Tuesday, June 29, 2010


I'm 26 today!

This past year was probably my best ever. Lots of heartache tempered with sweet victories. So thankful for the ugly days that taught me of grace that allows me to endure well. I'm also quite thankful for lovely days that taught me more of His grace that allows me to enjoy this life!

I'm excited for a new year.

Maybe I'll write more later. But it's just after midnight right now and I need my rest so I can fully enjoy the BEACH later on today. Goodnight/good morning, and Happy Birthday to me. Thanks God for giving me breath today.

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Thursday, June 17, 2010

All I Want

I was organizing some of my old chord sheets today (all part of the moving process!) and came across this song by Jeff Deyo (chorus and bridge):

All I want is just to see You, Jesus
And I long just to hear Your voice
I need just to be near You
'Cause Your presence is all I want

One day we'll look on Your face
We'll see You in all of Your glory
And we won't need the sun
And we won't need the moon
All we will need is You!

Wow! Just reading the lyrics I got goose bumps just as I did years ago when I first heard this song. If the lyrics alone don't grip you, you've gotta hear the passion in the music and vocals. Wow (again).

I love when a song compels me to look away from my situation and toward the Lord.


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Tuesday, June 15, 2010

The Lifetime of an Opportunity

Linda Ravenhill once said, "The opportunity of a lifetime must be seized in the lifetime of the opportunity."

What a challenging statement.

Today I read Acts chapter 3, when Peter and John encounter a crippled beggar. Peter says "I don't have any money for you. But I'll give you what I have. In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, get up and walk!" He takes the man by the hand and helps him up, and he is healed!

Today I find myself impressed with what happens next. In verse 12 it says "Peter saw his opportunity and addressed the crowd..." I love that Peter was not content to see only this former beggar giving God glory. He seized this opportunity when many people were watching in wonder and amazement, and every person went home having heard the message of Jesus Christ.

The lifetime of some opportunities lasts for only a moment. May God give us the wisdom and courage to see our opportunity and to speak boldly by His Spirit.


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Thursday, June 10, 2010

Perfect Pancakes!

It is official, I have perfected the pancake recipe I have been working on! Ready to share it with the blogger world.

Whisk together:
3/4 cup unbleached flour
3/4 cup whole wheat flour
1/2 cup raw oatmeal
1 1/2 tsp baking powder
1 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp salt

Whisk together in another bowl:
1 1/2 cups milk (these turn out great with plain soy milk or 2% or whole cows milk!!)
2 eggs
3 TB olive oil
2 TB honey (haven't tried agave, but that might be yummy too)
1 TB brown sugar (mixes better with the wet ingredients than the dry ones)
1 tsp vanilla

Mix wet and dry ingredients in the large bowl, then commence griddle-ing!! I use 1/4 to 1/3 cup batter per pancake. The key to light brown yummy pancakes is patience! Medium-high heat, WAIT for the bubbles, flip... And a few minutes later, enjoy!!

Let me know how they turn out for you!

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Blogging from phone?

I'm trying to blog via email via my blackberry. I feel this is an important step in being a better blogger. Let's see if this works!

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Tuesday, June 8, 2010

On the garment of praise, from my journal. 4-22-10

4-22-10 journal entry

It's amazing how worship beautifies life's difficult situations.

Worship puts things in perspective- we acknowledge the holiness, worth, sovereignty, love, glory, power, favor, provision, kindness, mercy, and faithfulness of God- and before we know it our troubles become so small. That is, when we push past the tendency to dwell on these things and place our attention on Christ.

The garment of praise may seem a strange fit in times of suffering, yet it is the most glorious and beautiful piece in our wardrobe. Even in distress the garment of praise does not fade, tear or wear out. It is a trustworthy tool in battling despair. When we wrap ourselves in praise our focus shifts from self to Christ- there He meets needs, lifts hearts, restores dreams and pours out His love to nourish thirsty hearts. Praise releases the mighty force of His healing in a special way. I believe this! We give our attention to Him alone and He is able to do great things in our hearts.

May I wear the garment of praise in faith and belief that my God is everything His Word declares Him to be!

The garment of praise must be made of Lycra. In both times of famine and feasting it is a perfect fit.