He's refining YOU

August 30, 2012

I thought this was a fantastic reminder of who we are-a reflection of God! It's important to remember that who we are is not determined by the things we do or go through. Our sins have been washed away by the blood of the Lamb and we are redeemed. And our identity isn't based on what the world says, but based on what God says which is absolute truth. I wanted to share that with you today in hopes that you can be as blessed by this video as I was. 

Be true to you!

pinteresting wednesday

August 29, 2012

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 I want to live in a Tipi. Do people still do that?

 Totally! Better believe it. :D

Happy Birthday new day! Welcome to the present! I'll be glad when you pass, though. But don't leave too quickly. ;p
Hmmm. I think I need to hit up Goodwill and scout out some over sized sweaters for this fall! I am drooling over this one. lol

 Yep, that's my list! ^^

 Doing this today! I hope I get it right.

 Can it snow now?And can everything look like this while it happens? ^^

My living room dream! Color, patterns, crazy uniqueness! Whoa. 

Blowing you buttercups, daises, and sunscreen! <--can you blow sunscreen? Spray it, maybe!

Have a bright Wednesday!!!!!!

miscellany Monday #4

August 27, 2012

Guess what day it is...Miscellany Monday! Yep, that's what to day is-the day where randomosity is insanely... awesome. :D What are you doing today that's random and awesome? I am studying school and dancing to Owl City and eating peanut butter for breakfast. Haha!

I am super excited about my kitten, but also sad. So it's a bitter-sweet moment for me. My kitten was, well, put back up for sale after I asked the breeder to wait another week. And well, I am not getting the kitten you all have seen pictures of. :/ I am getting a kitten though, just not from the same breeder. Actually, the breeder lives about 35 minutes from my house. And guess what...I AM EXCITED! I am going to pick a kitten out Saturday and it's going to be a female. I am naming her Meadow...full name is Sweet Meadow, nickname "Miss Doe".

Below are some Ipod snapshots of Friday night's football game that I went to. Got to support my home school football team! Go ROYALS! -->>

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Let the potter lead

August 26, 2012

Today the clouds sing the songs of a fleeting rain as lightening flashes and the thunder roars over the tree tops. Regardless of the weather, I have come to cherish each day, and count every minute of it as a blessing.

I am at work with my mom right now, stuck with nothing to do but type to you all a little of what's been on my heart. Currently my skull is pulsating with overwhelming boredom, and I am crazily trying to figure out what to do with the time that is given to me today. I, so far, have lived this day fellowshipping with wonderful people, but still part of me wants something more to happen.

Two weeks ago I was diagnosed with Bipolar and since the "meds" that I am on make me feel energetic, I feel like a toy with a newly charged battery but with no one to play with me. I am just sitting wasting the energy that I do have thinking about what I want to be doing, rather than thanking God for who I am with. It could all be so much worse.

Aside from all the craziness today, God has been speaking to me lately about community and being "in the world, but not of it". And I think it is important to hear what He has to say on this important matter of the heart, mind, body, and spirit.

Community is a body of people that are living in close vicinity to one another. Each member of the community has an important job to do to keep that community alive and growing. Just like the community of Believers do. This is where the two communities that are intertwined with one another on an earthly level need to be separated in a spiritual aspect.

This world is scary. And the communities we live in, that used to be safe and family friendly, have grown caloused and hard and criminal. But are we to fear these evil times? No! God does say though that the world will hate all Believers of Christ, and He also states that "If the world hates you, keep in mind that it hated me first. If you belonged to the world, it would love you as its own. As it is, you do not belong to the world, but I have chosen you out of the world. That is why the world hates you. Remember what I told you: ‘A servant is not greater than his master.’ If they persecuted me, they will persecute you also. If they obeyed my teaching, they will obey yours also. They will treat you this way because of my name, for they do not know the one who sent me. If I had not come and spoken to them, they would not be guilty of sin; but now they have no excuse for their sin. Whoever hates me hates my Father as well. If I had not done among them the works no one else did, they would not be guilty of sin. As it is, they have seen, and yet they have hated both me and my Father. But this is to fulfill what is written in their Law: ‘They hated me without reason'  (John 15:18-25).

God also states this in conjunction: "[...]I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world” (John 16:33).


The world hates us. We know. It's not such a far fetched idea. We grew up even hearing and being told that people would hate us for our belief in Christ. Some of us may not have liked that idea-people rejecting Christ. While others shrank back in shame because of it. 

But for those that do rise to the challenge, hear me out!

Before you go into the world to cultivate and change the hearts and minds of the lost, you need to be grounded. Otherwise you will be easily persuaded. Like Anakin Skywalker was persuaded over to the Dark Side of the Force. It didn't happen over night, but soon he found himself succumbed to the darkness and gave in. So it is imperative that you be grounded in Christ and refrain from trying to save the lost on your own. You are the clay and God is the potter, so let him lead while you follow.

Courage: Help them find their light

August 24, 2012

This video basically shows the emotional side to an eating disorder in words and lyrics, rather than the sureal experience of having one yourself. If you know someone with an Eating Disorder, don't treat them as a disease. Love on them and show them that they matter. They may not accept your display of effection right off the bat, but continue to show them Jesus and sooner, I hope, rather than later they will find their light with your help. Be the light to their dark and lost world. You can make a difference and possibly encourage someone to get help and help them save their life.

in it, not of it

August 23, 2012

When you think of a community, what readily comes to mind? Where I live, the town is small. Everyone knows your business; and there's usually a very tight-knit group of people that go to church together, or hang out at the local watering hole (which would be our local Sonic). I guess you could call it a click, but really they're together because they share a common interest, or go to work together, go to the same school, or even grew up in the same neighborhood.

My town is centered around family. There are a lot of families in my town, and a lot of little kids that will one day have a family of theirs too. It's funny how most churches like to focus on-out-of-the-country missions when there are so many hurting people needing Christ right in our own small towns. My church is centered on Haiti missions, which I am not opposed to, but it makes me wonder what they're doing to disciple those in their own community?

If we are in the world, but not of it, then why do we always preach that we are to do the opposite of what the world is doing? If the world is going outside of the U.S borders to preach the Word, why aren't we doing the opposite and sharing the Word right here in out home towns? Not to say that all churches ignore their communities. I know some that are solely focused on them. But churches like mine irritate me when every Sunday morning the message somehow integrates Haiti or other countries into the picture. We are called up and called out to be in this world to share God's message. But why do we ignore those closest to us? Why is there such a push for overseas missions?

Maybe these are my own thoughts that I needs to come to terms with; but I can honestly say that the more and more I hear about overseas missions-which I am not discrediting by any means. For some people, God has called them to specifically do that. But for those that are not, they do it because everyone else does. It's not because they feel led, but because they feel they have to-the more I get discouraged, the more I see the pain in this country, and a hunger that yearns for a truth that is sincere and patient and abounding in love.

If we are giving people overseas love and hope and a faith that is solid, I think we should do the same here in the U.S. I am not advocating we give up overseas missions, because God does use them for His divine purpose. But let us not take our own home towns for granted and leave them searching for a Higher Power, only to find the wrong one.

pinteresting wednesday // musings

August 22, 2012

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Loki of Asgard

August 21, 2012

Is anyone else as in love with Loki as I am, aka: Tom Hiddleston. I fell in love with him, both Loki and Hiddleston himself after watching the movie Thor: God of Thunder. there's something intriguing about a devilish, sinister, evil, sneaky character that wears black and green that interests me completely in every sense of the word!

I find his eyes to be the most captivating feature. But the contrast with his dark hair and light skin, and those strong, predominant facial features is really striking. Okay, so I am drooling over a fictional character, but the real guy is just as good. I know bad guys mean bad business, and Loki is no exception. But sometimes it's fun to like the bad guy. Makes me feel adventurous! lol

Is it just me or is it hard not to think this guy is cute? So hard not to! 

Welp, that's was my Hiddleston/Loki rant for the day. My new fascination. :D

[hugs and kisses and rainbows]

miscellany Monday #3

August 20, 2012

So it's miscellany Monday again! Time for another random installation of miscellany musings from moi! 
I had such an exciting week last week and I want to share it with you so badly! You will never guess what I got to do, but I am so blessed! God is truly amazing and has blessed me with so many rainbow promises! 

 1. While there is an odd looking older man in the background, but brother is here smiling at some of my dad's interesting rhymes about the waiter who was waiting on us last night at Cracker Barrel. Granted he was in a good mood and all, but when you're hungry, you start doing things to take your mind off of that fact. lol So that's what my brother looked like most of the time, smiling at my dad's silliness... and looking at mom to make sure she was laughing too!

 2. That polish has been on my toes since May. I think my toes are so cute. Everyone I meet always tells me I should be a foot model because I have "perfect feet". But I am not so sure about that! They're just feet to me. I can't help it if they're feet people are jealous of. ;p Ha!

 3. I got a job Monday, though it's only until the 24th of this month, at my local college bookstore. I am the cashier there.It's so much fun and I love the challenge checking people out presents to me! So much to remember and you're constantly occupied with something to do! This has helped so much with my eating disorder, because I have something else to focus on. but that makes me scared for what'll happen when the job is no longer there.

Oh....but I do have an interview with Cracker Barrel Tuesday at 1:00pm. Please pray!

4. My kitten will be able to come home with me next week! I am dubber excited about being able to cuddle with that fat little munchkin and figure out his name in the process. Leaning towards Figaro, but then I might go with Bilbo, Buddy, or Snowflake.

 5. This week is going to be WILD! The bookstore is going to be packed with student financial aid this week and everyone that's procrastinated or waited for the finance aid is going to bombard the registers with their orders! I am so excited. Because I have had to share the cash register with another trainee, I now get my own, which is so much fun! Can't wait until 8:00 this morning. :D

6. Gummies are my favorite snack, but now I can't have them as often as I would like. I was diagnosed with Bipolar last week and since then I have been getting used to my medicines-Abilify and Prozac. God has been good to me because now I know what part of my eating disorder problem is. Turns out that the two go hand-in-hand. Weird, huh? 

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the scent of christ

August 17, 2012

I am in love with the book of 2 Corinthians. In that book, Paul poetically writes warnings to the church, but also offers insight and encouragement to fellow believers.

And as Paul found joy and comfort in Christ while he was on his journeys and in captivity, I am in the process of finding and attaining that same joy and comfort in a mighty God too!

2 Corinthians says this: "But thanks be to God, who always puts us on display in Christ, and spreads through us in every place the SCENT of knowing Him. For to God we are the fragrance of Christ" (2:14-17).

We are to be the fragrance of Christ and ooze from our hearts and being the magnifiscent essence of His love, for the world to see and be amazed by. We are called to be both the salt and the light of this delusional, bland, and rebellious world. But it is not an easy task when it is often something we ourselves are lacking and are admittingly guilty of daily. 

My life has not always been a pretty, flowery example of my belief in Christ. Many times has my faith been weak and of little evidence to the mighty God that has stuck by me through the perilous storms of my youth. I haven't always been the light to the lost, or the salt that is to season the unbelieving world. 

I have been a Doubtful Thomas-second guessing God's purpose and my needs; denying him the pleasure of blessing me; refusing to acknowledge them; and intentionally refusing them thinking that I am beyond all help or love. 

But in Christ I am loved and there is always an abundance of hope if one takes the time to ask. I have battled an eating disorder, have been diagnosed with Bipolar and Trichotillomania and a General Anxiety Disorder, but my scars haven't prohibited God from loving me. He loves me because of my scars-the mark of my spiritual trials and tribulations that have grown me into the maturing Christian that I am becoming-the woman He has created me to be!

Paul says we are to be the fragrance of Christ. Not in so many words does he say what that is exactly to smell like-hazelnut coffee, banana bread, cinnamon buns, fresh cut grass-but he does mention that we are filled with the SCENT of knowing Him, and with that we are to spread and share the warm essence of Christ's love to a world aching and scared. 

Oh, How Pinteresting Wednesday

August 15, 2012

Another 'Oh, how Pinteresting' Wednesday has rolled around! So hope you all have fun and enjoy this weekday hump celebration. It's honestly what gets me through the middle of the week. ;)

This guy on the bottom depicts me perfectly. I am like that ALL year long. ^^
I am so searching for crystal pieces at garage sales! I want to make crystal mushrooms for my garden too!

Tehehe....I want one!

Making this! I could have fun with this coffee table. ^.^

Oooh, I hope I don't say what I am thinking out loud one of these days. O.0