1 peter 3:4

"cultivate inner beauty--the gentle, gracious kind
that God delights in.the holy women of old were
beautiful before God that way.." -1 peter 3:4

Friday, December 30, 2011

when Love sees you

i know i just posted about this cd..but i love the song about Jesus:

"i'll show you what Love sees when Love sees you: i see what i made in your mother's womb, and i see the day i fell in love with you. i see your tomorrows, with nothing left to chance. i see my Father's fingerprints. i see your story, i see my name written on every beautiful page. you see the struggle, you see the shame; but i see the reason i came.."

have a wonderful friday!

Wednesday, December 28, 2011

photography special if you are in VA

hats off to beth hamilton photography for offering this awesome special for couples!
contact information is listed in the flyer.

{cool fact: the couple in this promo is my roomie and her fiance! yay for living with a celebrity! haha}

oops, I've been MIA!

well hello there, love!

my apologies for it being SO long since i've blogged--this holiday season has been a busy one for sure! how was your christmas? did santa bring you anything good that i should know about? {leave a comment and let me know, i love seeing that i have comments!}

i came across a pretty cool photo while celebrating the holiday at my grandparents': some snapshots of my aunt peggi in 1958. they look EXACTLY like my baby pictures!

{i will have to scan some of my baby photos in a later post--this is seriously freaky how identical they are!}
let me think back to all of the happenings since my last post: i went to another amazing concert, got my hair done, did a lot of christmas shopping, welcomed home a friend from iraq..and man, has God showed me some awesome things in the last few weeks!

as for the amazing concert: i was blessed to be able to see the story tour. one word for the songs/performances: breathtaking. the idea for the music came from a book by max lucado that profiles major persons in the bible. the lyrics to the songs, made to be each historical person's "song", were written by nichole nordeman, and to say she was given a unique insight into their lives is an understatement.

growing up in church, i've heard most of these stories since i was a toddler in the nursery. adam & eve, abraham & sarah, joseph, moses, joseph, ruth & naomi, david, daniel, esther, and job make up the old testament line-up; mary, Jesus, the thief on the cross, mary magdalene, the disciples, paul, and the Lord's return make up the new testament. ever since i was 5, i could probably give you a detailed account of what each person experienced in their unique mentioning in the bible. yet this musical compilation helps you to really understand what they felt..how they thought.

my favorite songs on the cd are abraham & sarah's, and david's. david's song, "your heart," has the powerful lyrics: "i know that i've crashed and burned, and lives have been overturned, but You redeem everything; yeah, even me. at the end of the day, i want to hear people say that my heart looks like Your heart.." how challenging of a request is that? yet i've found that being my heart's cry; will i fail, yes. but will God love me through my attempts, absolutely.

(i saved the best for last!) :) gosh, i have learned SO MUCH from the song about abraham and sarah. i'm just going to post the entire song here for you to experience:

tell me that doesn't both break your heart and want to just praise God for who he is? the lyric, "you think somehow i'd let my heart believe it's time to let go of lullabies,"..for me that just paints a picture of how sarah felt, disappointed and heartbroken that she had not been given a child. but God promised -- and God stays true to his promises. it blows my mind when i remember that THAT God, who fulfilled promises to Abraham and Sarah, is the same God who promises me that he is here for ME.

my journal entry from 12/15/11:

my God is that God. amen.

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

to whom it may concern: the civil wars.

okay, how many of you have heard of this amazing new duo..

i saw them last night live (front row..amazing). their music is beautiful..but them doing a live performance nearly makes you cry.
their website has a free download. and a free live album, i believe. get it..it'd be a good christmas present to yourself. :)

{joy williams and john paul white, the amazing duo.}

random fact: joy williams used to be a contemporary christian singer.

check out their facebook page. you will fall in love with their beautiful voices!

my current favorite song: "to whom it may concern"

why are you so far away
in my arms is where you ought to be
how long will you make me wait
i don't know how much more i can take

i miss you
but i haven't met you
oh but i want to
how i do

slowly counting down the days
til i finally know your name
oh, the way your hand feels round my waist
the way you laugh, the way your kisses taste

i've miss you
but i haven't met you
oh but i want to
how i do

dear whoever you may be
i'm still waiting patiently


oh, and ps, the opener for them was a new band called milo greene. check out their facebook too!

{two of the members from milo greene!}

they are super talented too! they all are talented at multiple intruments and trade off every song. as joy from the civil wars described them: "they're like a musical chinese firedrill!"

Sunday, December 4, 2011

my mini-vacation

hello lovelies!
its the end of another weekend, and i must say i am not wanting to greet monday in the morning. i had an ahhhh-mazing weekend and i'm sad its time for it to be over! sorry i've been quiet; i've been busy with work trainings, work christmas parties, and a much-needed mini-vacay!

my best friend/roomie {ashley} and i went to richmond for the weekend to spend some time with friends. we had so much fun!

{prior to dinner on saturday! ash let me borrow her new infinity scarf :)}

specifically, we were there to spend some time with our friend, rowan, before he went back home to australia. yes, we paraded around town with an aussie for 2 days..told you i had an ahhhhh-mazing time!

{rowan's so cute :) the guy in the background is ashley's fiance..thanks for photo-bombing, zabe..}

favorite moment of the weekend: sitting around the table listening to rowan and some of the guys argue when einstein's genius was realized..and discuss the theory of relativity breakthrough..and many other facts about einstein. as ashley and i sat in amazement, both thinking "i feel like i'm on that tv show, big bang theory," rowan looked over at us and said, "isn't this just like an episode of big bang theory?!"

oh, and hearing how the aussie says our names: "ahhhh-nuhr" and "ahhhhhhsh-uh-lee" :)

have a wonderful monday, y'all!