Thursday, July 28, 2011

Uhm. Hi!

It has been FOREVER since I posted last. Like, almost a month. Craziness!

I was just reading, the Bible, and a verse really stuck out to me and I was like "I should write this down in my notebook or something" and then I was like "HEY! I should BLOG it! Because I haven't blogged in forever!" 

So I was reading in 1 John 3:11-24 (I'll post it. Don't feel like you have to read it, but if you WANT to, GO for it! :)

11 This is the message you heard from the beginning: We should love one another. 12 Do not be like Cain, who belonged to the evil one and murdered his brother. And why did he murder him? Because his own actions were evil and his brother’s were righteous. 13 Do not be surprised, my brothers, if the world hates you. 14 We know that we have passed from death to life, because we love our brothers. Anyone who does not love remains in death. 15 Anyone who hates his brother is a murderer, and you know that no murderer has eternal life in him.
 16 This is how we know what love is: Jesus Christ laid down his life for us. And we ought to lay down our lives for our brothers. 17 If anyone has material possessions and sees his brother in need but has no pity on him, how can the love of God be in him? 18 Dear children, let us not love with words or tongue but with actions and in truth. 19 This then is how we know that we belong to the truth, and how we set our hearts at rest in his presence 20 whenever our hearts condemn us. For God is greater than our hearts, and he knows everything.
 21 Dear friends, if our hearts do not condemn us, we have confidence before God 22 and receive from him anything we ask, because we obey his commands and do what pleases him. 23 And this is his command: to believe in the name of his Son, Jesus Christ, and to love one another as he commanded us. 24 Those who obey his commands live in him, and he in them. And this is how we know that he lives in us: We know it by the Spirit he gave us.

The verse that REALLY stuck out to me was verse 18. "Dear children, let us not love with words or tongue but with actions and in truth." 
I just want to live that out today. I want to love with my actions and in truth. 

That's all. :)

Friday, July 1, 2011

Five Minute Friday - Welcome

Friday is a day when tons of people sit down for five minutes and WRITE on a subject. Then they all link up over at :)

This week's topic was "Welcome"

Welcome to our home. Welcome to America. Welcome to the USA.
Words I've heard a lot of in the past week.
Claire is here. My new French sister. I love her dearly. She's a sweet girl, and we get along oh so very well.
Her English is great, and my attempts at mimicking French are horrible.
It was a joy to welcome her.

Welcome is more than just a hello. Welcome is a feeling, a feeling of belonging. A feeling that the people around you WANT you to be around. A feeling I long to give people, a feeling I long to feel.
All anyone wants is to be welcomed, right? I could be wrong, but that's my opinion.

Feeling welcomed can be the best thing in the world. A "WELCOME" from a family member you haven't seen in a long time, or that you just saw, can give you that warm fuzzy feeling that nothing else in the world can. It's a feeling of being loved, no matter how much time you've been away. A feeling of... well, welcome!

Welcome is a feeling that this blog post brings. Just being able to write for 5 minutes is welcome. Even when I should be doing other things at this late hour, writing is what I needed. I haven't written in a long time. Writing feels welcoming.

Summer is welcome as well. Being slightly lazy, getting my exercise on, swimming, sunning. All welcome things in my busy, crazy life.

That's all for me :)
Welcome to my blog ;)

I'm linking up here.