In Uncategorized on April 26, 2009 at 2:33 pm
I’m very excited about this upcoming week for two reasons.
1. I am in Washington DC for the Mobilization to End Poverty conference. 2. My friend Misty Jo is here with me from California.
I am so excited to see what God has in store for this time. When I was praying about it this morning the word God gave me was “hunger”. I’m not sure everything this word is supposed to mean but I look forward to discovering God’s heart and hunger for justice for the poor. I’ll try to check in as often as possible and share….
Until then I pray you all have an amazing week. If you think about the conference please pray for God’s will to be done and his/her spirit to move. And if you happen to be in Richmond hang out with my husband for me.
In Uncategorized on April 26, 2009 at 2:16 pm
So I’m a couple of days behind. Blame school. Happy Earth Day anyways! As I was doing my devotions two days ago it was neat how God led me to Psalm 8…
“When I consider Your heavens, the work of your fingers, The moon and the stars, which You have ordained, What is man that You are mindful of him, And the son of man that You visit him? For You have made him a little lower than the angels, And You have crowned him with glory and honor, You have made him to have dominion over the works of Your hands; You have put all things under his feet, All the sheep and oxen- Even the bests of the field, The birds of the air, And the fish of the sea That pass through the paths of the seas. O Lord, our Lord, How great is Your name in all the earth!”
What a beautiful world we have been given. May good stewardship be one of our acts of worship.
In Uncategorized on April 20, 2009 at 9:51 am
I am rather worried about our garden. We have not put anything in the garden yet. I am not sure whether we are buying already started plants…though I feel like we will have to at this point because of the timing…but we need to do something soon. I am hoping that while I am gone next week Phil will have more time to work on the garden. Some of our herbs have started to appear but rosemary, lavender, oregano, and parsley are being stubborn. I hope we have not over-watered them. I do not feel like my words are very interesting right now so I think I’ll go with pictures….
Our front yard
Herbs, tea, and birthday cards...Happy Birthday Becca!!
Flowers from Phil
I will be free as of next Friday!! and my friend Misty Jo will be in town. Hopefully she will be down for gardening with me.
Until then if I do not write; I hope everyone has a great week filled with the love and grace of Christ. If you are feeling hopeless or alone please know that you do matter. You are loved and chosen. We all are. Great huh. God has a purpose for you, me, Fidel Castro, George Bush, my neighbor, the millions imprisoned, and all those who are dying from preventable diseases.
In Uncategorized on April 12, 2009 at 12:35 am
Ohhh life. Four descriptive adjectives for my life at present: 1. tired 2. stressed 3. appreciative 4. anticipatory. I miss sleep so badly… I miss my husband even more. It is not like I never see Phil but for the past two weeks it has been little more than me doing homework while he does other things around the house. We steal a couple of hours every week but I still want more. I have been so very blessed by God to have Phil as my partner. I would not be where I am today without him. Last night Phil and I celebrated six months of marriage. I feel like it has flown by and at the same time I feel as though we have been married for a long time. I am thankful for all our time together and am excited to spend the next six months with him…and from there the rest of my life.
I am also heavily anticipating summer break. I want to be free from school work…the fact that I am taking two summer courses is besides the point. I am beyond excited to have some crucial hangout time with God, my husband, myself, and my family and friends. I have every hope of it being an awesome time. Ohhh to read books again that have not been assigned to me. Ohh to spend as much time in the kitchen as I desire. Ohhh to sleep more than four hours a night.
So aside from all consuming school work life has been filled with some good and a lot of struggles. My family is going through some hard times recently and I’ve spent a lot of time in tears. I’ve wanted to throw things at walls. My pastor has given me a book entitled “Boundaries”. And I’ve been reduced to consuming caffeine again to help me function. On the good side our herb garden has begun to sprout and Phil and I have become proud parents. We also rearranged our living room and I am more than pleased with the openness we now have. We decided against having a tv in the house…technically its still in our basement…and it is a wonderful thing. There is now more room for what we care about-people. And as always God has been faithful to us everyday. He/she has not solved my life’s problems…but God has been with me in the midst of my tears. I am learning. I am trusting as best I can. And every morning I wake up tired but still breathing. This will do. Yes, it’ll do.
….I pray you have peace in the midst of your life circumstances. I pray that you will learn to hope in a God that is bigger than we will ever know. I pray that we will all live under the shadow of his/her wings together.
In Uncategorized on April 7, 2009 at 4:49 pm
There is something so pure and wonderful about our God. I know we can never fully understand or comprehend him/her…but there are moments when I feel that I catch just the briefest glimpse that leaves me feeling overwhelmed. These moments always bring tears to my eyes and quickens my soul. My soul is eternal and I believe that in those moments it recognizes the beauty of experiencing God in a way that it did before I was born. It recognizes something that is completely set apart from this broken world…a oneness with God that it will not fully experience again until I pass from this world. Ohh the whispers of God; I am so thankful for them.
Sometimes the momemnts of feeling a sense of God happen while I am walking down the street. Sometimes they happen as I worship. Sometimes they come through God’s words… “The Spirit of the Lord God is upon Me, Because the Lord has anointed Me To preach good tidings to the poor; He has sent Me to heal the brokenhearted, To proclaim liberty to the captives, And the opening of the prison to those who are bound; To proclaim the acceptable yeaer of the Lord, And the day of vengeance of our God; To comfort all who mourn, To console those who mourn in Zion, To give them beauty for ashes, The oil of joy for mourning, The garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness; That they may be called trees of righteaousness, The planting of the Lord, that He may be glorified.”
How great is our God who comes to redeem and rescue all of our souls. Not just the souls that this world bestows value on…but all those who have been ignored and tossed to the wayside. We were all created for oneness.