Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Vessels and Flowers

Hey Friends. I know you guys have been hearing us plug the life changing women's book Vessels and Flowers. Before we could not find copies. We just kept hoping a praying for something to come through for us to be able to find more copies.. Well.. GOD IS GOOD!! Sweet Mrs. Sally, one of the authors, found Brittney's blog. How great is that! Their website is up and running and a copy is only 12.95! For those of you who have not heard of the book please feel free to ask me what it is about. It is kind of the same idea as the Love Language books, but to me, way more in depth. YOu learn what vessel or personality type you are and then there is a spiritual gifts test in the end. It has been life changing for me and other friends. I no longer compare myself. I know who I am and the way the Lord made me. Please feel free to ask me anytime. The website is vesselsandflowers.com! Much Love!!!

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

BETTER THAN A HALLELUJAH Lyrics - AMY GRANT

BETTER THAN A HALLELUJAH Lyrics - AMY GRANT: "Better Than A Hallelujah lyrics
God love a lulluby
In a mother's tears at night
Better than a Hallelujah sometimes

God love the drunkard's cry
The soldier's plea not to let him die
Better than a Hallelujah sometimes

We pour out our miseries
God just hears a melody
Beautiful, the mess we are
The honest cries of breaking hearts
Are better than a Hallelujah

The woman holding on for life
The dying man giving up the fight
Are better than a Hallelujah sometimes

The tears of shame for what's been done
The silence when the words won't come
Are better than a Hallelujah sometimes

We pour out our miseries
God just hears a melody
Beautiful the mess we are
The honest cries of breaking hearts
Are better than a Hallelujah

Better than a church bell ringing
Better than a choir singing out, singing out

We pour out out miseries
God just hears a melody
Beautiful, the mess we are
The honest cries of breaking hearts
Are better than a Hallelujah

We pour out our miseries
God just hears a melody
Beautiful, the mess we are
The honest cries of breaking hearts
Are better than a Hallelujah

(Better than a Hallelujah sometimes)
Better than a Hallelujah
(Better than a Hallelujah sometimes)





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A revolution of ragamuffins

I have the most precious friend, Brittney in my life. I plan on writing alot more about her in my blog to share with you some of the incredible, funny, and crazy experinces we have had in our friendship. One of the most amazing things that I have learned through my dear friend is vulnerability. She calls herself a ragamuffin. Always in desperate need of her Savior. I had the priveledge to walk with her through some very hard and painful experiences. What I saw was the most amazing picture of beauty! The Lord loves our vulnerability. He would much rather us admit that we need him desperatley and share our struggles with our brothers and sisters than to walk around like we have it all together.. totally terrified that we will one day be exposed. Praise God for a BRAVE friend. Who dared to show me her need for her Jesus. I will never ever forget the way the Lord continually shows up for her. He blows my mind. I admire Brittney. For not being a poser. For being so willing to share with you her struggles and the way the Lord was her hero. This vulnerability from my dear friend has inspired me to be the same when I muster up the courage. What we have found is vulnerability breeds vulnerability. This idea is catching on more and more. It is almost like pretending to have it all together is so last year! haha! This morning I was listening to christian radio and spending a little time in scripture while Micah was in the swing. Amy Grants new song came on. I was moved to tears. WOW. "We pour out our miseries, God just hears a Melody!" Beautiful picture of being rescued by such sweet grace. I decided to share this. Hope you are moved as I was! There is so much beauty in being a ragamuffin so I have learned!
"The humble will see their God at work and be glad, Let all who seek God's help be encouraged."
-Psalm 69:32
"I restore the crushed spirit of the humble and revive the courage of those with repenting hearts" -Isaiah 57:16

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

a call to simplicity

Recently I have been pondering on the lost art of simplicity. Appreciating the simple things the Lord has given us. Un proccessed, un fooled around with, un advertised, simple things. When I was pregnant, I decided that I wanted to take on the task of making my son's baby food. I went to books a million, big belly in tow, and patiently waited for one of those big cooshy chairs. I sat with a stack full of books on baby food, nutrition for babies, and all kinds of books of this sort. All though I would love for all of you to think that I am Suzy home maker extrordinaire, despite what you might think, making baby food is really pretty easy! At this point I started looking at what we were eating. Lots of questions.. Whats the deal with organics? What kind of meat has no hormones? What kind of dairy has no hormones? What are preservatives and why are they bad? I began to chase the rabbit. I got very interested. One day at the spa I was having a conversation with my friend Richel from the Phillipines. We got on the subject of food in America. She began to tell me how everything there is fresh! This idea of drive thrus was crazy to her! She told me how as children, the fun game on their birthday was to chase their chicken and catch it to be killed for their birthday celebration. HOW BARBARIC!!!I thought in my mind! Terrible! Not my idea of a good birthday! Then I began to think... How many chickens have I been responsible for killing in my life that I have never ever laid eyes on??You see, I like this idea of convinient food! Ask any of my friends and they will hardly call me a naturalist! haha! Jeff and I bought Food Inc. the DVD ( I challenge all Americans to watch) and I purchased Michael Pollans book "FOOD RULES" I knew this was not going to be easy, but I made myself watch and read. WOW. You see, convinient food has become so common in America, that I so many times ran through a drive through and got a burger and I NEVER once have associated that burger with a cow. We all do it. I think there is a certain amount of thankfulness that has left along with that. A cow is a living breathing creature that God made.( I am still eating them btw if any of you think this is a ploy to tell you to be a vegetarian) He says he is the God of all the cattle on the hill. They are a gift! The sad reality of the poor cows used in fast food is this. They never see grass. They live their entire life knee high in their own manure, their diet of corn makes them sick, and this beef is treated with ammonia to keep you and I from getting E coli from their meat. Now do you want that dollar burger? If I take the time to make a cake for my family from scratch, that cake will pretty much not be edible in about a week. But I can go to Kroger and buy a box of twinkies that will last 5 years in my cupboard. Something is wrong with that. After much chasing this rabbit what I have found is this. Greed. We are so afraid of loss. Loss of money.. Loss of time.. Loss of crops. Greed was what was behind giving that cow arificial hormones so that she would produce milk all the time. Greed was behind spraying our produce with DDT so that we might not loose any apples. Greed was behind genetically recreating the chicken so that it will have a HUGE breast since we all have to have white meat. And Greed is behind putting preservatives in cakies so that like magic, they will never go bad! Michael Pollan really preaches whole foods. Real foods. He says eat plants, not things created in them. He talks about the Nutrition Science in this country being only 200 years old. He says this is like letting a surgeon from 1650 cut you open. Not too comforting right!? This is why one day Margarine is better than butter, the next day you must eliminate fat, the next carbs will make you fat, ???? I am left puzzled. Are you?You cannot tell me that Diet coke and pork rinds are better for me than an orange! He says for centuries we have known that whole foods are safe. He challenges you to get back to basics. I bet more kids in America would eat vegetables if they had helped plant a garden and watched it grow. Home make a cake. It doesnt have preservatives in it that can cause cancer. Dont deny yourself french fries. They are a treat. Make them at home. Take a moment, and say a prayer of thanksgiving at the table with your family.Eat mostly plants, not things created in them, and support local farmers and people who treat their animals, and you and I with respect.

Friday, April 2, 2010

A Volunteer, Not a Victim

On this Good Friday I am reflecting on the person that Jesus was and still is! Yesterday in my Bible study, something brand new was revealed to me about the person of Christ. I was reading in Luke. I began reading in chapter 5 where Jesus goes to Simon ( who would become Peter) and John and James. They are just fishermen trying to make it. Empty nets from a night that did not bring fourth a single fish. Probably tired, and disgusted at the wasted effort. Then Jesus shows up.. He tells them to pull up there nets again. FULL OF FISH! Talk about a magic trick and having your mind blown! I would be a follower wouldn't you!? Then I moved over to verse 27. Jesus goes to call Levi, a lowly tax collector, who would become Matthew to follow Him. It says that they asked Jesus why He was hanging out with such "scum". SCUM. Sad huh? In chapter 7 verse 34, Jesus tells us that He was called a glutton and a drunkard and someone who hung out with sinners!!!! haha! That is the good news! You see, Jesus was not a people pleaser.. He was a revolutionary! He was not a victim, but a volunteer on the cross! And He came and lived, and died, and was risen again for ragamuffins like you and me!!! John Eldrege asks in the book "Wild at Heart," Do you think Jesus was more like Mother Teresa or William Wallace?" How on earth have we managed down the course of all of these years to make someone SO COOL uncool!? He spent His life wowing fisherman and busting up peoples judgements, and then with full knowledge of His fate, He volunteered for a horrible death for you and for me.. and then friends... HE DEFEATED THE GRAVE! and tells us of feasts and celebrations to come! What a warrior! How cool is HE!? and He calls us friend! Happy good friday and Easter Sunday to all. He's alive!

Friday, March 5, 2010

Goodbye Big Red Tahoe

First of all, I am loving this blogging thing and I want to thank those of you who actually read it from time to time. haha. I don't feel quite cool enough for you guys to spend your time reading my life stuff, but I so enjoy writing it! Those of you who know me know that when I was in high school, my very first car was a big red Tahoe. 95. Two door. My mother, being very over protective, made me get this monster instead of a miata because she said if someone hit me in it, I had a better chance of living. haha. OHHH Judy. I remember being 15 and looking at in on the car lot and thinking.. "Ok.. I can make this work. All she needs is some furry zebra seat covers and we are in business." Once my seat covers were in tact, I cruised that thing everywhere! I remember my key ring being SO large and full of crap that you could use it as a lethal weapon. Big red was cool in high school for two reasons. 1) We played how many people can fit in that thing alot. and 2) All the boys wanted to drive my 4x4. The Tahoe followed me to college and was quickly named the DD bus. I have always been the mothering type and a friend or two or five would call me to come pick them up after a little too much of a good time. It burned up the highway between here and Murfreesboro with my music blaring. Dad and me took Big Red on two road trips together. One to Texas for my Grandad's funeral. And one to Ohio. The floorboard would be full of pork rind crumbs and the cup holders housed many used Styrofoam coffee cups when Dad was the navigator. The Tahoe followed me into married life. My husband quickly grew attached and it became his vehicle. Even though it was a gas guzzler, He loved it just the same. It came in handy for hauling during his man projects. A few months ago we began to talk of Old Red's fate. " Now that we have a child, we really need another SUV that is fuel efficient." I told Jeff. He agreed and we began the search for a new SUV. After awhile the perfect match showed up for us yesterday. A used Saturn Vue. Leather, DVD, the whole shebang. It carried with it an incredible price. Just what we had been looking for! So excited! But... deep down... a little sad. The Tahoe's fate... A nice man who has a son and will use it to take his son fishing. What a nice thought. Ok. I can live with that life for Old Red. All of this made me think about how 15 seems like a few days ago but actually it has been 10 years! It is so funny how life changes so fast. You go from looking in a vehicle and thinking "How many friends can I fit in here?" to "How many strollers can I fit in here?" This morning at 5:30 am, I heard it crank up for the last time in my driveway. I laid in bed a little sad. Goodbye Big Red! It's been great growing up with you!

Friday, February 26, 2010

Actually Listening

I am totally inspired by my friends. I plan on writing more about them just to share them with the rest of you! They are incredible and I learn from them time and time again. My dear friend Jade is one that just rocks my socks. Jade is a tiny little person with blond hair and fair skin and big pretty lips. She reminds me of a little pixie. Jade is always sharing the latest thing she has learned or the latest book that gave her a revelation. You know how Oprah has a book club? Well so does Jade! And I am all up in it my friends! haha! I know she is just a person and she has stuff like we all do, but I tell you with the most honesty my friends, Jade has worked through so much and she is an incredibly disciplined individual. This is why she is always reading a pushing herself toward growth. After a conversation with her I realized something that I think makes my friend Jade so amazing. She wakes up in the morning and prays about her day. She invited the Lord into her agenda. She invites him into the tiny places I would never think of. What to eat... Who to go see... Later I got on the phone with Brittney and we, as usual, were talking about some kind of diet and exercise program. She shared with me that she had started inviting the Lord into her workouts and in her diet after being inspired by Jade to do so. What an amazing thought! I sat amazed. I do not think I had ever even thought about asking the Lord about what I would eat or about inviting him into the tiny little parts of my daily agenda! I guess I had always thought if I accomplished everything I set out to.. juggled everything I set out to.. and prayed a few times during the day that was enough. I decided after that light bulb went off that I would begin to invite the Lord into my agenda. The next day was CRAZY for me. I had more to do than I could think about. I woke up, fed the baby, drank my coffee, and stated pumping out my to do list. All of the sudden I was convicted to pray for my day. I looked down at my to do list and said " Ok Lord, not my agenda but yours today. Help me to be sensitive to the Holy Spirit ." Later that day I was in a tissy! Overwhelmed! I still needed to go grocery shopping, cook dinner, give the baby and bath, and on and on and on. Just then baby on hip in my laundry room, my phone rang. My friend Hannah was calling to come see me and hang out. She wanted my help writing a paper. Just as I was about to tell her today simply wasnt the day, Jesus showed up. He reminded me of my prayer. I told her to come on! I forgot the laundry, we ordered Sushi and hung out and I helped her finish her paper. That night ended up being one of the best nights I had spent with a friend in awhile. At the end of the night she informed me that she loved me and it meant so much that I would help her. I was glad I did. I was glad for once the laundry sat there and the grocery shopping didnt get done but I had listened. This concept being to catch on in my heart. So my dear friends, I am currently in a state of ACTUALLY LISTENING! Who woulda thought. haha. Every day I am asking the Lord to set me on His agenda and not my own. I am praying to be sensitive to the Holy spirit that I would know who to hang out with and what to do with my time. For once my friends... I am actually listening!