Thursday, February 28, 2013

Touching the Sky

 
Have you ever noticed how beautiful this world is?
 
Have you ever glanced at your reflection on a glassy sheet of lake water?
 
Have you ever blinked into a summer rain?
 
Have you ever heard the ocean lap against the shore?
 
Have you ever seen the way the trees touch the sky?


flower at Wilson's Creek National Battlefield three years ago {taken by my GOOD camera!}


Tillamook OR {not my pic}

 
God has gifted us with a beautiful world. The grass, the sky, the trees, the flowers, the ocean...even the snow. ;) Everything He has made is beautiful. Sometimes I look at it and it makes me cry that sin entered the world and destroyed the origonal splendor of His creation. I wish I could see the Garden of Eden. I wish I could live in it.
 
God created a faultless world. We have the misfortune to live in a fallen world. Well, it is sort of a misfortune. While we miss some of the perfection God intended, there is something we have that we would never have gotten had sin NOT come into the world.
 
Jesus Christ.
 
I cannot keep quiet about Him and all He has done for me. I am a rotten sinner. I am reminded every morning I wake up that I breathe only by His mighty grace and forgiveness. And it inspires me to want to live for Him. In everything I do. In my writing. Drawing. Singing. Playing the piano. Hanging out with my friends. Business. At work. Loving.




 
My Daddy and I have been having some fantastic conversations. We call it our meal a day. A little piece of the things we read in our Bible, a morsel of what we learned and what we are thinking about. We have been gleaning sooo much! But one things has stood out the last few days.
 
God is LOVE. God wants US to LOVE.
LOVE is what makes the world spin. It is not always flowery. In fact, MOST of the time, real love is NOT sparks and fireworks. Love is hard.
 
Faith is what gives us excitement. It is the unexplainable coming to light. Those things we cannot understand, those WONDERFUL, amazing offerings from God that we just KNOW are His gifts to us. It makes my insides quiver to think about all the amazing things God has been doing in my life.
 
Faith is hard too. It is not easy to give up your life and let Him take charge, having the faith that He will do it right.



 
Even though we know He will.
 
A while back I shared how I had given my life to God and how I had no regrets.
 
Now I am here to tell you how thrilled I am to watch the things He has been doing in my life!!! Little prayers are answers, hope has been granted me, my desires are coming true! And I know it is not from ANYTHING I am doing! It is all God!!!! He is amazing. Incredible. There ARE no words to express what He is.




 
I am excited for life. I have complete peace about what is going to happen. Right now, I may think certain things are what I want....
 
Sometimes what you want isn't always what you get. But if you trust in God, have faith that He knows what He is doing, in the end you'll see that what you got is better than what you wanted.
 
 
A lot of times I feel like shaking people and asking them to wake up to the world around them. It is so amazing and all they can do is mope about their silly little problems. In the light of eternity, what are they?

Nothing.

So don't dwell on them. Sin has made parts of life ugly. But that doesn't mean you need to spend you life looking at it. There is beauty around! Enjoy it! Be aware of the darkness. But spend your time and life in the light.


And we shouldn't be. It makes me grieve.
 
Life is so beautiful. The world is so beautiful. You are so beautiful. The people around you are so beautiful
 
Stop thinking otherwise.
 

 
 
Something I started doing a while back was thanking God. All the time. For everything. Even things I wasn't expecting... Even things I wasn't wanting. And my whole perspective on life has changed! It is incredible.
 
You should to. Your life can change.
 
This post was a bit more black and white and directed than most. But I hope it made you think and that you enjoyed it at least a little bit. Sometimes the hard things to hear are the best things to hear. And I don't want to be afraid to say them. I want to say something worth hearing, worth thinking about. Something that will mean something...in eternity.
 
 


Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Round of Laughs!


It's time for a picture day!!!!
 
I was digging through a stack of old pictures and found a few that just made me bawl with laughter. I thought I would share them with you guys. ;)

 


This is Thadden and I when we were {probably} 3 and 4. Clearly, we were in trouble. What for, ahem, I have no recollection. ;)



 
This is how most of our family portraits end up. ;)






Itty-bitty me. Can anyone guess why I like this pic so much or why it made me laugh? {Hint: turn your computer upside-down...}




Funny faces!!!!




 
 
Haha...just laugh.
 
 
 
 
So pretty!
 

 
 
Took this pic a while back and edited it for fun!!! :D
 

 
 
We got more snow!!!!!!! Tizona is such a happy girl!!! :D
 

 
 
I finally finished this drawing. It doesn't really look a thing like her, but it is 100% freehand, so I'm sorta happy with it. :D The picture I took of it is pretty bad quality though. It is a bit darker and detailed... :(


 
 
My beautiful girls!!!!!


 
 
Silver! {Very muddy Silver...}


 
 
Tizonababe has such gorgeous smile!
 

 
 
So, what is the appropriate response when your siblings dress your wall ornament in underwear?
 
 
The snow meant I couldn't go to work. My Daddy got the car stuck in the driveway so he had to take the vehicle I normally drive into his work. It also meant I didn't get to go to performance in Sprgfld I was really hoping to go to!!
 
But, it was beautiful!
 
Oh! The best way to be woken up in the morning is to have your Mum, sisters, and little brother jump on you shouting. :D
 
I love my life so much. I am super blessed. I know exactly what I am going to do with my life. I have a WONDERFUL family, great friends, and a super CUTE business. {I mean, seriously, who has the privilege of calling their BUSINESS cute!!!!!} God loves me so much and He shows it in sooo many ways! Things, seemingly random, just happen, at the right moment, in just the right way, right when I don't expect it! In fact, I've noticed almost all of the things God does are when I don't expect them. I've started not expecting things so I can be so amazed when God acts! It's awesome!!!!! :D
 
Anyhow, hope you all have a great rest of the day and enjoyed those pics!! :D
 
 
 

Sunday, February 24, 2013

To My Friends


This post is dedicated to my best friends.

Good friends aren't a rare as I used to find them...

Or, as someone very like me once said, "Kindred spirits are not so scarce as I used to think."

I have been so blessed by God this last year. For the first time ever, I got to say I had real friends. REAL friends.
 
Tears come to my eyes.
 
I want to whisper it. I want to scream it!
 
 
 
{Except I hate to fist punch}
 
 
They make me laugh, smile, cry. They understand me. They love me. When I mess up, they forgive me. They love God, too. And that is the most important.
 
I just feel the need to brag about my friends right now.


 
 
Seriously, what is life without your important people?
 
 

 
 
Thank goodness! I know so many times when I have done {ahem, things I will not mention} with friends!!!!
 
 
This one is for Treskie!
 

 
 
I remember when I would pray to God every day for a real friend. Someone to talk to, to love. Someone who would WANT to spend time with me and love me. Someone who loved Him and wanted to talk about the things He was doing in their life and hear what He has done in mine. I prayed for so many years.
 
And then, all of a sudden, He answered.
 
 

 
Thank you, thank you, thank you!!!!
 
Thank you, Grace!
 
Thank you, Jonnah!
 
Thank you, Cait!
 
Thank you, Rachel!
 
Thank you, Joanna!
 
Thank you, Alejandra!
 
Thank you, all my dear friends with no blogs!!!!!!
 
Wow! I am loved!
 
I have REAL friends.
 
Wow.
 
 
 

And I believe this with all my heart!!!
 
For Cait. ;)
 

 
 
I am sarcastic to my best friends {and no one else}. It is my thing with them. So, if I have been sarcastic with you, beware. You are one of my best friends. ;}
 
 
 
 
That one was just for fun. ;)
 
So I am going to do another one.
 
 
And because you can never have too much fun...





And, at last, I just can't resist telling you all about the best friend of all!!! Jesus! Yep. He's my bestie. Without Him...I wouldn't even be alive. Literally! I am sooo thankful for Him and for all He has done for me and for everything He will ever do for me!!! Wow. I am sooo blessed to know my Savior and have a personal relationship with Him. He guides my every step, every day, every moment. I have no fear because He is at my side and does sooo much for me. He is the best.

Ok.

Here's an acronym for you.





And now I will close, because you seriously don't want me to gush on anymore. ~_*

 
 
 

Friday, February 22, 2013

Hold Fast


My heart longs for many things. Most of them I keep hidden away out of a desire to keep them sacred, and safe.

I have a heart for the broken. I want to rescue the lost. I want to treasure the forsaken.

And I find myself held back by so many things.

People don't understand. People look at the outward. They look at behaviors, faces, cloths... they don't see the broken souls beneath awkward fa├žades. They overlook, I can only hope unintentionally, the screaming hearts, begging for acceptance and a simple act of love.

I want to bring that love.





It's a soft spot of mine. I've always liked the misfortunates. The misfits and needy. The little one surrounded by big ones.

Because I want to give them hope. I want to make them smile and see the good in the world. I want them to see that not everyone is indifferent. And even though they pretend they are fine, I can see the hurt, and I care.




And then my heart breaks because I cannot do it. I cannot bear the weight for everyone. I cannot love every lost stranger. I cannot comfort every silent cry.

I am a dreamer. I imagine the world as it was meant to be: perfect. With God walking among us and trees green and blossoms floating from the sky and birds perched on fingertips. And I can't wait until heaven.

I don't mean that morbidly. Seriously, I just cannot wait to be through. To see God face to face. To know Him and talk to Him and be with Him. And to know only love. See only peace. Hear only song.

It will be paradise. Utopia. My Neverland.

Heaven.

So for now I listen to the cries. I glance around at the faces. And I send a prayer after each one, hoping it will not be lost. God loves us all, even the lowest, the least loved.

Sometimes, it is not those that seem to need love, that seem to be lost, that seem to be frayed at the edges, that need love the most. Sometimes it's the girl with the deepest dimples on her face, the boy who could chatter the hind leg off a mule, the kid with the biggest grin...

Sometimes they just need a soft hand, someone to truly listen, someone to care. Because they are hiding the hurt, the insecurity, the pain, deep in their spirit.





I want to care.

I just don't know how.

So that's why I pray. And hold fast to a promise.

"I will never leave you nor forsake you."

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Pics and Updates


So...............

Busy.
 
That is how you can describe me.
 
But definitely happy.
 
*cheesy grin!!!!*
 
Here is my week in some pics:
 
WORK
 




 

My banana suit for work.... :P I give you permission to laugh.



 
PLAY
 
 




TIZONA!!!!!! <3 <3




Me, showcasing a goofy smile. ;)



I want these. I would have bought them if one hadn't been missing... :(


In other news, I am selling my horse!!! Finally!!!! I have had her listed for quite a while. It is such a blessing to finally get her sold! Thank you, God!!!





Also, I want to thank all of you who have tagged me in the last little while... I'm sorry I haven't had a chance to do them. For some reason....I haven't been able to. ;)

Eventually, I will get back on this blog and post something real again... Eventually.




But not today.

So, ta ta till later!!!


CKC


:P


Here's a Unicorn. Just cause.