Wednesday, July 28, 2010
Monday, July 26, 2010
Wednesday, July 21, 2010
I love being around people. I love to be one on one with someone, especially when they share the same passions I do (i.e. Jesus, orphans, prayer, being poured out for His kingdom, cottages, chai tea, life) however, I have discovered that I REQUIRE time alone. I've learned that I am definitely an introvert who will be an extrovert when needed. There is nothing sweeter than being alone with some wonderful music, a fascinating book, or just stillness. There is nothing I adore more than time with He who satisfies every desire of my heart and life. I am not interested in filling my days and weeks to the extent that there is no time left for Him. I have discovered that the sweetest refreshment I find is after spending hours alone just talking or walking with my God. It's as if this upside down world, all the doubts that creep in, the hurt and pain, the discombobulated, topsy-turvy existence that for a moment tries to become reality is all put in it's place. For none of it is real. This is not reality when I am in His presence. Reality with Him is peace, joy, happiness, and a clear vision of who I'm living with and for. Though there are times that are harder than others, I never loose His peace and joy when I'm making Him the priority of my day.
Saturday, July 17, 2010
There are days that are ordinary. In the moments in those days, I realize just how beautiful everyday, ordinary events are. Maybe I'll have a delicious cup of chai or eat a good lunch. Maybe I'll just have good chips and salsa. Maybe these kinds of days will reveal a new song that will turn into a favorite or a new verse that the Lord gives with all the sweetness of His personal love for me. Maybe I'll get an especially wonderful hug from my brother or find out that my best friend is having a little boy. Maybe I'll realize just how much an ordinary day can change my life forever or maybe I'll see no change at all. Maybe I'll try on a new black dress and find that it fits like a glove and will be perfect to wear in a certain wedding in the future. Maybe I'll jump on the trampoline with my little brother and remember what it was like to be a child with no worries. Maybe I'll try cinnamon gelato for the first time and find that it's my new favorite. Maybe I'll remember a certain someone and how much I wish they were still in my life. Maybe I'll be reminded that things happen for a reason and nothing happens by chance and in that thought I'll find comfort. Maybe I'll look forward to the future and all it may hold...but mostly look forward to tomorrow and homemade pie. Yes, I love beautiful, magical, ordinary days...like today.
Monday, July 12, 2010
Sunday, July 11, 2010
"Welcome, Prince," said Aslan. "Do you feel yourself sufficient to take up the Kingship of Narnia?" "I-I don't think I do, Sir," said Caspian. "I'm only a kid." "Good," said Aslan. "If you had felt yourself sufficient, it would have been a proof that you were not..." --Prince Caspian
"There is a kind of happiness and wonder that makes you serious. It is too good to waste on jokes."--The Last Battle
"'You would not have called to me unless I had been calling to you,'" said the Lion."--The Silver Chair
"'Don't you mind him,' said Puddleglum. 'There are no accidents. Our guide is Aslan.'"--The Silver Chair
"'Safe?' said Mr. Beaver...'Who said anything about safe? 'Course he isn't safe. but he's good. He's the King, I tell you.'"--The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe
"'When a willing victim who had committed no treachery was killed in a traitor's stead, the table would crack and Death itself would start working backwards.'"--The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe
Thursday, July 8, 2010
Let's be random. Let's sit together in a coffee shop and just talk about all the randomness that pops into our heads. About how wonderful the peppermint tea is here. Why do they have a picture of monkeys that says "Costa Rica"? Have you ever tried the Asian LuLu Bistro across the street? Neither have I, but they have rooftop seating...pretty cool. I'm freezing in here and it's almost the middle of July!! What is going on with this Colorado weather anyway? The people walking by the window keep staring in...can they see us or are they seeing their own reflections? Did you know that my favorite flowers are daisies...most days:-) They are just the friendliest flower and yes, I stole that line from You've Got Mail. But tis' true. When I grow old, I want to walk down the sidewalk holding my husband's arm like the sweet older couple that just walked by. I love great danes. Yep, just like the beautiful black dog sitting right outside the window. I love to smile, the lady sitting over there should try it sometime, she looks like she just sucked on a lemon. Do you think there might be a chance we could find the door to Narnia around here somewhere? I mean, with a name like Starry Night Cafe, who knows what might happen to us here! I believe we may walk out onto the street and find ourselves on the Narnian coast and Aslan will be on the move. He's not a tame lion you know. Huh, the ceiling in here is cobalt blue...I've never noticed that before, have you? What would happen if the clouds that are hanging so heavy began raining golden rain? What if we stood in it and began to sparkle with its golden water? Oh, did I tell you that Lucy is officially in Windsor? Yep, she is and she'll be coming home as soon as I get her paid off, which hopefully won't take months and months. She's beautiful. Would you like to see her? Ok, I'll show you a picture below. I think I need a refill of peppermint tea...
Wednesday, July 7, 2010
"O God, I have tasted Thy goodness, and it has both satisfied me and made me thirsty for more. I am painfully conscious of my need of further grace. I am ashamed of my lack of desire. O God, the Triune God, I want to want Thee; I long to be filled with longing; I thirst to be made more thirsty still. Show me They glory, I pray Thee, that so I may know Thee indeed. Begin in mercy a new work of love within me. Say to my soul, ' Rise up, my love, my fair one, and come away.' Then give me the grace to rise and follow Thee up from this misty lowland where I have wandered so long. In Jesus' name, Amen."