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Marriage Is…

11 Jan

Husband and I came up with this saying last night, after he grumbled his way through a cold shower. Yeah, I did take a nice, long bath before you got home, honey, but I didn’t think you’d mind – the way I don’t mind that pile of junk in the middle of my freshly cleaned floor.

Yes, after almost 3 years of marriage, we have had a lot of love, a little compromise, a few fights, and when the fights are over, a good helping of humor. We are both creatures of habit, and when we throw wrenches into each other’s routines, it can be pretty comical (for the other person only, of course). Laughter really is the best medicine.

Scripture Sunday – Psalm 119:105

8 Jan

So, by now you know that I’m participating in Mrs. Hargrave’s Project Scripture. This past week was the first week of scripture memorization, and it was so refreshing! I decided I would take a moment to reflect each Sunday on how that week’s verse applied to my life and share it with you. Here goes.

“Thy Word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path.” -Psalm 119:105

I have always been a planner. No, that’s putting it too lightly. I’m an architect. I carefully craft every detail of my life, following the plan I’ve made to the letter with (I’m ashamed to admit) little regard for what God’s plan for me might be. Now, I have had my moments of complete reckless abandonment when I let God take the wheel, and those moments have turned out to be the best ones of my life. But for some reason, even after God shows me how much better His plan is, I slowly return to my old blueprints.

Well, if 2011 taught me anything, it’s that I’m not in control and I never have been. So, I couldn’t have picked a better verse to begin 2012 with. To me, this verse is a confession to God:

“I know that I’m completely in the dark. I know that I don’t have all the answers. But I do know that You do have all the answers and Your Word is the lamp that will light the way. Now, I know it won’t light the entire path so that I can see the finish line, but it will light one step at a time. So if I just faithfully put one foot in front of the other, relying wholly on You, I have nothing to worry about.”

This is my prayer for this year. I can’t wait to see what next week brings!

Building Our Home On a Solid Foundation

4 Jan

“As for me and my house, we will serve the LORD.”
Jeremiah 24:15

These words greet all of our guests as they walk through the front door. They are words that we strive to live by, and while we don’t always succeed, the words are a constant reminder of how we want to run our household.

We had this verse in mind back in March when we first purchased our home. The house was in need of some foundation repair, and as a result, we had holes drilled into the two front rooms of our house so that beams could be placed beneath the foundation. Although it created quite a mess, we used the opportunity to live out the words in our entryway.

We found verses that had to do with building a home and a foundation and wrote them on stationery. Then, we wrote prayers on the back of the paper asking the LORD to help us live out the words we had written. We threw the prayers into the holes before they were filled so that the scripture could literally be the “foundation” of our house. It think it was one of the best improvements we made to the house!

Husband and I have plans to plant more verses around the house in the future, but we want to hear your ideas. What creative ways do you use scripture in your home?

Mrs. Hargrave & Her Project Scripture

30 Dec

I just have to share something with you that I’m so excited about! A fellow blogger and friend, Mrs. Hargrave, issued a challenge to her readers. She’s going to memorize a new Bible verse each week in 2012 and asked us to do it with her. True to Hargrave fashion, she’s got an adorable memory verse board to inspire her.

I’ve decided to accept the challenge, and I’m even going to begin by making a board similar to hers for my bathroom. I plan on keeping you updated on Project Scripture throughout the year for two reasons: 1) It will hold me accountable and 2) You may be inspired to join!

Here’s to a prayerful, peaceful 2012.

Top 10 Blessings of 2011

29 Dec

As my great-grandfather used to say, “Christmas is over and I’m so sad, sody-pop sody-pop’s all I had.” Well, our stockings were stuffed with more than soda pop this year, but we’re certainly sad to see the most joyous time of the year come and go so quickly. In fact, I’m squeezing every last drop of Christmas cheer out of 2011 by leaving my decorations up until New Year’s Day.

And as the first day of the new year approaches, I find myself reminiscing on the past 365 days. Husband and I have had many special moments this year, but to be perfectly honest, this hasn’t been the easiest year. It’s been one where I’ve been challenged to grow in my faith more than ever, and God has shown me that He’s sovereign no matter the circumstances. So, here’s my top 10 blessings list for 2011:

10. Buying our first home.
9. Safety as we conducted all our home improvement projects – and there were plenty of opportunities for a ladder to tip, blade to slip, and glass to chip.
8. Having some of our dearest friends move right around the corner.
7. Reconnecting with old friends. I had the unique opportunity to attend (and host) several parties this year where I was able to spend time with the girls (now women) I grew up with. It felt like coming home. 🙂
6. Safe travel. Husband and I each did more business travel this year than usual, and we each made it home in one piece.
5. Food on the table. This one may seem silly to some, but Husband and I never take for granted how lucky we are to both have work in a time when so many corporate cutbacks are being made. Also, I took a position with a new company this year, and we both absolutely love it!
4. A special wedding. My mother-in-law married a wonderful man this year, and we couldn’t be more excited to see them so happy.
3. Spending the holidays with all of our family. The older I get, the more I treasure family memories!
2. Finding a church home we love.
1. Finding out we’re going to become an aunt and uncle to a precious baby boy next year!

We can’t wait to see what 2012 will bring! How had God blessed your life this year?