Friday, December 30, 2011

update. finally.

I know, I know.  You all are shocked that I haven't posted in forever.  I am partly to blame, but here's mostly why:   WE ARE MOVING INTO THE MOUNTAINS!!!!   Oh oh oh I am so so so excited to be done moving!  We have our stuff up at the other house (Drake) and we're finishing cleaning, moving, etc. here at the Powell's home in Windsor.  I have never been more happy to move!  Isn't it so amazing how Jesus can provide for us??  Isn't it so amazing to think that we want to do things our way (all the time) when He is so much bigger than us?  I wish I was reminded of that all day long!  Anyways, hopefully once the Rosen's are all settled I will post again... or maybe I'll forget I even have a blog in the midst of mountain beauty... or maybe I'll let ya'll have peaks into my new mountain life! :)  So excited!

PS.   Btw,  Happy Hanukkah, Merry Christmas, and Happy New Year to everyone!

Monday, December 19, 2011

love.

"And this is love, that we walk after his commandments. This is the commandment, That, as ye have heard from the beginning, ye should walk in it."    


- 2 John 1:6

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Is....

... everything we do to honor and glorify Jesus Christ?

Sunday, December 11, 2011

life.

It's all so ... rushed. Busy. Loud. Noisy. Selfish. Expensive. No time for anything; gotta get to where I'm going and FAST. Hurry -- get to that store before they're out of stock! No time for chitchat, kids, mom's gotta go to work and get you to school before either of us is late.  Dad, I wanted the pink Under Armour shirt, not the blue Nike one!


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Will it ever slow down?

It's fun at times.  I admit it.  But what happens to our minds and bodies when it all catches up on us?  When we lay down at night, totally exhausted?  When we got the blue Nike shirt instead of the pink Under Armour one?  What happens...?  We go on living like that.  Most of us really never get a break from it.  It's all rushed and hurried, and everyone is so focused on their schedules they don't have time to go and live a free and satisfying life.  Why?

Is there relief?  Is there actually a cure for this messed-up, broken and fast-lane life that we live??  We all wish there were.  Jesus is relief.  I really think that oughta be added to list of God's names.  There's rest and comfort... but is there relief?  I suppose comfort and rest come close... but seriously, Jesus is RELIEF.  Think about it.  It's true.  And yet we know the answer and go look for another one!

I do, too.

I hate to admit it.  I would like to say I've mastered going to Him with everything; that I'm giving ya'll a bit of wisdom... I'm just like you.  Turning from Jesus to search for another answer.  I don't know who "you" is, but that's what I'm like.  And I'm trying... hard.  I used to not care.  But other answers have not worked.  So I'm turning back to Jesus and asking Him for help.

Will you join me??

Monday, November 28, 2011

welcome...

... to the world, baby Ethan!  I love you and wish I could be with you and your parents right now!  I LOVE YOU LITTLE COUSIN!!!!!


Ethan David Neulan Midkiff
November 28, 2011
8 lbs. 13 oz.   ~   19 in.

Monday, November 21, 2011

funny.

Just wanted to quickly share this.... longer post soon to come!

Today we were in Sun River, Oregon, and were browsing through some shops when we saw a little sign that read:

"I believe in keeping in shape.  Round is a shape."   

Funny, isn't it?  Like I said, longer post soon to come!

she-thinks:  (via: capucha) penguins and babies - two of my favorite things

Friday, November 18, 2011

dear girl.

My dear Addison,

I am captivated.  You are simply beautiful.  The first time I saw you, I was spellbound.  You are so innocent and pure, so untouched.  The first time I looked into your eyes, sweet girl, something happened inside of me.  Something softened, something longed.  I long to hold you, to whisper in your ear, "My precious cousin, what plans your Father has for your young life!"  I was mesmerized when I looked at your face. Your big, blue eyes seemed to drink in everything.  Young one, do not stop taking things in.  Always take in more and more of Jesus.  Never stop drinking Him in with your beautiful eyes.  You have a wonderful family.  Never forget what gifts you were born with.  Your siblings, Addison, are a gift from God. Your parents are a gift from Him.  They love you, dear one.  I love you.  You have captured my heart.  You have taken a piece of it, and it will always belong to you.

Addison, I love you, and you will always have a place in my heart.

Your cousin,

Kate

Thursday, November 17, 2011

enchanted days, snow fairies, and whimsical-ized mornings..

I'm in Oregon.  And I'm totally enchanted. Like I could go out into the surrounding forest and find Narnia.    Like I am helpless to do anything but just... wait.  Wait.  That word.  Must we wait for so many things?  I know we must, but at times I am so impatient.  Impatient for Jesus to script my life, my testimony, my love story (okay... I'll have to wait a while on that one :)...  all of it.  And I just want to blast forward.  Enchanting things are happening here.  Maybe not physically, but just staring out this picture window, everything seems to be enchanted.  Oh, sometimes I wish Narnia was real, because it is SO not satisfying to go and pretend.  I long to go out and fight the evildoers and have an adventure... but I already am.  In real life.  Can real life be enchanted?  Perhaps.  Pine trees and winding rivers seem to set the stage perfectly.  So maybe I've come to the conclusion that enchanting things only happen in Oregon?  No no no, of course not.

I'm restless.  I woke up at five thirty this morning and laid in bed, staring up at the sky from the skylight.    At six I decided to grab my Bible and journal and head to my favorite nook in this huge house.  (Maybe the house is enchanted).  I turned on the lamp and sat in the oversized chair and opened my Bible.  Oh, what a time of shared secrets between my King and I!  There are some secrets that He would like to share with you, as well, if you will only go to Him and ask.  It's just one of those things, those feelings, of when you are totally enchanted and whimsical-ized.

Christmastime is here in Oregon.  Well, it's actually not December, but everything else is here. The lights, the snow, the family...  I really do wish I would have bought myself a pair of snow-pants before we left Colorado, because I really want to go out and sled or do something outside!  I'm really enchanted now by the softly falling snow.  It happened sometime last night, and the snow-fairies brought in their magic (see, I'm thinking enchantedly!).  And I want to go be a part of it!  I am positive that Mr. Tumnus is out there, waiting to tell me secrets of old Narnia, if only I will don my pink coat and boots and find him.  Is there a lamppost somewhere out on my grandparent's property?  I would love to find one.  But for now I must leave my thoughts and return some other time, perhaps with pictures of my Thanksgivingmas?

PS.  What are three of your Christmas traditions?  I would love to know!

Saturday, November 12, 2011

strong and courageous.

"וֶאֱמָ֔ץ חֲזַ֣ק"    This was a comment someone put on YouTube for "The Ancient War Cry", the newest BT.  The translation from Hebrew is "Strong and Courageous."  YES!!

excited...

I am very, very excited!! DOn't know why... maybe it's the air and the music I listen to, but I am very excited.  Did I tell you?  I'm excited!  Well, friends, enjoy your blessed day!

The sea is a verb / HaoJan



PS.  Listening to Yo Yo Ma is making my day so.. so.. so epic and whimsical and the kind of day that makes you wanna cry (that is, of course, because of the music).  It's the feeling!

PSS.  New Braveheated Thot is out!  I love my daddy's job!  ( I would probably watch this on YouTube since my sidebar is cutting off half the screen)

Friday, November 11, 2011

NEW!!!

Leslie Ludy has just just come out with the "True Femininity Study Series"!  Exciting!  Click here to learn more about it!

winter...

...where are you?? Winter seems to be eluding Colorado as of right now.  It's strange... when I lived in Minnesota the snow would fall and stay there the rest of winter.  Here... we had a snowstorm the last week of October, and now it's warm (well... not really. compared to the snowstorm it's warm) and no snow on the ground.  Just one of those things to confuzzle my brain!  Winter, where are you?

Snow Girl 2, PCWatch.com


Monday, November 7, 2011

the feeling.

GirlIt just happens.  You know, the feeling that comes over you when you listen to any epic, moving score or soundtrack?  It just happens.  It makes me makes me want to fling my arms open wide and just soak up all the... stuff that makes your heart beat wildly.  The stuff that makes you feel the way you feel when you listen to the music. That's why my dad got into music. He told me, "When I was around ten or so, I had this urge whenever I listened to an amazing piece of music to fling my arms open wide, close my eyes, and take a deep breath."  That's it!  That's the feeling!  Whenever I listen to my dad's music or any other soundtrack (Narnia, Braveheart, Gladiator, etc.) I get that feeling.  It's almost like a yearning to go someplace special and do special things.  Like it's calling me.  Whenever that happens I feel like there's an empty space in my heart, waiting to be filled by... something.  I always want to get lost in it, but at the same time I don't.  Would I ever be able to come out?  Would I be stuck in that yearning, longing, dreaming state forever?   I never allow myself to stay there too long, because then.... I can't stop.  I'll be humming melodies even after the earbuds are pulled from my ears.  I'll dream of what it would be like to participate in something that deserved such a score.  But... it just happens.  Does anyone understand this?  I'm sure, again, that I'm just rambling.  But...



girl music
Music has always been there.  That feeling has always been there.  It is calling.  I'm sure of it.  So many composers and musicians create music that moves many to tears, laughter, etc.  But they don't know why the audience is responding that way.  They just are.  The audience feels the same way as I do.  They just feel like... feeling.  The music, they say, seemed to be calling them.  Man did not create that calling.  God did.  He created music, and so forth, that feeling we feel.  That calling is Jesus calling, saying, "Don't you see?  I am the master musician!  I created all of the musical beauty you delight in!  Instead of delighting in the creation, why don't you delight in Me??"    It's Him.  Wanting us to realize that His presence is like that feeling... just this time, you stop yearning and longing for something you don't have, because this new, Heavenly feeling fulfills you.  He fulfills you.  Will you let Him?

Sunday, November 6, 2011

random whimsical-ness.

Oh, my!  It's one of those days.... you know, like where you want to stay in the kitchen and bake cookies all day, and then curl up with a book, and then take a looooong snowy walk (or ramble, as Jade says...) in my new coat, and then drink a glassful of eggnog?  Well, today, that's what I've wanted to do.  I mean, I have had an amazing day by itself, which has included an awesome Nathan Johnson sermon, lunch with Jade, Charlie, and David at the best burrito place in town, and being with my great friends the Hartmans.  But anyway, I would still like to do all of the things I first mentioned. ;)  

It's one of those days when you just want to go and live out a Jade post for at least a few hours.  One of those days when 'whimsical' is your favorite word (it has been for a looooong time!) and you're positive that deep down inside an old tree trunk is a fairy village.  It's just one of those days, you know?  Oh!  And did I mention that I am for sure sure that my mom and Jade Vacarcel are long lost sisters?  I'm serious!  They even wore matching 'Jade coats' today at lunch!  :)  It's just a day, put with the adjectives 'whimsical, dreamy, mysterious, and happy' all combined.  You know?

Maybe I'm just rambling through my sea of thoughts.  Maybe I'm just trying to get rid of drafts (I'm down to three!!!).  I'm almost positive it's the former.  It's almost like a little bit of Narnia and a little bit of Jade's whimsical-ness combined themselves and decided I was to be the recipient.  :)   And I also would love to go back in time and participate in something like a Jane Austen novel or movie.  And then go for a long walk with Mr. Tumnus, listening to all that Narnia had once been.  Am I talking nonsense?  I'll bet I am.  I'm just having to let all my dreams and wishes out in this little white webpage, if not anywhere else!  Maybe...

Did you know that there has been a dream in my sea of thoughts ever since I was four years old?  At four, I was going to go to China and pour out my life for the lost.  That dream has never faded.  Oh, it has gone and hidden itself at times, but it always, somehow, pops back up.  One of my good friends was supposed to go to China a few months ago, and suddenly... POP!  There was my dream.  I saw myself caring for lost souls, and pouring out my life, all over again.  Some dreams never disappear, you know?

Oh, my, I'm sure you're tired of all these... random words randomly pulled from my brain. But as you're actually at the bottom of my post, I'm sure you haven't minded going deep into my sea of thoughts... right?

His best.

"God always gives His best to those who leave the choice with Him."
-Jim Elliot

How true this quote is! I wonder how many times we've gotten in the way of God's best for us and have then complained about our best?  Well, many, many times in the past few years I have wanted my best, and yet, my parents would say, "We don't think this is God's best for our family."  And we would move on.  Well, we have been looking at houses in Colorado to live in, and every time there was something wrong with the house, and mom and dad would announce, "We don't think this is God's best for our family."  And I would nod, but inwardly complain, "Why can't this be the house?  It's perfect!  And I even get my own bedroom!!!"  I was sure my best was our family's best.  I always thought the next house would be awful; the previous one was it. I wasn't confident God would provide His best. Then we would move on to the next house.  Same thing. Anyway, one day we go up to look at this little, two bedroom A-frame house on 4.8 acres.  At the same time we were inside it, two trucks pulled up, both holding interested couples!  Now I was getting nervous.  We're on top of a mountain, looking at a little house, and two people come looking at it, too?!  Well, we went home praying as a family.  My dad made an offer on the house, and the bank accepted.  My grandparents came down from Oregon to look at it and measure it, and so forth.  We have a house!!!!  We'll build onto it sometime next year, but we have a house!  It was God's best for us!   On 4.8 acres!!  Can you imagine if we would've bought the very first house we saw?  We would've never found this house!  Jesus loved us so much to give us His best and provide for us.  Thank you, Jesus!

"A Girl Alone III (freedom)" by Rhea Benevolence

Friday, November 4, 2011

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

you don't have to be.

I'm staring out my window at the softly falling snow (again) and am totally awestruck by the fact that my God is so perfect, and second of all, that I am totally not. How this truth has manifested in me many, many, countless times before!  It's where you set out to accomplish something and very, very soon you end up pouting and crying out to whoever will listen, "Why can't I do this?!"  It's a thing I'm learning almost daily .... actually, let's make that daily :-).  For the past several years, almost all my life, I have struggled with being perfect.  Doing my schoolwork perfectly, doing the laundry perfectly, cleaning my room perfectly, etc.  In days past, a day never went by when I wouldn't try to do things perfectly.  I'm not kidding!  My mom and dad would park me on the couch or chair, look into my tear-filled eyes (from not being able to be perfect, you see), and say firmly, "Kate, you are not perfect.  We don't expect you to be. Just do your best, and know that we love you and think you do everything just fine."  Well, I would nod along, say "yes sir, yes ma'am" (I was born in the South), and go on trying to be perfect.  In my way of thinking, 'just fine' wasn't enough!  In my little girl mind, my parents told me that 'just fine' was good, when in reality they wanted perfection.

Isn't that how so many of us view our Heavenly Father??

I have just gotten it.  After years of my parents telling me that they did not expect perfection (and not to mention my experience shouting, "Don't do it!  You'll just mess up again, trying to do it on your own!"), I have just gotten it.  I got it!


Jesus is the answer. 


Now before you sigh and click the red 'X' button on the top of the webpage, let me tell you this:  Jesus really, truly is the answer!  He does not expect us to be perfect.  For heaven's sake, we're human!  What do you expect?  Jesus does not want us to feel like we need to be perfect.  We don't have to be.  Just trust and believe. In Him.  God created us just the way we are.  He doesn't want us to try to be the 'perfect little Children of God'.  And yet, He does.  He does have a very, very high standard that none of us can reach.  There's a little label on that bar, called 'Perfection'.  Oh no, we think.  He just told us that we don't have to be perfect, and now.... this?  He has an answer to this too.  Jesus is the answer. He shed His precious blood on the Cross so that we might attain the bar!  So that we might actually reach... perfection!  We must get in Him.  When we get to Heaven, God will not see us if we are in His Son.  He will see His Son, who is a perfect, holy, righteous King.  And He will allow us to enter into the Kingdom of Heaven.  This so baffles me!  Even more so is when I'm trying to be perfect in my own strength, then ask Jesus to help, and He does!

So friends, have a stress-free day full of His many blessings! You'll feel like this in Him!!


Princess smile by *PuncieGraphics on deviantART

Thursday, October 27, 2011

gifts.


Do chilly winter mornings make you want to snuggle under a blanket on the couch with your mug of hot chocolate (my FAVORITE), while looking out of the window at the fog and frost covered lake across the street?  I really believe that I'm having a taste of what Narnia truly was like.  I also really, truly believe that I was supposed to live in Narnia, but a mix up happened, and so now I'm stuck here on earth (although I don't mind that much :). Well, this morning was one of those mornings (and let's not forget to play Candyland!).  Today has really taken my breath away (not just because it's very chilly outside)!  It is so breathtaking to walk outside and see the white snow resting on the ground, patiently waiting for the sun to end it's visit.  Today was one of those 'snowball' types of days, too (just don't hit your dad's face).  

Today, all of it, was pretty close to perfect.




 Aren't clothes sort-of odd at times? (Was that random??)  I mean, today I wore a summer dress with a sweater and scarf and leggings and boots, and I don't think anyone knew that it was a summer dress.  (Winter has that effect on people :)  Anyway, today was just purely, simply a gift.  A gift from the Creator to His people.  And I'm thankful that He gives us gifts to brighten up our day.  He always knows how much we need them!  I am just simply thrilled when I glance outside at the shimmering blanket of snow!  It's so... pure!  And yet God calls us to be 'whiter than snow'.  He created something so white and pure and calls us to live higher than that!  Wow!  So, all of you people blessed with snowfall, enjoy your day and thank God for His many bountiful gifts!

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

midnight blizzard.

At around 1 in the morning, I suddenly woke up.  "What was that?"  I thought.  I sat up in bed and turned to look out my window.  Snow was swirling all throughout my backyard!  It was... a midnight blizzard.  I couldn't get back to sleep, until finally the howling of the winter wind and snow put me into that sort-of 'haziness stage'.  I fell to sleep.  


"Kate! Wake up!"  I groggily opened my eyes to see my mom sitting on the bed next to me. "Good morning..."  She pointed to the window. "Look."  I sat up and turned to look out my window.  I gasped.  My midnight blizzard had turned a normal backyard into my very own Narnia.  The phrase 'always winter, never Christmas' ran through my head.  I looked at the dazzling white snow in disbelief. Last night it had only been a drizzling rain, and at midnight a blizzard, and now... this?  


winter warmth 2 by ~anjart on deviantART

I slipped out of bed in my warm, fuzzy, oversized pjs and tshirt and walked downstairs to find that the big Aussie tree in our neighbor's yard was touching the ground.  It was covered in snow, and I watched it in fascination. Now I was waiting to see if Mr. Tumnus would walk down the sidewalk, carrying packages and an umbrella. :)  I ran upstairs and grabbed The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe from my bookshelf. This was the perfect time to read that!  I read the first few pages and then walked outside onto our front porch with my big, blue winter jacket on to keep me warm.  I looked up into the white sky, and felt an unexplainable warmth fill my heart.  As if Mr. Tumnus were playing his flute behind a tree, a little melody made it's way to my ears, and yet, nobody was playing anything. Jesus loves me, this I know... for the Bible tells me so... Jesus loves me!  And I know it! Isn't that SO amazing?!  The Creator of this beautiful day loves me!  So, dear friends, if you are experiencing a beautiful day right now, know that your King loves you.  

Didn't your day just get better?

further up. further in.

"I have come home at last!  This is my real country! I belong here.  This is the land I have been looking for all my life, though I never knew it till now.  The reason why we loved the old Narnia is that it sometimes looked a little like this. Bree-hee-hee!  Come further up, come further in!"

~Jewel the Unicorn, The Last Battle

Friday, October 21, 2011

“He has a divine Master, whose example he follows, though in deep humility!  He lays down his power; it is not taken from him.  Earthly crowns are dross to him who looks for a heavenly one.”  - Scottish Chiefs

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

farmhouses, fields, and fiddles.

I'm dreaming right now of a place far, far away in my imagination.  I hope you don't mind me going off and getting lost, and I hope you won't mind listening to me blabber all about my dreams. :)

I'm dreaming of a little white farmhouse in a valley in the middle of the mountains, with horses grazing nearby, with white puffy clouds floating above in the blue sky.  In this serene landscape there's a girl just wandering the fields, letting the brown and white horses sniff her hands for a treat every once in a while.  She's carrying a violin.  When she reaches the middle of a field full of weeds, grass, and wildflowers, she takes a deep breath and brings the instrument under her chin.  She sets the bow upon the strings... and plays.  She plays a melody that only she and One other knows.  It's a simple song that comes from the depths of her heart.  All of her worries and cares fade away, and one thought is ever present in her mind: play for One.  She finishes her song and wanders back towards the white farmhouse.  She's humming a tune as she pushes open the white gate that leads to the front door.  She climbs a wooden staircase and sets her violin on her bed with the quilt that her grandmother  made, and then reaches for her journal, the one covered with a worn flowered fabric.  She begins to write. "My precious Jesus..."

Thursday, October 13, 2011

dance. and then dance some more.

My sister is crazy about Israeli dancing.  She'll dance across the floor on the way to breakfast,  she'll sit in bed and practice dancing while laying on her back, and she will drag me to dance class on Tuesday nights (I do enjoy it, actually.).  I am not as crazy about it as she is.  Her goal in life is to become a Uniformed Dancer and dance 24/7.  She loves it! It's her passion.

"Let them praise his name in the dance."  Ps 149:3


Some of us would be like, "Oh that's nice.  Anna can be passionate about it and we'll let Kate tell us all about her dancing exploits, but we'll stay at home and do other things."  I said it earlier: I am not crazy about dancing!  But I could be.  If I truly wanted to be.  We all could be head over heels for this dance thing.  We're supposed to be.  Not for Israeli dancing, but for dancing before our King.  We could all learn a lesson from Anna.  We could all be before His throne, dancing for Him, looking for His approval.  Did you see the verse above?  If not, please read it.  Let them praise His name in the dance.  That's us.  We are supposed to be praising our Lover, our King, and our Salvation.  We should see what He has rescued us from and sing 'Hallelujah!' while dancing every moment.  Our God is a god of joy.  Are we joyful when we dance?  Or are we as I used to be when Anna dragged me along to class: Why am I here?  I have other things to do! This is so boring! Not fun at all!  Dancing is a privilege! We should be overjoyed at the thought of being able to dance before our King!  We should all be praising His name in the dance.  His dance.  The one He has laid out for us to dance.  Let me introduce to you a new concept that I just discovered!  Some people have signs in their youth groups and schools that say, "You can talk the talk, but can you walk the walk??" (or something similar!)  I want to call that walk a dance. We can all say we love to dance, but can we actually... dance?? 


ps.  For all of you people wondering about this Israeli dancing thing, you should check it out (if you live near Loveland)!  Beginner's class starts at 6:30 Tuesday nights at Jerusalem of Gold (in the Outlets at Loveland).  I would love to see you there!  Wouldn't that be so cool if we all actually did dance the dance? :)

Monday, October 10, 2011

a little something.

Here's where we were this past week!  Marble and Redstone, you are now two of my favorite CO towns!

On the way back we stopped here!

Georgeous!

Mountain streams always make a day brighter, right?

I absolutely LOVE this one!  We took a hike and got this shot.

Oak leaves.

The beautiful aspens of Colorado.



"A little garden in which to walk, and immensity in which to dream."

-Anonymous

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

today.

Today is the kind of day that makes you want to curl up on your bed and take a nap.  Is it okay for 13 year old girls to take naps?  I don't know, but I did.  Today is the kind of day that makes you want to stick your backpack in a closet and never look at it again.  And yet... today is the kind of day that makes you want to surround yourself with your homework in an attempt to get it all done in one day.  That's today.  I've taken my nap (I slept for 3 hours... is that a nap anymore??), and I did stick my backpack away so that I would not have to see it!  But yet I still want to get all of my homework for the week done; yes, all of it!  That includes:  10 pgs Civics, 2 chapters of a political book, writing a short story, preparing a speech, and doing one other thing I can't remember as of now.  The question running through my head right now is, "WHY?"  To be honest, I have no idea!  Today is just one of those days.  Everyday is different, if you ask me.  One day you want to be on the front line of battle with Peter and Aslan, and the next you want to be sitting in a tree with Alice of Wonderland, reading.  But one thing is the same everyday.  I won't tell you what it is, but this one thing makes everyday so much sweeter if you let it.  What is it?


Alice in wonderland

Monday, October 3, 2011

wants.

Jesus is all I want.  It is hard at times to follow Him faithfully, but He is all I want.  Yes, there are distractions, but Jesus Christ is all I want.  Do you know Him?  He knows you.  He knows me, and I want to have a lasting relationship with my King of Kings.  I need, I want, Jesus to be my First Love.  He's my everything.  He's the reason I breathe.  No other person on this earth should be held in higher esteem than my Jesus.  He wants me.  He is jealous for me.  I want Him.  I love you Jesus... invade my life.

Sunday, October 2, 2011

"I believe that girls wear perfume just to impress other girls.  I mean, if girls want to magnetically attract guys to their side they would wear something that smelled like a spicy chicken burrito!"


-Eric Ludy, When God Writes Your Love Story

Attack!

Missionary Attacked with Swords, Left for Dead - Gospel for Asia




Friday, September 30, 2011

Jesus, take my fingers and play your melodies.

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

waiting.

There's a Man that has been watching you.  He's known you since the day you were born.  He's seen your every moment-- when you fell off of your bike, when you hid in your room and cried, and when you turned away from Him.  He's seen every single time you've cried, lied and cheated.

And He's cried for you.  When you were on your own, living your own life in your own world, He was crying for you.  Every time you denied Him, He was crying for you.  And when you couldn't go on in this life any longer, He was crying for and over you.

The entire time He loved you.  His heart was and is bursting with love for you, His precious child.  You don't know it, but He has been waiting for you with open arms.  He has been ever calling out to you, "My child, I love you.  Turn away from your wicked deeds and return to me.  I am mourning the loss of our relationship and want back the times we used to have together.  I love you and want you."

So now it is up to you.  You have heard His tender call.  You've heard Him tell you of His unending love for you, and now you must make a decision.  There are two options before you.  1) To return into His waiting arms and be loved and accepted, or 2) to turn your back on Him haughtily and return to the world of sin and evil you were part of.  He's always there, waiting and calling out to you.  Will you plug your ears and ignore Him?  Or will you return to the One who is waiting?


waiting

Friday, September 23, 2011

The Times and Seasons

"And he changeth the times and the seasons: he removeth kings,and setteth up kings: he giveth wisdom unto the wise, and knowledge to them that know understanding:"  -Daniel 2: 21


I am so glad that Jesus changes the seasons... because if fall never happened, I would be very, very sad.  Fall is my favorite season of every year, partly because of what comes with it (I am NOT copying your blog post, Jade)!  



  • Sitting in a pile of leaves with a great book!  Have I ever mentioned that I love to read??
  • Starbucks' pumpkin spiced latte... I am so thankful that Hannah Hartman turned me onto this!!
  • The aspens of Colorado really do make fall so much more... fall-er... when they turn!
  • Spending Thanksgiving with my dad's family in Oregon (that also includes sledding, horseback riding, making maple butter, etc.)
  • Sleepovers with Annie and Jade!!
  • Reading the newest issue of the Set Apart Girl magazine. (Okay... that could happen anytime else...)
  • Riding my bike! (Yes, again, I know.. that could happen in any season)
  • Making wool mittens and thinking of when they'll be put to good use!
  • Going to Minnesota to be with my good friends...  although it will be chilly!
  • Last but not least, seeing God's amazing creation!


So, you see, I love fall! God does so many different things in our lives before the next fall season arrives... which means we get to spend that fall enjoying new things!  Such as... two years ago I didn't even consider the fact that I would ever live in Colorado. That fall was spent in Minnesota learning how to sew alongside my friend Gracie!  In the fall of 2010, I was living in Colorado, camping in the Rocky Mountains!  And this fall... we'll wait and see what happens!

autumn
 

Friday, September 16, 2011

Little Brothers

Earlier today mom was teaching Nathan the first few books of the Bible...

"Okay. So, Nathan, repeat after me.  Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus."
"Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus. That's hard, mom."
"Just keeps saying it, buddy."
Sigh. "Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus."
"Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus. Good! Let's do a few more."
"MORE?!" (Throws hands in air)
Laughs.  "Numbers..."
"One, two, three..."
"No, Nathan.  Numbers is a book of the Bible!"
"Oh.  What's next?"
"Deuteromony."
"Du-ter-rom-ney!"
Laughter erupts throughout the kitchen...



Monday, September 5, 2011

set-apart(girl)



The newest issue of the Set-Apart Girl magazine is up!  Go to setapartgirl.com to see it! I am so exited!  :)

Saturday, September 3, 2011

Coffe Shop!

There is this really GREAT coffe shop up in Estes Park. CO, that I just LOVE going to!  My friends own it. and if you're ever in the area... go there!  Just look for the Creation Station.  It's a great place!  Great coffe, pottery....etc.
Here is the link for directions: http://www.creationstationllc.com/Contact.html

Coffee Love




Friday, September 2, 2011

"Here am I, send me, though you said the ones who labor are few, still my heart hears the call, and I wanna give it all to you. Oh, to reach the ones nobody does, give up my pride and even work in the mud, I wanna be like those who spilled their blood, and gave it like water to you." -Keith Green

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

All to Him I Owe

We were singing in church and I was passionately singing out, "Jesus paid it all! All to Him I owe..." I love that song, but suddenly the reality of the lyrics hit me. "All to Him I owe..." Do we really know what we're singing in church? We owe Him EVERYTHING. I'm realizing what that means. "I must DECREASE so that He might INCREASE." I have to give up my wants and desires so that He might be able to be seen in and through me. We owe Jesus our very lives. We all love Jesus, we say. But when the time comes for us to give Him our all, we don't. We must accept Him and crucify our flesh! We must be no more; Christ must be what others see. When the Bible says that we must decrease, we must keep on decreasing until we are no more. Jesus must have ALL.

Monday, August 29, 2011

Only For Christ

"Only one life, 'twill soon be past, Only what's done for Christ will last!"

-CT Studd

Saturday, August 20, 2011

Scripture Cake

[If you can figure this out, 'comment' your recipe!]


1/2 c. Judges 5:25

1 c. Jeremiah 6:20

3 Isaiah 10:14

3 T. 1 Samuel 14:25

1/2 tsp. Leviticus 2:13

2 c. 1 Kings 4:22

2 tsp. 2 Chronicles 9:9

2 t. Amos 4:5

1/2 c. Judges 4:5

1 c. Nahum 3:12

1 c. Numbers 17:8

1 c. 1 Samuel 30:12


Cream Judges 5:25 and Jeremiah 6:20 together until light and fluffy. Add 1 Samuel 14:25 and Isaiah 10:14 (yolks) and beat well. Sift Leviticus 2:13, 1 Kings 4:22, 2 Chronicles 9:9 and Amos 4:5 together and alternately add with Judges 4:19. Stir in Nahum 3:12, Numbers 17:8 and 1 Samuel 30:12 until stiff peaks and then fold through cake batter. Pour into a 9 by 13-inch pan, greased and dusted with flour. Bake at 325˚ . Serve with whipped cream.




you are for me.

"For, behold, I [am] for you, and I will turn unto you..." -Ezekiel 36: 9

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Our God Is An Awesome God!

I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me. -Galatians 2:20

This is part of a story I read about a friend. I pray that you, too, will find what she did!

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"I am special, and yet I am not. I am going to share something with you today, and I want you to know that you can have it too. The story will be unique to you, it will be different than mine. But, I want you to know, that you can have the same outcome. The God of the Universe, the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob can become your God, too. You can have a very intimate personal relationship with Creator of all things, the One who knows you better than you know yourself. Now, that is my encouragement to you: Seek the Lord, and He will reveal Himself. How do I know? because I sought Him, and He did just that. This is my story.

There are many contributing factors to my person and salvation that I will not go into. What you are getting here is a glimpse of my life at the age of Thirteen and fourteen. Here is what you need to know about my younger years, I grew up on the streets of San Diego, CA (for the most part). My mom, who is not perfect, always did her best to provide for her children. She was stunted by lifestyle and darkness, and thusly, I grew up in that too. I grew up around drug use, food abuse (and sometimes, lack of food), physical and emotional abuse, and homelessness. But, by God’s grace . . ."

To read the rest of her testimony, click here.


Sunday, August 14, 2011

What I Want

I DO NOT WANT the pleasures of this world,
the friends others have,
the sins others commit,
the boyfriends other girls have,
the magazines other girls read,
the cars wealthy families own,
the clothes others have,
the houses others have,
the jobs others have,
the books others read,
the sinful lives others lead.

I DO WANT what CT Studd, Amy Carmichael, Gladys Aylward, Hudson Taylor, Jackie Pullinger, David Livingstone, and many others had. They had what I need. They had what I want.

My Lord.
My King.
My Master.
My Savior.
My Father.
My Intercessor.
My Friend.
My Shepherd.

Jesus.

Thursday, August 11, 2011

Chalk To Save Lives!

Students for Life of America has encouraged sidewalk chalking on college campuses and public places in the past – it’s one of the cheapest, most creative and effective ways of getting your pro-life message out to as many people as there is foot traffic!

This year, National Pro-Life Chalk Day falls on September 8! That means that pro-life students across the country will be taking to the sidewalks, parks, and anywhere that has public space to create short and sweet messages that can save lives!

With a handful of chalk and an arsenal of pro-life slogans, you can leave a lasting impression on hundreds or even thousands of people, and the steps are simple.

Grab sidewalk chalk from a drug store or a younger sibling, gather your closest pro-life friends together, find a heavily-trafficked public area that you’re allowed to chalk, and go from there! Create short pro-life messages using big letters and bright colors in spots that people can see.


For more information, visit nationalprolifechalkday.com.

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Please Read...

Hello everyone! I was reading my friend's blog today and... well, I'll let you read his post. To read his post click here. Thank you!



The Secret To Great Living

"What is the secret to great living? Entire separation to Christ and devotion to Him. Thus speaks every man and woman who life as made more than a passing flicker in the spiritual realm." Amy Carmichael

People always go into life with the purpose of making themselves happy, rich, etc. Basically, the want a great life. But then they get what they want and aren't satisfied. What's wrong? They don't practice the "secret to great living", as Amy puts it. We must have Jesus! Oh, and this isn't easy. But you'll have a great life! Maybe not physically, but spiritually. Why else does Christ call us to be 'set-apart'?? HE is worthy and worth it!!

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Becoming A Set Apart Girl

I am very sorry to say that the pictures are not in a particular order; the beginning of the day is at the bottom of this post and so on. Anyway, I just wanted to share some pictures of my 13th birthday!

The tea was at a B&B in Longmont. This is the owner and te lady who did the tea party, Miss Cee.

My brothers and sisters made the day SO much more enjoyable!


Awww... Grandmommy and I!

Sweet Talia... have I ever told you that I love your giggles?

My sister, Laura... now we're both 13!

My older sister, Rachel
Emma (another sister) and Mrs. Vogel. Thank you for coming!!!

Mimi and her Ladybug! :)

Sweet Nama!

Brooke, I love you!

I love you too, Kourtney!


Thanks for coming, Rachel!!

Aww.. Madison, thank you for coming!!


Amy and I

My big sister, Jade!

Sweet Annie!

My little Miss Harper!!! I love you!!!


The wonderful ladies that attended the tea.


Madison reading her letter.

Rachel giving wonderful advice.


Laura... I love you so much!

Jade.

This is what it looked like.. :)

I LOVE this picture of my Harper!


Mrs. Vogel

My birthday cake...

Sweet Annie!

Thaysse, thank you so much!


Tessa, thank you so much for making time to come!


Sisters... what else can I say?


My mama!

Mimi...

LOVE this picture of Jade!


Another shot of the tea.

Mimi posing... :)

Trying on hats before the tea [like I said, everything before the tea is towards the bottom of the page... :(...]

Annie

Before the tea...

Daddy, you are a GREAt photographer!

That morning, Dad drove up for breakfast.


He and mom gave me my purity ring!!! He gave it to her before they were married.

He read me my letter...

The B&B.

Me and my WONDERFUL parents!!


Thank you so much everyone for coming!!