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3 Reasons I love Thursdays

Lauren, Natalie, and Betsie - 7:00 am, Portland Brew- every week!
These are random pictures I have pulled off the internet, but if you are reading my blog, it hopefully means you care about me - and if you care about me I think you should know who these gals are and how much I love them! God continues to bless me and teach me through these bffs of mine! 

Equally Natalie's and Betsie's husbands, J & Justin, are the same blessing to David. Together, and with our fearless leader, Phil, we look like this:

Swine Flu

Something you might want to avoid:

No Explanation

David was in DC this past weekend for the Portrait Society of America annual conference. This picture made its way to me. I don't really understand it... but its cute. Silly (& handsome!) hubby!

A Saturday with my Twin!

Because I Need Reminding...

This house hunt/buying has certainly come with its pangs. Transition & big decisions (however much I may mask it at times) affect me emotionally, physically, and spiritually. God please just show me your plan! Patience I can lack! If you should find this hard to believe- call my mom and ask her about my first week of freshman year in high school, first week of sophomore year, junior,…college, ect. Marring David is probably the one decision I had no hesitation or anxiety about (Praise the Lord!) Now, although most transitions and decisions do bring forth some amounts of suffering for me, this is not to say that I remain a wretch. God has faithfully always brought me through the valley of self despair and confusion into hope, joy, and trust – and thankfully by God’s grace, all of these journeys have worked toward my continual process of sanctification.

The house hunt and the ensuing drama has been a scale yanker for me – (as in C.S. Lewis’ Voyage of the Dawn Treader when Eustace, because of his greed and rotten attitude, finds himself turned into a Dragon. In order to bring Eustace back to the form for which he was created, Aslan has to painfully tear off Eustace’s dragon scales with his Lion claws. It hurts Eustace, but he is all the more beautiful for it.) I have tried to no avail to remain in control over every circumstance of this process – control of the finances, the sellers, the acceptance of our offers, the inspections, the repairs, the renovation, the timing. However, I know that I simply can’t - and God is good to remind me of this.

As I underwent the challenges of waiting on acceptance on the offer of the green Eastside house my body ached in disagreement to my worry. I was not trusting God – but was attempting to rely on my own self assurance & own timing. We all know how anxiety and stress affects our physical bodies. For some of us it might just be a head ache or loss of appetite- for others its ulcers, hair loss, and symptoms even more extreme. Before hearing back from the other realtor the Lord gave me a new revelation on our bodies’ responses to our mistrusting natures.
Romans 8:22-26 For we know that the whole creation groans and labors with birth pangs together until now. Not only that, but we also who have the first fruits of the Spirit, even we ourselves groan within ourselves, eagerly waiting for the adoption, the redemption of our body. For we were saved in this hope, but hope that is seen is not hope, for why does one still hope for what he sees? But if we hope for what we do not see, we eagerly wait for it with perseverance. Likewise the Spirit also helps in our weaknesses. For we do not know what we should pray for as we ought, but the Spirit Himself makes intercession for us with groaning which cannot be uttered.
Since the fall, all of creation has been crying out for Christ’s return. Our bodies are not separate from “all of creation,” but are at the top of the list as a very good creation! In my sin, in my mistrust, in my self-righteous attempts to control my life, my body will cry out to its creator for redemption. Stress, anxiety, fear, and worry were not what my body was created for – it will and shall revolt! In this revolting I am met by the Spirit as He hears my body’s cry, interceding for me – returning me to hope. I have a mighty Creator!

So now as David and I wait on inspection and repair details, lending details, rehab details – I still find myself stir crazy. Excuse me?! Um, I thought I said I wanted XYZ and I wanted it now! God is calling on me for patience and above all - faith. Do I trust who He promises that He is?!

Blessesd assurance, Jesus is mine!
Psalm 27:14 Wait on the Lord; be of good courage, and He shall strengthen your heart; Wait, I say, on the Lord!
"The very first tear he made was so deep that I thought it had gone right into my heart…. The only thing that made me able to bear it was just the pleasure of feeling the stuff peel off…. Then he caught hold of me… and threw me into the water…. After a bit the lion took me out and dressed me… in new clothes." Voyage of the Dawn Treader

Pictures of OUR house!

These pictures are not great and do not give near a full view of the whole house. They are what was part of the online listing, but should hold any curious eyes over until we get some better ones. The inspection went great yesterday. Not really anything to worry about at this point. My dad-in-law came up and checked everything out too and then worked on some plans for adding/renovating/changing. My DIL has skills. We should be able to close in the next 2 1/2 weeks & then we are going to renovate the kitchen and get David's studio room ready... and then MOVE IN by the 2nd to last week in May! What a whirlwind! And I must say, THANK YOU Granddaddy Stewart for helping to allow us to get to do all this!

This is the front room view from the open kitchen.

This is a partial view of the front bedroom and what will be our room. There are two other rooms. One is similar to this one but a little smaller & will be the guest room - (come visit!). The third will be David's studio, is in the back of the house, & has oak paneling(that will be painted).


This is the only bathroom & is a bit small -- we can always add one down the road.

View of entrance to the laundry room and out into the yard.

View of kitchen from living room. Before move in we are redoing most of the cabinents & are going to go ahead and take the plunge for granite tops. There is also a pointless wall to the right that you can't see that will be knocked down for more space!

The back yard! Equipped with a big shed to the right, dogwoods, and purple irises! Sometime this summer we will also put in some sweat equity and put up a privacy fence.

Have you heard? I'm a terroist!

To be more exact- I'm a "right-wing extremest" terrorist.  Are you scared? BeHeardProject.com

...the DHS Security Report titled “Rightwing Extremism: Current Economic and Political Climate Fueling Resurgence in Radicalization and Recruitment" that specifically label groups that are Pro-Life!

“rightwing extremism in the United States can be broadly divided into those groups, movements, and adherents that are primarily hate-oriented . . . and those that are mainly antigovernment, rejecting federal authority in favor of state or local authority, or rejecting government authority entirely. It may include groups and individuals that are dedicated to a single issue, such as opposition to abortion or immigration.”

Pray

This house almost belongs to us.

Where I Worship

Our church, Covenant Presbyterian, was finally able to open the doors of our brand new sanctuary on Psalm Sunday!











David and I weren't there for the Easter Service this past weekend, but Dedication Sunday was a true blessing. We both feel that our worship in this building, dedicated to God's glory and abundance of grace and mercy, is a wonderful new blessing in our lives and the life of our church family. The sermon for the dedication was entitled "The Fragrance of Worship" - referring to the story of Mary giving the costly gift of perfume to wash Jesus' feet after he has raised Lazarus from the dead.

I was trying to figure out how to convert the MP3 of the sermon into HTML so I could convert and post (let me know if you know how), but couldn't figure it out and ran out of time. So click HERE and then go to the sermon from 4/5 Fragrance of Worship. It is definitely worth a listen.

Also, for hurmors sake and a bit of sense on the timeline of construction click HERE to link to an entry from 11/07 when the church raised the cross to the top of the steeple.

P.S. I borrowed these pictures from J Hager who is the Senior High Youth Director and one of our best friends (along with his sweet wife Natalie)!

Nest Egg

One of my ultra cool Nashville girlfriends, Rachel, has just launched a design blog that I think is fabulous. Anyone interested in "pretty & practical" ideas for your home check this out. Its chic & fun and so Rachel!


David and I met Rachel & her husband, Hoyt, about a year or so ago. The first time we officially hung out together we watched Hook (Robin Williams as a grown up Peter Pan returnes to neverland to save his Kids... if you haven't seen it... SEE it! If you can't see it, Rachel and I can probably quote and reinact the entire movie for you). David and I have reallly been blessed by our friendship with them and we are excited for it to grow as we all continue to love being Nashville dwellers. Anywhoo...

Visit Nest Egg and add it to your favorites!

BFF on CNN


Courtney is really going places in DC! WTG. I think you might be able to get a deal on Dancing with the Stars from this kind of fame!

James & Laura & a Picnic
















House Hunters?

Possibly my freinds.  Possibly!  David and I have been "recreationally" searching for the last year.  Here and there we'll go look at a house on own, but have never been too serious in our search.  Tomorrow morning we are meeting with an awesome realtor, Jeremy Kelton (who has helped 3 people from work and 2 of my best friends find houses recently), to talk about starting our search!  Its a great time to buy and we are tired of throwing our money away in rent.  I'll keep you posted through out our search.  Right now we are really feeling pulled towards East Nashville.  We think its just a really neat pocket of the Nashville community - full of diversity, artists, and young families.  There are a lot of old houses (1920's cottages) that have been renovated that are really cool.  Please be praying for wisdom, fun, and patience for us in this search.  


On a completely seperate, but almost as exciting note - Mat Kearney has a new song out!  WooHoo!!  Listen to it HERE.  "Closer to Love."

 

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