Saturday, January 29, 2011

A Peek Into Our Lives

Dad and Aub :), Christmas Eve (the only picture I took at Christmastime, haha)

Andrew's Fun

And Mine

2 People, have LOTS of laundry

We are in a good habit of doing the dishes after every meal ,but sometimes they pile up

Andrew and his homework had some quality time this day

So did me and my homework

Sometimes, I forget about the mess and stress and relax with a girly show or movie. One of my favorite hobbies :)   

We are truly blessed and I look forward to each day with my husband. Whether ordinary, or not. I am bad at taking pictures, but I am trying to get better at it. SO if you have any suggestions, let me know please!

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Sin's Baited Hook

William Shakespeare. Sonnet CXXIX

The expense of spirit in a waste of shame Is lust in action; and till action, lust Is perjured, murderous, bloody, full of blame, Savage, extreme, rude, cruel, not to trust, Enjoy'd no sooner but despised straight, Past reason hunted, and no sooner had Past reason hated, as a swallow'd bait On purpose laid to make the taker mad; Mad in pursuit and in possession so; Had, having, and in quest to have, extreme; A bliss in proof, and proved, a very woe; Before, a joy proposed; behind, a dream. All this the world well knows; yet none knows well To shun the heaven that leads men to this hell.
 How many times have I given in to temptation only to have it entrap me. Once you let a sin into 
your life, it is a weed that sucks the life out of you, It only gets bigger and bigger until you cut it off 
and kill it. Sin tempts us only to ruin us. It is fun at first but it always takes us further than we want
to go. In one of my classes we've been discussing sin and its affect on us. We are reading books 
like Dracula, Frankenstein, and Dr. Jekyl and Mr. Hyde. Realizing that we all have a monstrous side 
 that threatens to take control of us. We must always be on our guard against temptation. No matter
how difficult it is. I think this sonnet my professor had us read explains this perfectly. Now, I don't 
 understand Shakespeare too well, but I really enjoy this sonnet. 

Sunday, January 16, 2011

Pig Snouts and Finding God's love

Its a humbling and enlightening experience to have a semi-silly movie attempt to teach a lesson you have been trying to learn your whole life. The premise of the movie is the story of a girl named Penelope. She was born with a pig's snout. The only way to rid herself of this curse is by being loved by one of her own kind (high class/blue blood). Her mother brings in potential suitor after suitor, only to have them run from her once they catch a glimpse. Typically screaming along the way. Finally Penelope has enough, she runs from her sheltered life and finds her own way. She hides under a scarf, until one day, she is revealed to the public. To her surprise they love her! But she is only sen as the girl with the Pig's snout. She is proposed to by "one of her own", who also happens to be an arrogant jerk. She decides to not go through with the wedding, because she likes the way she is. At last, the curse is broken, and she can live a happy, normal life.

Okay, like I said, kinda silly movie, but I loved it. I have never been happy with how I look. Since I can remember, I have wanted to change myself. Too short, too fat, don't like my hair, and the list goes on. I have a countless number of things I would change about myself. Particularly physical, but not always. I have never had hope for victory in this area, ever. But I have realized that this is truly a lack of faith. God is greater than this. He can claim victory in all areas of my life. Now, it will not be a quick and easy road, I know that this is going to be probably one the hardest things I ever do,and I know its going to be quite a journey to get there.

But it begins, now. So any verses, words of encouragement, or stories of victory, would be much appreciated. Love to all.

Victory is my word for 2011, not sure of a verse as of yet, but one of these three is probable.

Psalm 20:6
Now this I know: The LORD gives victory to his anointed. He answers him from his heavenly sanctuary with the victorious power of his right hand.

Psalm 149:4
For the LORD takes delight in his people; he crowns the humble with victory.

1 Corinthians 15:57
But thanks be to God! He gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.