altogether Beautiful...

That is what my Jesus is to me. His voice is sweet, and His form is lovely. The most amazing, incomprehensible thing, though, is that I am altogether Beautiful to Him.

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I am a daughter of the King. I am a friend of sinners. I am confident that nothing shall separate me from the love of God. I am seeking a heart after God's own heart. I am righteous in Jesus Christ, apart from the works of the law. I am not ashamed of the Gospel.

Sunday, February 26, 2006


I love sushi. Strange, but true. Ever since that first bite, where the wasabi burned my nostrils and the strange blend of rice, seaweed, crab, and various other componants swam around in my mouth as I tried not to spit it all out... I've been hooked. I even think about it in church sometimes. But not today! Ok, just for a minute... but mostly I thought about the sermon. WoW! What a sermon!

The text for the sermon was the book of Job. Pastor Wells explored and explained the wrongful judgment of Job's friends. They saw what appeared to them to be clear evidence of sin in Job's life, and they judged him for it. To them, there was no other solution. Does God punish people for nothing? Job's good name was destroyed among his friends, he had been found guilty and stood condemned. And yet... he was innocent. Job's name stood clear and pure and spotless before God. God approved of Job, while his closest friends judged him. Who's opinion matters to me?

Then we moved to Jesus. When we look at the pattern of Christ, we see that at no time did He explain to someone how they had gotten into their predicament before helping them. Instead, He HEALED them! When Christians fail we so often are ashamed to mention it to one another, for it to be known in the Church- because the Church has become to many a place of judgment! And yet- The SICK the WEEK the FAILING - Flocked to Jesus. They sought after Him. It is important to note that in that time sickness was seen as a direct punishment of God for some sin in one's life. So these people ran to Jesus, knowing that He would not judge them, He would heal them. How do we handle those who appear to be under the chastisemnet of God?

One of the most beautiful stories of Christ's character is the story of the adulteress woman.
When she was cast at Jesus' feet and the men wanted to stone her according to the Mosaic Law, His immediate response was to Protect her. He protected Her! He gathered her in His love and stood between her and her accusers with the direction- "He who is without sin among you, cast the first stone." Do we protect or defend those whom we know to be guilty in the face of their accusers? Jesus did. Then He spoke to the woman, "Where are your accusers?" She looks up from the earth, and sees only Christ. Then, wonder of wonders, he forgives her-- before she repents!! The woman was not asked to make things right in order to receive forgiveness, she was not even made to confess. Finally, Jesus sent her on her way- without ever addressing the sin which brought her to His feet. She knew her sin, her guilt, and Jesus did not remind her of it. He simply forgave her, and told her gently to go, and, "sin no more."

Why oh WHY do we feel the need to reveal other's sins to them?! WHY must we tell our brothers and sisters that they got themselves into their predicaments? Jesus didn't! He Protected the guilty, Forgave the guilty before they repented, and he Exhorted them as they left to live holy lives. - and he didn't do it with a half-hour sermon/ lecture! Oh, let us follow the example of Christ! Let us not judge unrighteously, based on our own understanding and our own convictions and fence laws! Let us let God be God, and affirm the truth in our own hearts. Let me be like Jesus.

Thursday, February 16, 2006

La Vita e Bella

Oh my dear friends... yes, I just finished watching a movie, "Life is Beautiful." I don't know whether to smile or cry. Ok, I've just been sobbing big crocodile tears. It is true that life is beautiful, and some love is just so strong. I So Appreciate the absolute, true depiction of love in this film. Love is so complete, not witholding, full of laughter but not trite. Including desire, but going so much deeper. And when it was ending I just sat there and sobbed... realizing that I know so many men who would do the same thing for their families. I know my father would, he loves my mom So Much... he would die for any one of us without hesitation, and that just means so much. And I thought of amazing guys I know, without their own families yet, but I know the kind of men that they are-- and that would be them. Adoring, protecting, loving with everything in them until the sacrificial- yet willing- end. And women I know, my intimate friends, who will be the kind of women who stand tall and strong amidst their deepest fears, Trusting each her husband and deserving of his love. I know people like this! I am richly blessed... And I just Pray that This generation of Christians, that these my friends, will be the kind of noble people who love at all costs- not only their families, their husbands and wives and children, but Jesus Christ Himself. Will we be the ones who will leave all to follow him? Friends, let us live for the the love of the One Who has died for us. Let us live for the one who gives us life. It is in loving Him that we receive power to love one another. To love, I think, is the greatest of all gifts. Thank you, Peter, for giving your life for your country. God has welcomed you home. We love you.
And that is it.

Saturday, February 11, 2006

Hallalujah! Praise God! I got an A!!

I am So very happy, y'all!! I just got an A in my Microsoft Office class, and I am free for the next three Saturdays at least!

Oh, and it was indeed by an act of God. I stayed up until 6:45 this morning studying, then slept for 45 minutes and came to class. I was trying to read over the study guide that I wrote and read and studied over and over- and I was reading it out loud, just under my breath, and I found myself mumbling the most random things. Re-arranging the words on the page and speaking nonsense. Not the best study habbits :-)

Then the stinkin' test was so stinkin' hard and confusing! But oh well, I still got an A :-) Thank you Jonathan, SO MUCH, for all of your help! - I'd have gotten a B otherwise. (I like having a resident expert as a friend. Though I think I've become shameless about taking advantage of the really great people I know :-P )

So Now I shall... hmm. Should I go home and sleep? Or should I go to the gym and try to run? Or should I go to Starbucks and study for my music class? Or- ooh, I know one thing that I need to do. Ok. Or should I go home and study my French (which I haven't done in almost two weeks)? I should probably do that. But I was going to go out with Alex today. Maybe tonight, or tomorrow. I have to sleep sometime before Monday. If I don't nap today, I'll lose tomorrow to sleep. grr...

But it's still a fabulous day!
Love to all- So much Love!!

P.S., Thank You, Jesus~ the Joy of my Childhood, the Life of my broken body, the Truth of my youth, the Healer and Comfortor of my young and precious broken heart, the Righteousness and transformer of my young adulthood, and even now, the Lover of my Soul.

Tuesday, February 07, 2006

everyone is fabulous!!!!

Rebecca is in LOVE!!!!
Yes, yes I know that that is crazy... but she is. So very much in love.
And the Amazing thing is that Timothy Crawford is in love with her!!
So that is my huge exciting announcement that I have had to keep a
secret since New Year's Eve. Man! I'm good.