Friday, December 30, 2011
PS. Btw, Happy Hanukkah, Merry Christmas, and Happy New Year to everyone!
Monday, December 19, 2011
Wednesday, December 14, 2011
Sunday, December 11, 2011
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??
Thursday, December 8, 2011
Monday, November 28, 2011
Monday, November 21, 2011
Today we were in Sun River, Oregon, and were browsing through some shops when we saw a little sign that read:
Friday, November 18, 2011
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.
Thursday, November 17, 2011
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
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
Monday, November 7, 2011
Sunday, November 6, 2011
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?
Friday, November 4, 2011
Wednesday, November 2, 2011
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!!
Thursday, October 27, 2011
Wednesday, October 26, 2011
"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?
~Jewel the Unicorn, The Last Battle
Friday, October 21, 2011
Wednesday, October 19, 2011
Thursday, October 13, 2011
"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
|On the way back we stopped here!|
|Mountain streams always make a day brighter, right?|
|I absolutely LOVE this one! We took a hike and got this shot.|
|The beautiful aspens of Colorado.|
Tuesday, October 4, 2011
Monday, October 3, 2011
Sunday, October 2, 2011
Friday, September 30, 2011
Wednesday, September 28, 2011
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?
Friday, September 23, 2011
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!
Friday, September 16, 2011
"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)
"One, two, three..."
"No, Nathan. Numbers is a book of the Bible!"
"Oh. What's next?"
Laughter erupts throughout the kitchen...
Monday, September 5, 2011
Saturday, September 3, 2011
Friday, September 2, 2011
Tuesday, August 30, 2011
Monday, August 29, 2011
Saturday, August 20, 2011
[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.
Wednesday, August 17, 2011
|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!
Sunday, August 14, 2011
Thursday, August 11, 2011
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
Tuesday, August 2, 2011
Trying on hats before the tea [like I said, everything before the tea is towards the bottom of the page... :(...]