Discovering a New Hobby

So I'm thinking about starting a new hobby. I saw these cute canvases that were painted and had different bible verses on them. I thought I might be able to make some of these for my new hobby. Who knows how mine will turn out. Here are some inspiration photos.

Birthday Party

My 25th birthday was on Tuesday. I had bible study that night so the girls brought me ice cream to celebrate. Suzanne and some others planned a birthday dinner for me on Saturday night. I was told to meet at Suzanne's at 4:00pm. Our plans were to play some games (our group loves some Mad Gab) then head to Stix. When I got to her house they surprised me. Instead we were doing a Scavenger Hunt around Birmingham. We were divided up into teams and headed out to get pictures of items on our list. Some of these included a picture of the "Saturday Preacher Man" on Lakeshore, picture of the entire team in a shopping cart (I think I pulled a muscle trying to get in the cart), picture of a team member getting frisked, picture of a team member "pinching" Vulcan's butt. The list went on.

We had to be at McWane Center by 5:45. We arrived there to find out that everyone was asked questions about me and if you answered correctly you were given puzzle pieces. When you had all you pieces the puzzle was in the form of Mad Gab! It took us FOREVER to figure it out! Once we got it correct we were off with another list of items we had to find. Some of these included; count the number of benches in Lynn Park (36 in case you are wondering), count the number of seats in the front row in the Alabama Theatre, just to name a few. We were told to be back at Nicole's by 7:30. We, of course, were the first ones back! The girls were grilling out for me and had a cookie cake which is my favorite! They all put so much work into this and I was so surprised!

Fear of the Lord

We are studying Proverbs in my Girl's bible study and I thought I would share some of what we are studying. I look forward to every Tuesday night with these girls!

This week we focused on Proverbs 1:7. "The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge; fools despise wisdom and instruction."

The fear of the Lord is like the foundation of a building; its the first thing that is laid down and it continues to be important to the stability of that building throughout the life of that building. The same is with our relationship with our Lord and savior.

One of the questions was is the "fear of the Lord" different to being frightened of the Lord?

Fearing the Lord means to be reverent, humble awe before his power and majesty. So fearing God is a more positive idea than being 'scared' or 'frightened' of God. I always try to remember that scripture comforts us with the thought that God is rich in mercy and love, and we should take refuge in him!

So that was Tuesday's study in a nutshell.

"He Has You Hidden for a Purpose-You Are His Secret Weapon!"

This is my first post. This is an article a friend sent to me and so I thought it would be a good one to share with everyone. Enjoy!

“My frame was not hidden from You when I was made in the secret place.” Psalm 139:15

At the Verge of Breakthrough

Have you ever felt forgotten by God? Do you feel invisible? Does God seem to be blessing everyone expect you? Do your expectations of God seem to meet with cold indifference from Him?

If your answer is “yes”, then rejoice, because you are at the edge of a miracle! You are on the verge of a breakthrough! The door to your destiny is about to swing open!

I have felt this way- I have felt forgotten by God. I wonder if the promise would ever be fulfilled-if God would ever open the door. I had been teetering on the edge of a breakthrough for so long that I began to doubt. I was tired of waiting, of praying, of hoping in faith! I felt like a butterfly in a cocoon, hidden and forgotten. During that time I wrote this poem:

Someday, I’ll Fly…
I’ve not been myself lately or for some time for that matter.
I’m not sure who “myself” is anymore.
I feel like a caterpillar inside the cocoon.
I’m neither a butterfly nor a caterpillar anymore.
I’m not what I used to be nor am I what I’m going to be.
I cannot go back to what I was,
Or what was familiar to me.
I can’t rush forward and be what I have not yet become.
It’s a miserable place to be.
It’s much like a baby in a womb;
You have to wait it out and stay where you are.
I hope every day will bring the end; I know God is almost done working.
I rejoice because the end it near,
But still the pain increases.
It’s become too easy to not be anything, just a cocoon.
I want to give up, but You won’t let me.
I’m no the caterpillar I used to be
And I’m not the butterfly I know I am becoming.
Becoming a butterfly is scary, painful and exhausting.
I guess I don’t want to remain a nothing,
So I’ll endure the torturous path out of this cocoon.
And I know, someday, I’ll fly!

God loves to make something beautiful out of something ugly. God loves to take the ugly things of our past that satan meant for destruction, and turn them into a powerful weapon He can use for our construction.

“And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love Him, who have been called according to His purpose.” Romans 8:28