My heart is breaking right now, and it’s nothing to do with me. In my little bubble, things are pretty good. But when people I interact with are going through so much, it makes my heart so, so heavy, and there’s not a thing I can do. I’m much more likely to shed tears over someone else’s sorrow than my own. I KNOW there is nothing i can do other than bring them in prayer before my loving God, but seeing the things people are going through still hurts so badly.

Is that a problem? What do I do about it? How do I keep from being completely exhausted by the emotional turmoil of people I know and people I love? I’m still trying to figure that out.

I Don’t Need You

I’ll be the first to admit, my marriage is far, far from perfect. By far, i mean far.

But we’ve gotten one thing right from the start, my husband and I.

We’ve always said to eachother “I don’t need you.”

Wipe the shock off your face. We still love eachother, help eachother, and depend on eachother. But when something comes up, we take it to God and depend on him before eachother. Anytime we don’t, it ends badly.

I think it’s a good lesson for anyone.

Blog Review: Challenged and Changed!

I’ve decided that I’m going to start featuring, once a week, a blog that I love and think you all will love too! My very first one is going to be Challenged and Changed by a sweet friend of mine named Megan.

Megan is a newlywed, a college student, and one of the most sincere, genuine people you could ever meet. Her posts are honest, well written, and encouraging. I love her perspective on life. Click the picture above and go follow her! She’s also just started receiving free books to review from Book Sneeze, and I look forward to reading them!

I hope you’ve enjoyed my very first blog review. There will be more to come!

An update

Hello readers!

Sorry it has been so long since I’ve posted. Life has been kind of busy! And now, the problem is that I have too many ideas for blog posts, and couldn’t decide where to start!

I think I’ll start with an update on life. My husband and I have moved to Las Cruces, New Mexico. We went to college here at New Mexico State for two years before transferring to a Southwestern Assemblies of God in Waxahachie, TX. It was not a good experience, for many reasons, and so we came back. I’m so excited to be back here! It really feels like home. We’re living in a cute little townhome, and let me tell you, it’s so nice to not be in an apartment! Having a house and a yard is so much nicer, especially with dogs.  One of the best things is having my own washer! No dryer, but we do have a clothesline, and as long as it’s warm, clotheslines are nicer anyway. One of the things I’ve been struggling with is finding ways to hang decorations on cinderblock. We only have a few normal walls. I know there are command hooks, but they seem to stick out so much! Do any of you have suggestions?

We’ve decided to take this semester off from working (except for my Mary Kay stuff. I’ll do a post on that later) Thankfully, when you are married and going to school, the government throws money at you! We’d both like to get a lot more involved in ministries this semester, and we’ll have time to do it now. Plus, we haven’t really gotten a good chance to settle into being married. I think it will be really nice. Some of my personal goals are to really grow as far as blogging is concerned, and to focus on building meaningful, intentional relationships with people. I almost feel like it’s New Years and I’m making resolutions! It does feel like something of a new start. New home, new goals. I’m excited.

I’m going to try really hard to make sure I put out at least a blog post a week. I know I’ve tended to blog in spurts, with a lot of posts, and then not so many. Sorry about that! My hope is to get a lot more consistent. Also, if I blog once a week regularly  I can start getting free books to read and review, so that’s exciting! I’m also hoping to try and pull this blog together as a lifestyle blog, instead of just a mishmash of who knows what. Part of this will be more reviews, as well as more recipes and craft ideas.

I’ve also changed the format and style of the blog page. What do you think? How does it compare to how my blog looked previously?

Tell me though, what else would you like to see me cover here? What would be interesting to you?

Ever heard of a Cara box?

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Neither had I! It’s an organized penpal/gift exchange program by Wifessionals. Click the button above to head over there and check it out!

Basically, the way it works is that every month that you want to participate, you are paired with two other girls to get to know, mostly other bloggers. Each month, there will be a theme, last month was nautical. And you’ll send one of the other ladies a box of goodies and a note of encouragement. The other girl you’re paired with will send one to you! And someone else will be sending her one, and so on.

I think it’s an awesome idea, and I can’t wait for August’s!

You should join the fun!

This morning I started to read a book called “The Jesus I Never Knew” by Philip Yancey.

I’d like to post some of my favorite quotes from the first chapter. Commentary may come later, for now I’m still processing. I’d love your thoughts!

“You can gauge the size of a ship that has passed out of sight by the huge wake it leaves behind.”

 

The vision of Christ that thou dost see

Is my vision’s greatest enemy:

Thine has a great hook nose like thine,

Mine has a snub nose like to mine….

Both read the Bible day and night,

But thou read’st black where I read white.”

~William Blake

 

J.B. Phillips wrote, after translating and paraphrasing the Gosels, “I have read, in Greek an Latin, scores of myths, but I did not find the slightest flavour of myth here…no man could have set down such artless and vulnerable accounts as these unless some real Event lay behind them.”

 

“Jesus, I found, bore little resemblance to the Mister Rogers character I had met in Sunday School, and was remarkably unlike the person I had studied in Bible college. For one thing, he was far less tame. In my prior image, I realized, Jesus’ personality had matched that of a Star Trek Vulcan: he remained calm, cool, and collected as he strode like a robot among excitable human beings on planet Earth. That is not what I found portrayed in the Gospels and in the better films. Other people effected Jesus deeply: obstinacy frustrated him, self-righteousness infuriated him, simple faith thrilled him. Indeed, he seemed more emotional and spontaneous than the average person, not less. More passionate, not less.”

 

“If Jesus had never lived, we would not have been able to invent him.”