Friday, April 22, 2011

We can not fully live until we die to ourselves..

it's that simple, and that hard.


Monday, April 18, 2011

Curve balls

All of us are thrown curve balls in life. Many of them. Some are expected, others are not so expected. But with each curve ball that comes our way, we have a choice. We can stand firm, watch the ball come our way, and then hit it, hit it with all of our strength. And  then run. Run as fast as we possibly can towards the only base worth running for-God. The second choice, though easier, brings much different results. As the curve ball come flying towards us, we can set our bat down and say no. No, we will not follow whatever path God has planned for us. Whatever that base is lying ahead, we don’t want to take on the curve ball in order to get there. And strike is called. 
Happy Monday! Pesach (passover) starts tonight!


Thursday, April 7, 2011

The expanse of the great blue sky.

(I am experimenting taking pictures with my laptop cam because I am too lazy to go upstairs and get my camera.)
I sit here typing away beneath the expanse of the great blue sky. I love the feeling of spring. Though it comes every year, it some how feels new, fresh, fun, full of life. I can proudly claim spring as my favorite season. Though I love so many things about each of the four seasons our amazing God decided to give us, spring just seems to fit me. The flowers, the birds chirping, the new life stirring, the people moving everywhere, and the kids, restless for summer and the release of school’s tight grip on their time.
Let me make a correction on the above paragraph. I lay here. I lay in my brother’s hammock which I have rented from him for the extent of the afternoon, for the bargain price of $2. I have an almost empty water bottle of strawberry lemonade, and bag of almonds to munch on. How freeing it feels to swing along with the light spring wind, not a care in the world. Well actually, there are many cares, but they have been put aside so that this moment can be taken in, and enjoyed to it’s full potential. 
Though this moment may be a rare one in my life of a never stopping 17 year old, it doesn’t have to be. I have an amazing God who offer’s moments like this to me every single day.  So often it seems, I decide to ignore them, and run for the every daunting tasks the world hands me. I never would truly be care free if it weren’t for my God. But the beautiful think is that I don’ have to stay stuck admits the worlds ideas and plans. I don’t have to be worn down by what they think I should be doing with my time. I can cast every single one of my worries, my desires, upon the one person who I know can take them on- my Lord. And when I do this-though I don’t do it nearly as often as I should-I feel care free. Because I am. Because my God has taken every care from me, and promised that He can handle it, and I know He will do a far better job then I ever would have.
So if you are getting bogged down by this world, by the thought of work tomorrow, or maybe even just the one more load of laundry left for tonight, take every single one of those things that are causing you to feel that way, and throw them, throw them high into the sky, and give them to the person who can take them on. Because He will, without even thinking twice about it :)
Love these verses:
1 Peter 5:7 (New International Version, ©2011)
Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you.
Matthew 11:28-30
28 “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. 29 Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. 30 For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.”
If you have not seen the movie Ramona and Bezzus- watch it. I mean it. go out and rent it tonight. I think it paints such a beautiful picture of what care free looks like. 
Care free does not mean that there will not be hard times, Infact to me, it means the opposite. It means that when those hard times come, I have a perfect assurance that I can throw all of my worldly faults and worries upon Him, and they will be take care of.
Enjoy this spring that is so beautiful gracing DC!

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Shakin it up a bit

We stopped and got ice cream on the way home from bible study last night, then we climbed in the car and rocked out to Tiao Cruz and Dynamite. Or actually, I awkwardly bounced around in my seat while the rest of the family ignored me. But hey, it was fun.

Last night at bible study, the message was on not getting stuck in traditions, or rituals. Christianity is not a religion, it's a lifestyle-a lifestyle lived for the Lord. But life does not have to be boring. God is Fresh, His Word is fresh, and life can therefore be fresh. It brings me so much joy to thing about that. God gives me a chance every moment of the day, every sunrise, to start over, to have a fresh start. And what am I going to do with my fresh start this week? I am going to shake things up a bit. 

I am determined this week to change things up. To dance in the rain, blair music through the house while I clean, sing in the shower, do school outside, and laugh and laugh and laugh some more.

This blog has really been inspiring me lately:, I love this woman's love for life. And her writing style, its very upbeat and modern.
Things i am in love with lately:
This song:

Other things I have been in love with lately:
My new Toms (you can barley see them here)

Cute pajama pants
Little hands (photo credit, one of my friends)

My new Ipad

Adorable little smiles

Cherry Blossoms

Please go check out this blog! This sweet couple is trying to raise money to adopt. Their story is heartbreaking and yet amazing.


Monday, April 4, 2011

I heart Faces -Best Face photo- March 2011

I am so happy to enter my photo this week! It brings back so many wonderful memories from the week I spend in Aspen CO, just two weeks ago. I was the nanny for seven wonderful children, whom I miss very much :) The boy in the picture had just gotten back from a day at Ski school, and we were playing around inside trying to warm up. I was learning how to use my camera on the manuel setting this week, and I had my camera with me at all times! How I love this little boy's eyes :)

Head over to I heart faces and check out the other fun photos from March!