Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Wait, what? An actual POST???

Can you believe it?? I'm ACTUALLY POSTING!!!! Craziness! I know. This won't be a typical boring update on my life the past little while, as ahem...exciting that may be. (it really hasn't been all that exciting actually). This post will be more about something that's been on my mind a lot lately.

Thankfully, I stumbled across this wonderful book called "when God writes your love story." (That's how the cover reads btw.. with only God being capitalized, as He is by far the most important relationship we can ever have!) written by Eric and Leslie Ludy, thanks to a friend who referred me to it. I read it a while ago, and I recently started to reread it and I found a few things just kind of hit me one day and really took on a whole different meaning from the first time I read it. I ended up referring two of my friends to the very same chapters that I had just been reading, and had a really good conversation with one of them about it. :D

I really recommend this book to any girl/boy, man/woman out there! It's typically directed to singles or couples who are dating but it's very insightful, and has plenty of useful things in there for you to read. It also doesn't hurt to use a resource with youth who you may know are struggling through some of these things.

It seemed the whole time I was reading Chapter 10, I just kept saying, I really want to post this on my blog!!! And then I decided that posting the whole chapter just.. wouldn't really work out so well. At least - not all at once.

Anyways - I ended up typing up bits and pieces of Chapters 9 and 10 for my friend who's read the book, but doesn't own the book. When she came to me for some advice, I knew that the Ludy's could say it way better then I could. I'm going to first post the pieces of Chapter 9 that I typed up, and then over time, I'll slowly post all of Chapter 10, as I find it so applicable to my life right now. Here goes!

Parts of Chapter 9 - Can the Sweeter Song be Solo?

Often God will delay bringing an earthly love story into our life until we have truly given Him first place in our heart. Intimacy with Him must be enough to satisfy our deepest longings, even if a human romance never comes into our life.... An earthly romance can never take the place of an intimate relationship with Christ. If we lean on a human love story as our primary source of fulfillment and happiness, we'll never find what we are looking for. But when we find our fulfilllment in Jesus Christ, we are free to selflessly love our spouse instead of constantly thinking about our own needs and wants.

Your longing to be with an earthly lover may be overwhelming at times. But until your heart is consumed with love and longing for your heavenly Bridgegroom, you'll miss out on the greatest love story of all time. Jesus Christ is not meant to be our stand-in until we meet our spouse. Rather, Jesus Christ is our spouse-our Bridgegroom, our Husband, the Lover of our soul. Earthly marriage is only meant to give us a small glimpse of a much more important marriage: our heavenly marriage. Our longing to be with our future spouse should pale in comparison to our longing to be with our true Bridgegroom.

Don't miss out on a divine romance because you are so caught up in finding an earthly one. Whether married or single, we all have a God-written love story to experience-and yours can start right now."

"...the fullness of Him who fills all in all. " Eph. 1:23

"Yet indeed I also count all things loss for the excellence of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord, for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and count them as rubbish, that I may gain Christ." - Phil. 3:8

Anyways - Like I said - more postings to come! Hopefully, I'll be posting more regularly.. but.. we all know how that usually turns out, right? ;)

Ok, so I have another post coming after this one, but it's in the editing stages... I'll get around to posting it soon enough!! Toodles for now!

Thursday, September 10, 2009

Camp Tamarack 2009

Just a few photos from this Camp Tamarack 2009. I'm sure there will be more to come!

Friends! Sarah K, Sarah L, Lydia, Kara, Esther, myself, and Naomi

Hope and Nobleton Young Peoples

Hope Reformed Young People's Board 2008-2009 - Ben, Brad, Andrew, myself, and Tim

Hope Reformed Young People's Front - Katie, Sarah, Elizabeth, myself, Louise, Sarah, Michele. Middle - Zi Jin, Ben, Matt, Richard, Josh, Jon. Back - Andrew, Brad, Tim

Jess and I

Katelynn and I

Michele and I

Caitlin (with her newly drawn on glasses with permanent marker), Sarah and I

Brittany and I

Camp Tamarack 2009 Speakers - Rev. Greg Bylsma, Mrs. Charity Bylsma, Rev. Al Bezuyen, Mrs. Mary VanOlst, Rev. Henry VanOlst

Team 3!!!

YPS board again

and again.

Saturday, June 20, 2009

Brandon Alexander

These are some photos of the newest addition to the family! Brandon Alexander, was born on May 25, 2009. As always, no particular order :)

Looking Back

Here's a few photos from my trip with Desiree, to Mexico from April 17-24. They aren't in any particular order, but enjoy!!