  We are hosting an international student.  She came to live with us for 5 months.  We did not know her or even that she was coming into our home until a couple weeks prior to her arrival.  She came into our lives and immediately, we embraced her.  She has been a part of our daily routine.  I no longer have to count how many plates to get out, the one extra has become natural.  
We have shared our favorite meals together. She has introduced us to some of her favorite recipes.  I have attempted to make some special recipes for her, some were good, some we got a good laugh.  We have attempted to speak Spanish and she gives us helpful pointers on our pronunciation.  We have  had many laughs over our English and especially southern phrases that have gotten misunderstood.  We have even developed some "inside jokes" in some terms translated that have very different meaning.  
Our kids have welcomed her into our home.  My daughter gained an older sister while my son has learned to deal with having two girls in the house!  They have learned to accept the subtle cultural differences and appreciate just how similar our families are even though they live across the globe.  

She has taught us so much in the short amount of time that she has been with us.  
I have learned that being flexible and patience is important, leaving for school five minutes later than usual is okay, bedtimes can be adjusted and everyone can still function fine.  I have learned that our speech, body language, and tone are complicated.  I am learning everyday to pause before I speak.  Words are such valuable tools even when we speak the same language, even more valuable when translation is involved.  

Have you ever considered welcoming a stranger into your home?  Someone that you had never met and had no previous connection? Sounds like a strange question...I know. We have had the great privilege and are finding ourselves loving this stranger that has now become part of our family!  A little part of Spain now lives in our hearts.

And if a stranger dwells with you in your land, you shall not mistreat him.  The stranger who dwells among you shall be to you as one born among you, and you shall love him as yourself; for you were strangers in the land of Egypt: I am the Lord your God. Leviticus 19:33-34

Sunday, December 25, 2016

Christmas

It's Christmas.
Presents were unwrapped. We spent wonderful time with family. We shared a great meal and fellowship. But at the end of the day,I am sad.
Saddened by my sin.
Saddened that each day I repeat the same patterns.
Saddened that even though I know the stupidity of my sin, I still don't change.
It's Christmas night. These are my thoughts.
He came. He became flesh. He knew my thoughts. He knew my heart ❤️ and he came. He came despite myself. He loves me still.
On his birthday, you would think I could go a day blameless. Without sin. But if that was the case, he would have no need to become flesh, to dwell amongst us. He knew that even on his birthday I would not be worthy, and yet he came!
Tonight as I lay my head to rest on Jesus' birthday I am reminded of His unfailing love for me despite my failings.
Yet, while I was a sinner, Christ came to earth, dwelled amongst us and died for us!  (Romans 5:8)

Sunday, December 04, 2016

She came into our lives 7 years ago.  She was 13 at the time.  We met while serving on a family mission trip. She was extremely shy and timid at the time.  But that didn't keep her from serving and becoming connected with my kids very quickly.  

She quickly became a sweet addition to our family.  She loved my kids and we loved her.  
We have watched her go through seasons of life.  We were there when she turned 16.  She was there for my children's birthdays.  We watched her as she graduated and went off to college. We are blessed to have her as an extension of our family.  
She has become someone my kids look forward to spending time with,  goof off with
and live life with.


 

Friday, December 02, 2016

The yellow couch

My grandmother passed away last year. I got to spend quite a bit of time with her the year before she was called home.  During that time of helping her with physical therapy, she would fight hard doing her exercises, never giving up, but she would also remind me that she was ready. Ready to be with Jesus.  This comfort of knowing her destination made saying goodbye a little bit easier.  It was beautiful to see her welcomed into the arms of Jesus.  However, she was an amazing presence among us and I certainly do miss her.  
Her legacy lives on in my heart 
and in the hearts of many.  
We all carry different pieces of her life with us.  

As a tribute to my grandparents, I wanted capture an image for our Christmas card that helped me cling onto some of my memories and might spark memories for others.  
I chose to take this picture on my grandparents old yellow couch.  


Why there?  
This was where I grew up watching my grandfather sleep.  It was his spot.  I can still see him sitting on the far left side greeting the kids and grandchildren as we would walk in the door.  This was a place of comfort and rest for him.  
This yellow couch was also where all the family would gather together.  Many conversations were had on this couch.  We sat on that couch and read the paper, watched tv, ate many thanksgiving, Christmas, and other holiday meals around this couch.  It was a place where we were together. 
So, I hope when you see this card, you think of... 
Comfort, 
Rest, 
and Gathering Together. 





Monday, November 21, 2016

#Thankful

I tried to make a short list of the things I am thankful for...
The sound of my husband's voice #love
A tender hug #MyLoveLanguage
The smiles and laughter of my loved ones #PureJoy
The smell of coffee #Hazelnut 
The beauty of a sunrise and sunset #CommonGrace

A boat ride #SummerDays
Feet in the sand #HeKnowsEveryGrainOfSand
Dancing in the rain #CareFree
Fireworks #bombsburstinginair
A great sense of humor #MedicineForTheSoul
Fresh powder of snow on a mountain top #skiing

The sweetness of a great neighbor #LivingLifeTogether
Blue skies puffy clouds #ThePerfectDay
A great adventure #EnjoyTheJourney
Taking risks #TakeAChance 
A melody played by the daughters fingertips #PullsMyHeartStrings
A song picked on a guitar by my sons hands #MusicToMySoul

Holding my husbands hand #AgainMyLoveLanguage #TheSimpleThings
A long drive with sun to warm me through the window #CatInMyFormerLife
Busting a move to an "oldie" #EmbarressingTheKids
A challenge #Perseverance 
When the underdog wins #overcomer 
Sense of satisfaction after hard work #Accomplishment 
A warm spring day with the windows down #SeasonsOfLife
A good book #wisdom
A hammock #tranquil
A porch swing #peaceful 
A chilly night and a warm blanket #Snuggles 
A cozy fire and smores #familytime 
The sound of my husbands snore #EveryNight
Silence #Quiet #InHisPresence 
Fellowship with friends #youknowwhoyouare
Knowing someone so well, you don't have to say a word #BFF
Mountain top moments #victory #powerful 
The peace that comes after you pass through the valley #RejoiceAlways
Bentons bacon #BLT #southerngirl 
Making cookies and licking the bowl with my kids #simplethings
A good acoustic version of Amazing Grace #Goodness 
Air conditioning #comfortsOfLife
An ice cold drink on a hot summer day  #refreshment
My bed #ComfortsOfHome
The color of the trees in fall #EastTN
A garden full of vegetables #BearFruit
The exhilaration after a good workout #SweatingToTheOldies
The joyful greeting EVERY DAY from my dog #unconditionalLove

The relaxing feeling of soaking in a bubble bath after a long day #calgonTakeMeAway
The perfect placement of every freckle on my sons face #FearfullyandWonderfullyMade
The kindness of perfect strangers #Unity
The twinkling of each star in the sky #Abrahamsdecedants
The smallness of the world that is so vast #ItsASmallWorldAfterall
The love that extends from east to west #theCross
A hero #Jesus
The beauty of the cross #Forgiveness
The gift of the gospel #John3
A happy ending #WhiteHorse #fairytale #Revelations

Wednesday, November 09, 2016

Give thanks in ALL circumstances

This morning I was given an extra pocket of time.  Thank you to my sweet husband for taking the kids to school.  This extra time allowed me to dig in to God's word.  I am certain that He knew I needed this, and maybe you do to?
I read the story of the disciples in the boat after the feeding of the 5,000.  The disciples had JUST watched a miracle right before their very eyes.  They had witnessed Jesus feed the multitude with only 5 loaves of bread and 2 fish.  They had proclaimed Jesus as the Prophet of the world.  Yet, as they were in the boat and encountered the storm and the rough waters, they were afraid.  Their first response was not to trust that Jesus would be there to calm the waters.  
They were fearful.
How often do I act the same way?
Something does not go exactly the way I want and I forget God's greatness and resort to fear and trembling.
He comes to us in times of need.  He knows my EVERY fear and calls me to trust Him FULLY to provide ALL my needs (not just some of them).  He brings me out of EVERY storm and returns me safely to dry land, just like He did for the disciples.  He intercedes for my EVERY need.  He will NEVER leave me nor forsake me.  He is the very same God today that He was when He fed the multitude, calmed the sea, parted the waters, and healed the sick.
Will I trust Him in my circumstances?  Will I trust that He WILL provide?  
This morning, 
God whispered to me to, 
Rest in His truth. 
Step out in faith. 
Have no fear!