Sunday, September 15, 2013

On Earth as it is in Heaven.

This weekend has been transforming - one of those that you almost wish hadn't happened because it means your whole life has to change, but one you're so overwhelmingly grateful for because it means your more awake than ever to the intimacy of God.  I'm realizing how religious I've been in my life.  I believe all day that Christianity is about relationship, not religion; but when I dissect my life I see the clear spectrum.

I believe Jesus died to take away our sins, that we are new beings living in intimacy with him.  I believe that when he was here on Earth he showed us exactly how he designed us to live.  I believe when he ascended into Heaven, the Holy Spirit descended onto Earth to be our Help.  We are co-heirs with Christ.  We have power.

I've believed in the supernatural for many years, seen it displayed, felt it through and through, ignored the fact that I am designed to walk in it everyday like Jesus did.  It's easy to buy into the incecent words you hear - "It's different in the world today." "It's okay if you don't do _____, ____, and _____." "God will work in His own time." ETC.

He appointed us very clearly to live as Jesus did, and would not have given us that direction and example if He had intended on us not fulfilling it.

I want to grow.  I need to grow.

On Earth as it is in Heaven.

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I have no idea what this looks like for my life.  In my job.  At the grocery store.

I'm going to start with Honor.





I bought a copy of Bill Johnson's "The Supernatural Power of a Transformed Mind" a couple months ago for Chris, thinking he could really benefit from it.  I picked it up last night and haven't put it down except to get some rest last night.  It's a great book to say the least.

Saturday, August 17, 2013

a taste of home

Remembering home was sweet tonight.
A glass of 14 Hands brought back Mom, Mr. Michael, Grandmother, Jackson Mississippi. 
My mind was flooded with memories - it's funny how senses can do that to you.

Friday, July 19, 2013

Since April

My best friend got married :)


Christopher and I shared our one year anniversary - with lots of pistachio cake


We witnessed the biggest hot air balloon ever


I became full time at the chiropractic clinic - where I'm learning more than I could have ever imagined with the most amazing people I couldn't have even hand-picked

Our mothers came to visit for the fourth


We have been keeping our friend's GSP


Alexander has been stung by bees twice, on separate occasions


We made our front porch a little more home-y


We made pickles - twice
Christopher picked me many a wildflower


And our one and only nephew is turning ONE soon



Sunday, April 14, 2013

{Book Review} Awol on the Appalachian Trail

Great book.  Easy read.  However.

This book actually turned me away from wanting to hike the AT.  My father-in-law brought it up a couple weeks ago, and apparently had informed Chris that it made him feel the same way.  It's fun to read and hard to put down, but it showed me a reality to the trail that I didn't know.  I had always expected that when we did the AT that we would literally be hiking and camping the entire way up - minimal civilization.  I was quite disappointed to find out that Awol (and apparently most thru-hikers) stayed in shelters and hotels just about every night and ate fast food the whole way up.  It made the AT seem not worth it to me.  I'm not sure if people do rough it on the AT or if we just need to find another trail to pursue when the time comes.

Anyhow - great read, disappointing reality.

Sunday, April 7, 2013

Colossians

He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation. For by him all things were created, in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities—all things were created through him and for him. And he is before all things, and in him all things hold together. And he is the head of the body, the church. He is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead, that in everything he might be preeminent. For in him all the fullness of God was pleased to dwell, and through him to reconcile to himself all things, whether on earth or in heaven, making peace by the blood of his cross.

If then you have been raised with Christ, seek the things that are above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. Set your minds on things that are above, not on things that are on earth. For you have died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God. When Christ who is your life appears, then you also will appear with him in glory.

Put on then, as God's chosen ones, holy and beloved, compassionate hearts, kindness, humility, meekness, and patience, bearing with one another and, if one has a complaint against another, forgiving each other; as the Lord has forgiven you, so you also must forgive. And above all these put on love, which binds everything together in perfect harmony. And let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in one body. And be thankful. Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly, teaching and admonishing one another in all wisdom, singing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, with thankfulness in your hearts to God. And whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.

Saturday, April 6, 2013

Laurel, Mississippi

We have a dream.


And though it seems too perfect, we believe it could happen.

Laurel holds a sweet place in our hearts.  When Christopher and I decided it was time to be best friends, we found ourselves traveling to Laurel quite a bit.  Knowing one person from there quickly turned into at least a dozen - overnight.  It quickly entered our lives, but like most people, I'm not certain it will ever leave - as it should be.  Laurel is one of those amazing small towns you read about and wish you knew what it was like to be a part of.  It's tiny, it's artsy, it's active, it has an adorable downtown, and the best part is the small group of best friends that reside there.  We've always wanted to live in Laurel, and we've soon realized that it's a pretty feasible dream - perhaps.

So it's maybe kind of a huge dream with lots of large events that must take place.  In short, we want to move to downtown Laurel, open our very successful 'Collins Family Chiropractic' clinic, make it big, open Mississippi's first Chiropractic College in Hattiesburg, then, once we're in a place where we can move, renovate the old Webb house and move on in, open the old dairy farm, start a garden, and invite friends over for dinner.  Sounds good, doesn't it?

I believe it will happen.



 P.S. - Just watched a male cardinal dance for a female one. :) Love is in the air!  Hello Spring!

Friday, April 5, 2013

{book review} We The Living

Ayn Rand has been my favorite author since my freshman year of high school.  We read Anthem the summer before high school for our "Gifted" English class (that's right), and although I had to read it two or three times to even somewhat understand what she was talking about, I eventually fell in love with it.  It's beautifully written.

That's what I love about Ayn Rand.  Many people think she's too negative about the world and government, but her writing style is breathtaking to me - it tromps the things she writes about.  I can read her books over and over again solely due to the manner in which she chooses to explain her beliefs.

I just finished We The Living; and although half way through I was pretty determined it wasn't a good book and it wasn't going anywhere, it pleasantly surprised me.  It's definitely a more vulgar book than I like to read, but I did enjoy the style of course.  I've always been quite interested in historical communist movements - probably because they hit such a tender place in my heart.  This book is such.  But very different, since it's a more racy approach to the subject.  It's somewhat a biography of Ayn, which allowed me to relate on a deeper level, knowing that she struggled the way Kira did in the book.

All in all, I actually shed a tear on the last few pages.  It moved me.  I could not imagine fighting my whole life just to have enough to live, then having every person I love stripped from me as well, not to mention my own life.

It will definitely make you think.  It will definitely make you grateful.

Tuesday, April 2, 2013

Easter Weekend - -

It was a great Easter weekend.  My father-in-law came to visit on Thursday, so of course it was a busy and fun-filled three days.  I'm still in a little bit of disbelief of how much was accomplished during his stay.  Friday we went over to Jone's Gap and hiked Rainbow Falls.  Beautiful waterfall.  On the way up, our friend John timidly confessed that he had never tried a boiled peanut *please forgive him - he's from New Jersey*.  We stopped at the first po-dunk grocery store we saw.  Huge cup of boiled peanuts for two dollars - thanks Lester.  Needless to say, he loved them - had a hard time sharing.  He's adapted pretty well to "the south", if South Carolina can be labeled as such.  On the way down the mountain, Alexander gave every single person that passed a taste test with love.  One man was not so happy about it.  So after listening *with a bit of a deaf ear* to his wife complain to me that my dog had rabies and I should not have him on the trail, we exchanged numbers so they could later clarify that we were telling the truth that our well-behaved, obedient-school-graduate, currently-confused puppy was in fact clear of rabies.  They confirmed later that day with our vet in Mississippi.  After the hike, we picked up a pizza and watched a James Bond flick.  Worn out.














Saturday was full of adventure as well.  To quickly recap - the men built a garden, planted the garden, built a door and lock for our outside storage room, built a bike rack in our other storage room, and picked up a work table from our Chiropractor and put it in the storage room.  All the while, I made venison bagel burgers and sweet potato fries for lunch, followed by homemade ginger snaps for desert.




Afterwards, we decided to check out a town close by called Pacolet that Mr. Michael had read contained the most craftsmen style homes in the state (he's a contractor who specializes in historic homes).  Well, someone obviously did not complete thorough research for their write-up on "must sees" in South Carolina.  This town was the epitome of disappointment.  White trash, need I say.  We saw 2 out of the "supposed" 250 craftsmen style homes, a drug bust in the middle of town, and when we asked where the historic part of town was we were told the Dollar General was a block away.  We got out of there pretty quickly.  Luckily our trip was greatly redeemed when we stumbled upon a couple trails on the outskirts of Pacolet.  We hiked for a bit then decided to try to find Glendale (another old mill town) that wasn't far away, hoping for more redemption.  Glendale was b.e.a.utiful.  There were many craftsmen style homes and a gorgeous dam.  Next to the dam was an old fabric factory that had burned down in 2004 - built in the 1800s though.  It was crazy to walk around and see.  Unfortunately we didn't have much daylight in Glendale, so I hope to go back soon.












Monday, March 25, 2013

proverbs 25

These also are proverbs of Solomon which the men of Hezekiah king of Judah copied.

It is the glory of God to conceal things, but the glory of kings is to search things out.
As the heavens for height, and the earth for depth, so the heart of kings is unsearchable.
Take away the dross from the silver, and the smith has material for a vessel;
take away the wicked from the presence of the king, and his throne will be established in righteousness.
Do not put yourself forward in the king's presence or stand in the place of the great, for it is better to be told, "Come up here," than to be put lower in the presence of a noble.
What your eyes have seen do not hastily bring into court, for what will you do in the end, 
when your neighbor puts you up to shame?
Argue your case with your neighbor himself, and do not reveal another's secret, 
lest he who hears you bring shame upon you, and your ill repute have no end.
A word fitly spoken is like apples of gold in a setting of silver.
Like a gold ring or an ornament of gold is a wise reprover to a listening ear.
Like the cold of snow in the time of harvest is a faithful messenger to those who send him;
he refreshes the soul of his masters.
Like clouds and wind without rain is a man who boasts of a gift he does not give.
With patience a ruler may be persuaded, and a soft tongue will break a bone.
If you have found honey, eat only enough for you, lest you have your fill of it and vomit it.
Let your foot be seldom in your neighbor's house, lest he have his fill of you and hate you.
A man who bears false witness against his neighbor is like a war club, or a sword, or a sharp arrow.
Trusting in a treacherous man in time of trouble is like a bad tooth or a foot that slips.
Whoever sings songs to a heavy heart is like one who takes off a garment on a cold day,
and like vinegar on soda.
If your enemy is hungry, give him bread to eat, and if he is thirsty, give him water to drink,
for you will heap burning coals on his head, and the Lord will reward you.
The north wind brings forth rain, and a backbiting tongue, angry looks.
It is better to live in a corner of the housetop than in a house shared with a quarrelsome wife.
Like cold water to a thirsty soul, so is good news from a far country.
Like a muddied spring or a polluted fountain is a righteous man who gives way before the wicked.
It is not good to eat much honey, nor is it glorious to seek one's own glory.
A man without self-control is like a city broken into and left without walls.

Sunday, March 24, 2013

kefir






I've been trying my hand at kefir lately.  It's a pro-biotic drink.  You can basically put any type of fruit in it plus some sugar and let it ferment for a day or so.  The kefir grains feed off the sugar and produce a carbonated pro-biotic drink.  I put an apple, some blueberries, and some ginger in this batch.  It turned out pretty good.  We don't prefer kefir as much as kombucha, but the health benefits are nice for what we have to work with at the moment.  (We're waiting for a scoby to start the kombucha.)

Happy Sunday!

Monday, March 18, 2013

yardwork

I spent a lot of time in the yard this weekend.  With Christopher studying for finals and the weather being the most beautiful I've seen it in South Carolina so far, how could I not?  I talked to my father-in-law Friday morning, and he inspired me to go ahead and prepare a place for our garden.  I knew I wanted to work in the yard this weekend, but I was unsure of where I needed to start.  This was a great project to tackle.  I've wanted to have a garden ever since we moved here, and we've planned it all out.  I think I just felt like it was such a huge task to accomplish, that we needed to wait a while before we started it.  Silly ;).  It really wasn't that bad once I set out to finish it.

This is the only 'before' picture I have
I know it's hard to see, but it wasn't quite this bad when I started since Christopher had raked out a good amount of it a couple months ago.  However, it was still a huge tangle of weeds and roots when I started.  (The picture above was taken before we moved in.)

This is basically what the whole area looked like when I started.
This is after I prepared the garden area in the back.



I decided to go ahead and clear out the whole space since we eventually want to have chickens in the front corner.  We're going to make boxes for our veggies instead of putting them straight in the ground.

After two days:



On Sunday I decided to start another project.  I had no idea I'd be able to finish it in a day, but with the help of my sweet husband toward the end, we wrapped it up pretty quickly.

Again, this is the only 'before' picture I have. *Notice middle flower bed
After:



We decided to make the one large flowerbed into two smaller ones.  It felt like we had two separate yards before and Alexander's main running path was right between the two trees.  I think it's going to work out nicely.  I like it so far.

It's crazy trying to figure out what adjustments you want to make to a house that your renting.  You don't want to spend a lot of money on it because you won't reap from it, but you also want to make it a space that you love.  I think we're handling it nicely so far.  We're trying to use what we have to change up the place a bit.  I mostly just enjoyed being outside all weekend. :)