Showing posts from October, 2012

Lavish Love

The funny thing about feelings is you never know what to expect. You can't change how you feel. You can't predict how you'll feel from one minute to the next. You might be going along your merry way when an unexpected trigger alters your emotional course.

It's been an up and down week of unpredictable feelings, from people asking why I'm so bubbly to outbursts of tears.

Right now, in this moment, I am simply overcome by the love of my Heavenly Father who watches out for every detail. I am overwhelmed at how He takes care of me. I just reminded a friend of mine that yes, He has a plan for our lives (Jeremiah 29:11) but sometimes He wants us to just seek Him and not worry about the plan.

"You will seek me and you will find me when you seek me with all your heart." ~ Jeremiah 29:13

The thing is, even when I'm looking for the writing in the sky, I can sometimes miss HIM. What I'm feeling and experiencing today is the tangible expressions of His love, th…

Carrie's Closet

Today's blog is a bit "off topic" but inspired by a friend's recent post about her non-fashion, combined with an opportunity to go through another friend's closet and help her coordinate outfits. Today's post is all about fashion.

I don't call myself an expert when it comes to being a trend setter or fashion guru. I do have a love for shopping and I enjoy clothes and accessorizing. I'm a girly-girl through and through, so I love all things makeup and hair, too. These things don't define me. It' just fun. I think your style can say a lot about your personality, but I don't think it says everything. For those of you who ask where I shop or how I put outfits together, here are a few fun tips.

I dabble with trends. Never anything extreme, but just enough to enjoy it for the season before it comes and goes. I'm much too practical (and too cheap!) to redo my wardrobe with every new runway reveal.

Right now I'm loving color blocking. I…

Just Sing

Resonating deep within my soul are the words that song writers have penned out of their own hurt, pain, trials, and victories.

Ringing through my ears and penetrating my heart are the notes orchestrated by instruments played with conviction from the mouths and hands who've journeyed these same paths.

Running through my very being are the voices uplifted as if they're singing solely to me. They minister through song and I am the benefactor.

Praise the Lord, O my soul!

"I will sing to the Lord all my life; I will sing praise to my God as long as I live." ~Psalm 104:33

Yes, Lord. Do not let me stop singing Your praises. May I never cease to offer You my song of sacrifice. Let Your glory be magnified as the notes resound. With hands lifted toward You and my heart bowing before You, I bring You my worship.

When I don't have the words to pray, when I can't come up with a thing to say, it seems as though the songs of my heart were already written. The lyrics was…

Hello Blog

Hi blog. It's me. I'm back again just to check in. It's been a very eventful, very busy past few days. But I'm not really here to share any details.

I could spill my guts about emotions running wild, swirling thoughts, troubling circumstances. I could fill multiple entries with stories and lessons, scriptures and songs that are meaningful to me. I could reveal the deepest parts of my heart or the inner recesses of my mind. I could share points of inspiration and words of encouragement. But that's not why I'm here.

Today I write with no agenda. Nothing profound to share. No life lesson learned. No scripture to expound upon. I'm just simply here. I wish it were something more, but that would be an expectation of others and not the real reason I blog. The reason for this post is to serve as my reminder, just as I stated when I started this blog:

"The blog isn't meant for anyone. It's mine. My private thoughts. My talks with God. My discoveries o…

Never Once

Never once, did we ever walk alone
Never once, did You leave us on our own
You are faithful, God You are faithful

This song is a reminder to me today. Have you ever known the physical ache of your own heart breaking? Physically sick, writhing in pain. Mentally, emotionally incapable of processing how you feel. Beyond words. Truly, they don't even come. Prayer can escape me, though I know in this moment of heartache He is exactly where I need to turn.

I am reminded of two things: 1. God is Sovereign. He is not surprised by anything that happens in our lives because He knew all our days before one of them came to be. 2. God is Sovereign. Despite what people may do to affect our lives, inspite of what circumstances we encounter that impact us, the plans of our hearts are many, but His purpose prevails. Thy will, not mine, Father.

I cried myself to sleep. After more than an hour of tears, my body simply gave up from sheer emotional, mental, spiritual and physical exhaustion. And so I g…

Lost Sheep

“Suppose one of you has a hundred sheep and loses one of them. Doesn’t he leave the ninety-nine in the open country and go after the lost sheep until he finds it?And when he finds it, he joyfully puts it on his shoulders and goes home. Then he calls his friends and neighbors together and says, ‘Rejoice with me; I have found my lost sheep.’ Luke 15:4-6

It was the Sunday School Christmas party last year. We each brought a "dirty santa" gift. There were practical jokes mixed in with coveted items. It was one of the last gifts and the man next to me unwrapped a single sheep. Everyone was perplexed at the gift and wondering what practical joke was being played...until my sense of humor kicked in and I exclaimed, "Someone's nativity scene is missing a sheep!" The class erupted in laughter and we all agreed someone must have forgotten to buy a gift and grabbed the sacrificial lamb from their nearby nativity and threw it in a gift bag.

It wasn't until the end of t…