Monday, December 7, 2009
Sunday, October 25, 2009
Thursday, October 22, 2009
This is just one of several images from Typhoon Ketsana that struck in the Phillippines city of Manila.
Sometimes it scares me how small my world is. I am so selfish. I don't want to be. Help me God.
Saturday, October 10, 2009
I have had an intense couple of days.
So many things stand out, and maybe the top two in my mind were not the big name speakers.
The one thing I will never forget is this:
A man named Jimmy from Kenya walked onto the stage to tell his story. He lived in the streets of a slum as a child and when he was 8 years old someone from Compassion International found him and he got a sponser ($38 a month). On stage he pulled out the first letter his sponser ever wrote him, the letter was 20 years old. He read a simple letter that said, "Hi, I'm Mark. I'm a 20 year old college student and I want to spread the love of Christ and I want you to know He loves you"
Jimmy said his sponser changed his life. Jimmy is now 28, and is attending Bible college so that he can go back to Kenya to share the Gospel with others. He made it very clear that his life would not have been the same had he not been sponsered by this man. The man interviewing Jimmy asked if he had ever gotten the chance to meet his sponser, Jimmy said no, and his face displayed a look of COMPLETE shock. The interviewer then asked if he would like to meet him. Jimmy was unable to speak, and the interviewer called Mark onto the stage. The time it took Mark to get to Jimmy seemed like forever and then they just hugged for so long. The entire crowd of 13,000 people rose to their feet and burst into applause. Jimmy began to cry so loudly they had to turn his microphone off. I could hardly control myself, I'm not sure if I've ever witnessed anything that touched me the way that did. The thankfulness and love was tangible. Words cannot describe.
The next was this guy. His performance was simply captivating and I'm not even sure why... It may have been the way he talked about his wife that got me, I'm kind of a sucker for that stuff, and anyway, I just immediately wanted to be friends with Zach and Stacy Williams.
I'm sure I'll have more about catalyst to talk about, but this is probably enough for now.
Also check out Wes' blog for more details about catalyst.
Sunday, September 6, 2009
So, these are not actually a nutritious breakfast, but they are the perfect cure for the Sunday afternoon munchies!
These cookies are so delicious! Make them! Here's the recipe!
1/2 cup butter softened
1/2 cup peanut butter
1 & 1/4 cup sugar
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp salt
1/4 cup water
1 Tbsp vanilla
1 & 1/2 cups flour
1 cup rolled oats
1 cup golden raisins and/or chocolate chips
(I used 1/2 cup golden raisins and about 2/3 cup choc. chips)
3 cups cheerios or value time brand round toasted oat cereal
1. Preheat oven to 375. In large mixing bowl beat butter and peanut butter on med high speed for about 30 seconds. Add sugar, baking soda, and salt. Beat until combined, making sure to scrape the sides of the bowl. Beat in water, egg, and vanilla until combined. Beat in flour until combined. Next gradually stir in oats, then raisins, chocolate chips, and finally cheerios.
2. Drop dough onto ungreased cookie sheet (a little less than 1/4 cup of dough makes a nice size cookie). Space cookies about 2 inches apart. Bake 10-12 minutes (Joe and I like cookies a little soft in the middle so I cooked them exactly 10 minutes and achieved the perfect consistency, not to brag or anything). Cool for about 5 minutes then dive in and enjoy!
thank you Southern Living!!!
Saturday, August 22, 2009
this is the first day I can remember having in a long while when I had absolutely nowhere to be. no obligations. it was fantastic.
I slept in then did some leisurely house work, purchased a new book and Joe and I went on our first date as a married couple.
this whole week has been a great last week of summer. all the girls wore their tie-dyed shirts we made a girls night to church wednesday and we cleaned out the youth room so that monday they can start the renovations. Exciting times! we also celebrated Ruth Ann's birthday this week. any excuse to hangout with them is always so fun. traveled to Deridder yesterday where Joe did a wonderful job at the youth rally, then got to hang out with some of our favorite people that night.
God has been blessing Joe and I so much these past few weeks. something will happen and we just look at each other and know more and more every day just how big and faithful a God we serve.
we are blessed.
Saturday, August 15, 2009
I consider myself to have a fair amount of knowledge about girls and the way they interact with each other considering I've been one for my whole life, but I have to say that these girls are different... in the best way! They enjoy being around each other, they are not clique-y in the least, they like to serve each other, and I really believe they all genuinely care about one another. They encouraged me. I am confident they will continue to encourage me. I love them so much and feel so thankful that have been given the chance to get to know all of them!
Wednesday, August 5, 2009
Here are a couple pics from our most recent babysitting endeavor! I just love being this little girl's aunt and can't wait for her little brother to get here!!! However, I am concerned that I will not be very good at disciplan if my own child is half this cute!!
Here she decided to play with things in my purse and I couldn't say no! Notice she's wearing my bracelet and headband, using my chapstick and writing down some important information on an old reciept, it might have been something I needed to keep but when she asked all I could say was yes! This kid knows how to play me.... I'm not too proud to admit it, and really, I don't mind!
Olivia just loves Uncle Joe!!! He can say anything and she cracks up!! It is the cutest thing!
hmmm... what else....
I am just so excited about what God is doing at FBC Crowville! and I'm so happy that I get to be a part of it. In a few weeks we'll have a renovated youth room and a new program to launch... 'The Movement'.... It's so exciting and is going to be so cool. There is just nothing else I'd rather be doing than loving those kids and watching them grow. So exciting... did I say that already? Here's the theme banner....
so exciting! and I'm really not exaggerating!
All of a suddent today I got kind of ready to go back to school which is weird... because lately I've been very NOT excited about school in general, but today I think I'm ready. Or maybe I just want some new school clothes and school supplies.... either way, the dread has lessened as of today ;)
My Haiti friends get home today! Can't wait to here there stories and go on a sno cone date with Bec! I'm super pumped about lunch with Win tomorrow and then Church planning meeting then BR/NO with my fam and Crowville girls night next weekend!!! I'm trying to cram all I can into these last weeks of summer...
thanks for reading this very long and random post! i love you all!
Thursday, June 11, 2009
Tomorrow I have a bridesmaid luncheon, rehearsal, and rehearsal dinner. Then the day after tomorrow...
I. get. married.
Let me try to describe my feelings...
-ridiculously happy (you could go ahead and call it giddy)
-slightly sentimental/nostalgic (not a typical feeling for me)
-pumped up about VEGAS!
-mostly out of control excited
This weekend, not only do i get to spend a bunch of time with all of my friends for the first time in a few weeks but I also get to marry the love of my life, how lucky am I!
p.s. if you would like to see all of our engagement pictures just click here then click on 'online proofing' and all the way at the bottom you'll see 'young engagement' click there.
Thursday, April 2, 2009
"I don't want to brag, but I'm pretty awesome at applying band-aids. And make no mistake, there is an art. Because if you go too quickly and unpeel them the wrong way, they stick to themselves and you end up with a wadded up useless mess instead of the Little Mermaid festooned bandage your daughter so desperately wants to apply to a boo boo that may in fact be 100% fictional.
Half of the injuries I treat at the Acuff house are invisible or simply wounds of sympathy. My oldest daughter will scrape her knee and my 3-year old, realizing the band aid box is open will say, "Yo dad, I'd like to get in on that too. What do you say we put one on, I don't know, my ankle. Yeah, my ankle, let's pretend that's hurt."
But sometimes the cuts are real, like the day my 5-year old got a scrape on her face playing in the front yard. I rushed in the house and returned with a princess bandage. As I bent down to apply it to her forehead, her eyes filled up with tears and she shrunk back from me.
"What's wrong?" I asked.
"I don't want to wear that band-aid." She replied.
"Why? You have a cut, you need a band-aid." I said.
"I'll look silly." She answered.
Other than her sister and her mom, there was no one else in the yard. None of her friends were over, cars were not streaming passed our house and watching us play, the world was pretty empty at that moment. But for the first time I can remember, she felt shame. She had discovered shame. Somewhere, some how, this little 5 year old had learned to be afraid of looking silly. If I was smarter, if I had been better prepared for the transition from little toddler to little girl, I might have asked her this:
"Who told you that you were silly?"
I didn't though. That question didn't bloom in my head until much later and I didn't understand it until I saw God ask a similar question in Genesis 3:11. To me, this is one of the saddest and most profoundly beautiful verses in the entire Bible. Adam and Eve have fallen. The apple is a core. The snake has spoken. The dream appears crushed. As they hide from God under clothes they've hastily sewn together, He appears and asks them a simple question:
"Who told you that you were naked?"
There is hurt in God's voice as He asks this question, but there is also a deep sadness, the sense of a father holding a daughter that has for the first time ever, wrapped herself in shame.
Who told you that you were not enough?
Who told you that I didn't love you?
Who told you that there was something outside of me you needed?
Who told you that you were ugly?
Who told you that your dream was foolish?
Who told you that you would never have a child?
Who told you that you would never be a father?
Who told you that you weren't a good mother?
Who told you that without a job you aren't worth anything?
Who told you that you'll never know love again?
Who told you that this was all there is?
Who told you that you were naked?
I don't know when you discovered shame. I don’t know when you discovered that there were
people that might think you are silly or dumb or not a good writer or a husband or a friend. I don't know what lies you've been told by other people or maybe even by yourself.
But in response to what you are hearing from everyone else, God is still asking the question, "Who told you that you were naked?"
And He's still asking us that question because we are not.
In Christ we are not worthless.
In Christ we are not hopeless.
In Christ we are not dumb or ugly or forgotten.
In Christ we are not naked.
Isaiah 61:10 it says:
For he has clothed me with garments of salvation and arrayed me in a robe of righteousness.
The world may try to tell you a thousand different things today. You might close this post and hear a million declarations of what you are or who you'll always be, but know this.
As unbelievable as it sounds and as much as I never expected to type this sentence on this blog:
You are not naked."
Saturday, February 28, 2009
I have a huge test on Friday, and a huge week besides studying so I *tried (*not completely successfully) to get all my studying done today... the winning combination for me was a 10 minute nap followed by a delicious mocha dad made for me, little mermaid soundtrack playing, and arts and crafts involved studying.... enter: button notecards, completely impractical but so cute and they make me like looking at them... so worth it! P.S. I can say with a fair amount of confidence that I am now Wisner's leading expert on Sulfa drugs!After finishing up studying for the night I rewarded myself with another arts and crafts project, this time a verse my mom inspired me to memorize, I'll memorize it in NIV, but it's really cool in the message too.. I mean of course it's cool, it's the WORD!
God can pour on the blessings in astonishing ways so that you're ready for anything and everything, more than just ready to do what needs to be done. As one psalmist puts it, He throws caution to the winds, giving to the needy in reckless abandon. His right-living, right-giving ways never run out, never wear out.This most generous God who gives seed to the farmer that becomes bread for your meals is more than extravagant with you. He gives you something you can then give away, which grows into full-formed lives, robust in God, wealthy in every way, so that you can be generous in every way, producing with us great praise to God.
2 Corinthians 9:8-11 (Message)
Lets see, some more exciting news... I have a wedding dress, and it is oh so pretty, and I feel so pretty in it! I also have wedding day shoes! Suh-weet flowery shoes.. and they are so comfortable... not even kidding!!
I took the following picture a couple weeks ago in hopes of one day putting on my blog. Hannah cooked a delictable, and not to mention well-balanced meal... I think there was also some silliness that night... not sure
I think that's all for now... have a great day!