nothing can ever separate us from God’s love

4.28.2009

And I am convinced that nothing can ever separate us from God’s love. Neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither our fears for today nor our worries about tomorrow—not even the powers of hell can separate us from God’s love. No power in the sky above or in the earth below—indeed, nothing in all creation will ever be able to separate us from the love of God that is revealed in Christ Jesus our Lord --Romans 8:38-39

Praise God.

Life can be messy and hard and a ton of other less than great things. But 2,000 promises in the Bible and not a single one of them says that you will NOT suffer. One thing I know God is trying to teach me in this season of my life is to surrender...and that is hard. But thankfully in my weakness, His strength is made perfect. And really, that's all i had to say. It was just in my heart to say these things. I pray that no matter what season you may be going through at this given point in your life, you see that God is unfailing and His love is unwavering.

The perfect day in the perfect place

4.26.2009

In my opinion, if you are in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, there is no way not to enjoy yourself (unless of course you are a Duke fan). I mean, everything there is the most perfect shade of blue; everyone walking around is wearing at least 1 article of clothing that is supporting UNC; and I believe that is the epitome of a college town. Andrew and I drove up on Friday night and after checking into our hotel, we drove out to Raleigh to hang out with the lovely Erin Cobbler, Burke (the 1 good duke fan i know) and Garrett. After hanging out for a little bit at Burke and Garrett's, we decided that Krispy Kreme was the perfect destination (at 11 p.m.) and once we arrived, we were pleased to see that "Hot Now" sign was burning brightly. In short: Yum! The doughnuts were great, hanging out with friends was great, the overall night...great. Saturday morning we got up a tad earlier than my body would've preferred, but we had a full day ahead of us! We got to the Carolina Basketball Museum a little after 9 and thank goodness for that because by the time we left, it was packed.
My Carolina boyfriends
They'll have to update this soon!

Once we finished up at the museum, we met up with Chris and Kristen and walked up and down Franklin Street and went into the 53,897 stores that sell Carolina paraphernalia. It was a little overwhelming, but that's to be expected when you're walking into stores that are selling National Championship gear by the pounds! At this point is only 11:00 and perfection is continuing to pile on. Once lunch time had arrived, we walked down to "Four Corners" and ate a great meal with Chris, Kristen, Burke and Erin. The food was super good and cheap! To me, that equals the perfect meal. And then of course, we walked a little more; campus, Franklin street, etc. No particular destination in mind, just hanging out.
Love these girls so very much!
The boys being the boys...
So after a couple of hours of wandering around aimlessly, it was time to part ways and for Andrew and I to meet up with Carly. I felt like I had known her forever as opposed to yesterday being our first face-to-face meeting. We felt so comfortable around her and I can't wait to see all of the pictures! Unfortunately, I will have to wait about 3 weeks, but it will be so worth the wait! I hope everyone enjoyed the beautiful weather this weekend!

He makes all things beautiful in His time

4.19.2009

This weekend has been nothing short of great. And I am going to start from today and work backwards. This morning's sermon was incredible. I can't ever really remember a service where I didn't be believe that Pastor Livingston wasn't on point, but this morning was one that I believe will stick with me for years to come. I will never do it justice in trying to explain it, so if you'd like to hear it this is it. I really hope that you have time to listen to it because I believe no matter what season you are in or where you are in your spiritual walk, it will truly bless you. No matter what we do to try to make God smaller or try to belittle who He is or what He is doing, it will never, ever work. No matter how we try to make God fit into our lives and conform Him into we want, He never shifts or moves. And even though at certain points we may not like that, praise God for it! How thankful I am He takes my moments and times of weakness and chooses to show just how great His strength is. Hard moments should be used to glorify God, not whine and cry about how unfair life can be. Get over it! Ok, so maybe that was a little harsh...but seriously...God is good ALWAYS! So please take some time to listen to that message. It is pretty great. And, unfortunately, I had to go to church alone this morning because of silly NASCAR (Andrew had to be there at like 6), so this afternoon when he got home I filled him in a little bit. And praise God that since he had to go to work so early this morning, he had the opportunity to witness to a guy that he works with. It blesses my soul so much that my husband's heart for the Lord is so strong.

(Now do you see why I started with today??)

Sunday was definitely the best day out of the 2, but yesterday was great too! Andrew and I were able to spend the day together and drive up to Winston-Salem and...BUY A NEW CAR!!! We've been looking for a couple of months and we were waiting to get our federal tax refund. So FINALLY everything was alligned (finacially) and we were able to get it!



There it is! My pretty pretty Honda Civic! I still can't believe it's ours! It's a great car and will hopefully last for many years to come! After we got it, we went to show my dad who also loved it! My mom was unfortunately out of town so she didn't get to see it yesterday, but hopefully soon! We ate lunch at my favorite Mexican restaurant, then made a quick run to the mall and made our way back to Charlotte. Once we got back to Charlotte, we ate dinner with Andrew's parents and our lovely nieces!


I love those 2 litle girls! God has truly blessed me with great family and I couldn't imagine my life without them! Next weekend is going to be awesome--we will be going to Chapel Hill to see some great friends and have some pictures taken by an amazing photographer! I love spring time!

Lessons

4.16.2009

Each and everyday, the Lord is showing me more of my shortcomings and how desperately I need Him. And it is hard. I am asking for more discipline in every moment of my day and for more patience with not only the things He is doing in my life, but for those in my life. For instance, I have noticed that it is easier for me to point out the things that Andrew could change or do slightly different, but will never state my own flaws to him. And that is an awful thing to be in the habit of doing. I want us to be the couple and the individuals that God has called us to be, and for some reason I want that to happen instantaneously.

"For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways," declares the LORD. "As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts. As the rain and the snow come down from heaven, and do not return to it without watering the earth and making it bud and flourish, so that it yields seed for the sower and bread for the eater, so is my word that goes out from my mouth: It will not return to me empty, but will accomplish what I desire and achieve the purpose for which I sent it. --Isaiah 55:8-11

My desire to please the Lord and to live my life completely devoted to Him is now something that seems as necessary as breathing. And I guess that sounds a little dramatic or whatever, but it is so true. I'm learning with the end of each day just how much I need the compassion and mercy that only He can give. I guess this post may seem a little personal or even a little scattered, but it is what is on my heart right now. Praise God for the mountains AND the valleys. Because we wouldn't know how good the mountain top can be until we've been to the lowest part of the valley.

Love is unstoppable

4.14.2009

I really have no idea how to start this post...

God is doing some crazy kinds of work in me right now and I am too impatient to know how good it will be when He is finished. And it's funny, because I've noticed that when I'm struggling I seem to believe that God won't know what's happening if I don't talk to him about it. Brilliant right? Surprise, surprise, that just makes it that much worse. How is it possible that over and over His love and grace has been written all over our lives, but the second things get a little rocky, all of that goes out the window. These past few days haven't been the easiest for whatever reason, and instead of falling on my face in prayer, I have ignored. I've been stubborn and stupid and all along, He has been patiently waiting. This afternoon I read Isaiah 59:1 I believe for the first time, and man did it grab a hold of my spirit:

Behold, the Lord's hand is not so short that it cannot save; nor is His ear so dull that it cannot hear...

Our God is mighty to save and yet so quick to come and hold us, listen to us, and lead us. Daily our faith, thoughts and heart shift, but He is unwavering in His love for us. And for some reason, I have forgotten that. I've let this world control my emotions and my thoughts and it is time for it to stop.

We are hard pressed on every side, but not crushed; perplexed, but not in despair; persecuted, but not abandoned; struck down, but not destroyed. We always carry around in our body the death of Jesus, so that the life of Jesus may also be revealed in our body--2 Corinthians 4:8-10

The pruning season isn't an easy one and it definitely isn't a pretty one, but man oh man how necessary is it??



If everything comes down to love
Then just what am I afraid of
When I call out Your name
Something inside awakes in my soul
How quickly I forget I'm Yours
-Addison Road, Hope Now

Happy Resurrection Sunday!

4.12.2009

Once Again -

Jesus Christ, I think upon Your sacrifice
You became nothing, poured out to death
Many times I've wondered at Your gift of life
And I'm in that place once again
I'm in that place once again


And once again I look upon the cross where You died
I'm humbled by Your mercy and I'm broken inside
Once again I thank You
Once again I pour out my life


Now You are exalted to the highest place
King of the heavens, where one day I'll bow
But for now, I marvel at Your saving grace
And I'm full of praise once again
I'm full of praise once again

Thank You for the cross
Thank You for the cross
Thank You for the cross, my Friend



*not too much to say for today. I am just extremely thankful for the cross and my resurrected Savior.

Victorious

4.07.2009


Since last summer, the 2008-2009 class of UNC basketball has been scrunitized, pressured, injured, and questioned. They were expected to win the National Championship last June. And on Monday night, they did. All the hopes, expectations, and dreams--they all came true. And yes, it may not have been the most interesting game nor the prettiest. But a win is a win and boy was it a win. And to all the people that questioned the heart and dedication of the players on that team--think about this; Danny Green got hurt on Sunday and they weren't even sure if he was going to be able to play. I just heard that today and I would have NEVER ever guessed it from how he played last night. All of those boys love the game of basketball and they love the University of North Carolina. There could have been no sweeter ending for Tyler Hansbrough, Danny Green, Bobby Frasor and the rest of those seniors. They earned the title of champion and I feel incredibly privledged to have witnessed the past 4 years and the way they've grown as players. How 'bout those Tar Heels?!

"Something to gain, something to prove"

4.05.2009

It's official: Carolina is going to the championship game! Last night's game against the Villanova Wildcats was ugly, sloppy, and I couldn't have been happier. Nova got within 5 in the beginning of the 2nd, but that was as close as they were going to get. Like Wayne Ellington ( 20pts, 4 assists, and 2 rebounds) said, "they always find a way". Again, story of the season. Where there is a will they is a way! So tomorrow night, approx tip 9:21, we will see if they will make a way to bring a banner back to North Carolina. GO HEELS!
 
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