Friday, September 23, 2011

Pure Bliss




“And my soul shall be joyful in the LORD; It shall rejoice in His salvation.”

~ Psalm 35:9~

Monday, September 12, 2011

Sin – The Inevitable

Yes, unfortunately it’s something we all do and something none of us can avoid…

For in a way, sin is like the layers of an onion: when one layer is peeled off, there are always more layers beneath.”
{Quote from The Light and The Glory by Peter Marshall and David Manuel}

I find this quote to be so true. Sin can be a real stumbling block in life, and there is no way around it. There’s always going to be a new one entering our lives.

Facing our sin is a real challenge. Satan finds the perfect time to tempt us, and then our human nature says “That sounds wonderful!” It may sound “wonderful” in the beginning, but as we continue to deal with what is actually sin, we find that we were very wrong.

Realizing our wrongdoings can be very discouraging, but aren’t you glad that we have a Creator Who is there for us… A God Who loves us… A Savior Who died for us? I know I am!

I sometimes find myself wondering where I would be without Jesus Christ in my life. I think about how blessed I am to call Him my Lord. Because of Him, I have been forgiven! Because of Him, my sins have been washed as white as snow! Because of Him, I am FREE!

If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us
our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.”
~1 John 1:9~

As far as the east is from the west,
So far has He removed our transgressions from us.”
~Psalm 103:12~

Friday, September 9, 2011

Lil’ Country Girl

Last week, Jessa asked Tyler if they could go horseback riding together. Tyler gladly accepted, and I was quick to grab my camera and follow!

Here are a few of the photos I captured…

Miss Fanny May


Tyler’s such a great big brother! :)


… Enjoying every single minute of her ride!

The horse is prepared for the day of battle,

But deliverance is of the LORD.

~Proverbs 21:31~

{I wanted to thank those of you who left a comment on my last post… The sweet birthday wishes meant so much to Jessa!}

Thursday, September 8, 2011

Happy Birthday, Jessa!

 To my sweet and beautiful sister,

For such a long time, I dreamed about you and prayed that you would come. It’s truly amazing how God orchestrates everything in our lives. After much time of waiting…

And waiting…

God blessed our family with you ~ A beautiful, intelligent, and sweet little China baby!

The first time I saw you, my heart was filled with so much happiness! Finally… I was blessed with a little sister! Each year, I have become more and more grateful for you. We have spent so much time together, and the memories are so sweet!

CSC_0518{Jessa at 15 months old; photo taken in China}

Now today… You’re 5 years old! {May I add that time flies!}

It’s been almost four years since those elevator doors opened and I saw you for the first time. As I sat looking at photographs of you last night, the memories started flooding my mind… I was reminded of God’s love, and how He gives blessings to those who are patient.

{Jessa at 5 years old; photo taken today, September 8th}

Being your big sister has been one of the greatest things in my life, dear, and I will always love you… with all of my heart! ♥

Love Your Big Sis,