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. :)

Friday, March 8, 2013

quick update:

I have no idea what is going on. :)

I feel like the water has just picked me up and it's taking me wherever I'm supposed to be.  I'm just going with it.

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Wednesday, one of Christopher's teachers told him he had a job for me and asked us to come to his office that night so he could meet me.  We went.  He told me that one of his good friends who is a Chiropractor in Greenville needs some temporary part-time help.  I have no idea what to think, but I say I'm in, and he calls the doc while we're there.  After leaving a message, he told me he would contact me when he heard back.  Exit scene.

Thursday, around 10am I get a call from the doc.  He asks me a few questions about myself then asked if I'd be willing to come to his office at 1:30 that afternoon.  Yes.

I get to his office, we sit down with the two girls who work the desk, and we have a mini group interview.  Afterwards, he asks me if I want to stay and work the rest of the day.  Yes.

So I have a job now.  It part-time but super amazing.  It's more than I could have asked for.  Everyone is so awesome and I'm still available mornings, Wednesdays, and weekends to get everything done that I need to do.  I still feel so overwhelmed by it because it happened so fast, but I'm so very thankful for this opportunity.

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Wednesday, I get an email from the sweet lady I met with a couple weeks ago at Converse.  She was the one I talked to about the Master's program.  She encouraged me to talk to the lady in charge of Converse II (which is their continuing education program). 

Thursday morning I emailed her back, and even though I had already applied for Converse II, I emailed the director anyway and told her my situation.  She informed me that because I'm not 24 years old, I cannot be accepted into the program.  She said my only option was to go through the traditional undergraduate program.  At this point I'm only seeing dollar signs flashing before my eyes.

So I email the director of admissions for undergrad studies.  After much redirection and explanation, this morning we set up an appointment for me to speak with her, get a tour of the campus, and talk to the head of the Art Ed department and financial aid office.

As I said, I have no idea what's going on.  I'm just pursuing what I know to pursue and having faith that it's going to work out perfectly.

It's been a busy two days to say the least.

I'm also waiting to hear back from my dear friend at the yoga studio to see if I can switch nights with someone since my Tuesdays are now busy.  Fingers crossed!  It's been cool volunteering with them.

Prepare your work outside; get everything ready for yourself in the field, and after that build your house.
Proverbs 24:27

Thursday, March 7, 2013

genuine worship

A verse that has been speaking measures to me lately is Luke 7:36 - 49
It reads - -

A Sinful Woman Forgiven
One of the Pharisees asked him to eat with him, and he went into the Pharisee's house and took his place at the table.  And behold, a woman of the city, who was a sinner, when she learned that he was reclining at table in the Pharisee's house, brought an alabaster flask of ointment, and standing behind him at his feet, weeping, she began to wet his feet with her tears and wiped them with the hair of her head and kissed his feet and anointed them with the ointment.  Now when the Pharisee who had invited him saw this, he said to himself, "If this man were a prophet, he would have known who and what sort of woman this is who is touching him, for she is a sinner."  And Jesus answering said to him, "Simon, I have something to say to you."  And he answered, "Say it, Teacher."
 "A certain moneylender had two debtors.  One owed five hundred denarii, and the other fifty.  When they could not pay, he cancelled the debt of both.  Now which of them will love him more?"  Simon answered, "The one, I suppose, for whom he cancelled the larger debt."  And he said to him, "You have judged rightly."  Then turning toward the woman he said to Simon, "Do you see this woman?  I entered your house; you gave me no water for my feet, but she has wet my feet with her tears and wiped them with her hair.  You gave me no kiss, but from the time I came in she has not ceased to kiss my feet.  You did not anoint my head with oil, but she has anointed my feet with ointment.  Therefore I tell you, her sins, which are many, are forgiven - for she loved much.  But he who is forgiven little, loves little."  And he said to her, "Your sins are forgiven."  Then those who were at table with him began to say among themselves, "Who is this, who even forgives sins?"  And he said to the woman, "Your faith has saved you; go in peace."

 [this is genuine worship]

I listened to a sermon from Victory last week, and in it, Pastor Danny mentioned this verse.  The sermon was based on John 3:30, "He must increase, but I must decrease".

This story is one of the best examples we get of true - flat on your face - nothing else matters but Jesus - worship.  This woman was a prostitute who had absolutely nothing clean or worthy to give Jesus.  But she understood his name, and she sought it out.  She drew near and she gave her all in the most humble manner.   

She sought out his feet.  

And that is the purpose of worship - to touch him, to lay aside everything, to humble ourselves.

And in the beauty of Jesus, he wasn't offended that she gave oil that she had bought with money from prostitution.  He didn't care where it came from.  He saw her faith and her humility.  She caught his attention.

This is how true worship should be.  That we are totally surrendered to him. 

Pastor gave a great example of pure worship.  That we should be like diamonds when we worship him.  When the light of the Father shines on a diamond, it reflects brilliantly and directly back to him. 
This is also a great example of how our lives should be.  When people see us, we should reflect the light of the Lord like a diamond.  That people wouldn't see me, but they would see the Lord.
Worship actually does this for us.  Worship gets me out of the way so people can see the Father.  It allows Christ to rise to a higher place in our lives, when we worship in Spirit and in Truth.

EXPECTANCY, HUMILITY, DESIRE - when you come to him in this, he will speak and act.



As I write this, I see 13 [count, 13] robins on the ground outside my window.  Hmm... Lord?  What is the meaning of a robin?  

The red robin is a portent of spring. Robins are one of our first visual signs from the animal kingdom that the return of warmth is on its way after a long winter haul. This is a time for celebration! Bird song returns to the skies, little buds on trees are ready to burst open, and the spring flowers are poised for blooming.
Animal symbolism of the Red Robin: joy, hope, clarity, renewal, pleasure, simplicity, happiness, satisfaction, rejuvenation, contentment, bright future, new beginning

Wednesday, March 6, 2013

[hidden treasures]

I've recently fallen in love with the old testament. {Exodus being my favorite so far.}  I am continually blown away by his persistence and yearning for our love.  His heart is the most beautiful treasure.  His love is like none I've ever encountered.  How blessed are we that it is never-ceasing - always increasing.  I cannot comprehend it.  Throughout all the Bible, he is just himself - Love.  And he gives us every opportunity to know him deeply, truly.  How beautiful.


The Value of Wisdom
My son, if you receive my words and treasure up my commandments with you,
making your ear attentive to wisdom and inclining your heart to understanding;
yes, if you call out for insight and raise your voice for understanding,
if you seek it like silver and search for it as for hidden treasures,
then you will understand the fear of the Lord and find the knowledge of God.
For the Lord gives wisdom; from his mouth come knowledge and understanding;
he stores up sound wisdom for the upright; he is a shield to those who walk in integrity,
guarding the paths of justice and watching over the way of his saints.
Then you will unerstand righteousness and justice and equity, every good path;
for wisdom will come into your heart, and knowledge will be pleasant to your soul;
      discretion will watch over you, understanding will guard you,
delivering you from the way of evil, from men of perverted speech,
who forsake the paths of uprightness to walk in the ways of darkness,
who rejoice in doing evil and delight in the perverseness of evil,
men whose paths are crooked, and who are devious in their ways.
So you will be delivered from the forbidden woman, from the adulteress with her smooth words,
who forsakes the companion of her youth and forgets the covenant of her God;
for her house sinks down to death, and her paths to the departed;
none who go to her come back, nor do they regain the paths of life.
So you will walk in the way of the good and keep to the paths of the righteous.
For the upright will inhabit the land, and those with integrity will remain in it,
but the wicked will be cut off from the land, and the treacherous will be rooted out of it.
Proverbs 2


WISDOM, INSIGHT, UNDERSTANDING - search for it as for [hidden treasures]

Oftentimes we get so caught up in the world as we know it, I think we forget that our one focus and one desire should be Abba.  Our gaze and our efforts should be totally directed toward him.  It's his desire.  He deserves it after all.

His beauty is like the noonday sun that brings life to all the world.

Sunday, March 3, 2013

sunday mornin melodies

It's been a friends and pancakes kind of morning - my favorite :)

Blue Jay spotting.
Backyard playing.
Maple syrup.
Double doses of coffee.
The good Word.
Sounds of my baby praising.
Blog reading.
And studying.


Thank you, dear ones, for all the encouragement about my last post.  It means so much to me. :)