Friday, December 23, 2011

Lights & Music

Lights and music are on my mind.... remember this song? If you don't, I got the hookup!

Tonight I got inspired by the Bokeh lighting effect, so I grabbed my winter boots and jacket and went to find some Christmas lights. This is what I ended up with!

                                                 {added some of the newly married couple}

Goods and Sweets,

Thursday, December 22, 2011

Christmas break: Take 1

Today has been the first day home with the family, it's interesting, trying to adjust. Last night I decided I needed to read. The best nights {curling up in a warm bed with a book and not  falling asleep while reading}
I am currently reading Praying for Your Future Husband and Crazy Love.

Top highlights from last night:
  • Francis Chan talked about "if  life is a river, then pursuing Christ requires swimming upstream. When we stop swimming or actively following Him, we automatically begin to be swept downstream. James 2:17 "Faith by itself, if it is not accompanied by action, is dead." 
  • Francis writes about, the way you act toward people we're badly in love with, "when you are truly in love, you go to great lengths to be with the one you love. You'll drive for hours to be together, even if it's for a short while. you don't mind staying up late to talk. Walking in the rain is romantic, not annoying. You'll willingly spend a small fortune on the one you're crazy about. When you are apart from each other it's painful, even miserable. He or she is all you think about, you jump at any chance to be together.
  • You know that if you are deeply in love with God you know you could never be satisfied in a heaven without Christ.
  • " I think we naturally assume that if we look out for our own interests and concerns, we will be happy. But people who sacrifice for others will tell you that seasons of giving are the most rewarding of their lives." Acts 20:35 "it is better to give than to receive."
  • God is the only true Giver, and He needs nothing from us. But still He wants us. He gave us life so that we might seek and know Him.
  • Something is wrong when our lives make sense to the unbelievers
  • As chronicled in Hebrews 11, the God that the people of faith served is the very One we serve. As James 5:17 says, "Elijah was a man just like us." When you pray, your prayers are heard by the same God who answered Moses' prayer for water in the desert the God who gave Abraham and his barren wife a son, and the God who made the slave Joseph second in power only to Pharaoh.
  • Jesus who had everything and still chose to surrender it out of love for his father
  • Giving that is not motivated by love is worth nothing. When we give out of love we gain much, as we love more genuinely and deeply, giving becomes the obvious and natural response. Taking and keeping for ourselves becomes unattractive and imprudent.
I am sorry that there is so much {maybe that is a good thing!}

Here are the pictures from our little Christmas I promised...

Merry Christmas :)


Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Inspiration: To affect or guide by divine influence

On Monday I had the privilege of taking a Hall Directors baby bump pictures. She is due in January and is looking like she is ready to {pop} It was such a great time, afterwards I came home and my lovely roommate was there, I almost started crying because I realized that this is my passion. I love photography, capturing moments, seeing people so happy about life!

Here are a few pictures from our day,

Seeing this baby bump just makes me excited for my future and to spend my life with the one I love. We had a little Christmas part with my roommates, opened some presents, acted crazy (the usual). P.S pictures will come shortly. One of my presents was a book called, Praying For Your Future Husband

I am a women, first I always look at guys as potential, I want to get married, I want to be in love, I have heartaches and breaks, I get sucked into society and how I want to live my life...

This is why I need to read this book

My roommate knows me way to well!

I will be praying for this book and to gain lots of wonderful knowledge, also I am reading Crazy Love (recommend it to everyone)

Enjoy your winter break, God bless,

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Do Not Awaken Love

"Do not awaken love until it so desires" Song of Songs 8:4

I am recently watching Mars Hill Church, Mark Driscoll videos on Song of Songs, love videos.

It is one to watch, learn, and grow from.

Highlights from "Do not awaken love"
  • When you are in a relationship, you both must have a serving heart. Serve each other in and out of bed. Tell each other what you want, communicate. This is a mature love for each other.
  • Your body is a private garden, not a public park. Wait for that person that God has for you, don't settle and lower your expectations. Patience
  • There is massive pressure for singles to settle. Wait, God knows what is going to happen, he knows the desires of your heart.
  • Love is personal

Highlights from "Sweet to my taste"

  • Take some time under the "apple tree"
  • Set me as a seal upon your heart, I need to know that you will cherish me
  • I need to know that I am your most valued treasure
  • I want to be protected by your armour, fight FOR me not AGAINST  me
  • Never raise a hand or a voice at me
  • Love is as strong as death, it will never change
  • I want to discipline and train my children to be strong in their faith
  • Just because you get married and you were sexually together before you were married doesn't mean you start right at zero, you go to negative, you must work through your sin together
  • Marriage is for a man
  • She needs to see herself  through your eyes, she does not know what you are thinking
  • You need to be able to provide a home for you wife
  • Say "Thank you"

"We all pretend for a while or for a lifetime. But pretending is not living...I believe that God meant for life to take our breath away, sometimes because of the sheer joy of it all and sometimes because of the severe pain. To choose living over pretending means that we will know both."

 I have really been enjoying these videos, and learning so much about how to be a strong wife for my husband. I pray that God will bless me with my future mate, and that the next boy in my life will be my best friend who I will grow and share my life with.

I want someone who will fall head over heels for me, Cherish me and take care of me. Someone who will truly listen to me as I talk, romance me and give their all to protect my heart.


No matter how you say it, everyone needs it, wants it and was created for it.
 God knows us, everything about us and knows that we as humans crave a human relationship..

1 Cor 11:7, “A man ought not to cover his head, since he is the image and glory of God; but the woman is the glory of man.”

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

God = mysterious fella

A few nights ago I had a very rough time hearing some painful words. I normally don't get that upset but Lord, my heart ached. I questioned myself as a leader, Christian and a women. All because of a person being jealous and felt hatred towards me. Words can cut deep in someones heart. I did confront this person and realized if something is bothering me, speak up, communication is Key!  You can't just sweep things under the rug.

Galatians 6:1 "Dear brothers and sisters, if another believer is overcome by sin, you who are godly should gently and humbly help that person back onto the right path."

I realized a lot that night, I had a lot to think about and decided to change my path. With prayer and petition I presented my choices to God. He clearly made me realize that I was where I should be. At our CRU meeting it was there that God presented his will for me.

He is very surprising at times but boy is he right. He knows the best plans for you, how to use you and what path you should be on. I love him so much even if he is a "mysterious fella."

I am learning that I need to put myself second  Put others first and the Lord. I must be a slave to everyone. No longer be selfish.

2 Thessalonians 3:4 "And we are confident in the Lord that you are doing and will continue to do the things we commanded you"

{Leaders at CRU}


Sunday, December 4, 2011

It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas!

Hello out there, here in Wisconsin it has been very chilly but so beautiful with the snowflakes in the air. Life has been so great lately, God has been blessing my loved ones and I! I am pleased to say that with the Lords help I shared the gospel with my ex boyfriend. It was one of my giants in my life and I conquered my fear! I have so much faith in him that he will do so much with his life, and I care about him deeply! With prayer and patience I know the Lord will provide and he will surrender his life to God.

Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition with thanksgiving present your requests to God. And the Peace  of God, which transcends all understanding will guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus.

Philippians 4:6

Today me and my roommates took our Christmas pictures for our card that we will be sending out to our friends and families, here is a sneak peak..

I threw some bloopers in there :)

Enjoy the holiday season with loved ones. God has a plan for all of you and he is such a mighty, loving and perfect God!

Stay strong in the word, pray often and take care of you...

Peace and Love,