Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Designs

Here are some of my latest designs, from the wedding rush all the way back to graduation bliss. If you see something you like, I mix up these little creations in my spare time, so give me a shout. Maybe I can help you out!




Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Sacred Promises


If you haven't ever read Christianity Today's Kyria blog, you should. It's overflowing with inspiration for women seeking a God-honoring lifestyle. Their latest post written by Pastor of Willow Creek Community Church in Illinois, John Ortberg, explores the deeper meaning of wedding vows and how important it is to fulfill them throughout your marriage.

Ortberg describes how it's inevitable that couples will face potential barriers in their relationship. You can either have big exits or small exits, but regardless, they all lead to loneliness and heartache, he says.

So what does this mean to you?

As a 21-year old who's only a month away from tying the knot, it means a heck of a lot to me. This time two years ago, it would have still been important, but I don't know if the rest of the world values the promise behind wedding vows as much. If I hadn't been raised by Christian hands and hearts, I could be turning up my nose right now. But, I know God created marriage between a woman and man to represent the love between the church and the grace-giving Lord of all Lords.

Marriage isn't merely a label to justify sex, a means to share an income, or even an excuse to reproduce. The oneness and unity marriage represents are of the utmost importance because they're a reflection of God's love for his people. Shouldn't we be so honored to create this holy metaphor?

That's why I promise to take Micah as my lawfully-wedded husband, my best friend, my spiritual leader, my partner in life. Forever. So, thanks, Kyria, for reminding me of the special moment coming up in my life. The moment I say, "I do."

Thursday, April 21, 2011

New Music Artist, Nate Fowler


Yesterday, I saw Nate Fowler tweeted that he'd give out free downloads of his newest song collection to whomever wrote a review of his music on iTunes. Thinking I had nothing to lose, I drafted up a few lines - short 'n' sweet.

He e-mailed me today and gave me the links to his new song. What a guy!

Honestly, I didn't know who Nate was until he followed FaithVillage on Twitter. Doing my job, I researched him, and I was happy to discover he's a Christian artist beginning a journey into the music industry. Like I wrote on the iTunes review, Nate Fowler's music is edgy enough to get you going in the morning on your commute to work and fluid enough to listen to once you get to work. It's simply good music.

If you're looking for a new addition to your music library, grab a few of his songs. :)

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Good Days & Bad Days

Today I woke up drowsily as usual, stumbling into my bathroom, tripping over my cat and the sweatshirt I tore off in the middle of my night. But I had this weird feeling my day was going to be brighter than the one before.

It could've been the sweet text message from my fiance that read, "Good morning baby I love u, u will have a great day today!" - which, by the way, is normal because I have the most loveable husband-to-be in the world. However, this energy inside me was burning quicker than yesterday morning, and I liked it.

Why do we feel happy some days and crappy others? I wish I could have that spark of life inside me every day like I had this morning, but I just don't. Some days, I want to crawl in a hole and suck my thumb! Regardless, I think God knows how we feel, and He has a plan for why we feel the way we do.

If it wasn't for those icky, dreary, life-sucking days, I wouldn't know how to rejoice on days that I'm filled with an overarching sense of peace and joy. It's not that these "happier" days are marked with winning lottery tickets or bouquets of flowers. I still face the same humdrum daily routine with the same bumps in the roads - like spilling coffee on my crotch, forgetting my sports bra at the gym, or long and draining traffic every evening.

When we choose to worship God no matter how thick the fog is in the darkest of times, God suddenly sprays me with a good laugh. Sometimes, my heart is moved by something I see, hear or read, and it makes me feel good. Or sometimes, quite often actually, I'm convicted of a wrong I committed, and I can ask God for forgiveness. In an instant, I feel good, so close to God, it's smile-jerking.
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