“Father, make of me a crisis man. Bring those I contact to decision. Let me not be a milepost on a single road;
make me a fork
, that men must turn one way or another on facing Christ in me.” - Jim Elliot

Thursday, April 26, 2012

siesta scripture memory team celebration 2011

My dearest Siestas,

I am so sorry this has taken me so long.  I have thought about you so often, but have not taken the time to do this!  

The Siestas that attended SSMTC2 in Houston received this tote, pen and notepad compliments of Living Proof Ministries.  So many Siestas who memorized their 24 scriptures were not able to attend due to weather or finances.  And so there was an abundance of the freebies left behind.   We were encouraged to take as many as we wanted as we left the event.  And all I could think about was YOU!  My precious Siestas that could not attend but finished the goal!

As I have just finished memorizing the first chapter of James, I thought it would be fitting to celebrate with this giveaway.  Here's the rules:

1. You must have participated as a Siesta at the LPM blog for the 2011 SSMT.
2. Comment on this post.  I would love to know the 24 scriptures that you selected.
3. E-mail your full name and address to me.  (See button on sidebar for e-mail.)
4. The first eight Siestas to complete #1, #2, #3 will receive one of the freebies.

The fine print:  All products are AS-IS.  No refunds will be given.  Freebies will be sent at my convenience.  No shoes, no shirt, no service.  I actually have 10 bags but I am reserving two for my discretion to give away.  If you don't know what a SSMT is then you shouldn't apply.  Thanks for stopping by!

Thursday, April 19, 2012

So, go ahead and let it rain. I'm eating soup.

It only rains in Southern California when I am there...
Auto Club 400 ~ March 25th, 2012

Rainy and cold today. 
But today I decided to fight it.
With soup.
And not just any soup, 

I toggled between the idea of just driving to Elephant's Deli or making it myself.
Anthony has been introducing us to eating more whole foods and less sodium and less cholesterol.  
He has been doing a lot of cooking lately.  And I thought... why not?  I'll make it, myself.
I went with as much low/no sodium and low/non-fat as possible.

It is super easy to make.  And delicious.  
Of course, it is missing the saltiness and super creaminess of the full sodium and full fat kind.
So, I did add a little sea salt which threw it over the top.  YUMMY!

So, go ahead and let it rain.
I'm eating soup.

Monday, April 16, 2012

I think we were meant to live near the beach.

I think we were meant to live near the beach.  A beach with warm sand.  And warm waves.  It is good for me to go to the beach.  To listen to the waves.  To look at the horizon and realize that I cannot see to the other side.  Realizing that there is something bigger.  To pick up shells that have a history that I can only imagine.  To have the waves bury my feet in the sand.  It is like a renewing.  A recharging.  Life-giving. 

I have been lying to myself lately.  It probably started when we made a trip to Sunny Southern California over Spring Break in March.  Yes, it probably started when the sun was out every minute of every day... well, almost.  More than most.  Feeling the warmth of the sun on my skin.  Because that is when I started wondering if I would truly take the sun for granted.   I had to tell myself that, right?  That if the sun was always out it would bother me.  I would whine about how much sun there was and how warm it was and how I could spend so much time outside... and enjoy it.  You know I had to lie to myself, right?

And so I took a picture of my toes.  To remember the moment.  The moment that I was warm.  Feeling the sun.  Watching the waves.  Treasuring the moment.  Because there are days that I forget that the sun exists.  That the sun is warm.  And I need to remember.

There are days like today... when I ask God to move me out of my place of complacency... and so grateful that someone already wrote lyrics for that very thought...

Lord Move, Or Move Me by FFH

I can't find the words to pray, I'm a little down today
Can You help me, Can You hold me?

I feel a million miles away, And I don't know what to say
Can You hear me anyway?

What I need is for You to reach out Your hand
You have taught me no matter what You'd understand

Lord move in the way, that I've never seen before
Cause there's a mountain in the way and a lock on the door
I'm drifting away, waves are crashing on the shore
So Lord move (move), or move me.

I've looked every where to find a simple peace of mind
But, I can't find nothing on my own
So I gotta leave myself behind, take up this cross of mine
Give away everything I hold onto
Lord I know the only way is through this
But Lord, I know I need You to help me do this

Lord move in the way, that I've never seen before
Cause there's a mountain in the way and a lock on the door
I'm drifting away, waves are crashing on the shore
So Lord move (move), or move me.

Out of this place of complacency
To a place of fellowship with Thee
'Cause I am weak, but Lord, You are so strong
And You know it's been way too long
It's been way too long

Lord move in the way, that I've never seen before
Cause there's a mountain in the way and a lock on the door
I'm drifting away, waves are crashing on the shore So Lord move (move)...

And I think to myself... we were meant to live near the beach...

Sunday, April 15, 2012

As of Late - April 15th, 2012

Cheesy Grins at The Cheesecake Factory

Lately, I had a birthday. April 6th. 

Lately, I have been thinking.   A lot.  Thinking is good... but when taken to extreme it can cause a critical spirit, deceptive insecurity and paralyzing indecision.  My current mantra:  Feelings do not equal facts.

Lately, I haven't been posting as much to Facebook.  Not because I don't LOVE Facebook, but because my posts (other than Bible Verses)... well, see above thoughts on my thinking. 

Lately, I have been studying Obadiah because I have been asked to teach at Ladies Bible Study on May 8th.  :)  Would love your prayers.  We are doing a study on a couple of the minor prophets.

Lately, I have been missing my family.  My east coast peeps.  More than normal.  I am sure it has to do with the loss of my grandfather earlier in the year.

Lately, I attended a NASCAR race and an NHL Ice Hockey Game.  I watched almost every college basketball game for March Madness.  And this weekend I will attend a Portland Timbers MLS Soccer Match.  Who am I?

What have you been up to... as of late?