Monday, June 29, 2009

Ready, Set, Go!

Three days until the beach!

I really cannot express how excited I am to go put my toes in the sand and enjoy the warmth of the SUN! Not only that, but I get to be with my family and John's family for four days - days filled with good meals, games, beach walks, great conversations and lazy afternoons...I can't wait!

John says that I look good in the sun. I respond by saying that I was made to be out in the sun...really, I was :)

Meanwhile, I get to spend my mornings with the cutest kids ever. YAY for Vacation Bible Schooll!!!

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Understanding the Love of God

Living in a fallen world where we are constantly battling our selfishness, quite often it is hard to understand God's love. Again and again I see good things happen to 'bad' people and bad things happen to 'good' people.

It wasn't until recently that I began to understand that no one is good, or at least not good enough to receive the love of God. We could never deserve it or work hard enough to attain it.

Yet, He gives it to us with open hands and offers it to anyone who is willing to take it. In the process of refining us with His love, God does whatever is necessary to show us that only with Him we can be whole.

For a large majority of my life, I thought that God allowed certain trials to come into our lives to test our faith (to see if we could handle it while still serving him).
However, C.S. Lewis has introduced me to another kind of God in his book A Grief Observed.

He goes on to say: "God has not been trying an experiment on my faith or love in order to find out their quality. He knew it already. It was I who didn't. In this trial He makes us occupy the dock, the witness box, and the bench all at once. He always knew that my temple was a house of cards. His only way of making me realize the fact was to knock it down."

God has knocked down my temple of cards before, and from time to time I go back to my old ways and try so hard to make it on my own. As if I could think hard enough or just try to be good enough. What a relief it is to know that I cannot do it on my own because I was not designed to be my own god.

Praise God for his love! For He gives it to us knowing that we could never give it back to Him with its full magnitude and power.

Friday, June 19, 2009

Eleven Months of Joy :)

Today I get to celebrate eleven months of marriage! While I feel like I have known John my whole life, I am in awe of how fast time has gone by.

Exactly a year ago I had a long list of things to do before the wedding day.
-favor boxes
-pew bows

The list goes on and on...

Instead of being busy with all those little details, today I get to prepare a yummy dinner and look forward to a relaxing date! To tell you the truth, I did not know that I was going to enjoy married life so much. When I said "I Do" I had no idea what the next year was going to be like, but I didn't imagine it was going to be this good.

Off course not every moment of marriage has been a bliss, but through the good days and bad days I have learned so much about John as well as myself. I have learned to love in ways I didn't know I could...and I look forward to more.

Thursday, June 18, 2009

What now?

Graduation happened this past weekend and so far I am enjoying my free time! It is wonderful to feel relaxed.

So far I have done little things that I never had the time to do:

-Writing 'thank you' cards to everyone who were too kind and gave me graduation gifts. By the way, I LOVE writing 'thank you' cards! Too often I forget to be thankful for the people around me, and I always get emotional when remembering the kindness that has been poured over me! (If it wasn't unethical, I would start my own company writing Thank You cards for those who don't like to write in themselves. I could do 'thank you' cards for weddings, birthdays, graduations...)

-Cleaning up the 563 emails on my UW account

-Cleaning up the 298 emails on my google account

-Organizing my school documents (papers)

-Looking for jobs

-Writing resumes/cover letters: This is not a very fun and exciting process...but I need a job!

-Looking forward to VBS and family vacation :)

-Trying not to think about how much I will miss core group.

Anyways, I am sure there are more adventures to come...but for now I am quite satisfied!
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