Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Home. Less. to Hopeful.

I saw a man today with a sign that said, "Homeless." That was it. Nothing else. One word.One word described everything in his life. 

I sat there thinking…if I were to have a sign for my life, what would it be?  I didn't come up with anything of grandeur but I would hope it would be "servant" or "helpmate" or "passionate…" But I realized that my self-obsessed moments lead none of the such and leave me, in my heart, "homeless." It is at those moments of self-obsession that I take my heart and mind off of my Creator and lose my sense of home, where I am really ending up at, after this amazing, but ever-so-brief, stint here.

My husband, who is one of the most God-fearing men I have ever met, often prays one of the most beautiful things. "Lord, may you show people what they are searching for and unable to find."  The craziest thing is that we are all "homeless."  It is beyond clear that this world is broken: every part of it.  Nature, people, animals, something is off.  I think that "homeless" man summed it up best when he in large black marker stated it on a sign. We weren't made for this world. Even people I know that don't know how beautiful God is (once you desire to know more about Him) know that there is something more. There has to be.  The brokenness (girls at three years of age being sold into sex-trafficking…yes, that is the correct number)is too overwhelming for this to be worth it. There is something much, much bigger. And if we live for our real home here, it just might come crashing into our "homelessness" and rescue all of us with our big signs. 

One of the craziest thoughts came to me recently (I am in the car by myself a lot): we can live without God, we can't die without Him.

He loves us. A ton. Ton. Ton. Ton. To the 324th.

The most powerful moment I have ever been a part of was in Starbucks (shocking, I know) where I was overhearing a conversation between what sounded to be a pastor and a young girl (early 20s) saying all of the reasons she thought God was wrong.  For some reason I set my coffee down, stood up, walked over to her, asked for permission to pause their conversation, and just said, "God is madly in love with you.  I think you need to know that."  That was it. But it was like God for a brief moment made me His real estate agent and I got to tell someone that I know where their real home is (oh, and it is free).

And again, have you seen the colors out this time of year?!?!?! Eek! I am beside myself with joy.  

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

So pretty. So pretty.

Deciduous-suddenly means something this time of year! I totally love all of the gorgeous fall trees.  Apparently the Good LORD made trees to know when the weather might be changing and they would need to store up energy for the long winter ahead.  The bonus is...in the shedding process (an elm tree can have 6 million leaves), the colors nearly leave our eyes spellbound! I take on and off my sunglasses all day long because the colors are so vibrant and I want to make sure my eyes aren't tricked by the $4.80 lenses that grace my face.  To think that only God could make something like a great purge so beautiful.

The trees!  The pom-pom balls! Eek! And the kiss of course.
Nature was the backdrop.

A photo from the wedding...or maybe more. Speaking of beautiful-when I think of the decorator, I think of God.  What He did with the colors in that meadow are insane. Check it out!

Thursday, October 14, 2010

The reason for the world.

I purchased a song by Matthew West, "The Reason for the World." Just read below...sometimes I think I missed the whole thing.  Praise God for His grace-I can't believe how big His plans are.  Big. Huge. Great. Wonderful. And sometimes scary.

Somebody asked me the other day where all I wanted to travel.  My response comes with a big smile: heaven will be all I ever need of travel. If beauty here leaves us speechless-just try to imagine what it will look like. I like traveling; I just know heaven will rock and I will never think back on this place.

Oh yes-the lyrics. But first, handsome comes home tonight!  He is so beautiful to me.  Ladies-wait for what God has. It will leave you in awe. Okay-now really, the lyrics!

There are no words in times like these
When tears don't hide the tragedies
And all you want is a reason for the world

No comfort in the greeting card
Cause God is good
But life's still hard
and your heart just wants a reason for the world

Maybe the reason for the pain
Is so we would pray for strength
And maybe the reason for the strength
Is so that we would not lose hope
And maybe the reason for all hope
Is so that we could face the world
And the reason for the world
Is to make us long for home

For God so loved your broken heart
He sent his son to where you are
and he died
To give a reason for the world

So lift your sorrows to the one
Whose plan for you has just begun
And rests here in the hands that hold the world

Maybe the reason for the pain
Is so we would pray for strength
And maybe the reason for the strength
Is so that we would not lose hope
And maybe the reason for all hope
Is so that we could face the world
And the reason for the world
Is to make us long for home

Well I know your past the point of broken
Surrounded by your frea
i KNOW you're faint and tired and lonely
from the road that you walked down here
But just keep your eyes on heaven 
and know that you are not alone
remember the reason for the world

No ear has heard
No eye has seen
Not even in your wildest dreams
A beauty that awaits beyond this world
When you look into the eyes of grace
and hear the voice of mercy say
Child, welcome to the reason for the world

Thursday, October 07, 2010


Style Rules:

1) LINGERIE: No bra straps. There is never an occasion that calls for your undergarments to be outergarments. 
2) FIT: Too tight never works. If the size bothers you, cut out the tag and then wear them with confidence (remember, you are fearfully and wonderfully made).  
3) SEASONAL: Anything that alludes to what looks like swimwear should be for the beach/pool/spa/etc.  This means that skin showing at the mid-riff, no matter what season/style/fashion advice you receive, is never okay.
4) DENIM: Skinny jeans.  A debate.  Make sure your clothes highlight all things beautiful about you.  I have had days where I think they look great and days where I am pretty sure they do nothing for me.  Oh the life of a girl!
5) SOMETHING OLD: A vintage gold belt that goes around the waist should be a staple in every lady’s closet. I LOVE finding old items. Something so beautiful about something that has lasted so long.
6) SOMETHING NEW: Just because something is trendy (think 80s, really only good for 80s parties now), doesn't mean it is lovely, classy, highlighting.
7) COLOR: Turquoise: highly recommended for any outfit that involves either black or white.  Think of how well the sky highlights everything when it is blue-the turquoise jewelry (pick one: a necklace, earrings, bracelet, etc) does the same for you.
8) CLASSIC: Cigarette pants-black. Own one pair. Get black, patent, pointy-toe pumps and a short black trench and wear with grace. Think Audrey Hepburn, Grace Kelly, etc. Pearls: fake or real. They are still lovely. As are you.

Have ten staple items.  A list might look like the following:
Uggs-ask my hubby, those are clearly my favorite. Top list of investments.
Two pairs of great jeans (one bootcut for heels and one skinny for boots)
Cigarette pants-black
Two nice, longer, white tanks to go under nearly everything. Again, no bra straps
A black trench coat with a striking collar.  With a tie-waist. Oh-and a hood (if an Oregonian) 
A hat-any kind. Just a hat. Fedora, trucker, straw, cowgirl.
A black scarf, wide (so it can be worn as a shawl, scarf, make shift hood, etc.)
Turquoise and pearls
A skinny gold, belt. Oh-and a fitted wide khaki/camel belt
One pair of leggings (if you own too many you will find a way to wear them with everything).
A printed dress that is long enough to wear alone in the summer and yet still stylish with cowboy boots, etc. in the winter.

Beauty always trumps sexiness.  Always. Don’t dress to impress men. You will get the exact attention you want and the exact type of guy that you are dressing for.

Fearfully and Wonderfully Made: that is your trademark. God made you as you are (this doesn’t mean that we endorse gluttony or anorexia) and thus we treat our bodies as He created them to be treated. This means with the food we put in to the clothes that we adorn it with.