So I've been out of the blog world for a little while. Lots has changed, once again. I'm dating a wonderful man, Andy. 9 months now! I had mono this summer. That was no fun. Now I'm just trying to catch up with life. It's taking a little while.

More posts to come hopefully!

My New Favorite Song is...

"While I'm Waiting" by John Waller

I'm waiting
I'm waiting on you, Lord
And I am hopeful
I'm waiting on  you, Lord
Though it is painful
But patiently, I will wait

I will move ahead, bold and confident
Taking every step in obedience
While I'm waiting
I will serve You
While I'm waiting
I will worship
While I'm waiting
I will not faint
I'll be running the race
Even while I wait

I'm waiting
I'm waiting on You, Lord
And I am peaceful
I'm waiting on You, Lord
Though it's not easy
But faithfully, I will wait
Yes, I will wait
I will serve You while I'm waiting
I will worship while I'm waiting
I will serve You while I'm waiting
I will worship while I'm waiting
I will serve You while I'm waiting
I will worship while I'm waiting on You, Lord

My best friend is awesome

My best friend Meredith and I like to laugh a lot together. She lives in Cabot, Arkansas, right now. I wish she would hurry up and move to Kentucky already. Our latest thing we laugh at a lot (besides the drama in our lives) is Bon Qui Qui. It's just so funny. We spent an hour on the phone tonight just laughing about our crazy lives. And then we decided to watch this together. Life is good when you can laugh with great friends.

I'm so glad...

I'm so glad that I don't have any money invested in the stock market. I'm also glad that God has things under control. Remember the time in the Bible when the Israelites were complaining that they didn't have any meat? Remember how God was saying, "Trust me. I will provide." Hopefully we Americans can learn something about finances and necessities from the Israelites.

I, like most Americans, have debt. I have student loans to pay off. I have a car payment. I have a dental payment every month. And I have a little bit of credit card debt I'm paying off from college. However, I don't spend more than I make these days. All of my extra money goes to paying this stuff off.

I got to thinking today about my spending habits in college and right out of college after a friend of mine was telling me an unbelievable story. This friend knows someone who puts their rent on their credit card every month. And every month she spends her rent money on clothes and toys. She is just racking up debt that she can't pay off. My spending habits have changed these days. No Starbucks except on rare occasions. I'm trying not to eat out anymore. No more clothes. I have enough of those.

When did we become a society that thinks excess is necessity? Maybe we have always been that way. i do think that we can change this one latte at a time. Make a decision to stop spending your money on this stuff, and don't pressure your friends to spend money on it.

My hope is in God, and I know He is the ultimate provider. I pray that you have the same faith. If you don't, and you want to talk about it, let me know! God is good, and He will take care of us!

Our Nation's Happenings

I have some things to say concerning the events of today. I will update this evening when I get home from work. But I just wanted to let you all know that I am fired up right now.

Fireproof Comes in 4th

I went to see "Fireproof" with some friends this weekend. I know, I know. I'm not married, which is what the movie is all about, and I'm not a fireman. So why did I go see it? Well... two reasons: 1. I had a huge crush on Kirk Cameron when he was on "Growing Pains." 2. I really think that Hollywood needs to understand that America is thirsting for God-centered movies. I hope the big guys got the picture — "Fireproof" came in 4th at the Box Office this weekend, bringing in a little more than $6 million. 

I went to a theater here in Louisville with two other single girls. The theater was packed. The audience was engaged throughout the whole story. I watched the reactions of people as certain things would happen in the movie. What I saw was awesome. I saw couples crying together; I saw couples holding hands; I even heard a couple men say "Amen" and "That's Right". 

With "The Passion," "Facing the Giants," and now "Fireproof," I hope there will be a steady stream of movies to come that aren't afraid to talk about God in a positive way and that will relate with the mainstream audience. 

The acting at times was cheesy, but I loved it! 

Searching for Wisdom

Recently I have been thinking about this word wisdom a lot. I have thought about all the times I thought I knew it all. Because of that I disrespected a lot of people who know a lot more than I do.

I came across this passage in Proverbs tonight:
"My son, if you accept my words
and store up my commands within you,
turning your ear to wisdom
and applying your heart to understanding,
and if you call out for insight
and cry aloud for understanding
and if you look for it as for silver
and search for it as for hidden treasure,
then you will understand the fear of the Lord
and find the knowledge of God.
For the Lord gives wisdom,
and from his mouth come knowledge and understanding."
Proverbs 2:1-6

I desire to seek wisdom in all I do throughout this life. That is why I hope and pray that in the moments I need wisdom the most, I will seek out advice from godly men and women who are older than I. It saddens me to think about the advice and guidance I have missed out on because of my pride. God has put older people in my life for a reason. If God wants to use older people in my life to point me to Him, I want to make sure I listen to them from now on.

Finding wisdom is not easy. It is a constant search. Sometimes I have thought that I had found it. Really it was my pride disguised as wisdom. It was all about me, and what I thought. That was definitely not wisdom. True wisdom belongs to God. I want to be humbled. I want to be able to say that anything good that comes out of my mouth is God, not me.

So as long as I live I will search for it. My purpose in life is to live for Him. By living for Him, I commit to Him that I will constantly seek Him and His hand in my life.

New Blog Layout

I decided to go a little crazy tonight! This blog layout is MUCH cooler than what I had before!

Lisa is having a girl!!

God is good! Here is the update from my sister:

"Went to see the specialist today, we first found out...IT'S A GIRL!!! I can hardly believe it, we were SOOOO convinced it was a boy! But I am not at all disappointed!!! We also found out that her kidneys are is 4.2 and one is 4.6. The normal is 0 but anything under 5 is considered a "minor concern" So that was good news to hear. The doc seems to think that at next month's appointment, the kidneys will be normal. However, because at this stage in the pregnancy her kidneys are dilated, there is a 1% chance that she has down syndrome. We were given the option of having an amnio done to find out but it would put the pregnancy at risk of being terminated. So, like I wrote last night, my daughter's fate is exactly what God created it to be and I'm just gonna love her no matter what! But please keep her in your prayers....her name is going to be Cassidy Hope. Today she was smiling on the ultrasound, she seems to be a happy baby :-) Thanks for the prayers!!"

I can't wait to meet this little girl in January.

My sisters amaze me

Today has been an incredibly emotional day. Both of my sisters have shown me God in awesome ways....

My youngest sister Jessica is moving soon. She is taking a big step in faith as many of us have in our own lives. She said tonight that the greatest command is for us to love God and love each other. As long as she is doing that, God's plan in her life will fall into place. I feel like I should confess to those reading this that I haven't been a very supportive sister through this process. I ask for forgiveness for some of things I have said to her and others. I know she loves God, and I really am excited to see what God has in store for her. She is one of the most talented, compassionate people I know. I don't know how she has done some of the things she has done with her life. She loves people that my selfish heart usually wouldn't even give the time of day. Thank you, Jess, for putting me in my place a little tonight. I love you!

And then my sister Lisa... She and Travis are expecting their first child in January. This was what she wrote on her Facebook tonight....

"Trav and I were suposed to find out the sex of the baby today (as most of you have been reading about for several days!!) :-) We were super excited and then super bummed when the baby was in a breech position. The ultrasound didn't tell us anything. No biggie, just dissapointing. The shocking news came when my doctor reviewed the ultrasound. There is a possibility that our baby is developing a kidney defect because the kidneys are dilated. We are being sent to a high risk pregnancy specialist at St. Elizabeth's tomorrow at 10:00 am for more testing. I was super upset because there is nothing I can do to help my baby. So I took Dave's advice (courtesy of "LOST"). I let the terror invade and then realized that my baby's care is in the hands of MY CREATOR. The God of the Universe is forming my baby in my womb as I type this and my baby's fate will be exactly what it was created to be. I'll update y'all tomorrow......"

I don't really think I need to add anything except for wow. Lisa, you are an amazing example of faith to me. I love you!

I have great sisters.

Getting Old, Missing Friends

I think I'm getting old. Here's how I know: The things that were once important to me aren't important to me anymore. My desire to be successful by the world's standard weakens every day. 

I learned this weekend that a really good friend from college had a tragedy in his family this past week. I wish that I had kept in touch with him over the past few years. I want to hug my brother and tell him I love him right now. I am praying for him every day, and I hope he knows that I still care about him.

Today I received the Harding Homecoming postcard in the mail. It was kind of bizarre receiving that in my mailbox today. Usually I'm there anyway. I had a major "I miss Harding" moment today after thinking about college days with my friend I talked about earlier and seeing that postcard. 

That got me to thinking about my friendships from Harding and all of my relationships in general. And that got me to thinking that God designed us for community. I'm so thankful for the community God has given me in my family, my new friends in Louisville, and especially my friends at HU. I guess my old age is helping me understand how much I really love the people in my life. 

Who are the people you appreciate the most? Have you told them how much you love them?