Saturday, December 25, 2010
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Thursday, August 5, 2010
Friday, July 30, 2010
Wednesday, July 28, 2010
With all of that excitement so far, what else could happen???
Monday, July 12, 2010
I love my church. I like how I walk in and see smiling faces that welcome me home. I like how people come in with all of their brokenness and problems and there are welcoming faces, it's comfortable to be there. You don't feel self conscious. The labels you wear don't matter there.
We're doing a four week study right now on the one-chapter books of the New Testament. Yesterday we studied Philemon. I've glazed over this book before, once or twice, but never realized what an awesome message there was in it. We are not defined by our human labels...
LABELS: wife, daughter, artist, nurse, extrovert, impulsive, unpredictable, funny, divorced, mother, stubborn, short, angry, Italian, organized, loud, silly, bitchy, moody, selfish, happy...... the list goes on.
BUT... "In Christ you are better than your human label" those are the words that my Pastor spoke yesterday. Those words made my heart leap. It felt good to hear them, to hear someone speak them out loud.
LABELS FROM GOD: bought, pardoned, free, saved, beautiful, loved....
WHAT LABELS WILL YOU WEAR?
WHO DEFINES YOU?
(Thanks PCC for doing what you do!)
More on Philemon, check out this post on Brian's blog.
Saturday, July 3, 2010
Thursday, July 1, 2010
Wednesday, June 30, 2010
My vacation started yesterday. My last day of work, now three days to pack and we're off. Looking so forward to the beach, family, food, relaxation, fun, food, sun, ocean, shopping, oh and did I say food?
Every year we head to the beach for our week vacation. We go with my mom, sisters, and nieces. It's become our family tradition to go to the Outer Banks, and this will be our 13th year! My job at the beach is to cook for everyone. I have been named Top Chef, with my sister Christy being my Sous Chef, and my Mom and the kids filling in as Line and Prep Cooks. My sister Di is on clean up duty, and she's fine with that. Any one who knows me knows that my life revolves around food. I think most Italians revolve their lives around food. Someone gets married, we eat. Someone dies, we eat. Someone has a baby, we eat. Holidays... eat. Friends coming over... eat. Sad... eat. Happy... eat. Mad... eat. Am I forgetting anything? well, just eat.
There is something very sacred about the beach. It was my peace of mind as I was growing up. We spent every summer in Ocean City, MD. We had a beach house in Fenwick Island and I have so many happy memories of family, the beach, our boat, crabbing on the bay, and all of our summer friends that we grew up with.
Now it's time to do the dreaded packing :(
Friday, June 18, 2010
Thursday, June 17, 2010
Thursday, June 10, 2010
Wednesday, June 9, 2010
Thursday, June 3, 2010
Wednesday, June 2, 2010
Wednesday, May 19, 2010
Monday, May 17, 2010
Friday, May 14, 2010
Thursday, May 13, 2010
Wednesday, May 12, 2010
Tuesday, May 11, 2010
Ok, I admit it, that's hard for me, the goal oriented over achiever that I am.
Monday, May 10, 2010
I'm drawing a blank these days. I think that's called writer's block or something like that.
Perhaps this is just how life is... it cycles.
There are times of creativity, times of productivity, times of introspection, times of contemplation, times of application, and the list goes on.
Each of these has it's purpose.
It's nice to step back and really take a look at things... gain perspective... wonder.
Ask what if? and why?
Stay in the indecision for a while, stay uncomfortable for a while, it's all part of the growth process that we all go through. (yeah, everyone goes through a growth process, but not everyone is aware of their growth process, open your eyes)
We complicate life so much.
We expect too much from ourselves.
We expect too much from others.
We expect too much from God.
If we really knew Him, we would have no other expectation than to love Him, like He loves us.
God created us for him.
He's not a Genie or Magician that answers our requests in the form of prayers.
He's not something I add to my life, schedule in, make time for.
We are part of His creation, His purpose, His plan.
Donald Miller put it ever so wonderfully when he wrote "If I have a hope, it's that God sat over the dark nothing and wrote you and me, specifically, into the story, and put us in with the sunset and the rainstorm as though to say, Enjoy your place in my story. The beauty of it means you matter, and you can create within it even as I have created you." (from his book "A Million Miles In a Thousand Years")
So where are you in the cycle?
Where are you with God?
What are you creating in God's story?
Why do you do what you do?
Thursday, April 15, 2010
I remember when I first saw her, she had no eyelashes, and was a beautiful, bald, little butterball. Early on, she was quite colicky. I later realized that was just part of her feisty personality. She was always very determined in everything she did, somewhat of a perfectionist. She's a momma's girl, she always wanted to be held and cuddled, and even today she still likes to be close to me.
I just can't believe my baby girl is 13. Where does the time go? For many years in our children's lives, we can't wait for them to get older and on to the next stage. But when they become teenagers, we start counting the years we have left with them.
How much time do I have to teach her everything she needs to know to go out into the world and a become productive adult?
That would be only 6 years.
And I sit back and marvel at the wonderful young women she is becoming. Samantha is a born leader, other kids look up to her and want to be around her. She has awesome friendships, she is a great relater, her friends cherish Samantha for her loyalty to them. Samantha also loves a sense of accomplishment, she achieves anything she puts her mind to. She's also an awesome artist and clarinetist. She dreams of being a Fashion Designer or Emergency Rescue Vet when she gets older. And I have no doubt that she will!
I am so blessed and so thankful for my
Thursday, April 8, 2010
Everyday, there are things that are good in my life. What if we all lived our lives being thankful for those things? Focused on the positive? Looked at the glass half full?
Yeah, they're a little crazy, like me ;)
Wednesday, April 7, 2010
Hope for a desperate world
Insurgency in the slumber
How did we become unfurled?
God wipes away the pain
We died to sin, the time it steals
but it never works
to hurt is easier than to heal.
the things we keep so near
more than a wake up call
the deeper wounds stop here.
Blinded by the chaos
Hand on the gun
Can't get past the pain
My personal 911
Dedicated to a Friend :)
Tuesday, April 6, 2010
The “Is that contestant on American Idol a Christian? Scorecard”:
20. They drink a 40 ounce of Olde E. malt liquor during one of their interviews. = - 3 points
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Wednesday, March 31, 2010
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Saturday, March 27, 2010
As a parent, I am proud of my children's accomplishments and of them making the right choices. I think I feel like my identity is somehow intertwined in them. I think most Mom's feel that way. I watch them grow, and the time goes by so fast. When they were young, I looked forward to each stage as they got older and grew bigger. But somewhere around the ninth grade, I realize that I only have a few years left with them. A few years to instill in them the important things in life, to develop their character, to send them out into the big, big world. One day, you realize that your job as a parent has changed, and you have to take on a different role...one of letting go and clinging to the promise that God is in control. I've heard it said that being a Mom is like watching your heart walk around outside of your body, and that is so true. My oldest daughter, Jessi, has talked about being a Missionary since she was in 9th grade, and now she' is getting ready to do exactly what she feels God has called her to do.
Here's a note she wrote on Facebook:
At any cost for You my King...
So I was ready. I was ready to devote myself to four years worth of International Ministry Education at the Moody Bible Institute of Chicago. Yeah, I want to be a full time missionary but felt like school was the better option at the time. I put mission work on my to do list and pushed on with school. I felt like getting an education was going to get me on the mission field. I had so many things happen in that time period that made me want to run and to just let myself be consumed by anything other than God's plan for me. What I wanted or thought was good for me was the total opposite of what God wanted for me.
God put a smacking halt on my plans and reminded me that He is bigger then college. He put amazing people in my life who have only confirmed that God's calling me to bigger things and bigger places. Especially a friend who looked me dead in the eyes and said you are called to be a missionary, and you can't learn that in a classroom, you need to go out into the field. HELLO confirmation! And by bigger I mean continents bigger (=
I was sitting in my friend's car the other day and just praising God because He is the one who has it all figured out. All I have to do is just listen and no matter what He is going to take care of me. I haven't been in that place in such a long time. I haven't lost control of my life in a really long time because I always felt like I could let God be God later...but right in that moment I had to be in control of my life. I was so wrong, because being out of control and letting God be in control has led me to South Africa. He has shown me that my passion is for the least of these...and I will get to college eventually but right now my heart belongs in the Mission Field.
There is a fire in my bones uncontainable and it's causing me to burn, causing me to burn for you...
To my Mom, Jackie, Nate, Cierra, Marc, and Anna...thank you. I love you, God has used you for so much in my life the last few months and you are truly a blessing
You can follow Jessi, Marc, Cierra and Nate at "South Africa Support" on Facebook