Monday, May 27, 2013

Life is Beautiful

I love the movie October Baby. It has such an amazing message. One of the songs that is from the movie is called "Life is Beautiful" by the Afters. It's a beautiful song that I love.
As I was working on a drawing for a friend tonight, this song started to play on Pandora. Because of some struggles our family has been going through, I began to roll my eyes when the song came on.  I started to have a moment of sarcasm and suddenly it dawned on me that life is beautiful not because the world is perfect and dandy, but because there is a Savior who has redeemed me and has a plan infinitely greater than anything I could come up with.
Sometimes I get tired of the pain and drama that life carries and I honestly wonder why the Lord picked my family to go through the things we have gone through. But then I look back and see how He has made beauty rise from the ashes. I see how He has taken the ugly lump of clay and formed it into a masterpiece.
In the movie October Baby, it took a lot of pain and ugliness before Hannah (main character) saw that life truly is beautiful. It seems to me that the destruction and heartache that we go through is what teaches us what truly is beautiful in life. Beauty is not often what we perceive with our eyes and minds. It is more of a quiet total dependence on Christ. When what was once beautiful is destroyed, the only beauty that remains is Christ. When we see Christ as the only beautiful thing in our lives, suddenly life becomes beautiful because Christ is our life!
Life is beautiful.

Thursday, May 23, 2013

Book Suggestion!!!

I am reading this amazing book called "Radical" by: David Platt. It is so insightful and has really challenged me in the way I live my life. I would strongly encourage y'all to read it no matter how old or young you are. I'll be writing more about it when I finish it. I'm about 2/3 of the way through and it is so powerful!

Wednesday, May 22, 2013


"The dangerous assumption we unknowingly accept in the American dream is that our greatest asset is our own ability. The American dream prizes what people can accomplish when they believe in themselves and trust in themselves, and we are drawn toward such thinking. But the gospel has different priorities. The gospel beckons us to die to ourselves and to believe in God and to trust in his power. In the gospel, God confronts us with our utter inability to accomplish anything of value apart from him. This is what Jesus meant when he said, 'I am the vine; you are the branches. If a man remains in me and I in him, he will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing.'"
~from "Radical" by David Platt
I started this book last night and am halfway through it. It is a radically life changing book! Very hard to put down and very convicting.

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Precious Moments

The last month has been such a whirlwind of activity that I have hardly had any time to write up a blog post. Another full day is about to dawn, but I just had a thought that I wanted to share.

Life is full of precious moments that will not last forever. In this last month I graduated, was reunited with old friends, became more involved in our new church, attended an adoption picnic, a masquerade ball, had a ladies cooking coalition and much, much more. As I get older, life gets busier - in a good way, but I have to remind myself to savor each of these moments because they do not last forever. Just yesterday I was watching my little brothers and the realization hit me that very soon, not just one, but all four of them will be taller than me. My sisters are becoming amazing cooks and will probably out pass me at some point. My parents are grandparents now, and I'm an aunt.

Life is passing by very fast. These moments we have together will not last forever, but I plan to savor them as long as I can, because they are the best moments of life. The moments I share with my family are the ones I will never forget.