Just some pictures of my family- Brother, Sister, Mom, Dad... Sister-in -law, brother-in-law, Kyle's folks...
Saturday, March 14, 2009
Saturday, March 7, 2009
This weekend, our church held a marriage retreat at the Ridgecrest Conference Center in North Carolina. It was a great weekend of fun, fellow-shipping, worship, learning and hiking. While the weekend had great speaking and lessons, I most enjoyed spending time with other married couples and hearing their stories of marriage through the seasons. Also, Kyle and I had the opportunity to hike around the Ridgecrest property and enjoy God's beautiful creation. It was just great to be alone and away from the world (no TV!) and spend time together talking and enjoying the outdoors.
Tuesday, March 3, 2009
After a while of browsing at Barnes and Noble today (during my 2nd snow day in a row!!)- I came across this book
Of course I was immediatley intrigued by the title. It jogged my memory, I had heard it before and was interested to see what it was all about. This is the poem by the author that summarizes the book:
Eve had a hunger that cost her a garden;
Potiphar's wife had an appetite too;
Lot lost his mate when her past swirled around her;
Delilah went bad when she snipped a new 'do.
Sapphira fell flat when it came down to money;
Jezebel ordered her husband around;
Michal missed the message in King David's worship;
To the bone, in a moment, their badness was found.
A woman of Samaria found a thirst quencher;
A sinner, a woman, anointed Christ's feet;
Rahab, the harlot, became a beliver;
Her sin, like the walls, crumbled down defeat.
Bad for a season, but no, not forever,
Not these three role models, saved from despair.
Made new by God, their changed lives teach the lesson:
If we but ask him, grace waits for us there.
-Liz Curtis Higgs
Wow- I mean really, is there not one thing that I cannot claim to have struggled with that these "bad" women did!!
One final quote from the author:
"When she was perfect, beautiful, and innocent, I found no toehold where I could connect with Eve. When she was tempted by her flesh, humbled by her sin, and redeemed by her God, I could sing out, "Oh, sister Eve! Can we talk?"
So here's the point, I am spending some time reflected on my own Bad Girl self and seeing how I can learn from these women in the Bible.
All Scripture is inspired by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, for training in righteousness.
II Timothy 3:16.
...Even the Bad Girls.
Monday, March 2, 2009
I just love Snow days. The beautiful bright white, the feeling that it is okay to have pj's on the majority of the day, the feeling like you have an extra day in your week to get things done at home. There are also things I don't like, primarily being the power going out last night while your husband is at work! But I survived, the power is back (and so is my husband) and I am glad to have a day just to stay home!
Sunday, March 1, 2009
So, as many know, Kyle and I adopted a puppy this past Labor day. She has been a great family addition, but what I hand full. She has also become quite the topic of conversation as to what breed of dog she is... the most common response thus far has been lab and something. Well, her paperwork says German Shepherd, which we just don't get. The other night Kyle was watching TV and he found these dogs, the Rhodesian Ridgeback. We have never found a closer match.