Monday, April 25, 2011

the one about no condemnation

i hope you all had a wonderful Easter weekend!! the weather was gorgeous here and it was so nice to be outside in the sunshine. i have many pictures to update you with later but here's just a snapshot of our day yesterday...beautifully green and sunny :)

i am blessed to attend a church (the Summit) that i love! i love the way we do everything - discipleship, small groups, serving, leadership, kids/student/college ministry, community outreach, missions...and i love even the way we are structured with different campuses. what i love most is that i know i can bring someone to any church service at any campus and they will hear the Gospel, preached by our pastor JD.

this past weekend, rob & i attended the noon Good Friday service and also attended our regular saturday night service at 6pm with some of rob's family. one of the greatest things i heard/learned this weekend was on friday...and it was so beautiful that i got to hear it then because it changed the way i celebrated and worshipped all weekend. i wanted to share it here first before i share all my pictures/stories from the weekend :)

the past couple weeks, ive been having a lot of internal struggles - in my mind, i demand perfection from myself and am really hard on myself when i don't reach that. of course i know the Truth - what God says and claims over me (see below for more)...but there are times when i reject it. JD has said in the past that whenever we have condemning thoughts in our minds we know that those are not from God. ive always agreed, knowing that God is loving and good...and wants good for me. JD brought this into a new light this past weekend though when he preached that God is not simply loving...but He is just. And that is why He cannot condemn me. Jesus has paid for my sin and i am FREE from condemnation not just because God loves me, but because He is just and unable to condemn me for my sin. hallelujah!! "therefore there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus" (romans 8:1)!!

that changes everything for me. and it was incredible to celebrate the cross and resurrection again in that new understanding. i encourage you to listen to JD's two sermons from this can find them here.

one last quote i wanted to share from JD. it speaks about what our heart says about us vs. what God says about us:
God speaks to sinful, screwed-up people and declares them righteous and whole through the cross. We know our reality to be sinful, corrupted and dysfunctional. But when we believe His words, through His power of new creation we become those very things He declared of us.
That means that when someone (or Satan or my own heart) tells me I am a failure, or worthless, or sinful, I have a choice. I can believe what they say and become what they say about me, or I can believe what God says about me and become that. God says that in Christ I am a new creation. He says I am clean and forgiven. He says I have a future and a hope. He says I was chosen to be incredibly fruitful and a world overcomer. He says goodness and mercy will follow me all the days of my life, that nothing can separate me from Him, and that no weapon formed against me will prosper.
I believe Him.

Friday, April 22, 2011

the one about good friday.

(this post is borrowed from the one and only, danny franks. i read it this morning and it was too good not to share. happy easter weekend!)

The Great Exchange 

My sin. His holiness.

My sorrow. His joy.

My works. His grace.

My shame. His glory.

My wounds. His scars.

My selfishness. His kindness.

My pride. His humility.

My self-righteousness. His gift of righteousness.

My rebellion. His obedience.

My clenched fist. His open hand.

My wandering. His seeking.

My running. His pursuit.

My failed attempts. His finished work.

My brokenness. His healing.

His death.

My life.

His resurrection.

My eternity.

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

the one about goodwill.

rob & i have a slight obsession with thrift stores, and especially goodwill (since that's the one that we can find most often and have had the most success with). it's really fun for us to have a store that we both love to explore...rather than one of us talking the other one into going :)

our most exciting goodwill find (to date) was 2 weekends ago. we have an awesome goodwill right near where we live, in brier creek. i think i've gotten a bookcase, wooden 3 drawer set, several frames and vases there through the years...and recently i even found some awesome brand name dresses & shirts! we stopped by two saturdays ago, just to browse around. annnnnnd we found an awesome kitchen table!!

here is our new table, at the store.

we've been saving $60/month for a kitchen/dining table. right now, my awesome sister sarah is lending us her old one but we wanted to save for our own. we were thinking it would take us a year or so to save for one we would really love and that would last us awhile. we bought this one for $60 TOTAL...table and 4 chairs!! it's great wood - we think it's oak.

it's going to be a big project to get it all fixed up, but we're really excited to work on it together. i really love the oval shape and there are some cool details on the shapes of the legs and chair backs.

we'll have to sand down all the wood, especially the top. then we'll restain it a darker color.

i also am excited to find some new fabric to re-cover the seats.

another exciting find was at a goodwill in raleigh this past weekend that we'd never been to before. (sarah - you need to check this one out!) we found three old really pretty books. and they're not just cool looking but we actually really like these books :) rob loves edgar allen poe, we both love sherlock holmes (this edition has the original illustrations from when it was first published in the paper), and my first book i can remember really loving is the diary of a young girl, by anne franks. im really excited to re-read it. these are all hardbacks so they are a bit more expensive...$1.50 each :)

Friday, April 8, 2011

the one that is first.

hello blogging world!

ive given in. im starting a blog. while i dont think i have anything particularly enlightening or clever to share, i am excited about it being a bit of a creative outlet. i also have maybe the worst memory of all time and i'd love to have some place where my memories and experiences are somewhat documented and captured. it adds some organization to my jumbled brain :)

where i am now: rob & i are living in raleigh and have been married for almost 3 months now (what?!). we have a little cozy one bedroom apartment...rob's favorite part is the fake fireplace. we are still setting up house and getting into our new routine living together! we both are incredibly blessed to have great jobs that we are loving more & more everyday. we attend a wonderful church that we both love, The Summit Church. we love it most because it grows our love for the Lord daily.

i think everyone of my posts should have a picture because that's what i love most about blogs :) here are a few recently...
 my adorable brother & nephew...finley's obsessed with his uncle will

obsessed with my nephews.

 celebrating rachel's birthday!

okay and some not so recently... i miss the sun and our honeymoon! :)

sorry for the gooey one below..