My mom mentioned this verse to me the other day. What a prayer. I hope I don’t miss out on opportunities to claim God’s promises by neglecting to dig into His Word and come before Him in prayer. He will satisfy me with His love. He will give me gladness unimaginable. He will make my efforts successful. May He make your efforts successful as well. How long will it take us to ask?
This has been the THIRD sunny day in a row. Either the Lord is giving me more joy than I have experienced in a while, or the sun just makes everything better. I’m gonna go with all of the above. (: Church this morning was such a blessing (and a challenge), I enjoyed an delectable lunch at Whole Foods (another happy place) on the sunny patio, then I came home and spent a little time reading and making ^that^ in the sun with the Big Guy and this little guy:
Only through prayer are we washed in peace. -Beth Moore 'Breaking Free'
I love Sundays.
Just living is not enough. One must have sunshine, freedom, and a little flower.
– Hans Christian Andersen
The sun came out today. FINALLY.
The flowers are brilliant after the rain, by the way.
There’s something to be said for a little rain on a droopy flower (or heart).
He is like the light of morning at sunrise on a cloudless morning,
like the brightness after rain that brings grass from the earth.
– 2 Samuel 23: 4
Oh, and hammocks definitely just made the ‘happy place’ list.
Today I listened to a sermon by Tim Keller, the pastor of Redeemer Church in NY. It was called ‘The Wounded Spirit’.
What wounds your spirit? What steals your joy and takes away the sparkle in your eye and your passion for life?
A wounded spirit not only hurts on the inside, but it hurts on the outside too. I’m sure you’ve experienced it. I most definitely have. You can’t run from a wounded spirit. You can’t hide a wounded spirit. Its all over your face. It consumes your mind. It even makes you sick sometimes. There is no feeling more helpless than having the life sucked out of your heart.
Ever feel like no one understands you, especially your scars? Well, no one does. And honestly, you don’t even understand the very bottom of your soul. And when you realize something like that, how helpless do you feel? I can attest firsthand to hitting the bottom and feeling completely and utterly alone- like a foreigner in my home and an alien in my own body. I reached for things, good and moral things, that I imagined would satisfy and quench my thirsty soul. But nothing delivered. Tim Keller says that we’re all longing for “something we remember but we’ve never had“. We can imagine how things could be perfect, but we’ve never gotten a taste of true and complete satiation. Life can be one bummer after another sometimes, huh?
But that’s not the end of my story. In my loneliness, I realized that I was alone with the One and only One that understood the very depths of my soul. I’m pretty sure that anyone that really knew the depths of my soul would be pretty disgusted at what they saw. What about you? But get this.
The only eyes who can see to the bottom love you to the sky.
The perfect and matchless God, who is perfect and pure to the very depths of His soul (and who should be repulsed by the bottom of mine) sees me and loves me to the sky. He is the ‘something I remember but I’ve never had’. And one day, when I see Him face to face, I will fall down in overwhelming joy because I won’t be able to stand the strength my spirit will get at that moment. It will be everything I have ever dreamed of and more. To meet LOVE face to face. It’ll just knock me out.
Want a taste? Check out a infinite color-filled sky on a cloudless night and experience the Lover of your soul. He’s painting for you. Sit back and get some healing for that wounded spirit, friend.
He loves you to the sky.
Today I was craving a good burger. Everyone likes a good burger. I’m a turkey burger kinda gal, and tonight I made a turkey burger that trumped all the other burgers I’ve ever made. Mostly because its the first burger I’ve actually ever cooked on my own (which explains the over-adequately doneness of these babies), but also because it was so flavorful and moist I could have eaten the burger all by itself. The secret: FETA CHEESE. Inside of it AND on top.
One of my favorite mottos: Feta makes everything betta.
It truly does. Especially turkey, which tends to be a little lower on the flavor scale. Another great thing about these burgers: they’re so easy and don’t use very many ingredients. All you need is:
- 1 lb. of ground turkey
- 1 egg, slightly beaten
- A couple handfuls of spinach (frozen would work too)
- 3/4 cup of feta
- Salt and pepper to taste
- Toasted buns, lettuce, ketchup, and mustard for serving
Mix the turkey, egg, spinach, and feta together and make them into 5-6 patties. Cook them in a skillet or on the grill about 7-8 minutes each side, or until you think they’re done. (Mine were suuper done, but better done than raw, right?)
Top the burgers with a little more feta (or alot), and serve them on the toasted buns with lettuce, ketchup, and mustard. (Or other toppings of your choice, but I seriously doubt you’ll want to add anything else.)
I enjoyed mine with an ice cold Grapefruit Izze and an episode of Reba. (: Happy Betta Feta Burgers y’all!
You are probably asking, “Who’s the new girl?” I’m the new girl. Check out my ‘About’ section if you want to know more. There’s even a picture (: I’m feelin’ pretty savvy with this blog stuff already.
Why did I start this blog? Well, I got a new camera because my dad kept telling me that I should. Maybe that’s not a good enough reason for you, but my dad never pushes spending hundreds of dollars on the fly. He is the king of bargaining and every salesperson’s nightmare. That sounds awful, but I have the best, most wonderful, kind, loving dad in the world. He just doesn’t spend unnecessary money. So when he kept bringing up the camera thing, I thought that maybe it was so crazy that it just might be the best idea he’s had in a while. So I got one. It’s a beaut, and I’m thinking I should name it. Any suggestions? Here she is.
I am having so much fun with it. Fabulous pictures will be coming soon. Stay tuned, sports fans!
Well thanks for making it through my whole first blog post EVER. You are a trooper.