Monday, June 27, 2011

A Beauty Lesson

I have run into the same vehicle a handful of times over the past 5 or 6 months on my way into the office. She must work down the road from me and, as coincidence would have it, I have ended up behind this vehicle on a few separate occasions. I remember this vehicle because there is script on the back of it that says something to the effect of: “Want to look younger in just 10 minutes…ask me how” and then it lists her phone number. When I first saw this, naturally I was curious enough to want to catch a glance at the driver, to see just exactly what she was ‘selling’. Of course I was expecting to see a young, beautiful woman who looked like she had just stepped off the pages of the latest fashion magazine. Imagine my surprise, when my eyes met up with a middle aged woman with yellow, leathery skin and a cigarette hanging from her lips. As I stifled a laugh, I thought to myself that indeed this could not be the person at the helm of this small business enterprise, surely she must be borrowing the vehicle? As I said, I have run into her on a couple other occasions, most recently just this morning. It has been several months since I have seen her though so as I pulled up behind her at the stoplight, I thought to myself that perhaps she had quit smoking at least. No sooner had I completed that thought than I saw her reach up to her window to deposit cigarette ashes. Nope, guess not. (disclaimer: For any smokers reading this, I hope you won’t take offense, but I do hope you will take notice)!
This got me to thinking about the aging process and just how much we do, especially as women, to try to defy it…to work against the clock. I will admit to having started to color my hair and use an anti-aging product, but I am approaching 40 VERY quickly. In any case, I have always chosen to reflect on who God made me to be, to focus on the inward beauty as much, if not more, than the outward beauty. And to serve as a reminder to me, and all of you reading as well, here is how God views His creation:
Psalm 45:11 Let the king be enthralled by your beauty; honor him, for he is your lord.
Song of Solomon 4:7 All beautiful you are, my darling; there is no flaw in you.
Ezekiel 16:14 And your fame spread among the nations on account of your beauty, because the splendor I had given you made your beauty perfect, declares the Sovereign Lord.
1 Peter 3: 3-4 Your beauty should not come from outward adornment, such as elaborate hairstyles and the wearing of gold jewelry and fine clothes. Rather, it should be that of your inner self, the unfading beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is of great worth in God’s sight.
May God bless you all, my friends!

Thursday, June 23, 2011

Richness in the Valleys

I have been in a valley for quite some time now and look forward to reaching the next mountaintop along my life’s journey. However, I am in no rush to hit that peak, for it is here in the valley, that I am strengthened, encouraged and uplifted by God. He is teaching me so much, helping me to grow in Him, depend on Him alone, learn from Him and praise and glorify Him even here, even now, in the midst of this valley experience.
I wanted to share a poem I came across today, written by Jane Eggleston. I am going to repost it but you can find the link here.
Sometimes life seems hard to bear,
Full of sorrow, trouble and woe
It’s then I have to remember
That it’s in the valleys I grow.

If I always stayed on the mountain top
And never experienced pain,
I would never appreciate God’s love
And would be living in vain.

I have so much to learn
And my growth is very slow,
Sometimes I need the mountain tops,
But it’s in the valleys I grow.

I do not always understand
Why things happen as they do,
But I am very sure of one thing.
My Lord will see me through.

My little valleys are nothing
When I picture Christ on the cross
He went through the valley of death;
His victory was Satan’s loss.

Forgive me Lord, for complaining
When I’m feeling so very low.
Just give me a gentle reminder
That it’s in the valleys I grow.

Continue to strengthen me, Lord
And use my life each day
To share your love with others
And help them find their way.

Thank you for the valleys, Lord
For this one thing I know
The mountain tops are glorious
But it’s in the valleys I grow!
May you find richness in your own valleys of life and, in so doing, learn to appreciate those mountaintops all the more!
God’s blessings to you all!

Monday, June 13, 2011

Some Photo Shootin' Fun!

Our dear friend Michelle took Benjamin's pictures again this weekend...we will call them his one year pics, even though he is already over 13 months old now!!! Amazing. I will have lots more later but here is a little sneak peek at the amazing work she does.

This little guy is walking all over the place now and learning so much. He is an absolute joy! I hope this finds you all well.

God's blessings to you and your families!

Monday, June 6, 2011

A Belated Birthday Post!

Now that I am finally back 'online' again I am able to post pictures. So here is a very late birthday post from Benjamin's 1st birthday party over a month ago! We just had a little party for family at the apartment and he had a great time. He really had fun with the cake and all of his new toys too. My big boy is walking now also, which I can hardly believe. I'm afraid to blink these days!!

And lastly, a favorite of mine from the weekend!

God's blessings to you all!