Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Check out this Giveaway!

My friend, Hannah 
(I posted about her here a couple of weeks ago)
 is doing 
an incredibly cool giveaway over on her blog.
(free family portrait session!)
If you are a fellow Iowan you NEED to head over, check it out, and enter!
(if you don't have facebook, 
you can enter by simply commenting with the info needed, on her blog)

Friday, February 15, 2013

from mississippi...

spending time with my sister and lovely friends in mississippi last week.
LOVE being blessed and inspired by so many incredible friends that we get to see as we travel.

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Quiet&Coffee&Thoughts


Currently drinking in some much-needed and long awaited total quiet time of just me by my lonesome at my favorite coffee shop.
with me I have my Bible, journals, laptop, budget book,
 and a stack of blank notecards waiting to be filled....
oh. and the yummy part...
a steamy hazelnut mocha that the barista, a friend of mine, wouldn't let me pay for. =)
so here I am, greatly enjoying the above corner and atmosphere
while I sit and relax.
outside it is chilly and rainy and inside this cozy place, surrounded by coffee smells and christian music playing in the background, is the perfect place to be on such a day.
This year I've taken on a very intense challenge---reading the Bible through in three months. A friend of our family's has given a similar challenge especially to young people and for quite some time I've been wanting to do it. 
thus far, it has been so eye-opening and such a wonderful experience.
I honestly thought that reading such quantity at a time would make it harder to focus and get much out of what I was reading, but it has been exactly the contrary.
Its like the more I read the more things jump off the page at me and grip me like never before.
Especially when I was reading the first several books of the Bible the beginning of last month, I felt like everyday I was gleaning new truths and finding details in the stories of Abraham, Noah, & Moses, that I had honestly never noticed before.
I've learned so much and am just continually amazed at how faithful God is to expand His Word to me and show me so much!
I intended to post about this long ago and to do weekly posts about what I was learning but that hasn't happened, obviously. 
With all thats been going on I just have a hard time getting posting done on a regular basis.
But anyway, now that I'm finally posting about it,
I do want to share a few verses from Joshua.
This book came alive to me as I was reading it.
{and it is my current favorite}
So many powerful promises and challenges and they all
STILL APPLY TO US TODAY.
Isn't that awesome?
So here are a few verses that I especially just loved. 
{Joshua 23:3,6,&10}
"And ye have seen all that the Lord your God hath done 
unto all these nations
 because of you
for the Lord your God is He that hath fought for you....
Be ye therefore very courageous to keep and to do
 all that is written in the book of the law of Moses,
 that ye turn not aside therefore
 to the right hand or to the left....
One man of you 
shall chase a thousand for the Lord your God, 
He it is that 
fighteth for you, 
as He hath promised you."
I LOVE those verses!
what rich truth....
He is the Lord MY God...He will do these thing to the nations BECAUSE OF ME living for Him.
He will FIGHT FOR ME.
I am called to be VERY COURAGEOUS.
to TURN NOT ASIDE.
I am to chase a THOUSAND for the Lord.
(I wonder if that could refer to witnessing? or refuting the powers of spiritual darkness by prayer? not sure but still pondering that one...I'd be open to thoughts from you, my blog readers)
And lastly, just think of the awesomeness of this....
He It is that FIGHTETH for me...
as He has PROMISED me.
::::::::::
incredible!

Saturday, February 9, 2013

Twenty-Two....

Another birthday passed me by and I am now the ripe old age of twenty-two!
birthdays on the road are unique and never the same. 
it began with the tradition of just me getting to go out to eat with my parents, to my restaurant of choice.
I went online to my favorite restaurant's website and found that there was just one of them in Alabama and it just happened to be in a town that we were going thru!
{JOY}
If you've never been to the Cheesecake Factory you really must check it out. It is amazing!!
{isn't the cheesecake presentation gorgeous?
 forgive the cell phone picture...it doesn't do it justice, but it WAS beautiful!}
The day of my birthday (the 29th) we were in the middle of a prison crusade, and were parked at a hotel with other music groups, volunteers & evangelists.
I woke up that morning to find that some sweet friends and fellow singers had put this creative birthday banner on the door of our bus. Such a cool idea..I was so surprised!
My family had a lovely party & birthday meal for me-crockpot lasagna & banana splits=yummy!
And then several days later, we arrived at some friends' house and I found a big pile of letters & packages waiting for me.
{my younger sis apparently spread the word...bless her heart}
I felt so very blessed and loved!
Birthday twenty-two was lovely.....