Friday, April 27, 2012

It's Friday!

Hey friends! I am so sorry I left you hanging last week. With finals, teaching, and being sick, my blogging was sort of put to the side. That being said, I am looking forward in the next few weeks to being able to blog more (hopefully) and connect with many new blogging friends!
My countdown to graduation is closer than ever with only 8 days left! And guess parents are coming to help me celebrate! My brother Kevin is graduating as well just a few hours away from me at Cederville University. We have always been best friends, and I couldn't be happier to graduate with him!
(Kevin and I his senior year)

This week, the graduation festivites began with our honor ceremony. I actually won something! 
Check it out...

I am getting ready to head out with a bunch of girlfriends from church for a women's conference. It is going to be a great time! I can't wait! Please pray that the Lord will be at work in our hearts....and also that our husbands will find something to eat while we are gone ;)

On that note, here is a little bit of encouragement from God's word. I read this last night, and have been challenged to be even more proactive in the way that I seek the Lord.

2 Peter 1: 3-11
His divine power has given us everything we need for life and godliness through our knowledge of him who called us by his own glory and goodness. Through these he has given us his very great and precious promises, so that through them you may participate in the divine nature and escape the corruption in the world caused by evil desires. For this very reason, make every effort to add to your faith, goodness; and to goodness, knowledge; and to knowledge, self-control; and to self control, perseverance; and to perseverance, godliness; and to godliness, brotherly kindness; and to brotherly kindness, love. For if you possess these qualities in increasing measure, they will keep you from being ineffective and unproductive in your knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ

This passage really stood out to me. I realize that God does the work in our hearts to draw us to himself and to grow us to be more like him. However, notice that we are to make the effort here to be possessing these qualities. God has given us what we need-His power. If we stand idly by and do nothing with that, we are stagnant Christians, and ineffective for the Kingdom of Christ. 
Now that is terrifying. 

Father, Thank you for those who have joined me this morning just to talk about life, and what You are doing. I pray that You will do a work in our hearts so that we do make an effort to posses these qualities of  faith, goodness, knowledge, self-control, perseverance, godliness, brotherly kindness, and love. We want to be effective and productive for you. Please use us, Father. Use us in our homes, with our families, at work, at church, and even at the grocery store to be effective and productive for you. 
May we glorify you-in Jesus name

Don't forget to visit my friends and have a cup of coffee with them this sweet Friday :)

Thursday, April 26, 2012

Save Money, Give a Smile

Campus Book Rentals - your textbook alternative

I'm always looking for a way to sign up for freebies, save a dollar here and there, and cut every corner to save money. Let's be honest, who isn't these days? Well for those of you who are in college, or have friends, siblings, children, or grandchildren in college, here is an easy way for you to save money and help others in the process.

Remember that sinking feeling you get when your professor hands you the syllabus and you realize the textbook is going to be half of your paycheck? Well, say goodbye to that feeling with Campus Book Rentals-your textbook alternative. Check out the Campus Book Rentals website at for your chance at this great money saving deal.

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Interested now? 

Here's how it works. All you have to do is type in the title, author, ISBN, or simply a keyword from your textbook, and let the saving begin. Campus Book Rentals offers flexible rental periods, free shipping both ways, and even overnight shipping for you procrastinators!

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Does it get any easier than that?

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No more stress when that textbook time rolls around! Go to class with your textbook under your arm,  money in your pocket, and a smile on your face, knowing you shared that smile with a child.

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

True Love

I wonder how often we mistakingly think about God's love in human terms. Lately I have had feelings of guilt for not living for God like I should. I have been putting a lot of other things first, and really not been giving God all that He deserves. I guess somehow, I feel like since I haven't been doing my part, God is going to stop doing His.
Have you ever wondered if God is going to stop loving you? 
This is when I realized that I really do not have an accurate understanding of the role God's love plays in my life.I think a lot of my childhood experiences tainted my view of love. I learned that I had to earn acceptance and love from my the ones I looked up to, and often I just wasn't good enough. When I apply that to God's love however, I couldn't be more wrong.
 Roman's 8:28-29 says that NOTHING can separate me from the love of Christ...not even myself or the mistakes I make! That's the beauty of the love of God. It should make us feel secure in ways that no human love can. 
A verse that I found in Hosea 11:4 says, "I drew them with gentle cords, with bands of love, and I was to them as those who take the yoke from their neck. I stooped and fed them."
God's love draws us to himself and frees us! You know that feeling of always trying to earn love from those around you?
God's love fills all those needs so we are no longer in bondage to others.
Once I understand and accept the unconditional love of Christ, I can let his love channel through me to love others! John 13:34-"A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another; as I have loved you".
God, fill my heart with your love for everyone around me that when I love them, they may see You.

Friday, April 13, 2012

The Next Stage

So it's time for Friday coffee again...

It has been a rough week.... I started to get sick on Tuesday and got hit with it pretty hard on Wednesday. I actually missed my first day of teaching this semester, which isn't nearly as fun as skipping class because I had to come up with some sub plans! I'm still a little sniffly, but feeling much better :)

I have been able to focus on my student teaching pretty well...up till recently when I caught senioritis. Yes, it's a real illness! I will graduate from college 3 weeks from tomorrow!!! Woohoo!! 
It's a little bittersweet. I was talking with a friend of mine about the fact that for the past 16 years, our goals have been for a diploma. First, highschool, and now college. It's going to be weird not having that to look forward to anymore!
That being said, I am very excited to see what God has in store for me after graduation. I am definitely going to be working on my blog a little bit more. I am even contemplating the possibility of starting to write a book...or two. I'm also looking forward to being more involved with my church and just being able to be more available to my family, friends, and most importantly, my hubby.
I serve a great God-one who holds my future secure in his hands!
Matthew 6:25-34
Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or dirnk; or about your body what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothes?
Look at the birds of the air; they do nto sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them.
Are you not much more valuable than they?
Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life?
And why do you worry about clothes? See how the flowers of the field grow. They do not labor or spin. Yet I tell you that not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these. If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today and tomorrow is thrown into the fire, will he not much more clothe you-you of little faith?
So do not worry, saying, "what shall we eat?" or what shall we drink?" or "what shall we wear?" For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them. But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.

Don't forget to visit my friends and have a cup of coffee with them this sweet Friday :)

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

25 Ways to Show Your Hubby Love

Remember the post about 25 Ways To Respect Your Hubby from a few weeks back?
Well, I've continued to read in the book Becoming The Woman of His Dreams by Sharon Jaynes and the chapter I'm in this week talks about making love a verb. 

Our actions either make our husbands feel loved, or they make them feel disrespected and shamed. 

Remember the way that you felt about your hubby when you first started dating? For us, it wasn't that long ago, but I still find myself getting comfortable with where we are at and forgetting to do the little things I used to do to remind him of how much I loved him. 
Have you forgotten how to love your hubby?
Here are a few ways that I came up with to get you started...

1. Pray for your hubby-this is always the most important

2. Tell your hubby how thankful you are for him

3. Write him a little love note and hide it somewhere for him to find

4. Be there to greet your hubby when he comes home-let him know you are happy to see him

5. Make him his favorite dinner

6. Text him a sweet message while he is at work

7. Join your hubby in his hobbies-you never know, you may end up liking to fish after all :)

8. Smile at him-let him know he makes you happy

9. Ask him if there's anything you can do for him today

10. Put his needs before your own

11. Start and end each day with a kiss

12. Say "I love you" often

13. Compliment him to his face

14. Even better, brag about him in public

15. Encourage him from scripture

16. Thank him for everything he does at work and around the house

17. Believe in him

18. Say you are sorry and admit when you are wrong

19. Give him a back rub, or foot rub

20. Take him out on a date-let him know you love spending time with him

21. Laugh at his jokes. Remember how funny he was when you started dating? That probably hasn't have probably stopped paying attention.

22. Be his biggest fan. If you aren't, someone else will be

23. Seek advice from your hubby-Let him know you trust and value his opinion

24. Buy him a gift "just because"

25. Ask him how you can love him better-He will feel loved just knowing you are trying!

Now, I realize there are many more ways to love your husband-these are just a few to get you started. You may be surprised by the change you see...not just in your hubby, but in your own heart as well!

Monday, April 9, 2012

Pineapple Brown Sugar Ham Glaze

Ever since I can remember, my family has had an Easter dinner complete with ham, mashed potatoes and dessert! 
Since I was not able to be home with my family for Easter this year, Jimmy and I made our own Easter dinner complete with a yummy ham. 
I experimented with a pineapple brown sugar glaze which ended up being the best part!
And since it's been a while since I've shared a recipe so here is how it's made:

Pineapple Brown Sugar Ham Glaze*Note this is for an 8lb ham

1.5 cups of brown sugar
1.5 TBSP of cornstarch
1/2 tsp salt
1 can crushed pineapple (do not drain)
3 TBSP lemon juice
1 TBSP mustard

Mix brown sugar, cornstarch, and salt. Add the remaining ingredients, and heat over low heat until mixture is think and bubbly. Boil for 1 minute.

Bake Ham as directed on packaging and brush on glaze 45 minutes before the Ham is done cooking.

Friday, April 6, 2012

It's Friday coffee time again!

Welcome back to another Friday cup of coffee! I love these get together's with you. Most of all, I love the opportunity to share my heart with you and what God is doing in my life. 

Today being Good Friday, I want to take a moment to remember the sacrifice that Jesus made in His death on the cross. 
Thank you Jesus!
Thank you Jesus for the sacrifice that you made on that cross, giving your life up so we could be free from the oppression of sin and death.
It is sad to see the meaning of Easter be lost in the frivolousness of bunnies, eggs, and Easter baskets. Don't get me wrong, I love all of that, so long as it doesn't take the place of the truth of the gospel.
Although Easter Sunday is not the actual anniversary of Jesus' death, it is still a celebration of the events that changed our world forever. Jesus is the only person to conquer death and beat Satan. Because of his death and Resurrection, we have hope!
I pray that you experience this hope in Christ.

This week, the hubby and I decided to try playing tennis again.
No lie, if someone video taped us, it may make it to America's Funniest Home least the shots of me would. I do not have very good coordination with a tennis racket!
It doesn't help that we got our rackets for $1 at a garage sale and they aren't really aligned straight ;)
Instead of playing against each other, we worked together to see how many times we could hit it back and forth.
29 was the magic number!
So, if you are looking for a fun outdoor date night activity with your hubby, try tennis and let me know how you do:)

This week we have also been busy planning our summer vacation! 
We are going on a cruise to the Bahamas!!!
Can you tell how excited I am?
We are celebrating our 1 year anniversary in May, and also my college graduation. Is there a better way to celebrate? I think not;)

Other then that, there's not much else going on! Just 3 and a half more weeks and I will be done with my student teaching, and ready for the summer to begin. I am really seeking God's will for my life this summer, and even into the fall. I am hoping to focus on my writing, blogging, and the various ministries that God has called me to. Pray for God's direction in mine and Jimmy's life!

How can I encourage you or pray for you? Leave me a comment, or send me a private e-mail. I would love to talk. 
Have a great weekend!

Don't forget to visit my friends and have a cup of coffee with them this beautiful Friday :)

Wednesday, April 4, 2012

What if we were different?

The ladies in our church have been having some great discussions about modesty and how to dress to protect our brothers in the Lord. 

I have been so encouraged by the ways we are challenging each other to be living for the Lord, even in the way we dress.
Modesty discussions have always been a touchy subject for me.
I grew up being allowed to only wear very long dresses with "modesty" as the reason. Although that may be one person's way of displaying modesty, I don't believe that's the only way to be obedient to the Lord in this.

Now that I'm the one making the decisions about what I wear, my natural tendency is to want to wear exactly what every one else is wearing!
 I like to fit in and be like everyone else. 
There's a problem with that. I'm not just like everyone else. I'm a daughter of the Creator of this world, the King of everything, God Most High!
 What I wear makes a statement about who I am, whether I am aware of it or not. 

To be honest, I'm a little nervous to even write on this topic. I don't have it all figured out, and I know that not everyone will agree with me. But this is definitely a topic that keeps coming up around me, and one that I feel is important.

Why are we so careful as Christian women to make sure our houses are clean, the Christian music is playing on the radio, the books we read are Christian, and that the things we say reflect Christ. Do we forget that the way we dress also makes a statement? It's a huge statement. It's one that people we never even speak to will hear loudly.

No, I'm not going to tell you what I think you should wear, and what I think you shouldn't. It doesn't matter what I think. It's an issue of the heart.

Genesis 2:25 The man and his wife were both naked, and they felt no shame.

It seems clear that without sin, modesty would not be an issue.

Genesis 3:7 Then the eyes of both of them were opened, and they realized they were naked; so they sewed fig leaves together and made coverings for themselves.
Genesis 3:21 The Lord God made garments of skin for Adam and his wife and clothed them.

After sin, God covered nakedness. Why then, is the world so adamantly trying to expose it?

 If it were not important that Adam and Eve's nakedness be covered properly, God would not have sacrificed an animal in order to make them garments of skin.
Is it possible then, that when we flaunt our bodies and "show too much skin" that we are implying we don't need what God offered to Adam and Eve?
I'm not saying we need to wear baggy unflattering clothes that completely cover the shape of our bodies, but ask yourself, 
would I be comfortable wearing this in the presence of Christ?
If not, it's not worth it to wear it. There are plenty of cute clothes that are modest as well. Yes, you may have to shop around a little more, or pay a higher price, but that's a small price to pay for being a testimony for Christ and an example to those around us. 

What if we stopped wearing things just because it's what everyone around us is wearing, and took the time to represent the Lord with the way we dress?
We aren't called to be like everyone else. 
We are daughters of the King! 
What if we dressed like it?


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