Friday, April 27, 2012

everything you do

I was born inside of a rainbow
I was raised on mercy and grace
I was crowned with sweet loving-kindness
I was made to see Your face

I was called from out of darkness
I was clothed with mercies so sure
I was given beauty for ashes
And everything else that I don’t deserve

So I sing Hallelujah
I sing Hallelu
I sing Hallelujah
I love You

Everything You do just screams “I love you”
Everything You are says, “I care 

 

Have a great weekend all you lovely bloggers!

Thursday, April 26, 2012

fruit of lips

Many of the people very close to me are having a really hard week.  Last night when I was going to bed, I felt the Holy Spirit stirring.  I read a passage in Hebrews that shook me into a great fear.


"For you have not come to what may be touched, a blazing fire and darkness and gloom and a tempest and the sound of a trumpet and a voice whose words made the hearers beg that no further messages be spoken to them.  For they could not endure the order that was given, "If even a beast touches the mountain, it shall be stoned."  Indeed, so terrifying was the sight that Moses said, "I tremble with fear."  But you have come to Mount Zion and to the city of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem, and to innumerable angels in festal gathering, and to the assembly of the firstborn who are enrolled in heaven, and to God, the judge of all, and to the spirits of the righteous made perfect, and to Jesus, the mediator of a new covenant, and to the sprinkled blood that speaks a better word than the blood of Abel.

See that you do not refuse him who is speaking.  For if they did not escape when they refused him who warned them on earth, much less will we escape if we reject him who warns from heaven.  At that time his voice shook the earth, but now he has promised, "Yet once more I will shake not only the earth but also the heavens."  This phrase, "Yet once more," indicates the removal of things that are shaken - that is, things that have been made - in order that the things that cannot be shaken may remain.  Therefore let us be grateful for receiving a kingdom that cannot be shaken, and thus let us offer to God acceptable worship, with reverence and awe, for our God is a consuming fire."


So as I was trembling, I began praying for those certain people.  The more I prayed, the more intense it got.  The presence of the Lord was like a blanket on top of me.  Something shifted last night in the people I prayed for - it had to have.  I laid in bed afterward for what had to be an hour just soaking in the glory of the Lord.

Before I read the first passage I posted, I read Chapter 13 following it.  It really spoke to me as well, so I want to share it with you.


"Let brotherly love continue.  Do not neglect to show hospitality to strangers, for thereby some have entertained angels unawares.  Remember those who are in prison, as though in prison with them, and those who are mistreated, since you also are in the body.  Let marriage be held in honor among all, and let the marriage bed be undefiled, for God will judge the sexually immoral and adulterous.  Keep your life free from love of money, and be content with what you have, for he has said, "I will never leave you nor forsake you."  So we can confidently say, "The Lord is my helper; I will not fear; what can man do to me?"  Remember your leaders, those who spoke to you the word of God.  Consider the outcome of their way of life, and imitate their faith.  Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever.  Do not be led away by diverse and strange teachings, for it is good for the heart to be strengthened by grace, not by foods, which have not benefited those devoted to them.  We have an altar from which those who serve the tent have no right to eat.  For the bodies of those animals whose blood is brought in to the holy places by the high priest as a sacrifice for sin are burned outside the camp.  So Jesus also suffered outside the gate in order to sanctify the people through his own blood.  Therefore let us go to him outside the camp and bear the reproach he endured.  For here we have no lasting city, but we seek the city that is to come.  Through him then let us continually offer up a sacrifice of praise to God, that is, the fruit of lips that acknowledge his name.  Do not neglect to do good and to share what you have, for such sacrifices are pleasing to God.

Obey your leaders and submit to them, for they are keeping watch over your souls, as those who will have to give an account.  Let them do this with joy and not with groaning, for that would be of no advantage to you.

Pray for us, for we are sure that we have a clear conscience, desiring to act honorably in all things.  I urge you the more earnestly to do this in order that I may be restored to you the sooner.

Now may the God of peace who brought again from the dead our Lord Jesus, the great shepherd of the sheep, by the blood of the eternal covenant, equip you with everything good that you may do his will, working in us that which is pleasing in his sight, through Jesus Christ, to whom be glory forever and ever. Amen."


To those having a hard week:

"For I, the Lord your God, 
hold your right hand; 
it is I who say to you, "Fear not, 
I am the one who helps you."

Peace be with us all.

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Post-Work Oddities

So almost every time I leave work I encounter really hilarious things.  My sister says I should start an illustrated book about it.

Here's the deal.  I leave work pretty late at night every Tuesday and Thursday.  Campus is usually pretty slow moving and scarce of people.  It seems like the funny things always happen when I have to go to the library right after work for a group meeting or something.

So last night, I'm leaving work.  I walk outside and I hear a tv.  Odd.  I walk over to unlock my bike and I'm kind of looking around to see if I can find where the commotion is coming from, because there are also several voices talking.  I see something over by the pond at the front of campus, but I think surely it's just a reflection of a building or a light since - because A of all, it's late at night and B of all, it's a pond.  Boy was I wrong.
The tv that was set up by the pond was one of those huge old school big screen tv's.  Beside the tv and in the small pond, were 3 or 4 kayaks with people paddling around!  What the heck? Right? ;)  So I'm laughing and wondering what in the world they are doing and how they got that tv hooked up, but I'm on my way to a meeting so I had to rush off pretty quickly.
Hilarious though.

A picture of it my roommate found on facebook ;)


A couple weeks ago I was going to the library after a late night at work, and I'm on my bike riding on the sidewalk through a courtyard on campus.  There are several benches on the sides of the sidewalks, and on this particular sidewalk, there is a guy sitting down with a huge, had to be 10 foot, antenna that he is holding in his right hand.  There. Is. No. One. Else. Around.  So I'm laughing on my bike and desperately wanting to pull my phone out and take a picture, but of course, I don't want to be rude.  As I get closer, I see that he has a walkie talkie attached to the antenna and someone is talking to him through it.  BUT HE DIDN'T EVEN CRACK A SMILE OR ACT LIKE ANYTHING WAS WEIRD!  Ha! I was laughing so hard.  He was so serious and so still.

Another time, I'm going to the library on my bike, and there are four guys walking down the brick path on campus.  I'm watching them to make sure of my safety, and they stop in the middle of the path and start doing some sort of step dance thing IN SYNC!  There. Is. No. One. Else. Around!  I don't know what goes on on my campus at night that makes people do such funny things, but I definitely enjoy it. ;)

Have a great day everyone!!

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Weekend Recap

Man :) I just read a post my roommate wrote - and it's too good to not share with you guys.



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Recap:
What good does it do to only love your close friends, or your spouse, or your kids?
What good does it do if our love for God never leaves our homes, our churches, or even our hearts?

The love we receive from Christ is not given so that we horde it all to ourselves.  If God is light, and He radiates, and if he is also love, well, doesn't love radiate. Wouldn't it make sense for love to have frequency waves as well?

Here's our dilemma:
We think that it's only safe to love in an environment that was previously set up for love to flourish.  But aren't we carriers of God's presence inside of us?  Isn't that enough nesting ground for love already?  We are supposed to be reflecting God.  So, we shouldn't wait on others to love first.
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Just so good! :)

On another note, we had a great weekend :)  Chris and I went out Friday night to Rossini's, and although it wasn't as fancy as it used to be, the food was still absolutely amazing!  Chris got the seafood spaghetti and I got the mushroom tortellini - to. die. for.

Saturday we went to my best friend Jordan's wedding :) (Pictures to come) It was SO much fun!  The wedding was so very beautiful in this amazingly extravagant Methodist church in Montgomery, AL.  Although the wedding was serious and formal, I was definitely trying as hard as I possibly could to hold back all the hoops and hollars I had in me through the whole service!  I love marriage!  And especially for my best friends! :) Eee!  Anyway, several of my friends from high school were there so we got to dance and catch up and really have a great time.  I love my high school friends so much.  Many people find their life long best friends in college, but seriously, although I made a few in college, my high school friends are permanently tied to my heart strings forever.  We can always pick up right where we left off and we all have such a strong and intense love for one another.  It's so beautiful to me :)

Sunday Chris and I went to church, ate some lunch, took a much needed nap, then came back to Hattiesburg.  This is BIG NEWS! :) I haven't wanted to tell anyone because it was unsure until now (and even now, we're trying to figure things out), but Sunday night we went over to my friend Ben's house and got a new puppy! Eee!

Quick background: I grew up with Weimaraners.  My mom and dad had one when they got married.  We always kept them around.  I love them.  Favorite. Dog. Ever!

So Ben had a litter 12 weeks ago, and before he even had them, I told him that I was his girl if there was one that no one wanted.  So fast forward to Sunday. And. We got to take Alexander home for the first time!  I'm in love.  Seriously.  I don't know if everyone understands my love for Weimaraners.  I've tried so hard to get one in the past few years and it's never worked out, and this one was given to me!  Amazing.
So now we're trying to figure out how we're going to live with it ;)  Please be praying that we will find the perfect place to live when we get married.  We very much need it.  I know the Lord is going to work this out awesome though, for real. :) I'm excited!

I haven't been able to get many good pictures of him yet, but here he is in all his glory ;)

Did I mention all he does is sleep?

These are the cute puppy pictures I took 12 weeks ago :)
 

And today I send a big HAPPY BIRTHDAY to the man I love the most!  
Happy birthday Christopher! :) I love you so very much!

Thursday, April 19, 2012

Pieces

I don't know if you can tell, but I sort of live for the weekends these days ;)

School is really stressful and not very fun, so I really enjoy going to Jackson most weekends to visit my love and our families.  Only three more weeks of school!  Who's excited? - This girl!

Anyway, I'm excited about this weekend.  One of my best friends from high school is getting married - and man, is it going to be amazing!  Jordan, I'm pretty positive, is an angel.  (He's a guy by the way)  So I'm sure this wedding is going to be so very lovely and perfectly wonderful.  Jordan is one of the most joyful, level-headed, always has perfect advice, loves the Lord type of man.  I'm not sure if that was a legitimate sentence, but I think you get my point.  I'll be sure to post some pictures :)

Also!  Tuesday is my dear Christopher's birthday!  I bought him some really awesome shoes last week for his birthday, but I'm going to take him out tomorrow night for a nice dinner at one of my favorite places :) I'm very excited.  Chris and I love getting dressed up and having a nice meal together.


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In the midst of writing this post, I received news from my roommate that one of her friend's mother's just committed suicide.  We've been praying against it this week because several things led us to believe she was wanting to, but this is just so sad.  Please be praying for him - that the scars that could potentially come upon his heart would be healed in Jesus name before they even have time to settle in.  That any wounds that have come before or after this terrible tragedy would be healed in Jesus name.
This is so so sad..  My heart feels so... broken..

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

lengthy lovely

Another busy weekend finished.

May I say that I am happy about it? 

College is tough, busy, time consuming, stressful.  Wedding planning is one in the same.

I'll just leave it at: I cannot wait to be married to Christopher.  Seriously. 

I've never heard anyone talk about how it is to be engaged, whether they're currently engaged or already married.  It's quite frankly one of the hardest things I've ever encountered.  Christopher and I are like forest fires with a river in between so we can't get to each other.  I knew love like this was possible, but I almost wouldn't wish it on anyone unless they were able to get married very quickly.  Does that make sense? ;)  I thought a six month engagement would be a good amount of time to plan and prepare and do all the stuff I thought I would have to do before I could be married.  Wrong.  Six months is way too long to be engaged. 

Word of advice: Get married as soon as you know it's the Lord's will.  Three to six months max to be engaged.  I'm serious guys.  The love of the Lord is a very hard thing to hold back and keep contained.  It wasn't designed to be contained. 

June 3rd will not come quick enough :) but oh how I will rejoice when it does!

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On another note,
We had another shower this weekend - the second and last.  It was lovely.

Grandma Bonnie gave me her stemware from when she got married to my grandfather at 22.  It is 60 years old and called Elise :)  It was the sweetest gift ever - really.

The lovely ladies who threw the shower for me
Tears shed over the stemware ;)
My Grandmothers ;)
Coolest pottery. Ever.
McCarty Pottery!
I feel like a real wife owning this ;)
Chris's Sweet Mom and Mimi
My Mama
The Grandmothers

Also, Christopher and I worked the photobooth all weekend at Malco for the Crossroads Film Festival.  Chris worked a whole lot more than I did, but it was fun to say the least!



We also went to our dear friend Emily's wedding.  Can I just say that it was the most beautiful wedding?  Seriously.  Small, creative, water front, short and to the point, beautiful.  :) I loved it so much.  And Emily had the most beautiful dress I've ever seen.  They are the sweetest couple - so on fire for the Lord.  I'm so excited that they are now married! :)


Long weekend, long post! 

The Lord is good.  All the time! :)

Thursday, April 12, 2012

Diligent Prayer

Philippians 4:4-9 --

Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, Rejoice,  Let your reasonableness be known to everyone.  The Lord is at hand; do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God.  And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things.  What you have learned and received and heard and seen in me - practice these things, and the God of peace will be with you.

My dear friend's birthday was yesterday, so a few of us girls went over to celebrate with ice cream sundays.  It was a sweet time - so good to hang out with some other women.  After everyone left, Anna, Molly, and I had a great conversation.  It really just turned out to be them asking me about what all is going on in my life, and me telling them all about it.  It was just so refreshing and great to talk about.  It really encouraged me to be praying for specific people in my life and things that are going on that the Lord really needs to be in control of to settle.  I went home around 2am in the spirit of prayer, and it was good.  After I prayed for a little while, I opened my bible with hopes to learn a little something more about prayer, or at least be reminded and encouraged by it.  I opened it up to Philippians 2-4 and looked around a bit, but soon just kept that place and turned to the index to find a good word to read on prayer.  The Lord is so funny.  He led me to Philippians 4. :)  It really encouraged me to be in constant prayer and be a diligent prayer.  Practice these things, and the God of peace will be with you.  I wish I could be more specific with what all I am talking about, but hopefully the Lord will speak to you through my surface words to reveal the meaning behind what I am writing.

You guys are seriously amazing for reading my blog.

:)

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Phosphorescent

I remember evenings when my dad would sing
Hiding in the hallways, I am listening
Keeping still my body until it's borne aloft
Her hair is soft her breath is soft and her name is soft
And gather me completely in her sighing hands
My dove my dove my lamb

Born with ocean thunder underneath our veins
Lonelier than cows left standing in the rain
Holy when our weight into the waves is tossed
Though ships get lost and fish get lost and names get lost
She will wait to greet me where it meets dry land
My dove my dove my lamb

So. Careful of that language some words are stones
They'll lead you out from town and leave you all alone
Past the mirrored diamond mares that run all night
Where camp town ladies sing that song aw come aw wry
But lo they sing it sweetly so I'll understand
My dove my dove my lamb

Though my sight be near and my way be long
Though the light I chase be disappeared by dawn
I have seen her standing on the roofs at night
I have seen her silver figure bathed and bright
And I have seen her sleeping in the cold white sand
My dove my dove my lamb

So even in these cities where shes haunting me
Even when my weariness is wanting me
Even when my wickednesses want to breathe
Even in these dirty clubs counting 1-2-3
I will keep a singing til I no more can
My dove my dove my lamb

And later if I'm better I'll be born again
I'll pull my newborn body from the thorns and limbs
Finding with my fingers where they've torn the page
From some ancient book all gold and worn from age
And writ upon it neatly though in trembling hand
My dove my dove my lamb

Then later in the evening I hear trumpets ring
I stretch out in the dark and I am listening
Studying the sadness in your perfect limbs
Move them under mine until they learn to blend
And I will keep repeating til they understand
My dove my dove my lamb

 


I didn't know people still wrote this way.  It's beautiful to me.
 

Friday, April 6, 2012

It Happened - Webb House 1871

Today was the day! :)


My sister and I went to the old Webb house.  My grandmother told us that my great grandfather was actually born and raised there.  It used to be a dairy farm as well.  My dream for the past few weeks has been to go check it out to see if Christopher and I could take our engagement photos there - the answer became yes today!  We called the guy that has the key and he is willing to let us inside the house to take pictures!

I. Am. So. Thrilled!

Family is so important to me.  This house is so important to me.  It's so so amazing!

And I'm pretty sure Adam and Alli are going to be quite excited as well :)

Prepare yourselves ---













































:)