Monday, August 30, 2010

New Profile & Reader Appreciation

Since the "About Me" section of my profile (see sidebar) still included the words "newly-wed", "newly-graduated", and "newly-employed", I figured I should update it a little bit. Gosh, time sure does fly by! I've already been married, graduated, and employed for over 2 years! I'm officially grown up!

A big thanks to all of you who read my blog!!! I appreciate every reader, especially since I'm pretty sure I can count you on my fingers! I'd like to know who reads this, so whether you're a faithful reader or just someone who pops by every once in awhile, leave me a comment letting me know (1) who you are and (2) what types of posts you like hearing most from me!

Sunday, August 29, 2010

Lessons on Joy

As a kid and teenager, when people had to use one word to describe me, it was joyful. I was truly happy most of the time - and always had a smile on my face. It wasn't hard for me. There was so much in the world to enjoy and experience. And finding joy in all of that was something that came easily to me. What a blessing from God!

And as I've gotten older and things in my life have gotten harder, the enemy has somehow taken hold of the one thing I always assumed would be in my life - joy. And I have let him.

And the funny thing is, God is teaching me about joy right now. He is teaching me about something I never thought I'd have to learn about since it always came so naturally to me. How naive was I to think that I had joy down? That I could check that off my list because I was a pro at joy? Ha!

The older and more experienced I get, the more I realize that there is always more to learn. God is HUGE, and I'm a fool to think that I could learn everything there is to know about even just one aspect of Him. He is way bigger than that. And so I have to accept that I will never understand everything. And as the circumstances in my life change, I will have more and more opportunities to learn how to be more like Him. While it's hard to accept, it's also saying a great deal about who my God is.

So here I am, learning about joy. And the one huge thing that God has been trying to get through to me is: I am called to be joyful, but I can't produce joy myself. Only He can give joy. It is absolutely a gift. The enemy will always try to take that from me - to keep me from bringing glory to God - so I will always have to fight for it. I am called to fight for it. And fight, I will.

John Piper explains it much better: "We must delight in God. And only God can change our hearts so that we delight in God. We are thrown back on God utterly. The Christian life is all of grace. 'From him and through him and to him are all things. To him be glory forever' (Rom. 11:36)."

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Girl Sings Opera

Check out this amazing 10-year old opera singer from America's Got Talent... Brad kept saying, "She's not really singing... it's a hoax... the woman who is really singing needs to show her face!"

This girl's got some talent! Here's Jackie Evancho:

Friday, August 6, 2010


Thank God for grace! I would fail miserably if not for the One who stands in my place!

"For this reason Christ is the mediator of a new covenant, that those who are called may receive the promised eternal inheritance—now that he has died as a ransom to set them free from the sins committed under the first covenant." -Hebrews 9:15

"But because of his great love for us, God, who is rich in mercy, made us alive with Christ even when we were dead in transgressions—it is by grace you have been saved." -Ephesians 2:4-5