Tuesday, November 29, 2011

VS Fashion Show

So tonight (with margaritas at our aid), we made it through the Victoria secret fashion show! This has got to be one of my favorite fashion shows to watch on TV.  The girls are beautiful, enchanting, and silly.  It is so nice to see that even angels can act down to earth, no pun intended.  This year was certainly my favorite year, the girls were so cute! Needless to say it was a wonderful way to kick off my new diet.  It's not that the girls make me feel inferior or ridiculously jealous (they do.. but that's not the point).  It's also that they work HARD to look the way they do. They literally work their butt's off!  Miranda Kerr ring a bell? Gave birth to a beautiful baby boy in January and is rocking it in this fashion show! It is certainly nice to see that hard work can pay off.

 I think my biggest problem will be sweets... thanks Natalie for the bag full of cookies! Won-der-ful way to start my diet! At least now I can put off dieting until the bag is gone. :)  Welp, here's to workin' on my fitness!

Tuesday Shoesday

My most recent shoe purchase... over the knee boots! For those of you who don't handle cold weather well,  I certainly recommend these boots. They're versatile, you can wear them with: leggings, jeggings, skinny jeans, dresses, in cool fall weather, cold winter weather, rain, or snow! The pair I bought were from entourage, they're precious and they didn't break my bank.

Even Kim K. loves her over the knees!

Sunday, November 20, 2011

Funny How It Is

... so, guess who visited me at NEWSPRING this morning...
                        ... needless to say, it was beyond amazing.
Now, for the reason I'm writing this post.  It's funny, sometimes, how different thoughts can hit you.  This one in particular hit me like a brick wall.  I was on my way to work, marinating over some things going on in my life and I really did some self reflecting.  It's hard to self reflect because that means that, at times, you have to look inside yourself and think what you're doing wrong, what your personal flaws are, and what you need to change about yourself.  Now self reflecting can be good of course, and can lead to self praise, but this time in particular, that wasn't the case.  Its hard when you realize things you really didn't like about other people, arise in yourself.  One thing I noticed is that once I started to explore Christ a little further, I was judgmental of people who didn't choose to do the same.  Now I know that this wasn't exactly Perry's message today at NewSpring, or maybe it was... but what I got out of it was a completely sobering message.  In Job 8:3-6 Bildad is talking to Job, and he says:
 "Does God pervert justice?  Does the Almighty pervert what is right? When your children sinned against him, he gave them over to the penalty of their sin.  Bit if you will seek God earnestly and plead with the Almighty, if you are pure and upright, even now he will rouse himself on your behalf and restore you to your prosperous state."
Now in my mind, when Job's life has been shattered, and all has been taken from him, he is at his lowest point.  And when we, his children, stray away and become lost, we are also at ours.  Our family's may not be broken, or our health may not be rapidly declining, but in God eyes I would bet that losing faith in him, is worse than all of that. Good things don't always happen to good people, and just because bad things happen to someone doesn't mean they deserve them. Basically, i'm blessed that God has chosen to arise curiosity in my own heart, and although some aren't at that point in their lives, I shouldn't break away from them, judge them, or tell them everything they're doing wrong in their lives.  Instead, I should work on: becoming more like Jesus, being a good friend, and living by example.  No one is perfect, and sin is sin.  It may not be new news to everyone, but it was a slap in the face to me.  I look forward still to exploring my faith, and I pray that I affect others as well.  By the way, this Sunday was one of the best days i've had in a long long while, and I literally thank the Lord for that.  Thank you Natalie, and Valerie for spending the day with me, and with God!

Thursday, November 17, 2011

"I don't know where I'd be"

Since today is the day I get to celebrate the best decision I could have ever made four years ago, I figure it is only appropriate to  designate an entire post about it.  Today is my four year anniversary, and it's to the best man in the entire world, Alex Perry.


And of course, to be completely clichĂ© and sappy, a little tid bit of the song that always makes me smile:  

                   You're more than a lover,
                there could never be another
                to make me feel the way you do.
               Oh, we just get closer,
               I fall in love all over,
               Every time I look at you.
               I don't know where I'd be,
               Without you here with me
               Life with you makes perfect sense.
                                       You're my Bestfriend.
                                         -Tim McCraw

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Fall obsession

Caramel apple spice!
one word... delicious!  Want to make it at home? Welp, thanks to this fancy shmancy little website now you can. It's pretty simple, all you need is:
  • cinnamon syrup
  • treetop premium apple juice
  • whipped cream
  • caramel drizzle
You just: warm the cinnamon syrup and apple juice, blend it, top with whip-cream and caramel and voilá! you have a Starbucks quality caramel apple spice!

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Don't ever give up on God....

Week 1, The week of JOB,

The first sermon i've listened to since my last run-in with religion.  Ironic? I think not.  Everything happens for a reason, and God always has a purpose.  This particular sermon was based on this very sentence, "don't ever give up on the God, who has never given up on you".  My main problem in exploring my faith is the tendency to give up.  When life gets tough, when things get difficult, or when something goes undoubtedly wrong, God is the first one I blame. This is a personal flaw, and one that I intend to change.  
If you have never heard Perry Noble preach, perhaps this sermon will strike your interests.  It certainly did mine!

Why start a blog?

Most people I know at least have the luxury of being "knowledgable" about the Bible, Christ, etc.  However, I unfortunately am very ignorant when it comes to religion.  It's not particularly anyone's fault, it is simply fact.  My ignorance has held me back from exploring my faith all my life, and I currently have made the decision to stop making excuses, and to start making some changes.

At first, I wasn't sure if I wanted to make this Blog public because exploring ones faith can be a very personal journey; however, in Crazy Love page 71 Francis Chan says,
LUKEWARM PEOPLE rarely share their faith with their neighbors, coworkers, or friends.  They do not want to be rejected, nor do they want to make people uncomfortable by talking about private issues like religion.
Well, I'm on a journey to figure out who I am in all aspects of life and religion.  So, we'll see how this goes....