June 25, 2013

A Letter to the North American Church {Re-blogged}

Last week, I read this article by author, Ann Voskamp (A Holy Experience), it reminded me again of everything I see wrong in the church, and how if each of us just stepped out of our comfort zones, there would be a radical transformation of our country, of our world.  It's all about being like Jesus.  Loving others.  Denying ourselves.  Self-sacrifice.  Honoring the least of these, and just people in general.  Doing what the word says, no matter what! 

Take a few minutes to read the article, and then let's go out and do the Great Commission - in our families, in our neighborhoods, in our cities, in our states, in our countries and in the world! 

Let's follow Jesus in obedience and fulfillment of His commands throughout the New Testament!!
You don’t wait until you have more before you give to God – you give now so you get to become more in God. The children are all smiling and singing and there’s all this light coming like dappled deliverance through the leaves.
“Bring your only mango to Jesus,” the Compassion teacher’s waving his hands in extravagant joy. “Bring your one handful of beans, bring your one heart overflowing with song.” It’s not having much that makes you rich — it’s the giving much that makes you rich. Give and you are the rich.
I am standing in Africa and you can hear the whole North American Church, rising up, crying out: What if caring for the poor was more than just caring about easing our consciences? What if caring for the poor meant feeling sacrifice for the poor?  What if we weren’t really feeling care for the poor – until we were really feeling sacrifice for them?

North American Church, it is time: We are all done with no-risk, no-sacrifice, no-point lives.
It is time: We are all done with the drug of comfortable and dare to live the dream of uncomfortable.

It is time: We’re all hungry for uncomfortable because we’re hungry for God – and He is outside of our comfort zones.

This. Is. What. Faith. Is.
Read the complete article, here

June 17, 2013

Tagged!

Soooo... my sister Jo tagged me, and I am finally responding. :P

1. If you could travel anywhere in the world, where would you go?  Germany for 6 months to retrace my family heritage; and spend time following Dietrich Bonhoeffer's footsteps across this beautiful and history-rich land. 
2. Do you play any musical instruments? If so, which ones?  I play a tiny bit on the guitar, an even smaller bit on the piano
 
3. Kittens or puppies? Or both?  Kittens 

4. Chocolate or peanut butter?  Chocolate, and lots of it! 

5. Antique or vintage?  Mhm, this is hard as I like both, but I'll probably go with vintage 

6. Hero/heroine?  Hero

7. Favorite book?  The one I just finished Crazy Love by Francis Chan

8. Favorite musical group?  Tenth Avenue North

9. Italian or Mexican food?  Tex-Mex

10. Roses or carnations?  Roses

11. Have you ever ridden a horse?   Yes, several times. :)


June 11, 2013

1000 Gifts

1131. Pickles
1132. Owl stickers
1133. Lizzy's smiles
1134. Texts from Camille
1135. Vinegar
1136. Green grapes
1136. life's adventures
1137. Romans 8 -- life in the Spirit, help from the Spirit
1138. A full peach tree
1139. My new fedora hat
1140. The month of June
1141. Coral

1142. Papa's humor
1143. Skylark
1144. Kitna
1145. Wildflowers in tall grass

My list will continue to grow as I praise the Lord each week here on my blog!

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June 9, 2013

Sunday Medtation

 
"There is therefore now no condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus, who do not walk according to the flesh, but according to the Spirit. For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus has made me free from the law of sin and death. For what the law could not do in that it was weak through the flesh, God did by sending His own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh, on account of sin: He condemned sin in the flesh, that the righteous requirement of the law might be fulfilled in us who do not walk according to the flesh but according to the Spirit. For those who live according to the flesh set their minds on the things of the flesh, but those who live according to the Spirit, the things of the Spirit. For to be carnally minded is death, but to be spiritually minded is life and peace. Because the carnal mind is enmity against God; for it is not subject to the law of God, nor indeed can be. So then, those who are in the flesh cannot please God.
 
But you are not in the flesh but in the Spirit, if indeed the Spirit of God dwells in you. Now if anyone does not have the Spirit of Christ, he is not His. And if Christ is in you, the body is dead because of sin, but the Spirit is life because of righteousness. But if the Spirit of Him who raised Jesus from the dead dwells in you, He who raised Christ from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies through His Spirit who dwells in you.

Therefore, brethren, we are debtors—not to the flesh, to live according to the flesh. For if you live according to the flesh you will die; but if by the Spirit you put to death the deeds of the body, you will live. For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, these are sons of God. For you did not receive the spirit of bondage again to fear, but you received the Spirit of adoption by whom we cry out, “Abba, Father.” The Spirit Himself bears witness with our spirit that we are children of God, and if children, then heirs—heirs of God and joint heirs with Christ, if indeed we suffer with Him, that we may also be glorified together."

Romans 8:1-17

June 7, 2013

What kind of Kingdom?

Therefore, since we are receiving a kingdom which cannot be shaken, let us have grace, by which we may serve God acceptably with reverence and godly fear.  For our God is a consuming fire.

Hebrews 12:28-29

June 5, 2013

Modelin'

My outfits are usually pretty basic.  They consist of either a skirt (of varying length) or jeans, and a t-shirt, or sometimes a casual dress blouse.  And I pair that with either no shoes, sandals, flip flops or tennis shoes.  In the winter I wear boots frequently. 

I was somewhat skeptical about wearing this vibrant of green.  I generally look better in a more muted green, or I just avoid it.  But, I think it turned out to be something I might wear, (in moderation), from now on. 

My outfit was pretty basic: Old Navy blue jeans (boot cut), American Eagle leather sandals, a dress casual blouse, white tank top.  I had one bobby pin in my hair, that's it. 


 I really like what my hair was doing this day!  I wish it was always this curly. :)



What a cheesy smile! 
 
This is a favorite from a recent photoshoot my sister Jo and I did with our cousins Rachel and Rowena.  The lighting is perfect, and we all look genuinely happy. 

I like this one too!  My hair and make up that day were perfect. ;) 

My outfit this day was - dark wash jeans (Ann Taylor Loft), a button up peasant blouse, simple black glass bead necklace, and sandals.  I didn't do anything with my hair, just let it drape naturally.  


When I wear makeup, I try to go for the natural look - which means minimal blush on the cheeks, light colored eye shadow and not very much, and a light touch of eye pencil.  I don't wear lipstick - just a beeswax based clear lip balm.  And, I don't wear any mascara. 

June 3, 2013

life lately

Your promises have been thoroughly tested; 
that is why I love them so much.
Psalm 119:140

Swinging at the park on a recent Saturday - Jaden was laughing at the faces I made :)

I am really enjoying my Chacos 

While Phoebe has been away assisting an aunt in her recovery from surgery, we have been blessed to Skype with her several times.  

Our raspberry plants are already bearing fruit!

A snap from a recent road-trip I took with my sisters 

I generally don't take "selfies" because it is just lame, but I took this one to see what I looked like with this hat, in order to decide if I really wanted to buy it. :)

With my youngest cousins - Zak and Emma-Grace, and my sister Jo!

Sisters, sisters <3 br="">

Another hat picture. I ended up getting it!

A "before" picture, from our fifth annual Memorial day blast gathering.  This was before everyone showed up.  

The peppers are also doing well - these are banana peppers, sweet and yummy

Our Skype friend - Humpdee :)

Jaden and I enjoying a break during a bike ride.  Love spending time with my youngest bro!

This tomato has gotten even bigger - it is now about the size of my two fists, put together! 
On a recent Sunday evening - those of us who wore gray, got our pictures taken 

A lovely group of loved ones 

"Thinkers" minus Claudia - she was just being sweet 

That's better!

What's down that way, I wonder?

Dad conversing with some new friends at MDB V

What a pretty sweetie - Baby A is fascinated with Phoebe 

Aunt Sara and her little charge 

Talking with friends 

More conversations 

We estimated that at the end of it all, about 70 folks came to our event 

Hi Jadon! 

Encouraging conversations 

Three lovely ladies 

Dad and Mr. S. enjoyed conversing :)