Wednesday, July 29, 2009

just checking in...

I know I haven't blogged in a while.

It's been a busy summer. Right now I'm in the middle of my summer class - Counseling Individuals with Problematic Emotions. It's only two weeks I have many books to read and homework assignments to complete in a short amount of time.

But I promise to post soon.
In the mean while, why don't you 'madmen yourself'?
Here's me and Alex. :-)

Friday, July 17, 2009

Gum & Guitar

I love being married to a creative man.
The other day I texted him while he was at work asking if he wanted to do a photo shoot later. He promptly agreed and as soon as he got home we were on our way.
I remembered this field in Franklinton that had some old abandoned cars on it. I always wanted to take photos there. And to make the shoot just a bit more fun I bought some Bubble Yum. Alex, of course, brought his guitar along and we were ready to rock 'n roll.

Here is the result.
If anyone ever wants to join us on a photo shoot adventure, let us know. We promise to make you look good. ;-)

Monday, July 13, 2009

Week of Hope Cook Out

I mentioned Week of Hope last week and wanted to update whoever reads this on how our service project went. 

In short, we had a blast! The turnout was pretty decent. The kids loved the balloon animals and face painting (which turned into body painting). Some adults came and some of our small group members were able to just talk about life with them. I'm really glad we were able to do this. We are hoping now that we have gotten to know this community that we will be able to continue to minister to them in any way we can. 

Here are two ComicLife comics I made with some pictures from the event. 

Thursday, July 09, 2009

trusting God for who you are

I've been somewhat open about my jealousy issues in the past. 
It really is terrible how my mind works sometimes and I have to constantly stop myself and pray to God for forgiveness. Needless to say, it's a struggle.

I've been reading this book called "Trusting God" by Jerry Bridges. The whole book (so far, I'm only on chapter 12) has been a great lesson on the sovereignty of God and our proper response to the many different occurrences in our lives. Even though I've been reading so much incredible knowledge and wisdom, I can't say it's really hit home. I've never had to struggle with any major calamities or tragedies. I've been blessed so far to live a quiet and peaceful life. Of course, that doesn't mean everything has been perfect, but compared to the struggles many others face, my life has been just peachy. It is still good to know this information, though. We have to get it into our hearts and minds that God is in control of every situation before the tragedy strikes, so when it does we will be [somewhat] prepared to deal with it. 

Anyway, all that to say, when I read chapter 11, it really hit home. The title of the chapter is, "Trusting God for Who You Are." Bridges starts off the chapter by talking about Psalm 139:13-16.

13 For you created my inmost being; 
you knit me together in my mother's womb.

14 I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; 
your works are wonderful, 
I know that full well.

15 My frame was not hidden from you 
when I was made in the secret place. 
When I was woven together in the depths of the earth,

16 your eyes saw my unformed body. 
All the days ordained for me 
were written in your book 
before one of them came to be.

These are beautiful verses that should remind us that God made us all with a specific purpose in mind. Nothing about us is a mistake. "He was directly involved in creating you and me."
Bridges quotes Rev. James Hufstetler, "You are the result of the attentive, careful, thoughtful, intimate, detailed, creative work of God...He made you the way He did because that is the way He wants you to be." God made us a certain way because He loves us and wants to glorify Himself in our lives. 
Bridges says, "This is the believer's foundation for self-acceptance. I am who I am and you are who you are because God sovereignly and directly created us to be who we are. Self-acceptance is basically trusting God for who I am."
And here's the quote that really got me. Again, James Hufstetler says, "You will never really enjoy other people, you will never have stable emotions, you will never lead a life of godly contentment, you will never conquer jealousy and love others as you should until you thank God for making you the way He did." 
Wow. I often sit around wishing I was this way or that way...wishing I could change one thing or another about myself...wishing my situation was different than it is. But the truth of the matter is, I am fearfully and wonderfully made. Everything about myself is the way it is because that's how God wants it to be. Ultimately, I was made to glorify God and He has chosen this body, these talents, these skills, this mind...and I don't need to question it. 

The chapter goes on into more details and different aspects about our lives (such as our vocation and God's will), it's incredible. 

I just wanted to share this with you all because I feel I should be more transparent and honest with my struggles. God really opened my eyes through this one chapter and if anyone else out there struggles with these things, I pray this can be a blessing to you as well. And if you wanna talk about it, I'm here. :-)

Wednesday, July 08, 2009

Week of Hope

Hope for RDU is the community ministry of the Summit Church and is based on the life-changing gospel of Jesus Christ. Our desire is to serve our neighbors as an outward expression of the grace and humility we have received by being a part of the body of Christ.

That's pretty much it in a nut shell. :-) Every year, through this wonderful ministry, my church sponsors the Week of Hope. There are community service projects happening all over the RDU area (that's Raleigh-Durham if you're not in the know) that will hopefully make a big impact for our city. 

My small group specifically has organized a cook-out for a housing development in our little neck of the woods (Wake Forest). On Saturday we will have free food, games, cookie decorating, face painting, and music for the families in this housing development and I am praying that it will be a blessing for them. Leslie, Shannon, and I passed out flyers yesterday to spread the word, so we will see what kind of response we get! I'm really excited for the ministry opportunities that this will open up. 
My job for the cook out is face painting...eek! I've never done that before but it can't be THAT hard, right??? 
[I'll be looking up tutorials on-line]

Take some time to pray for our group to be bold and loving...and pray for these families that they will be open to the gospel...and pray that we don't run out of hot dogs. :-)

Tuesday, July 07, 2009

The iPhone Photographer

I was going to write about Alex's truly amazing iPhone photographing skills, but he beat me to it! Seriously, I'm not just saying this because he's my husband, Alex takes pictures on his iPhone that I can't even take with my Canon Rebel. 
It just goes to show you that it doesn't matter what kind of fancy equipment you have. It's all about creativity and perspective. 
Check out Alex's post about how he does what he does here
And check out his flickr account here

Monday, July 06, 2009

I'm back again with yet another website that I adore. 
This time I wanted to share
I'm in love with everything on this site and would probably go broke if my wise husband didn't stop me from going 'charge it' crazy. 
All the clothes and accessories have a retro feel to it. Lately I'm obsessed with dresses (possibly because it's wicked hot out) so here are a few of my favorites:

They also have this beauty...but it's OUT OF STOCK. ::curses::
If they ever have it back in stock you better believe I'm buying it!
(yes, those are owls!)

Saturday, July 04, 2009

Happy Fourth

Hope you all enjoy today with family and friends.
(and lotsa goodies too)

Wednesday, July 01, 2009

Orlando Trip

We had a great weekend in Orlando. 
It was great to get away for a few days and see some family (Alex's mom, aunt, cousin, my sister, and my brother-in-law). It was also great to be able to explore more of Orlando besides just Disney World. It's a neat town!

Of course, Magic Kingdom was magical. And the Blue Man Group was phenomenal!
I posted an album on facebook so you can see many of the photos. 

I'm ready to go back and visit the great city of Orlando again. Vacations should be longer. 

P.S. We were not allowed to take pictures or video during the Blue Man Group Show, so for those of you who are curious about what exactly goes on at these shows here's a "megamix" video from youtube.