365 Days of Gratefulness | Day Fourteen

Grateful for safety through the storms… a baby who slept and giggled through the whole thing… a husband who texted weather updates making sure we stayed safe.. prayers of friends and family.


365 Days of Gratefulness | Day Ten

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After a year plus break, I am so thankful to be back to running! My hot pink, minimal running shoes have been missed! 5K, I’m looking for you again!

for mommies

Today I’d like to share a beautiful piece of encouragement from the Getty’s.  You probably are familiar with their powerful songs like In Christ Alone, See What a Morning, Power of the Cross, etc.   For Mother’s Day this year, they’ve put together a fantastic video of their song A Mother’s Prayer.  As a new mommy, this song speaks so eloquently to me of how we seek to raise Little West Man up in the ways of the Lord.  Be challenged. Be encouraged.  Enjoy!


mere christianity

Lately I’ve been reading Mere Christianity by C.S. Lewis.  It’s one of those books that has been on my shelf longer than I care to admit – One of those I’ll-get-to-it-someday books.  C.S. Lewis starts by building logical basis for Christian belief – something I find interesting since we’re talking about a belief system that is built on faith.  After he builds this foundation of logic, he moves to the practical by explaining what Christianity looks like when it is lived out.

Since I *finally* got around to reading it, and since there aren’t enough Facebook statuses to post my favorite quotes, I thought I’d share them here.  This post is a little long, but if you stick with it you might find a quote you like. 🙂

“Progress means not just changing, but changing for the better…  If you are on the wrong road, progress means doing and about-turn and walking back to the right road…”

“God is the only comfort, He is also the supreme terror: the thing we most need and the thing we most want to hide from.  He is our only possible ally, and we have made ourselves His enemies.”

“There is a difficulty about disagreeing with God.  He is the source from which all your reasoning power comes… When you are arguing against the very power that makes you able to argue at all: it is like cutting off the branch you are sitting on.”

“God cannot give us happiness and peace apart from Himself, because it is not there.  There is no such thing.”

“You must make your choice.  Either this Man (Jesus) was, and is, the Son of God: or else a madman or something worse.  You can shut Him up for a fool, you can spit at Him and kill Him as a demon; or you can fall at His feet and call Him Lord and God.  But let us not come with any patronizing nonsense about His being a great human teacher.  He has not left that open to us.  He did not intend to.”

“We believe that the death of Christ is just that point in history at which something absolutely unimaginable from outside shows through into our own world.  And if we cannot picture even the atoms of which our own world is built, of course we are not going to be able to picture this.”

“The perfect surrender and humiliation were undergone by Christ: perfect because He was God, surrender because He was man.”

“But the Christian thinks any good he does comes from the Christ-life inside him.  He does not think God will love us because we are good, but that God will make us good because He loves us…”

But I don’t want to give all the good stuff away… You should read it for yourself.  And then you should tell me what you thought about it! 🙂

what it’s all about

Jingle bells.  Twinkling lights.  Presents.  Trees.  Snow (if you live the right parts of the country).  Vacation time.  Red and green.  Family and friends.  Poinsettias.  Sugar Cookies.  Stockings.

Aren’t those some of the first things you think of when you hear the word “Christmas”?  And yet the true meaning infinitely deeper.  It’s a “birthday”.  And because of this birthday we have the opportunity to have spiritual birthdays.  Without the birth of a Savior we would be doomed to spiritual death.

For the Son of man is come to seek and to save that which was lost. [Luke 19:10]

Who would have thought that one Baby could have changed the course of the world, the destiny of our souls?  Who but God would use what seems like simple circumstances to have a dramatic impact on our eternity?

But it’s up to you.  You can reject it or you can accept it.  Nothing will have a greater impact on your life – and ultimately your eternity.  So, I challenge you… Focus on the One that was “born to die” –  He focused on you!

The dawn of redeeming grace…. Jesus, Lord at Thy birth!
Long lay the world in sin and error pining… Till He appeared!
Remember Christ our Savior was born on Christmas to save us all from Satan’s power when we were gone astray… Oh, tidings of comfort and joy!

nail * Macro Monday

“They pierced my hands and my feet.”

[Psalm 22:16]

“In the center of the kingdom of God, you do not find a gargantuan palace inhabited by an unapproachable king.  No, in the center of the kingdom of God is a bloody cross, on which hung a broken king, who welcomes us as we are.” [Paul Tripp]

He was wounded for our transgressions,
He was bruised for our iniquities:
The chastisement of our peace was upon Him;
And with His stripes we are healed.
[Isaiah 53:5]


Just in case you didn’t know, photographers love textures.  So, I thought it would be fun to devote a whole post to this particular kind of wonderfulness.  😉  Here are six random textures that I found around the house (inside and outside).  Can you figure out what they are?

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ashes * Macro Monday

He hath made every thing beautiful in His time… [Ecclesiastes 3:11]

Beauty for ashes,
The oil of joy for mourning,
The garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness;
That they might be called trees of righteousness,
The planting of the Lord,
That He might be glorified.
[Isaiah 61:3]