Friday, November 20, 2009

Few Things Friday

Okay, so I've been busy this week and decided to follow suit on the "Ten Things Thursday" except it's Friday. We'll see how far I get...

1. We moved all of our stuff out of storage on Wednesday but are technically not moved in yet since we are not sleeping over there.
2. When the movers told us, "Okay, that's it." I looked around and saw about 1/2 of the boxes I was expecting and realized that we have a TON of stuff at my parents' house.
3. While I was unpacking a box that said "Bryant's Clothes," I came across an Anthropologie shopping bag. Inside I found a ruffled black scarf with the tags still on it. When I asked Bryant what it was for, he said he bought it on a trip and forgot to give it to me. Three months in storage - what a shame.
4. Need to slow down on the Muddy's cupcakes before I get burned out. I couldn't finish mine the other night and thought, "OH NO!"
5. Went to see New Moon today and thought Taylor Lautner was a great Jacob. Wasn't too sure after seeing Twilight. Eclipse is going to be oh so good!
6. Just googled when Eclipse should be out: June 30, 2010. Much sooner than I expected.
7. Bryant bought a diesel truck this week. I guess it makes sense. Jet engines, diesel trucks - I'm starting to see a pattern here.
8. Trying to decide what my first purchase in the new house will be. A settee for my living room or curtains for the dining room? Leaning towards the curtains...
9. My favorite 30th birthday gift was a pair of peridot earrings from my parents. Gorgeous!
10. On a serious note, I've been pondering the verse that described man in Noah's day, "...every intent of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually (Genesis 6:5). I used to think the people of Noah's day were exceptionally wicked as compared to present day since EVERY intent was described as evil. Monday in Bible study we discussed how selfish we creatures are, and how every thought and action IS from a selfish motive apart from Christ. It's not too hard to relate to the verse after you put it that way.

Okay, I did make it to ten this week. I won't change the title though, "Ten Things Friday" just doesn't sound quite right.

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Ten for the Twenties

I'm waiting up another 20 minutes or so before Bryant will be home. Seems appropriate since midnight will officially be the start of my 30th birthday. A whole new decade to venture into; feels monumental and worthy of a little late night reflection.

Let's see what a Top Ten for the Twenties looks like:

10. I have traveled every year of my Twenties from the Bahamas to England to Hawaii and there is definitely no place like home.
9. I've always been a student at heart, but I have learned more in 7 years at my job than I could in a lifetime of being in the classroom.
8. It seems like I was just a baby when I got married at 22. I always wanted to have lots of time with my husband, just the two of us. 7 years of memories I wouldn't trade for the world.
7. I have lived in 7 different places in my Twenties. For a girl who doesn't like change, that's a lot of moving around. Looking forward to staying put this next decade.
6. I've had quite a few "firsts" in my Twenties. And you probably can guess my favorite by far was getting my first pet (or furkid), Miles.
5. Most of the friends I pal around with are friends God has brought into my life these last 10 years. One thing I've learned for sure is never to take a friend for granted.
4. I became "Aunt Mel" or "Aunt Missy" rather to 2 adorable nephews, Bo and Max. I prefer my nicknames to Amanda's, "Mandy no puppy."
3. I bought (and paid off) my first vehicle. Makes me feel All-American or something. Maybe the next ten I can focus on a loftier financial goal like the mortgage.
2. If I could describe the Twenties, it would be a time of transition. Time of change, preparation, and settling into. I can't imagine any other decade as extensive as this.
1. I have learned that God will move heaven and earth to keep his promises, even if it's at 11:59.

Friday, November 13, 2009

Others May, You Cannot

"Peter turned and saw that the disciple whom Jesus loved was following them. (This was the one who had leaned back against Jesus at the supper and had said, 'Lord, who is going to betray you?') When Peter saw him, he asked, 'Lord, what about him?' Jesus answered, 'If I want him to remain alive until I return, what is that to you? You must follow me' " (John 21:20-22).

In our Monday night Bible study, Iva May brought up the concept that "others may, you cannot." It reminded me of this passage of Scripture where Jesus asks Peter three times if he loves him. Whether it was out of curiosity or concern, Peter asks Jesus about his fellow disciple. Jesus' reply is that we are not to be concerned in that regard. We are not to look to others as our standard but to Christ. He is our standard and he sets the standard for us. When we understand and embrace this concept, it lets others off the hook when they fall short. It keeps our perspective as it should and our measurement accurate so we no longer ask, "What about him?" Instead we receive God's Word as he spoke to Moses in Leviticus 19:1, "Be holy, for I the LORD your God am holy."

This week Iva emailed us this document and it spoke to me in such a way that I wanted to share it.

If God has called you to be really like Jesus he will draw you into a life of crucifixion and humility. God's call will put such demands of obedience on you that you will not be able to follow other people, or measure yourself by other Christians. At times, He will let other people do things which He will not let you do.

Other Christians who seem very religious will push themselves, pull wires, and work schemes to carry out their plans. You cannot, and if you attempt it, you will meet with failure and rebuke from the Lord.

Others may boast of themselves, of their work, or their successes, but the Holy Spirit will not allow you to do any such thing, and if you begin it, He will lead you to despise yourself and all your good works.

Others may be allowed to succeed in making money, or may have a legacy left to them, but it is likely God will keep you poor. God wants you to have something far better than gold, namely, a helpless dependence upon Him, that He may demonstrate His faithful love for you in supplying your needs day by day.

God may let others be honored and put forward, and keep you hidden in obscurity in order to produce some fragrant fruit for his coming glory which can only be produced in the shade. He may let others be great, but keep you small. He may let others do a work for Him and get the credit for it now. The reward for your work is held in the hands of Jesus, and you will not see it until He comes.

The Holy Spirit will put a strict watch over you with a jealous love. He will rebuke you for the little words and feelings or for wasting your time. So make up your mind that God is an infinite Sovereign, and has a right to do as He pleases with His own. He does not owe you an explanation of these mysteries. But if you give yourself to be His child, He will wrap you up in a jealous love, and give you the precious blessings for those who belong, heart and soul to Him.

Settle it forever, then, that you are to deal directly with the Holy Spirit. It is His option to tie your tongue, or chain your hand, or close your eyes in ways that He does not seem to use with others. And when you are so possessed by the living God that your heart delights over this peculiar, personal, private, jealous guardianship and management of the the Holy Spirit over your life, you will have found the vestibule of Heaven.

Published by the Faith, Prayer & Tract League

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Holiday Cheer

Gift giving time is almost here. These are a few things I look forward to every year.

Peppermint Soy Hot Chocolate from Starbucks

Switching out my everyday dishes for my Gail Pittman Hollylujah Christmas dishes. Got to get those out of storage soon!

Singing along to Mariah Carey's Merry Christmas album. I've had it since the 90's, but it is still one of my holiday favorites.

Sunday, November 1, 2009

Candy Czars

Bryant and I had fun at the Little's Halloween party last night. They always go all out on their decorations and costumes, and this year was no exception. Bryant and I didn't get a traditional Halloween costume this year, but decided to get crafty and make our own. We went as Candy Czars. If you're wondering what a Candy Czar is, it's someone who makes sure that no one gets more candy than anyone else.

We bought iron-on letters from Hobby Lobby and they were easy to use. To make the "A" in Candy, we glued pieces of white, yellow and orange felt together to make a candy corn. Miles was a pumpkin, and I heard he had fun barking at all the trick-or-treaters while we were gone. Mandy bought him this costume last November for his birthday, but he's grown quite a bit this year. It was so small I couldn't velcro it together, so I guess it was more like a pumpkin backpack :)

I took a Caramel Toffee Fruit Dip with Granny Smith apple slices to the party. It was a big hit and can be made in just 15 minutes; although, if you have time it's better to refrigerate the dip a couple of hours before serving. I made two servings - one didn't quite fill up the bowl I was taking. A cute idea would be to use a hollowed out pumpkin as your serving bowl.

And here are a few more pictures of Miles for Bo and Max to look at. We can't wait to see pictures of the boys in their Halloween costumes. We hear Max was a puppy and Bo a train engineer. Happy Halloween!


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