Friday, February 26

3 Dates!

I had 3 "dates" today!  So fun! 

The first was with a college friend who I am just starting to get to know.  I love her already!  She's open and honest about good things and bad things.  She's artsy and fun, has a great laugh, and a great smile.  We went to Barnes & Noble and "oohed and ahhed" over the wall of journals (seriously, WHEN did they get all of those!).  She will coming for craft night soon...   

The second was with one of my college friends who has been with us since the very beginning of the college ministry.  It's amazing what a big part of my life she is now - I sort of think of her as my younger sister or something.  She's a smart, amazing, beautiful girl - the kind of girl that I would hope my daughter would be, if I had one.  And I love how we can laugh together, or talk seriously together, or even just be quiet and watch a movie together. 

The third is still going on actually - it's with Bruce.  We didn't go anywhere.  We actually stayed in, took a little snooze, made breakfast for dinner (YUM!), and now we're watching some quirky movie...  But it's always special being with him.  I'm so blessed to have him.   
Yeah, it's been a good day.  :)

BTW If you haven't already tried the Black Cherry Mocha at Starbucks, it's worth a taste.  Kinda different.  I enjoyed it for a change.  I think I'll try the Cinnamon Dolce Latte next time...

Thursday, February 25


I sleep with my dogs (Bruce is there too, of course!  Ha ha!).  We have a whole routine we go through each night.  As soon as the TV clicks off, they know it's time to go out so they pop up and head for the door.  They go out and do their business.  They come in and are rewarded with a treat, which they promptly dispose of.  Then they get their "weeds" - these are actually these little rawhide twists that look like joints sticking out of their mouths.  They hop up on the bed and chew those until they're gone.  Dixie nests in an extra blanket, always near the foot of the bed.  Daisy on the other hand MUST go under the blankets (even if she has to step on my hair to get there) and she MUST be in the crook of my knees, snuggling.  Most of the time, I find it cozy and adorable.  I love my pups, so I love that they want to be near us.  Last night, however, was not one of those times.  For some reason, having Daisy snuggle so close to me was almost maddening!  I would scoot away a bit, and she would move closer.  I would scoot again, and she would move.  I just wanted some space!  And she had the audacity to give me a little groan each time, as though I was annoying HER!  Arrghh!

For some reason, it reminded of James 4:8 which starts out "Draw near to God, and He will draw near to you."  So many times in my life, I have scooted away from God, thinking that I wanted space or some type of freedom.  But you know, while it might feel ok for a bit, maybe for a "night" or two, ultimately, being near to God is the sweetest place I know. There's warmth there.  There's safety there.  There's love there.  And resting in Him is such deep peace.  Ahhhh....     

Tuesday, February 23

Good Things

I've been sick with a nasty stomach bug for the last two days, and it's been a bit discouraging of course.  But rather than wallow in self-pity, here's a list of good things that I've been enjoying while I'm sick:
  • My darling husband who is eager and willing to dote on me
  • My cuddly pups
  • Scary movies (Has anyone seen The Orphanage?  Creepy!)
  • Clean blankets that smell like Gain detergent.  Mmmmm.....
  • Mushy pillows
  • Having time to give myself a mani/pedi
  • Philippians!
  • Finally finishing the artwork for the bathroom
  • My favorite tunes playing on Pandora
  • Sweet notes from friends
  • Feeling better  :)

Thursday, February 18

Isn't It Strange?

A friend of mine sent this to me through Facebook, and I thought I'd post it here because it has a lot of truth!

Isn't it strange
how a 20 dollar bill seems like such a large amount when you donate it to church,
but such a small amount when you go shopping?

Isn't it strange
how 2 hours seem so long when you're at church,
and how short they seem when you're watching a good movie?

Isn't it strange
that you can't find a word to say when you're praying,
but you have no trouble thinking what to talk about with a friend?

Isn't it strange
how difficult and boring it is to read one chapter of the Bible,
but how easy it is to read 100 pages of a popular novel?

Isn't it strange
how everyone wants front-row-tickets to concerts or games,
but they do whatever is possible to sit at the last row in Church?

Isn't it strange
how we need to know about a church event 2-3 weeks beforehand so we can include it in our agenda,
but we can adjust it for other events in the last minute?

Isn't it strange
how difficult it is to learn a fact about God to share it with others,
but how easy it is to learn, understand, extend and repeat gossip?

Isn't it strange
how we believe everything that magazines and newspapers say,
we question the words in the Bible?

Isn't it strange
how everyone wants a place in heaven,
but they don't want to believe, do, or say anything to get there?


Wednesday, February 17


Lent begins today. In the past, I really didn’t pay much attention to it. I didn’t attend a church that practiced it, so I just thought that it didn’t apply to me. But so many of the college students have been talking about it lately and deciding to “give up” certain things, that it’s gotten my attention. So of course, I checked out some info about it…

According to Wikipedia, “Lent, in Christian tradition, is the period of the liturgical year leading up to Easter. The traditional purpose of Lent is the preparation of the believer — through prayer, penitence, almsgiving and self-denial — for the annual commemoration during Holy Week of the Death and Resurrection of Jesus, which recalls the events linked to the Passion of Christ and culminates in Easter, the celebration of the Resurrection of Jesus Christ. Conventionally, it is described as being forty days long, though different denominations calculate the forty days differently. The forty days represent the time that, according to the Bible, Jesus spent in the desert before the beginning of his public ministry, where he endured temptation by Satan.”

One of my New Year’s resolutions was to focus more on God and on others, so Lent actually goes along with accomplishing that. So I’ve decided I’m going to participate this year. But in reading about it, I’ve learned that it is more than just giving up my favorite things – it actually has to do with adding things to my life too...It’s four-fold, and I think each part is equally important:

PRAYER – I already pray frequently, but during these next 40 days, I am going to pray specifically and purposefully for 3 people/things in my life (to be named publicly at a later date).

PENITENCE – Oh dear! I know I’ve got plenty of sin to be penitent about, and usually it’s easier to just hide under the bed until it’s those few quiet minutes right before communion! But not these next 40 days – I will be more mindful of my sins, and of repenting from them. It is so GOOD to have a God that forgives us!

ALMSGIVING – Traditionally, almsgiving is making voluntary contributions to aid the poor. I don’t have a ton of money or material goods to give the poor, but I think it should go beyond that anyway. So I plan to contribute something (time, money, labor, a kind word, etc.) to the poor (whether they are poor financially, spiritually, or emotionally) – and always in Christ’s name. That will be the challenging part: TELLING others about Christ when I contribute to their lives.

SELF-DENIAL – And this is where most of us focus, maybe because it hurts the most...??? I plan to deny myself of (drum roll please) sweets and eating out (And I am already thinking about the Cadbury eggs I have at home waiting for me...). This will not be fun, but I don’t really want it to be. Christ sacrificed everything for me, so it’s the very least I can do, right?

Wish me luck!

Monday, February 15

Served with a Side of Love

I saw “love” this past weekend, and although Valentines’ Day was nearing, it had nothing to do with jewelry or chocolates or dinner reservations. Bruce and I had some friends over for spaghetti dinner Saturday night, and right there at the dinner table, as our gentleman friend dished out a plate for his dear girlfriend, is where I spotted it. He put her sauce on the side – not on top of the noodles as one would expect. He did this because he knew that’s how she liked it. He did this because he made an effort to memorize the details about her. He did this because he LOVED her. And this small, simple gesture measured volumes in her heart. Makes me wonder what details about my loved ones have not been getting enough of my attention…

Friday, February 12


OK, so this blogging thing is a bit harder for me than I thought it would be. See, I have issues. I am so paranoid and protective of my writing, that I am actually SCARED to sit down and just start writing. It’s not that I don’t know what to write about – I have TONS of ideas! Seriously, I probably waste most of my day thinking either wacky or deep thoughts, but when it comes to putting the pen to the paper – or in this case, the fingertips to the keyboard – I freeze up a bit. Such a silly fear, but one that actually robs me of the joy of doing something I love. I wonder how many of you out there are the same way... I wonder how much of our lives are robbed by fear.

In Proverbs 1:33, God says, “But if you listen to me, you will be safe and secure without fear of disaster.” And in Jeremiah 51:15, we are reminded that “”The LORD made the earth by His power, and He preserves it by His wisdom. With His own understanding He stretched out the heavens.” So I’ve gotta think that any logical, clear-minded person would be able to put those two nuggets together, knock themselves in the forehead, and exclaim “DUH!” I mean, if God is that powerful, that wise, and that understanding, why would we allow ourselves to ever be frozen in fear? Why WOULDN’T we just start living through the power of God? But of course!  It's so obvious!

And yet, here I am, already wondering if people will laugh at me when they read this post…wondering if they’ll think I’m crazy…just wondering…

Oh, Lord, give me strength. :)

Thursday, February 11

The Adventure Begins!

So as you probably know, I've been toying with the idea of starting this blog for a while now...  And after hearing from so many of you that you would lovingly read it, I decided to just go ahead and jump in with both feet.  This promises to be an exciting adventure for me - hopefully for you too!

Welcome to my blog: PASTICHE!