Saturday, January 31, 2009

Moving on by God's grace

I was reading back through my posts from the previous semester and wow was I ever depressed! I wouldn't say it was anything too serious, but nonetheless I was depressed.

I'm so thankful for the grace of God, because without it I could've been in a much worse state. I'm glad that I had enough sense to look to God for His strength and guidance.

I still hurt over the issues that bothered me, but praise the Lord that through Him I was able to overcome that ever-present burden.

Enchanting View

This is what I woke up to Friday morning. I love the view from my window!

This is the Art Museum in the morning.

Here are some other pictures I took from Wednesday.

Friday, January 30, 2009

Patterns Revealed

Okay, ready for the answers to my pattern game?

Here they are:

Striped Scarf

Camo Hat

Striped Bedspread

Floral PJs (These are my favorite!)

Groovy Bag

Collage I made from magazine clippings and a poster of Paris.

Striped Shower Curtain (I like stripes.)

Antique Tin

Picture Board

Saturday, January 24, 2009

Sip. Taste. Chug.

(See other new post below.)


These are different patterns from around my room. Can you guess what they are?
(If you already know what they are then please don't guess. It takes the fun out of it for everyone else.)

Thursday, January 22, 2009

A wonderful stress reliever

Tonight was filled with laughter. After a very busy week, it was just what I needed.

I love to laugh. It gives such a feeling of happiness and contentment - emotions that certainly help us to enjoy life to its fullest.

I miss my sister a lot for this reason. Because we often think alike, and have the same sense of humor, we can get to laughing so hard. Nobody else can make me laugh so hard but her.

Yes, laughter is good for the body, mind and soul. A very nice stress reliever. I'm so glad God created laughter.

Thursday, January 15, 2009

My Soul Is At Peace

Well, we have one more service left of revival and I'm kind of sad. I've really been enjoying it. God has ministered to my heart for which I am grateful.

I used to hate revivals. I would always go into them with a heavy heart. Sometimes I knew that things weren't right in my life and I dreaded the conviction of the Holy Spirit. At other times I would be so nervous to think that God would find something wrong just to make me go to the altar. My perception of revival (and God) was so misconstrued.

Since then I have grown to know who God really is. I have grown in my understanding of Him. I have grown in my personal relationship with Him. My love for Him is overflowing!

This has been a very special revival for me. It is probably the first revival I ever remember going into with a deep sense of peace and happiness in my heart. I love having the peace of God rest in my soul. There is no greater feeling than this. It's interesting to think that I have learned more about who God is in the past several months than I have in my entire lifetime. God is truly faithful and satisfying to those who seek Him.

Recently God has revealed to me a concept that I haven't ever thought of before. I've been asking God to show me His will for my life; where He wants me to go, what He wants me to do. Well, God doesn't always just lay it all out for us on a map. The whole point of "living by faith" is so that we can learn to trust Him more. After understanding this I asked God to at least help me to know if where I'm at is where I need to be.
God asked me, "Is your number one desire to serve Me?"
I answered, "Yes."
He asked me a second question, "Are you walking in all the light that you know?"
Again I answered, "Yes."
He asked me a third question, "Have you committed your entire life into My hands?"
And a third time I answered, "Yes, Lord."
After asking these three questions God finally said, "Then you are exactly where you need to be. Confusion and uncertainty may fog your mind, but know that I am walking with you and leading you step-by-step."

Now of course God didn't speak all of this audibly to me, but through praying and reading His Word it couldn't have been more clear. I am so glad that the peace of God reigns in my heart! As Dr. Brown would say, "I'm happy in the Lord!"

Sunday, January 11, 2009

Ronnie, Kimmie and Mr. Cheeks

This is Mr. Cheeks, A.K.A. Landon. Yep, he's that same baby from my November post right before we left for break. He is HUGE! (And you wonder why his nickname is Mr. Cheeks?)
7 weeks old


Isn't he just so cute!

And here's one of me and Ronnie, my favorite oldest brother.

This is me with my favorite youngest sister Kimberly.

My entire family, all 7 of us.

Friday, January 9, 2009

I'm In Love!

I have found my true love - Bath & Body Works Aromatherapy.

(With the strum of a harp in the background and misty clouds rolling by:)
It all began when...

Sometime in the Spring of 2008 I was in the library doing homework when the call of nature began to nag me. As I walked up to the sink to wash my hands after using the restroom I noticed a bottle of handsoap as a second option to the common "GBS Bathroom Soap". As a person who likes to try new things (sometimes) I used it. It was the most DIVINE scent my olfactories have ever encountered. It was called Black Current Vanilla. It was such a wonderful, comforting scent. I probably washed my hands two or three times before I left the bathroom.

Then again, last semester, I was in the bathroom of the library when I saw a different aromatherapy scent sitting by the sink waiting to be used. This time it was Eucalyptus Spearmint; such a relaxing scent.

About a week before this past Christmas break I was over to the Profitt's for a Game Night and, naturally, had to use the restroom. From the corner of my eye I could see a Bath & Body Works Aromatherapy bottle sitting on the counter. I couldn't wait to indulge my scenses. Mandarine Lime, an energizing scent, was the highlight of my evening. (Okay not really. But for the story's sake I'll say it was.)

I have since then bought a few of these products for my own enjoyment; Black Current Vanilla and Lavender Chamomile Body Washes, Eucalyptus Spearmint Soothing Sugar Scrub, and Warm Milk & Honey Sleep Pillow Mist.

Yes, my Super Sniffer has fallen in love.

Tuesday, January 6, 2009

This'n That and Stuff

"I WILL stay encouraged! I WILL get my work done! I WILL survive another semester!"

Self-talk therapy - not sure if it works for me.

Anyways, today was the first official day of classes since being back. (Hence, the reason for the self-talk.) I'm thinking about finding a witch who can turn me into a bee so that being "busy" won't be such a'll just be life!

On another note, I got 5 more books to add to my Marriage/Relationships collection! Yay! Over the past two years I've accumulated approximately 60 books. Can you imagine how many more I'll have by the time I graduate in two years?!?

I also got a pair of roller-blades which I am very excited about. I can't wait until Spring!

Oh, oh!!!! One of my most favorite things I got for Christmas was a pillow mist spray from Bath and Body Works. It's an aromatherapy scent, Warm Milk & Honey. You just spray it on your pillow before you go to bed and it's supposed to help you fall into a peaceful sleep. I don't know if it has helped me sleep peacefully, but it sure smells good!

Okay, I'll stop bragging now. I need to get to bed anyways. I'm going to desperately try to get back on an exercise-in-the-morning, get-homework-done-ahead-of-time, get-to-bed-at-a-decent-hour schedule that I set for myself last semester.

G'night all!