Jul 22, 2010

Two Weddings and a Dress

I'm in two weddings this month. A couple of weeks ago I flew to Dallas, Texas to be in my wonderful friends wedding. Jordan Simpson is now Jordan Phillips...and a beautiful Jordan Phillips she is.

I'm in another wedding this weekend. My husband and I are driving up to Eugene, Oregon to be in Katie Newton's wedding. She will be a most magnificent bride as well...I'm sure.

The one interesting fact in this twin scenario is that they both picked the same bridesmaid dress! Can anyone say..."yaye"! Not only have I been blessed with wonderful friends that I can share life with; I also have been blessed with being able to wear the same dress in two weddings! For those of you that have been in a few weddings I'm sure you can understand my elation.

To my wonderful friends Jordan and Katie...

May your year be blessed with joy, wonder, and love. I'm so proud of you both and I know the Lord has many good things in store for you and your new husbands.

Marriage is such a wonderful thing when it's under the covering of the Lord. So, congratulations and have fun!

Jul 16, 2010

Happy Birthday!

Today is my birthday! The sun is shining, the grass is green, the orange and palm trees sway. (Wait a second, that's the beginning of a Christmas song.) Anyhow...it's a wonderful day!

Even though there are many things in my life I'd like to improve or change I have to say that I am totally and 100% blessed! God is so good. He is so good to me. His love and mercy and goodness truly have followed me all the days of my life and I know they will continue to follow me.

Thank you to my amazing husband, my family, my close friendships, and my church family...life would not be the same without your love and support. And most of all thank you to my Jesus, my Savior, my Everything.

Today is a good day. Yep,thirty-one years ago my Jesus breathed life into me and smiled because He saw that His creation was good :) Even when I don't always believe in me, Jesus does, and this gives me strength like nothing else. Ahhh yes...Jesus believes...in me. What can ever stand against that kind of power? Nothing.

Jul 6, 2010

Learning to Lean a Little Bit More

When I was taking a stroll with my mom today at lunch I was praying silently to the Lord asking him to help me straighten up. I’ve been irritable today and I’m not sure why. I want to enjoy myself and the people around me. I want to feel safe and secure and soak in the joy that comes from the Lord and from my very blessed life.

My first instinct is to blame my bad attitude on others, but it’s not their fault, it’s mine. Today I’m choosing to be annoyed, frustrated, and well…poopy. Today I’m choosing to freak out at all the things I want to control but can’t…and it’s driving me crazy!

People aren’t always going to be nice. Family will annoy us. Friends will come and go or replace us with someone new and “better”. Every day we might have to deal with feelings of rejection, sadness, anger, frustration, or hurt. But even the Son of God had to deal with these things...He understands...and He handled every hurt and frustration with complete humilty and love. Maybe I can lean on Him a little bit more and glean from His goodness and patience once again...

Isaiah 53:3-7

He was despised and rejected by men,
a man of sorrows, and familiar with suffering.
Like one from whom men hide their faces
he was despised, and we esteemed him not.
4 Surely he took up our infirmities
and carried our sorrows,
yet we considered him stricken by God,
smitten by him, and afflicted.
5 But he was pierced for our transgressions,
he was crushed for our iniquities;
the punishment that brought us peace was upon him,
and by his wounds we are healed.
6 We all, like sheep, have gone astray,
each of us has turned to his own way;
and the LORD has laid on him
the iniquity of us all.
7 He was oppressed and afflicted,
yet he did not open his mouth;
he was led like a lamb to the slaughter,
and as a sheep before her shearers is silent,
so he did not open his mouth.

Jul 2, 2010

Holiday Weekend Here I come!

Well...haven't posted in a while. It's July...can't believe it. Where does the time go? I'm ready for my three day holiday weekend. I'm looking foward to family, friends, fun, and Jesus. My mission: to relax and try my hardest to not stress about anything...

...mission impossible?

We will see how I feel on Tuesday, but I'm pretty sure it says somewhere that I can do all things through Christ and that nothing is impossible with Him. That promise definitley increases my odds of succeeding!